I threw my first PDGA ace yesterday (fourth ace overall) at the Jefferson City Open C-tier. I pretty much played terribly all day, but one shot made up for it all. Once again, my ace came from throwing the trusty ol' thumber. For the second round hole #4 was set up short (260ish?) and left, a completely blind shot tucked behind a row of cedars. I knew it looked good, and I was just hoping not to hear cedar, when I heard a solid and resounding "CHING." Our entire group's eyes lit up as we ran up the fairway looking for the basket, and my hopes were validated when I saw my 175g Champion Monster resting in the basket! Already halfway to the basket, I ran the rest of the way, retrieved my disc, and gave the basket a gratuitous hug. I was greeted with congrats from my group as well as many others from proximate holes. To top it off, the ace netted me $49 from the ace pot! (Ironically, my friend and club president Keith Amerson also aced the same hole that day--on the longer placement--so the two of us split the $98 ace pool.) Overall, the ace definitely made my day! It's funny how one good thumber has a history of making up for a whole slew of bad shots I throw in a given weekend. (Well, it can't really make up for or undo my poor play, but at least it gets me paid. :) Now, all I have to do is work on stringing together a few good tournament rounds and hope another ace will serve as the icing on the cake, rather than the cake itself.