The 5th Annual New Zealand Disc Golf
Match Play Championships
With top 16 qualifiers Dean Marshall,
Dylan Cooper and Matt Cutler
not making the weekend the Hailstone boys Brett and Nigel
along with NZ Junior champ Bruno Whale
all found themselves in the main draw.
There was the now regular wait for the stragglers to
turn up for the 8:30 players meeting, this time the North
Harbour duo of Steve and Chris who were still somewhere
between Te Kuiti and the Taumarunui course.
By 9:30 we were heading for the course.
After round 1 the field had been cut to Simon, Scott,
Chris, Brett, Marty, Pete, Bob, and Steve.
After a break for a late morning tea, round 2 saw the
field cut in half again. The NZ Match Play semis were
to be Brett versus Scott and Chris versus Steve.
Bugger! Nigel 'Waiheke'
Hailstone laments a chain bounce-out, captured
by Kylie from the local newspaper.
Once again between rounds
we headed back to ‘LTD Disc Golf Central’ at
’s place for more nourishment and a
chat about why putts don’t always stay in the basket
and other important stuff.
Following the third round the finalists had been found.
would take on Steve
for the 2005 NZ Match Play Title in
WICKED! Les catches
this classic shot of Enoch Gawain's confident
shank to the chains on hole 7. |
The evening saw the regular
rent-a-crowd at Pete and Corynne’s house on the hill
for what has become a much looked forward to part of the
Taumarunui experience, Corynne’s catering. What a
fantastic spread! Finger food for Africa, fresh mussels
of the BBQ a superb array of culinary delights all served
with a smile around the pool.
Thanks Corynne, you are a legend.
Sunday morning saw a few of the team up early to watch the
All Blacks grand slam win over Scotland, followed by the
Kiwis dorking the Kangaroos 24 / ‘NIL’ in the
Tri-Nations Final. Oh! And of course Corynne whipped up
bacon, eggs, tomato and an array of condiments for the footie
Speaking of Finals we had the big one. ‘The NZ 2005
Match Play Final’. It was a tight affair with both
Steve and Scott pulling off some great saves. But when it
came to the wire Steve took the trophy with a 2 & 1
Congratulations to the
Scarb and to all involved in not just the tournament but
everything that goes with it as well. Cherie
who look after the between-round
feeds, Blair the TD and of course
Pete, Des, Shane, Victor, Quan and all the LTD team who
make Disc Golf Happen in the King Country.
Great weekend, we all had a fantastic time.
"I've Had Enough!"
TD Blair Joines was pleased that
all the players were very praising of the course he had
designed. But he sure felt the stress of his first stint
as a Tournament Director. 'Never again!' he was heard to
mutter after yet another complaint about the draw and OB's. |
Shakin' That Ass
- Sporting the 'classic' shirt of the 25th New Zealand Disc
Golf Champs to go with one of his 85 pairs of Stubbies,
Dave Routley enacts his traditional warm
up ritual before driving on hole 6.
Brett Hailstone made the Match Play thanks
to some no-shows. And boy, did he take advantage of that!?
This giant killer proceeded to eliminate the top two local
seeds Blair and Pete before going out in the semi's to Scott
Chain High -
One could see that Brett Hailstone had
the confidence of a man who lives on an island with baskets.
This golfer from Waiheke
Island thought nothing of staying chain high
for those 20m putts - KACHING!
kiwi disc golfers hear of an event in Taumarunui, they know
they will experience the hospitality of this town's fine
people. And none so fine as local nurse and Queen of Cuisine
Corynne Boyle. Pete's best mate and our's
too for the awesome feeds and generosity, Corynne made sure
we hit the course in top shape. Thanks Corynne! |
- a living legend of the Volcanic Plateau, Pete
Boyle baffles many players with his relaxed forehand
technique In fact, its not often you see him throwing without
something in his other hand! If he ain't playing disc golf,
this handsome healer is playing basketball, touch rugby,
mountainbiking, the drums - Mr Active.
- Visitors were intrigued to hear from local Des
Cooper the story of this mighty cabbage tree that
had survived storms, horses and the tragic mysterious disease
that hit NZ some years ago. Just a shell of a trunk, the
recovery of the canopy is as amazing as Routley's Roundhouse
What OB? Hole
2 was one of those holes that could produce a gimme birdie.
Or a tragic OB bogie. Here Des Cooper forehands
a drive that resulted in a great birdie. Apparently we have
to describe the golfing results of all Des' throw now (sic).
- US golfer Scott Caesar from the great
South Dakota watches fellow leftie Marty de Haas' technique
on the tough tee shot of hole 16.
Text Book - One
of the talking points of the weekend was the evolution of
one of the upcoming stars of Disc Golf in New Zealand, Enoch
Gawain. At 14 years of age, this junior disc golfer
is showing maturity beyond his years with text book style
in the drive and great decision making on the approach. |
Native Bush -
No, we're not talking about Marty's hair. The bush around
this course was just more superb examples of the luscious
fauna that can be found in the Central North Island of New
Zealand. Oh, nice putt too leftie.
Leftie In Action
- Dutch Devilish Deviant Marty de Haas
was at home on the flat course of the NZ Polo Crosse grounds.
