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Saturday, August 8 was an ugly day to hold a disc golf tournament in Ann Arbor. It had rained all night, and as we set up four pop-up tents with a huge tarp arranged over top of them, it was still raining and the radar showed nothing but green and yellow, with a little red, stretching back west through Michigan, over Lake Michigan past Chicago, and deeper out into the midwest. These guys were already wet and had more water getting ready to be dumped on them.

As a result, turnout was really depressed. Here is the information posted about the tournament and here are the results in the PDGA scoring pages. The next tournament that DGRUS and the Throw Shop will be involved with is the 'Park Your Drive' #2 event north of Grass Lake on August 29, followed by the Birthday Classic at Hudson Mills on August 30.

We lost a few players after the first round. Bill Gilbert, the a3disc TD, decided to shorten the second round by having players only play Holes 1-6, 11-18 (and a shortened #14). Strangely enough, the weather improved and most players did not even need umbrellas or rain gear after the first few holes of the second round. I joined a two-some (created by some players leaving) and threw with them for the second round, so I got a few pics. All of the photos I took are in this DGRUS photo album.

The "beasts" had special trophies made for them by my daughter, Abby. Below is Sheila holding a couple up for the camera.

Liz Carr held on to beat Erin Oakley by a single stroke in the women's Open division. Lori Mullen won the Advanced Amateur division. Donna Davis bested a field of four Amateur Grandmaster Women. Kira Damusis won Intermediate Women and Regina Hanson held on to beat Rebecca Graham by a single stroke in the Recreational Women's division. Here is Liz Carr teeing from the modified tee for Monster Hole 14 (the Monster hole).

Here is Rebecca Graham throwing out of the rough (almost from OB) on Monster Course Hole 18.

For the men, we had no Pros show up. David Fuller took first in the Advanced Amateur division. Dr. Steve McLean took first in a field of six Advanced Grandmasters.

Unfortunately, I was so fatigued and in (foot) pain after the second round, that I left for home (and the hot tub) before the awards ceremony. Everyone owes a huge "Thanks" to Bill and Becky Gilbert, Mary and Doug Egbert, and Jeff Lewis, for their hard work as volunteers managing this great tournament. Every player received at least two high quality new discs in their players package, one of which came from The Throw Shop, and the women players had huge stacks of additional goodies - not counting the "payout."

Bonus: A good disc golf friend who left the Ann Arbor area for Lake Placid, NY - Dave Messner - was in town for family visiting and came out to play grandmaster. We enjoyed bringing each other up to date: He has recently designed Lake Placid's first disc golf course, on a ski slope, which opened in early July. Below, Dave makes an easy putt.

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Comment by rob bax on August 9, 2009 at 9:32pm
Your post could have been titled "Monsoon Comes to Michigan Disc Golf Event". All in all, it was a good time and I would definitely do it again. As usual, I met some new and interesting people I hope to enjoy rounds with in the future.

Thanks A3Disc and DGRUS/Throw Shop for the sponsorship and sticking it out.
Comment by Joe Arnet on August 9, 2009 at 9:50am
Wow, is that Dave Messner of Dexter High School fame? I think he was my principal. Small world.

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