Weather – Check!
Players – Check!
Fun – Check!
Turkey’s – Check!
Our very first tournament has come and gone. We had a fantastic turnout of 28 people in 4 divisions.
After two rounds of play using the normal 12 holes on the course, the field was cut in half.
The third round was played using a modified 18 holes and and the open male division ended in a three way tie that required two extra holes to break.
Congratulations to our winners:
Junior – Kevin M.
Female – Nicole D.
Male – Michael S.
Masters – Kristine P.
Thanks to all who participated and volunteered!
August 24th 2017 can be summed up in one word… GUSTY!!!
Sure it was cold. Sure it was sunny. Sure Shaw was taping us. All excuses to wishing we could have played better. From a quick analysis of the scores from that day, I believe the wind added an average of 4 strokes to everyone’s game.
Wind is part of the game though. An element you can let take advantage of you or one you can use to your advantage. I certainly let it take advantage of me, rather than the other way around. I ended with a +5 on the day, my worst outing yet. With 7 more weeks to go, I’ll work to remove those strokes.
We’re considering hosting a tournament. We would like to hear from you.
Should it be an open format or age/gender formatted?
Saturday & Sunday or just Saturday or just Sunday?
One disc (say a mid range) or any disc/any number?
What kind of prizes do you expect/want?
What do you think a reasonable entry fee is?
Let us know…
What a difference one week can make. Last week, rubber boots and maybe a paddle boat would have been an ideal way to make our way around the course. This week, blue sky, warm sun, green DRY grass.
We now have 17 people signed up for league night and I think that is fantastic! This is the final week to sign up, but that will be covered in a different post.
My name is Curtis Vanderloo and I have just joined the ACE club! Hole 3 at 56 meters or 183 feet. After hitting the tree just past the tee box the last few weeks, I made a small adjustment and the disc found its way right to the centre of the chains. I love to hear the chains rattle!
Unofficial winner of the night was Nicholas Raymo (sign up man!) with an impressive -4 on the night. Official winner of the night belonged to Dan “Consistency” Doucette with a -3. Except for the roller he tried on hole 11, which rolled right into a tree and led to his only bogie, he hit par or birdied.
We also had some major improvements from last week to this week. Michael Skinner shot a -1 or a 6 shot improvement. Darryn Ross went from 8 over last week to 3 over. Alder Devries had the biggest jump, from 14 over to 6 over.
All in all a fantastic evening.
Where can I get discs?
It’s a question commonly asked these days in Sault Ste. Marie. Up until a few months, people might have looked at you a bit strangely with a question such as that.
These days, the answer is pretty simple. ZooZoo in the Station Mall or online.
I’ve been playing disc golf for a number of years now and have traveled (while not extensively) to a few other cities and played a few other courses. Along my travels I have gone in search of new discs and except for one store down near Detroit, I haven’t been impressed with the selections I’ve come across. Normally, there is a scattering of putters, a few drivers and some cheap mid ranges.
Online the variety is endless, but shipping costs are sometimes a burden and I really like to feel the plastic in my hand, so those are a few strikes there. You can certainly hit a home run with some mixed misprint defects. It’s usually a variety pack and you won’t know what you get, but that is part of the appeal.
This past weekend (July 16th, 2017) I ventured into ZooZoo. I had called Mario (owner) a few weeks before and he agreed to carry some discs. When I walked in the store, he didn’t just carry some discs, he bought the entire Innova line up. From super high quality discs to cheaper beginner discs. The selection is truly one of the best in store selections I’ve seen. I dropped a few bucks for a disc and a bag to add to my growing collection and look forward to picking up a few more discs soon.
He took a gamble on a sport not widely known in the Sault and after some more discussion and comparison, the prices he is selling the discs for are pretty well in line with most other places.
If you have a chance, head to ZooZoo and check out his selection. Tell Mario that Curtis sent you. That doesn’t carry any clout but at least he’ll know that you are there because of the Sault Disc Golf Association. He’s supporting our love of the sport and if we can, I’d like to give that support back.
Want to compare selections and prices? Head across the river and check our Meijer and Dunham’s Sport.
Wet. Really wet. That’s the best way to describe league night number 2. Thankfully the downpour happened just before tee off time and only the ground was wet.
Even with the not so wonderful weather, we increased players from 8 to 12. There were no hole in ones this week, but Dan ‘the man’ Doucette managed to shoot a 33 or 3 under par, besting his first outing of 1 under par. Luke Macmichael joined late in the day on Thursday, but managed to tie Dan at 3 under. Will he be able to repeat next week?
We also had our first out of bounds play, as a disc landed in the middle of Pine street. No cars were hit and [more importantly ;)] the disc survived! We won’t name names, but J.G. had the honour of being our first out of bounds shooter.
ZooZoo at the station now has discs and Mario (store owner) says they are flying off the rack. He is excited to help support and grow the league, so please consider supporting him. They have one of the best disc selections I’ve seen, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find a disc that works for you.
Rumour has it that even more people are considering signing up. I’m beyond excited to see our league grow!
Until next week… Happy Golfing.
Wow! After a huge storm rolled through the city in the afternoon, the clouds gave way and sunlight sparkled on the disc golf course. Sure it was a little wet in spots, but the weather was great.
So what did you miss on our historic opening league night? Mark Jones is what you missed. Mark is a fairly new player to disc golf, only having tried the course a handful of times before league night. On hole 5, at a very respectable distance of 72 metres or 236 feet he scored the first and only ace on the night, a glorious hole in 1. With the basket tucked in beside a few trees, this was a fantastic shot. Congrats Mark! Group 2 was on the approach to hole 8 when we heard those chains rattle.
Mark had a glorious shot, but the night belonged to Dan Doucette. He came in at 1 under par. Consistency was the name of his game as his putt’s were on point. Dan utilized a strong forehand shot for many of the holes. He worked the course well and will likely be the one to beat as the season progresses.
It isn’t too late to join… your three worst scores get thrown out over the 15 weeks, so there is still plenty of time to join and have a chance to be immortalized on our championship plaque!
Will you be Sault Ste. Marie’s first disc golf champion?