This shot on hole 16 sat right under the basket for a halving
par against North Shorian Chris Kingsnorth.
Tired JAFAs -
Well fed by the great people of the Lost Tribe, Dorklanders
Bob and Marty take a moment to relax at the 'clubrooms'
before heading of for their 3rd round in one day. |
- Dutch Doofis Marty de Haas crosses over
on a hole designed just for lefties like him. But even though
hole 16 was built for the leftie, we watched in dismay as
he tried to cut the corner and bashed into the tee-close
overhanging branches. DOH!
Shedding Crocodile Tears
- This secret shot catches a devastated Marty de
Haas spilling his emotions to Waiheke about how
he watched his aspirations of a semi final berth disappear
in his second play-off hole to Chris. More on that later... |
3 de Haas - Hole
18 and Smarty Marty de Haas is caught from
multiple angles as he lets loose at the tee. Note the relaxed
non-throwing arm - a sure sign of an experienced disc golfer.
Enoch and friends are watched by an interested
Polo Crosse horse as they move up to play the 3rd.
Nice Shot! Sunday's
final round saw the players sharing the 5th fairway and
the sun with practicing Polo Crosse people.
Waiheke Wai Wai
- Nigel Hailstone has the advantage of
both a good backhand and a very steady forehand. Here he
chooses the former for a hefty tee shot on the 3rd. |
When In Rome...
The Lost Tribe of Taumarunui is well known
for the fact that all their players throw forehand. So Nigel
Hailstone was at home with his Waiheke
Tree-son - devious
leftie Marty de Haas was a bit quieter
than normal on the Saturday. Perhaps this had something
to do with the invite he received from a couple of locals
to partake in an evening of 'socialising' at Dave's place. |
Local cowboy shows his horse
handling skills as he protects one of the fine equine spectators
from the next drive.
If This Is The Face of
Taumarunui, I'm Off to Te Kuiti! Friendly freak
Dave Routley tests the strength of the
camera's lens. He's a top bloke, but don't tell him we said
OB Paradise Bail-Out
- No-one wants to end up outside the course. But one has
to marvel at the kiwiana that is the Central North Island.
Beginning of the End
- The semi-final between NZ Champion Simon Feasey
and American Scott Caesar was intense.
Here, Simon watches in disbelief as the chain rattles, but
not in a good way. |
"Didn't Think I Could
Do It" - Scott Caesar is
ecstatic having overcome 3-time national champ Simon
Feasey after Feasey missed yet another close putt
on the 17th.
Duck! - another
action shot of Enoch Gawain and his text
book follow-through as he sends another accurate drive up
through the gate of the 15th fairway
Hedgehog Your Bets
- Not only did we have equine spectators, we had quillian
ones. This little fellow even offered some comments on the
tournament - "Looks like there's more pricks here than
on my back!". |
- when thrown correctly, a frisbee can roll a long way.
Seasoned veteran Scott Caesar does just
this on the 11th as Cherie watched on.
You Can Take The Surf
Away From The Surfer... - It was noted that Raglan
Regular Marty de Haas seemed to want to
be in the water. Round after round after round. Next time,
let's make it OB! |
Super Kool -
Simon Feasey shows his well-known looks-easy
power at the 5th tee. Eyes sheltered from the Sunday sun,
we heard that Feasey had fun: "I had fun" he said.
The Course -
This pan shot from the 5th tee and Nigel's arse looks back
at most of the fabulous course..
2005 New Zealand Disc
Golf Match Play Champion - Steve Scarbrough
Congratulations to Steve Scarbrough for
his great effort to turn a light year of disc golf into success.
We asked Steve to describe his weekend rise to the top for us...
|"The last man standing; what a buzz to become the
2005 NZ Match Play Champion! I had low expectations going
into the tournament, especially faced with a first round
meeting with Juan Unda - known for his
wicked throwing style as well as his good looks!
The early rounds went
well with a 4 and 3 win over Juan, followed by a 5 and 3
win over Bob (pay back for my early exit last year!). In
the semi, it was a local North Harbour derby with Chris
Kingsnorth. Unfortunately Chris had more "bark
than bite" and I bundled him out 6 and 5. This set-up
a semi-final with Scott Caesar, a US resident
living in NZ who was a WMD during the early rounds!
We kicked of the match play final on a
sunny Taumarunui morning. We traded blows early with some
big putts on the front 9, but at the turn I was up by 2.
But this didn't stop Scott for long as he drilled his second
15m+ putt before I missed a sitter to bring us back to even
after the 14th hole. On the 15th a small mistake opened
the door and I grabbed a shot up with three to play.
Next we moved past the 16th even, and
on to 17 - a short but tricky par three. I led out with
a good length drive, leaving about a 12m putt - Scott followed
but hit a fairway tree and left a long approach which he
parked within 3m of the basket. I was left looking at a
longish putt, over the horse pen fence. One side of me said
lay up and take it to the 18th 1 up, but the other side
reminded me about the "lottery effect" of the
18 fairway ("more bush than Barbara") and I went
for the putt! When it dropped, it was over. A victory 2
and 1 over a very strong contender. A great weekend in the
heart of the North Island!
Thanks all folks...