The Superbowl of Disc Golf: The 2012 USDGC

The United States Disc Golf Championship. Polly Nance. 2012.

For those of you who have been following my blog since it began, you might remember my post last year about my husband qualifying for the USDGC: The United States Disc Golf Championship. It’s an exclusive tournament where the best of the best in the world of disc golf compete. This year was a tad different from last, however, because there were two different flights of players, as opposed to one. There was the performance flight (which meant there was no payout… amateur golfers cannot get paid; only pros can. But, this flight was open to both pros and amateurs if they qualified) and the open flight (pros competing for a payout).

My husband wasn’t able to go to the qualifying tournament for Georgia, so he thought there was no way he’d be able to participate this year. Until one day, I came across a post on Disc Stalker’s facebook page (Disc Stalker is a disc golf store in greater Atlanta that sponsors my husband in tournaments… he sports their gear, etc.). The post read something like, “Disc Stalker gets to send one player to the USDGC… this player has to have played in 12 tournaments, have a rating that is above a certain number, etc…” I immediately began campaigning for my husband to go. The last tournament he played in was WORLDS, where he was on pace to make it to the semi-finals until he locked his disc golf bag in his car during a rain delay. He busted a window but, unfortunately and with only 3 minutes left to get to hole 9 (and no medic on the site), we had to make a trip to the emergency room. So sad. Anyways, Ricky ended up being chosen to represent Disc Stalker and return to the USDGC once again. Apparently, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for amateurs to get to go, so this was a tremendous honor for Ricky to be able to go for a second time.

I was completely STOKED because the USDGC is my favorite tournament. They spoil the players and treat them so well. There is always water and snacks placed on various holes. Plus, they cook food for the players at lunchtime up until the last card finishes (5 PM). One day, they had salmon tacos and another day they had fried catfish. Delicious!

Ricky ended up playing really well. It was like night and day compared to last year. The reason this course is so challenging is because it is incredibly LONG (most tournaments have two rounds per day… this tournament only has one because the course is so demanding) and there are yellow out of bounds (OB) ropes everywhere. If you go OB, you must reshoot from wherever you took your last shot. Ricky was 12th going into round two, but the pros he was playing against were no joke. He ended up 39th overall in the performance flight, which was fantastic for him since last year he finished like 99th or something. I was very proud of him!

As always, it was a memorable time that I will never forget. And, if you want to see the coolest thing you’ve ever seen in your life, check out this video of a free-style disc golf phenom  spinning a disc on his lips…. He calls this move THE TOOTHBRUSH. This video shows a clip of the Bud Light disc golf team and this move happens about a minute into the clip. His name is CRAZY JOHN Brooks. Ricky and I were fortunate enought to get to spend some time with him at the USDGC. And he is crazy awesome. And hilarious! He is currently a broadcaster for disc golf planet tv… live on the air as the tournaments are happening. Pretty sweet!

AND NOW… I hope you will enjoy the many photographs of the 2012 USDGC… 🙂

Winthrop Gold Disc Golf Course at Winthrop University. Polly Nance. 2012.

Hole One. Polly Nance. 2012.

First Tee Shot of the First Round. Polly Nance. 2012.

Ricky Putting on Hole One. Polly Nance. 2012.

My Favorite Tee Pad View; Hole Three. Polly Nance. 2012.

The Most Important Thing to Remember Is Do Not Go OB. Polly Nance. 2012.

And Sometimes, Disc Golfers Have to Get Themselves Out of Situations Such as This. Polly Nance. 2012.

Hole Five: The Longest Hole Ever. Polly Nance. 2012.

Side Shot of Ricky Teeing Off On Hole Five. Polly Nance. 2012.

Throwing Over the Lake Is Sometimes the Shortest Route to the Basket. Polly Nance. 2012.

And Sometimes, One Might Not Go OB But Have to Shoot From Interesting Spots Like This. Polly Nance. 2012.

Putting On Hole Five. Polly Nance. 2012.

Holly Finley Teeing Off On the Bamboo Hole. Polly Nance. 2012.

Displaying the Essence of the Bamboo Hole. Polly Nance. 2012.

Another Option. Polly Nance. 2012.

Bear, the Disc Retriever… This Badass Dog Fetches Discs Out of the Lake. Polly Nance. 2012.

Hole 9… I Always Get Nervous for the Players When We Approach This Hole. Polly Nance. 2012.

Throwing Over the Ropes To Get Closer to the Basket. Polly Nance. 2012.

Holly Finley on Hole 11. Polly Nance. 2012.

Putting on Hole Eleven. Polly Nance. 2012.

Putting on Hole Twelve. Polly Nance. 2012.

Hole 13… Otherwise Known as 888; 888 Feet Long and the Basket Is Located to the Right Past the Parking Lot… All Pavement = OB. Polly Nance. 2012.

Ricky on 888; Trying to Get Closer to the Basket. Polly Nance. 2012.

Throwing Around a Tree on 888. Polly Nance. 2012.

My Fav Photo of the Whole Tournament…. It Looks Like Holly’s Hair Has Tossed the Disc. Polly Nance. 2012.

Ricky Throwing a Thumber Over the Trees on Hole 15. Polly Nance. 2012.

Shooting to Avoid the Many Trees That Guard Hole 15. Polly Nance. 2012.

Another Shot, Another Angle; Through the Trees on Hole 15. Polly Nance. 2012.

Jump Putt on Hole 16. Polly Nance. 2012.

The Rest of the Players on the Card Watching as the Guy in Orange Retrieved His Disc From the Basket (4th shot went IN); Before They Take Their Second Shots. Polly Nance. 2012.

Hole 17. Polly Nance. 2012.

Putting on Hole 17. Polly Nance. 2012.

Tee Pad View of Hole 18; The Final Hole. Polly Nance. 2012.

Teeing off on Hole 18. Polly Nance. 2012.

The Intimidating Basket on Hole 18. Polly Nance. 2012.

Neeko Locastro Putting During Round Three on Hole 18. Polly Nance. 2012.

Holly Finley Putting on Hole 18. Polly Nance. 2012.

NOW…

RUN AND TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT DISC GOLF! FUN FOR ALL AGES! SERIOUSLY… GOOGLE COURSES NEAR YOU… I’M SURE THERE IS ONE WITHIN AN HOUR OF YOU (hopefully closer tho lol) 🙂

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PEACE, LOVE until my next bloggy-blog post, dear fellow blog-readin’ friends. 🙂

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