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2013 Wakatipu Disc Golf Championships

Queenstown, March 9/10 2013

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Welcome to the 2013 Wakatipu Disc Golf Championships. Our thanks to TD James 'The Jag' Smithells for a great tournament and this story.

As part of our continuous quality improvement programme, in the months leading up to our annual tournaments we upgraded Tees 17 and 18, created a new Tee 13 (effectively a new hole, to avoid crossover) and turned the sow's ear of Tee 7 into the silk purse that is now " the best disc golf tee in New Zealand '', featuring acres of tiles, wraparound stonework, and verdant Ground Guard. The keen members of the Queenstown Disc Golf Club got the publicity machine rolling early and there was soon talk of big turnouts at our annual tournaments. And so it came to pass.

54 people turned up for the 18th Annual The Helicopter Line Queenstown Classic on a mild still morning in the Queenstown Gardens; the biggest turnout ever. Our highly efficient registration team soon had people sorted into groups and it was briefing time. After years of jokes regarding my Queenstown time approach, I advised the gathered throngs that I'd been told, to my surprise, that apparently this was supposed to incorporate some aspects of time management! So we rattled through the necessaries and teed off at 10.30, our earliest start ever.

Most notable feature of the morning round was Ed Cochrane, in the Under 18 Division, achieving a fine 53 and knocking five strokes off the record. Only eight players, from various divisions, managed to achieve sub 50 rounds, with Simon Falcon Feasey having his beak well out in front with a fine 44. An intriguing afternoon tussle was promised in the Women's division, with three players tied for the lead.

Although 10 minutes went AWOL prior to the afternoon briefing, this was magically recouped and the round kicked off on time, under hot sunny skies. When the results were finally assembled several records had tumbled, most notably Lisa Te Awhitu taking nine shots off the Women's 36 hole record, with 114, and Toby Gentil taking nine shots off the Under 18 36 hole record, with 109. Top efforts! Chris Dingo Davies took one shot of the 18 hole Masters record, with a fine 46. Bob Polecat Gentil took two shots off his shared 36 hole Grand Masters record with an excellent 98. And Nigel Honey Badger Hailstone took one shot off the 36 hole Masters record with a creditable 96. All these players won their divisions, apart from Chris who came second to Nigel.

The Falcon demonstrated yet again, as if we didn't already know, that he's the man to beat, backing up with a 45 to take out the Open Division with an excellent 89 total.

Eliott had once more done a great job of obtaining good prizes from our ever generous local businesses and even 23rd in the Open got one! Chris Dickson from Rydges Hotel donated a veritable cornucopia of prizes, including the $300 night for two in Rydges, won by John Menzies with the first ace, on Hole 7. Included in Chris's prizes were two magnums of champagne, one of which was sprayed around Grand Prix style by Simon.

So off to Paradise, with the promise of further good weather. A top night was had around a big fire at the Garden of Eden, as always, with more people staying there than ever before. Wanaka won the fire. The morning dawned sunny, if slightly bleary, and 43 players turned up for the 16th Annual Dart River Jet Safaris Paradise Plates Doubles; Neil Hound Dog Hardey playing with his shadow. Simon and Nigel scored a commendable 43 and just held off four other pairs on 44.

The Singles round started rather late, around 3pm; hey, nobody told me I had to change Paradise time! The conditions remained hot and still, in considerable contrast to the previous year, and the field of 46 was our biggest ever. No records were broken, but a good time was had by all. When the dust settled, Dave Speedo Keene had succeeded in prevailing over the Fease, with an excellent 43 in his first outing at Paradise. Chris Davies turned the tables on Nigel in the Masters and Peter Coyote Crowther stormed past the evergreen GM to win the Grand Masters by five strokes. Lisa again prevailed in the Women's and Dylan turned the tables on Toby in the Under 18s.

At the prize giving Lisa provided another Grand Prix moment with the second magnum and then, with all the formalities concluded, it was time for relaxation and preparations for the evening. A massive pile of firewood was gathered, mostly by the Wanaka pyromaniacs, and the biggest fire I've ever seen there began building. When the flames were at their peak, the Jaguar emerged in fitting dress and the Jungle of Fame ceremony began. Many new people adopted animal names, with Nate Elephant Stone even having the trumpet call to match. As the fire died down the animals slowly crawled off to their lairs, bringing to conclusion another special Paradise experience.

Thanks once again to the great team down here and to all those who visited to take part in our tournies and help make them the undoubted success that they were.

James Jaguar Smithells

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The Pictures

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May it begin - 10:30m Saturday morning and we head for our starting tees. Amazing!

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Easy with an F - Simon shanks his drive miles from the basket. Yeah right! Note the fine landscaping by James and friends.

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Galley in the Alley - Wanaka mover and shaker Martin Galley putts at 17 in the Gardens.

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Sneaky Swig before presentation - Queenstown Champ for yet another year Simon Feasey has a few words while the TD snaffles a swig.

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Sounds like a record - A tournament record 56 players take in James's every word ahead of the 2013 Queenstown Classic.

