Tuesday, December 7, 2010
1st Annual Dark N' Weather Commerorative Disc Golf Tournament @ Koa Willits Disc Golf Course; Hosted by the Mendocino Coast Frolf Club
Welcome to the write-up of the 1st annual DNW DGT@KOADGC. The Co-Tournament Directors (CTDs) thought a mix-up of formats would lend a festive aire to the 1st annual DNW DGT. First up we scheduled a night, glow, alternate shot, handicapped doubles round. Second we switched up a few holes for the standard singles handicapped sunday round. Finally we added the two handicapped scores of each player and awarded the MCFC Special Tourney Trophy to the winner.
Night round was uneventful.
It fulfilled the requirement of dark. This was apparent to every frolfer in the game. Drives became much more difficult and required tutelage by Obiwan Kanobi to feel the shot with your being not just your eyes. A fair amount of over the counter and medicinal substances made this little trick possible. Putting took on a new persona in that your glowing (or not, AJ) disc had to fly through the darkness and find a safe landing in the basket (or monster from your worst nightmares). All in all the round was successful. No lost discs, limited controversy and plenty of stories to tell afterward. David and Ryan (CTD, CTD, CTD) won with a -1 handicapped round followed by Jim and Aaron with a 0 and Derrick and Jared with a 0. The leader board was tight with another round to play.
Waking up to the sun was a pleasant surprise. The fact that it was only a few hours after laying down to sleep made it difficult to embrace but it seemed to be an omen for a great round of play.
As the teams broke up and the play began, so did the rain. The weather component of this tourney was now in play. I can speak only for my round (+12) when I say that rain can be a limiting factor in scoring. With two alternate pin placements, one never having been shot (#2 over the newly constructed "Willits Castle") the difficulty rating of the KOADGC increased dramatically. With a few discs in the pond (there would have been more if we didn't make a last second decision to not move the pin up the hill to the sunday position) and a few wet hoodies, the players all made it back in one piece. The winner was Erin with a hadicapped 0 followed by Nate and Craig tied for second with a +1. It has been a while since a score not under handi won a tourney. Nate and Craig played hole 1 and Nate won with a 30' putt for birdie.
There were many CTP prizes handed out and lots of smiling faces. The famous Cherry Wood Scaled Down Destroyer Trophy was awarded to..............................................................................
CTD David Stein with a +1 hadicapped score over the two rounds.
Thank you all for showing up in the rain for a fun tournament.
I would like to give a special thanks to Matthew Starkweather for all of his work and oranization that has gone into making our tournaments and club something we all can cherish. Aloha Oi Matthew and good luck in your travels. We will be waiting for your return to Tourney play. May your tires stay inflated, may your flip flops never fail, may you know the difference between the cantina and the jail. May you always see the angles and embrace the songs you've sung and may you stay, forever young.
We love you Matthew.