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…
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