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Only the Best - So if you want to be the 'best' golfer, you know what you have to do. Nice sign James.

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Jeepers Teepers - So proud of his work, and rightly so. The Jaguar and Robin Lilly pose on "the best Tee in the world".

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Decihemihedron - Hemi Te Awhitu sends his shot towards the lake on 10.

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Summer Golf - Stunning Southern weather as the players wait to hear who won what!

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Flight Delight - Bubbles in one hand and a Helicopter Line flight in the other. The Junior winner Toby Gentil.

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Relax - The GM in Paradise, literally. Finally they've put in a Senior Grandmasters lounge at Paradise.

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Waiting for 18 - 18 at Paradise. It's a tricky hole at the best of times let along with a gallery and a photographer watching.

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Welcome to Paradise - Stunning weather as James rallies the troops ahead of the afternoon singles round at Paradise.

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Crosscourt Shot - Normally seen coaching tennis in the Queenstown gardens Louie Lanz was lovin the wide open spaces of Paradise.

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The Queenstown brains trustHemi Te Awhitu, Eliott Menzies and 'nut guy' Felipe Stein sorting the paper work.

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Look Ma, No Skis -TD James Smithells negotiating the 'Giant Slalom'.

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Galley in the Valley - Wanaka golfer Martin Galley plays his second on Windy way.

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Motivational Art - The awesome Queenstown Classic trophies are handed out for another year.

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Disc 'n Doll - Local golfer Chris Dixon picked himself up a new disc and a little girl for his 6th place in the Open.

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Jafas do alright - Nigel Hailstone the Masters Champ, Simon Feasey the Open, Toby Gentil the Junior Champ and Dad Bob the Grandmasters.

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McNabbed It - Christchurch golfer Craig McNab putts out 16 at Paradise, much to his doubles partner's appreciation.

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"This is much better than tennis!" - First time tournament player Louie Lanz from Queenstown plays to the Wigwam on hole #1.

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Lord of the Kachings - Toby Gentil lost in the scenery at Paradise.

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Mark this Date - Another Queenstown local and first time tournament player Mark Edmunds showing his style.

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Four on the Floor - The GM, son Toby Gentil and playing partners Mark Edmunds & Louie Lanz having a good time at Paradise.

 

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The Results for 2013 Wakatipu Disc Golf Championships

Queenstown, March 9/10 2013

Queenstown Classic Results 2013

Name: Division:
Qtn Round 1:
Qtn Round 2:
Totals
Open:
Simon Feasey Open
44
45
89
Nate Claassen Open
48
44
92
David Keene Open
50
44
94
Hemi Te Awhitu Open
48
46
94
Felipe Stein Open
51
48
99
Chris Dickson Open
52
48
100
Eliott Menzies Open
50
51
101
Greig Howell Open
50
53
103
Brady Kuech Open
46
57
103
Robin  Lilly Open
53
51
104
Jim Hemingway Open
51
53
104
Nate Stone Open
54
50
104
Aaron Miers Open
51
53
104
Russell King Open
55
50
105
Josh McLean Open
50
56
106
Gareth Dykes Open
56
51
107
Akira Kuroe Open
49
58
107
Chris McLean Open
53
55
108
Ben Holbrook Open
58
52
110
Phillip Murray Open
57
53
110
Tom Mackay Open
57
54
111
Owen Hale Open
57
54
111
Craig Crosbie Open
57
56
113
Hunter Harill Open
57
57
114
Matt Trinder Open
61
55
116
Thabit Ayoub Open
56
60
116
Bradley Smith Open
62
56
118
Steven Johnson Open
58
60
118
Cory Old Open
56
62
118
Charley Holt Open
61
61
122
Alex Catto Open
65
61
126
Mark Edmunds Open
62
66
128

18 hole record: 42 Simon Feasey 2012

36 hole record: 86 Simon Feasey 2012

Masters:
Nigel Hailstone Masters
48
48
96
Chris Davies Masters
54
46
100
Martin Galley Masters
49
51
100
Craig McNab Masters
54
51
105
Karl Jolley Masters
56
52
108
Dom Hayden Masters
63
57
120
Masters
Grand Masters:
Bob Gentil Grand Masters
49
49
98
Barry Dolman Grand Masters
53
52
105
James Smithells Grand Masters
51
56
107
Pete Crowther Grand Masters
54
53
107
Neil Hardey Grand Masters
55
54
109
Mark Lentzkow Grand Masters
55
55
110
Womens:
Lisa Te Awhitu Womens
58
56
114
Hannah Joynt Womens
58
58
116
Jess Guy Womens
58
64
122
Robyn Agnew Womens
63
65
128
Jayna Richards Womens
60
DNF
DNF
Putters:
Uncontested
Under 18's:
Toby Gentil Under 18's
55
54
109
Ed Cochrane Under 18's
53
57
110
Dylan Bradley Under 18's
59
54
113
Alex Hall Under 18's
66
DNF
DNF

