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One thing about shifting up to the Open Division is that it seems to have changed my outlook on things a tad. In October I remember I went to a few unsanctioned and D-Tier level tournaments when I was still in Advanced. I looked at them like any other tournament, just hoping to play as hot as I can and win as many discs as I could to swing back around and sell. Now I'm looking at an unsanctioned tournament on January 1st. All I can think about is how few top pros are likely to be there. I'm looking at how I can actually accept cash since it isn't sanctioned. I'm really getting geeked up over the fact that I feel like I could win (I won in Advanced both times I went there this summer, and I'm far better now).

I don't feel like I'm *just* going to play disc golf. I don't feel like I'm just going to compete. I feel like I'm going in with a chance to come home with some much needed money for books. I'm sure my book costs for spring semester will run well over $300.00 as usual, and the thought that if I play well in a decent field I could cover off a small portion of that? It has me working my ass off every time I go out to do field work and putt.

On another note, practice has been fun... It's a struggle getting myself to put on all the layers still, but I'm getting out there. I spent 90 minutes out today in the wind. The wind has been crazy of late, I was playing with 15 mile per hour constants and 20 plus gusts. Not massive, but enough to make practice... well, fun to say the least. I started working on every part of my game... throwing big hyzers out into the park around a sparse grove of pines. It gave me forehand come-backs to my starting point by my basket.

It was a really nice way to work things out. I played it, essentially, par three with every disc. Bomb a big hyzer out 300-350 to random spots to get in some backhand work. Then precise forehand shots back to the basket. I actually hit basket from (at least) 250 out twice with some dead-straight forehands. One with a 171 star valkyrie and the other with a 175 star teerex. I'd finish out every single one of the par threes with three putts from every spot, whether it was 5 feet out or 50 feet out.

Down to seven more days until the tournament... I was going over every hole in my head during midnight mass tonight, couldn't help myself. I'm too pumped.

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