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Hey everyone,
my fiance broke up with me a month before we were supposed to get married so I haven't had the chance to go on here - haven't been in a good mood since it happened. He left in early July so it has been a while since I've been on here. I'm still not at all over him and I really miss him but I've been having a better attitude about things. I didn't play disc for quite a while ... I played one game with my ex and his jerk friends back in early September and then another with the same group a couple weeks later and then not again since about early October. I got rusty. I'm going to leave his pictures up here though :( But I've been going up to my home course up the street from my house to play with the owner and my friends. The course is Langs Hill in Newcastle. It's on private property. It's a really nice course - not too big but not too small. We have Tuesday doubles, Sunday singles, (not in December) and 3 tournaments a year. The Harvest Classic in November, the Almond Blossom in February and the Rabbit's Foot in April I believe. Then the club moves their Tuesday games, Sunday games and one tournament down to a local elementary school's property - Secret Ravine School - we have permission. The tournament is part of the Super Secret Summer Series.
Since I've been going to Langs Hill I've been improving my game. This course is pretty tough, and I could barely pull my weight through it. The Harvest Classic tournament started on Saturday the 21st and ended on Sunday the 22nd. I've recently been inducted into the Newcastle disc golf club so it was "mandatory" that I played in the tournament. We had a handicap round on Sunday and began tournament practice on Wednesday and continued practice through Friday. I did pretty well during practice. I got my very first birdie there on hole 3 - a 200 foot hole and my first shot landed right under the basket. Every hole is par 3. Since I'm the least skilled player, I had the highest handicap. I showed up late for the handicap round so they were gonna give me a 36! Par for the 3 rounds in the tournament is 162 and after the 3 rounds I got like a 260 ... yeah, sounds like crap. For the handicap wrap round I played better so they moved my handicap down to a 30. 13 people played in the tournament. After the first round I was in 10th place. After the second round, I improved by 10 strokes and was tied for 5th place! The first 2 rounds were on Saturday.
The 3rd round started around noon and I was in the leader group. And by the end of the last round, I was in 4th place! I know it was all due to my high handicap, but it still felt pretty cool. I won a Japanese maple tree and $30.00. You can see some pictures I just uploaded. None of the actual tournament, but afterwards. You will see my maple, the piece of paper wrapped around the money I won that says 4th place, the huge blister I got on my finger from playing and a picture of me holding my one and only Discraft disc - the one I made that birdie with on hole 3. My first round was pretty bad. I believe I shot a couple 7s and a 9 but the second round I had lots of 4s, a few 3s and a 2 on hole 15, the little short dogger - 150 feet I believe, but there's a sheer cliff to the right, about 10 feet to the left of the fairway. It's about a 200 foot drop straight down to the railroad tracks 15 feet from the cliff wall. So it's a short hole but a risky one. One guy went over the cliff while a train was going by and his disc landed in one of the cars! It must be in Tahoe by now. My 3rd round was pretty bad though, I again got a 7 and a 9, but I got a few 3s. I got a 3 on the very last hole. Nobody else got a 3 on hole 18 on the last round.
I had a lot of fun, and my distance and accurace is getting a lot better. It was $20.00 to play, but I guess for every tournament the moderators pick one person to give the "scholarship" to. Select people that pay in donate a few dollars to the fund and once there is $20.00, they pick the person to give the scholarship to and I was chosen. And I placed for money winnings and I didn't pay anything to play ... I felt pretty guilty but next tournament, I will have the money to pay. Oops I just realized I still have 2 of the community discs in my bag that I used. I'll bring them back on Tuesday. I had been doing terrible with my mid-range shots. I was using a Blowfly and a KC Pro Roc but not having any luck with them so I picked out a Cheetah and a 150 class Shark. I like them a lot, I want to get my own, but maybe a heavier Shark. Well I'm going back up to Langs Hill tomorrow for doubles, hopefully my blister feels better by then. I will be back on here more often now. Bye everybody!

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