Cold Turkey 11/28/2010 The First PDGA tournament held at Fox River Park – Grey Fox in Silver Lake, WI

July 2, 2012 · Published in Technique, Tournaments  by Mike Harrington ·

Cold Turkey V 11/28/2010 First PDGA tournament at Fox River Park-Grey Fox in Silver Lake, WI

Back in March I had walked the course with one of the designers after the layout had all but been completely finalized. I had asked if I could come along because I already had begun to appreciate course design and I wanted to see what a course looked like before it even had the tees or baskets in. We tweaked a few tees on this walk through but for the most part, the layout was already set. This course opened in May of 2010 and my first rounds were actually on my birthday 6/11/2010. If I remember right the holes were virtually all in the short positions which would explain my decent scores of 57 (+3), and two 59’s (+5). I also came back two more weekends that summer and shot rounds of 62, 58, 57, 62, and 58. I do not recall the setup for those rounds either, but the long setup can play many strokes harder than the all short placements. I imagine that those rounds were on a medium to long setup.

I also decided to make one more trip out there mid-week before the tournament . . . this was possibly a really bad decision since I ended up playing 27 holes (front 9 and the entire 18) and ended up shooting a 75 (+21) on the 18 hole round. This round was with all of the pin positions in their longest settings, but I also had 10 two putts inside the circle. That is by far the worst putting round I had ever had since playing this game. I do not remember what I was doing wrong but I remember really letting it get to me the entire round. I didn’t have a single birdie on that round and I had a lot of bogies, 3 double bogies, 1 triple bogey, and even a quadruple bogey on a 250’ hole of all holes! I am sure one or two of those strokes were from frustration but they were still strokes I threw. That is really not the type of round I wanted to have going into a tournament, even if it was the first time I had played all the long positions.

With this being Thanksgiving week, I also attended my high school buddies annual Turkey Bowl (Flag . . . yeah right moderate tackle football) . . . I did this knowing my knee had been hurting slightly lately, I think due in part to overuse during disc golf, but also from a couple days a week of racquetball with two of my disc golf buddies Terry Miller and Dustin Falkenberg. I think I had been planting hard on my right knee and putting too much torque on the ligaments. Why I decided to still play in the Turkey Bowl I do not know but when I play sports I always give my 100% effort. I remember breaking away on a screen and literally swatting away three defenders . . . I think they were afraid of me running them over or hurting them as opposed to being afraid of my speed. While I am a big guy, I am “sneaky fast” as an old buddy used to refer to it. I played soccer for 10 years and I have extremely strong legs and a low center of gravity so it might look like I am slow and easily catchable, but often times I am underestimated. I am not fast by any means . . . but I am faster than people think I am. Anyways, I remember going home after this game and feeling like I was dying. We were getting together later in the evening for a game of cards (also customary with my high school buddies) and I could barely walk at that point, yet I had a tournament the next day. Oops!

The first round of the tournament was going to be with the baskets in all of the long positions, just like my practice round the other day. I started out on Hole #2 a relatively simple straight shot about 280’-290’ with no trees in the way only a road on the right side of the fairway . . . well guess what . . . I turned over my money driver DX Destroyer and ended up OB. Nice way to start the tournament with an OB penalty stroke.

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Fortunately I bounced right back with a birdie 3 on the tough long placement on #3.

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I was playing pretty average until I got to #9 and I ended up taking a 5 on the short tunnel shot which turns left once you are out of the woods.

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I played pretty well the rest of the way with only one slip-up on #17 taking a 6 with a terrible drive and a terrible roll-a-way on my uphill putt. If you have never played this hole, you need to see these pictures to understand how tough it can be. The drive needs to be about 280’-290’ and threaded down a 20’ wide fairway.

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Ideally you will have a look at the basket which is uphill about 150’-175’and protected by a handful of mature trees.

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I managed to shoot a 67 (+13), which was rated 893, on the all long layout which I think can be argued is actually a legitimate Par 57-59.

 

After round 1, I was tied for 13th out of 21 people. The leader was only 6 strokes better than me and I knew I could have played better. My knee was really throbbing at this point and it didn’t get any better after sitting down for an hour at lunch. It even started to lock up. I ended up throwing virtually all of my drives in the second round from a standstill to reduce the stress on my knee.

My second round was much better than my first round when I shot a 55 (+1) which was rated 913 (higher than my rating) with all holes in the short positions (except for 8, 13, and 16). #8 remained long because the short sleeve was damaged, #13 remained long because the island hole is just too cool, and #16 remained long because the right position is just a goofy hole.

One of the highlights of this round was duecing #7 which is a tough tunnel shot with the basket tucked to the right protected by underbrush.

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Another highlight was a birdie on the Island Hole #13 with a great putt from the other side of the road.

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While I only moved up one position from round 1 to round 2, I was pretty happy with my performance to shoot only 5 points under my rating on average. That is not even a full stroke on this tough layout, and I know my knee cost me at least 2 or 3 strokes physically and probably another stroke or 2 mentally. This was the first time I had to deal with an injury and while it may have been initially caused by disc golf it was aggravated by football and also racquetball. This tournament was a learning experience on multiple levels.

Here are the entire tournament results and the results of just the Intermediate Division.

Intermediate (21)

Hide Round Ratings

Place

Points

Name

PDGA#

Rating

Rd1

Rd2

Total

Prize

1

84

Todd   Farnham

46092

61

946

50

970

111

2

80

Brad   Weber

40418

921

61

946

51

959

112

3

76

Teegen   Meyer

41865

921

63

928

50

970

113

4

72

Sang   Park

32663

924

62

937

52

947

114

5

68

Anthony   Sartorelli

38909

907

65

911

51

959

116

5

68

Michael   Kutella

18867

934

61

946

55

913

116

7

60

Roman   Korol

37504

898

64

919

53

936

117

7

60

Jared   Bronikowski

39887

904

65

911

52

947

117

9

52

Matthew   Buttliere

63

55

118

9

52

Paul   Johnson

46049

64

919

54

925

118

11

44

Richard   Rudzena

37371

889

62

937

59

867

121

12

40

Mike   Harrington

38024

908

67

893

55

913

122

13

36

Justin   Lammers

37852

920

71

857

52

947

123

14

32

Mike   Kaufmann

69

56

125

15

28

Brian   Beall

67

59

126

15

28

Brandon   Burbach

45933

67

893

59

867

126

17

20

Joshua   Babcock

40949

881

66

902

63

821

129

18

16

Jason   Sanfilippo

38830

880

68

884

62

833

130

19

12

Steve   Walczyk

45947

69

875

62

833

131

20

8

Jerron   Olson

39350

881

74

830

60

856

134

21

4

Dominick   Mowry

70

65

135

 

I ended up playing a few casual rounds the days following this tournament and then I realized it was time to take a break. This break ended up being the longest period of time I had ever gone without playing a round in 2 years of playing, and another year and a half since this happened. That break was 11 days . . . it seemed like an eternity for me who was used to playing a few rounds every week at the very least.

 

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