Queenstown Classic Results 2013

Name: Division:
Paradise
18 hole record
Singles
Open:
David Keene Open
43
40 Simon F 2002, 2012
Nate Claassen Open
44
Simon Feasey Open
44
Brady Kuech Open
45
Russell King Open
49
Felipe Stein Open
50
Chris Dickson Open
51
Eliott Menzies Open
51
Akira Kuroe Open
51
Tom Mackay Open
52
Owen Hale Open
52
Thabit Ayoub Open
53
Ben Holbrook Open
53
Craig Crosbie Open
53
Robin  Lilly Open
54
Hemi Te Awhitu Open
54
Greig Howell Open
55
Chris McLean Open
55
Charley Holt Open
55
Aaron Miers Open
56
Josh McLean Open
57
Hunter Harill Open
58
Nate Stone Open
58
Henry Youngman Open
58
Louie Lanz Open
58
Steve Johnson Open
59
John Menzies Open
61
Pete Mackay Open
62
Mark Edmunds Open
68
Ed Turk Open
79
Alex Scarbrough Open
DNF
Masters:
Chris Davies Masters
49
46  Brett H 2008
Nigel Hailstone Masters
52
Martin Galley Masters
52
Craig McNab Masters
53
Dom Hayden Masters
57
Grand Masters:
Pete Crowther Grand Masters
48
47 Bob G 2011
Bob Gentil Grand Masters
53
James Smithells Grand Masters
55
Neil Hardey Grand Masters
56
Mark Lentzkow Grand Masters
59
Womens:
Lisa Te Awhitu Womens
59
56 Alice B 2012 Lisa equalled
Hannah Joynt Womens
62
Jess Guy Womens
70
Under 18's:
Dylan Bradley Under 18's
55
52  Billy H 2002
Toby Gentil Under 18's
59
Doubles
Simon Feasey
43
38 Simon F & Mario C   vs
Nigel Hailstone
38 Ken J & Mark J 2010
Brady Kuech
44
Nate Claassen
Eliott Menzies
44
Thabit Ayoub
Russell King
44
David Keene
Chris Dickson
44
Hemi Te Awhitu
Felipe Stein
46
Aaron Miers
Tom Mackay
47
Akira Kuroe
Josh McLean
47
Chris McLean
Craig McNab
47
James Smithells
Hazen Simson
49
Martin Galley
Matt ???
49
Robin  Lilly
Owen Hale
50
Carl Jolley
Phillip Murray
50
Gareth Dykes
Hannah Joynt
51
Mark Lentzkow
Ben Holbrook
51
Craig Crosbie
Nate Stone
51
Greig Howell
Steve Johnson
51
Pete Crowther
Charley Holt
53
Hunter Harill
Dom Hayden
53
John Menzies
Lisa Te Awhitu
53
Jess Guy
Dylan Bradley
54
Robyn Agnew
Neil Hardey
58
Neil Hardey's shadow

Queenstown Tour Results 2013

Name: Division:
Qtn Round 1:
Qtn Round 2:
Paradise
Totals
Open:
Simon Feasey Open
44
45
44
133
Nate Claassen Open
48
44
44
136
David Keene Open
50
44
43
137
Brady Kuech Open
46
57
45
148
Hemi Te Awhitu Open
48
46
54
148
Felipe Stein Open
51
48
50
149
Chris Dickson Open
52
48
51
151
Eliott Menzies Open
50
51
51
152
Russell King Open
55
50
49
154
Greig Howell Open
50
53
55
158
Akira Kuroe Open
49
58
51
158
Robin  Lilly Open
53
51
54
158
Aaron Miers Open
51
53
56
160
Nate Stone Open
54
50
58
162
Josh McLean Open
50
56
57
163
Chris McLean Open
53
55
55
163
Ben Holbrook Open
58
52
53
163
Tom Mackay Open
57
54
52
163
Owen Hale Open
57
54
52
163
Craig Crosbie Open
57
56
53
166
Thabit Ayoub Open
56
60
53
169
Hunter Harill Open
57
57
58
172
Steven Johnson Open
58
60
59
177
Charley Holt Open
61
61
55
177
Mark Edmunds Open
62
66
68
194
Masters:
Nigel Hailstone Masters
48
48
52
148
Chris Davies Masters
54
46
51
151
Martin Galley Masters
49
51
52
152
Craig McNab Masters
54
51
53
158
Dom Hayden Masters
63
57
57
177
Masters
Grand Masters:
Bob Gentil Grand Masters
49
49
53
151
Pete Crowther Grand Masters
54
53
48
155
James Smithells Grand Masters
51
56
55
162
Neil Hardey Grand Masters
55
54
56
165
Mark Lentzkow Grand Masters
55
55
59
169
Womens:
Lisa Te Awhitu Womens
58
56
59
173
Hannah Joynt Womens
58
58
62
178
Jess Guy Womens
58
64
70
192
Under 18's:
Toby Gentil Under 18's
55
54
59
168
Dylan Bradley Under 18's
59
54
55
168

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