Harcourt Park, Upper Hutt, Wellington - September 21 & 22 2014
The Faultline Fury 2014 Disc Golf Tournament.
Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt is the second oldest basketed course in the country and was skillfully designed and installed to test your full range of shot making, add to that a nasty weekend of Wellington weather - especially for the two opening rounds on the Saturday - and by Sunday afternoon you knew you'd been well and truly worked over.
As always when running outdoor events, the only thing you can't organise is the weather. I always feel for TD's in this situation, but the combination of the Levin Brotherhood and the Wellington Disc Golf crew didn't miss a beat and ran a brilliant weekend of Disc Golf, despite the weather.
It's also becoming the norm now to see players registering you haven't met before. This is surely a positive sign that our amazing sport is growing. Mind you getting courses in the ground helps immensely. We stopped to play the new 9 holes in the harbour side Hikoikoi Park on our way up the Hutt Valley on Friday afternoon, and I hear through the grapevine there is another 9 holes on the way towards Tawa. Brilliant!
Saturday morning and everyone is leaving the Harcourt Park Holiday Camp with wet weather gear, umbrellas and as many dry cloths as they could fit into their bags. Not the greatest weather for Disc Golf but at least the very new concrete tees were a blessing ... Thanks to the local golfers who had not only worked hard to get them in but also dug into their own pockets to make them happen ... good skills team!
As you can imagine no one really ripped it up in the opening round but the usual suspects all came in with respectable numbers. During the afternoon round most players added a shot or two to their morning scores and a couple even succumbed to the conditions. You couldn't blame them.
Sunday morning and the weather was on the mend, blue sky and sunshine even made an appearance and the cards coming in at lunchtime reflected the mood of the players, with Jacko breaking the 50. By the afternoon feeling was starting to return to the fingers which saw Simon Feasey come home with the tournament's low round of 47 and Brad Muir also breaking the 50.
All in all another great weekend of Disc Golf on the NZDG tour. Thanks to everyone who made this happen and congratulations to the winners.
Simon Feasey Over-all & Masters, Jackson Sullivan Open, Gemma Sullivan Woman's Open, Ming Menzies WGM, Pete Boyle GM, and Findlay Dempster Juniors. Well done also to Hazen Simpson and Chris Davies who split the ACE Kitty and to the GM who won the free night's accommodation at Harcourt Park in the lucky draw of all those that stayed right next to the course.
We'll let the pictures tell the full story.
3 2 1 ... Putt! - The 'Ring of Fire' during the Sunday lunch break. Always a lot of fun
Wet, wet, wet! - The Saturday conditions were at the least 'very testing'.
Camo Putt - Woodhill Disc Golfer Logan Papuni hangin out for a hot shower after his round
Cementing her place in history - Harcourt Park's new concrete Tee's were a godsend. Ming Menzies will contest to that!
Tower of Power - Open winner Jacko Sullivan lovin the new concrete tees.
"Now turn!" - Junior Champion Findlay Dempster keeping a close eye on his shot.
Soggy Mates - The Bay of Plenty duo of Ming Menzies and Ginny Foley doing their best to stay dry between shots
Local Style - Local Waata Eru…coped with the weather but sadly pulled out on Sunday when toothache got the better of him.
High Flyer - Wanaka's Robyn Agnew leaving the end of the runway with not quite enough flap to get airborne.
New Bunker - Local Disc Golfer Zodiac Apanui sends his putt at the chains as a lake forms in the fairway behind.
Level Headed Champ - Eventual Woman's champ Gemma Sullivan plays out of the rough.
Uphill Struggle - Auckland golfer Brad Muir makes the most of a break in the weather.
Flick the Little Disc Thrower - Always one to get a handle on the techniques of the power players, local player Chris Sinai seems to have mastered 'the flick'.
Sure Footing - Local Lance Alexander making the most of the better Sunday afternoon condies.
Better Than Ever - After a break away from the game local Ryan Kitto is back and playing.
Is ther an app for that? - Ryan Kitto had the solution to soggy score cards. The PDGA app for scoring. Brilliant!
The Real Tower of Power - Poppa Smurf (Shane Sullivan) running through the do's and don'ts ahead of play
Southern Man - Wanaka's Martin Galley dressed for the Saturday condies
Numb - Paula Wilson wishing she could feel her hands and have a tad of control.
All the Raige - Raige Eru (Weeta's son) winds up on the tee.
"Er let's just say threes all around eh?" - Sky Highway doing his best to keep the core cards dry.
Well Balanced - New Innova bag, same style. Grand Master Pete Boyle not at all fazed by the weather.
Needing a Floater Disc - Queenstown golfer Robin Lilley hoping his shot goes in the basket, not the pond that formed around basket 5 on Saturday afternoon.
Waterproof Jeans? - Christchurch Disc Golfer Chris Davies plays up to the 4th.
Chris-tal Ball - The garden city's Chris Davies doing the Disc Golf lean. Didn't work but luckily it didn't roll ... this.
Careful - it's rubbish day today - The things you'll ware to keep dry. Local Jarved Alexander with his entry in this year's 'Wearable Arts' competition.
Butt no! - With a 15 metre hill behind the basket Brad Muir hopes for at least some chain action ... but no!
Bright Perspective - Sunday afternoon and our shadows were back. Ryan Kitto slots his putt on basket 2.
Frothy Calculus - Always nice to have a keg on hand. Winston Rawiri gets the scores down while AB pours the beverages.
Precipitous Anticipation - A picture is worth a thousand words.
No OB for AB - Levin Brotherhood's AB Hartley bends it like Beckham.
High and dry - Wellington Champions for 2014 [L to R] Pete Boyle GM, Findlay Dempster Junior, Ming Menzies WGM, Jackson Sullivan Open, Gemma Sullivan Woman's & Simon Feasey Masters & Overall.
Harcourt Park, Upper Hutt, Wellington - September 21 & 22 2014
|First name||Last name||Division.||Rnd.1||Rnd.2||Rnd.3||Rnd.4||Total||Div Place|
|Simon||Feasey||M||50||54||50||47||201||1st M & overall|