So this weekend I attempted to qualify for the Amateur United States Disc Golf Championships. We had about 35 players in the Advanced field at this tournament, which was a B-Tier. This was also my first time playing in the Advanced field. I figured it would be a good way to see how I stack up to other players I always felt were better than me.
I started on hole 7 which was a short, straight par 3. I threw my Warden to about 8 feet and had an uphill, but easy look at birdie. I hit a lot of chains and it spit out. Ouch. I shook that off and managed to play good golf racking up 4 birdies and staying away from the bogies. I entered the 2nd temp hole (we played a 21 hole layout) and pulled out a Champion Thunderbird. I threw a great looking shot, but it was way too much disc. I skipped OB and had a very long putt to save a 3 which I didn’t convert. My first bogey. For the next 2 out of 3 holes, I added another bogey and then a 5! I was down to even. I steadied myself and finished the first round at (E) 64. I was pretty disappointed in my play considering this was the short course and they would be switching baskets to the long placements during lunch.
I was 10 strokes out of 1st place.
After lunch I found myself on the 4th card and with a new mindset. Play like you have nothing to lose and putt more confidently. The 2nd round I started on hole 9 and missed another birdie chance. Again I played steady picking up 3 birdies as I got to the 2nd temp hole (where I previously bogied) and this time, I reached for my Discraft Buzzz SS. I still threw it a bit too far and missed my birdie putt, but I did redeem that earlier bogey with a par. As I wrapped around the course towards the finish I collected another birdie and stayed bogey free. I reach hole 7 which was in the long this time and grabbed my Buzzz SS. I was (-4) and wanted to get that birdie that I missed the first time. I threw a very straight line at the basket and BANG! An ACE! It wasn’t one of those shots where I thought it might go in, it was a surprise to me when it blasted the chains. I ran down, cleared the basket and jogged back. The adrenaline made it seem so effortless. I finished the last hole with a birdie and for the second round shot a 992 rated (-7), with no bogies. The hot round for Advanced.
I ended up finishing 3rd, qualifying for the USADGC, and taking home $125 in plastic payout along with my share of the ace pot which was $175. The best part is that I was able to maintain my mental composure and played a much better 2nd round even the course was harder.
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