All Photos courtesy of Paul Fox – Looking back towards the tee from hole 16 with basket of 7th on the right
MODS # 3 moved East to the border of Norfolk to play at the Disc Golf UK Tilney course.
There is a permanent 9 hole course at Tilney, akin to the red course at Quarry Park which has been in situ for a year. The Competition was the opening event on the new main course an 18 hole layout playing two loops of nine around the full 9 hole golf course.
A small field of 24 players made the trip looking to test their game on the monster Main course at 3 and a half kilometers from tee to basket it’s one of the longest layouts in the world.
The Open division was the smallest in MODS history with just the two Disc Golf UK members Jon Tweed and course designer Richard Hatton competing.
Open Card Richard Hatton and Jon Tweed joined by Scott Rickard and Phil Blount
Both players started slow on the tricky morning short course. The course whilst not long has a number of traps to take shots off the unwary and both Hatton and Tweed fell into them carding a few bogies along with not enough birdies. Hatton just pipped Tweed by a shot going back to the clubhouse at lunch with a course record 56 (the first time the layout had been played!)
The winds had started to rise towards the end of the first round and out on the Fenlands on the hottest day of the year they were only likely to get stronger throughout the day.
The afternoon round would start as a golf start with groups teeing off from hole one every 6 minutes. Hatton drove first and laced his drive up the fairway on the 200 meter slight dogleg par 4, landing around 80 meters short, with pressure on Tweed he shanked his shot at the press photographer narrowly missing him 60 meters away. Tweed recovered with an excellent second giving himself a look at a long birdie attempt. Hatton approached up comfortably and made the putt to take a birdie the only one scored on that hole on the day.
Top Hatton drives on hole one, bottom, Hatton makes the putt for the birdie
Hatton continued strongly to cement his lead, finishing up on an 8 over par 76 the best round of the day by three shots. This was his first MODS win in 15 attempts and long overdue after a couple of late chokes in 2016.
Golfers and Disc golfers playing in harmony
The advanced amateur division was the most tightly contested competition which gave them the honour of teeing last in the afternoon round so they would play down the 18th in front of the watching gallery.
AD Am Lead card Ken Thompson, Adam Willetts, Mark Davis, Gary O’Malley
As always Willetts got off to a strong start carding a 57 alongside Quarry Parks Ken Thompson and Gary O’Malley. The lead should have been held by Disc Golf UK’s Mark Davis but a misplay led to a two stroke penalty and a morning score of 58.
Getting off last in the afternoon the group was met by probably the worst of the wind. This coupled with the flagging endurance led to some large scores through the final three holes, the toughest hole on the course, 16, a par 5 353 meter sinuous hole with water all down the left side, did some damage, but the worst was saved for the 18th where drive after drive landed in the lake as the foursome tried to bite off more than they could chew into the strong headwind.
It was all still to play for between Davis, Willetts and Thompson on the last, but Davis managed to hold his nerve to come home victorious.
Mark Davis throws his upshot on 18 after his first rolled OB
The FPO division had a couple of entries team GB and Disc Golf UK sponsored Sian Lee and newcomer Ash Carter in only her third month of playing the sport. Sian did well in the wind, playing tactically around the course to come home with the win with two rounds comfortably above her player rating.
Top Sian Lee Drives on hole 9 as Ash looks on, Bottom FPO and Masters card
Masters like the Open was just two players strong with Will Woodward of Nottingham and Greig underwood of Bedworth going head to head. Will had been playing with some of the best in the world earlier this year out in Thailand and his two rounds even with a scoring penalty smashed his player rating, playing solid and sensible golf all day to take his first Masters win.
Woodward drives on hole one
In the Intermediate division there was a standout morning round from Bedworths Christian Cooper. He shot a superb 58 , 100 points above his rating and three shots ahead of anyone else in the field. It was his tournament to lose in the afternoon and despite strong challenges from Nuneatons Carl Chapman and Andy Malcolm of Long Eaton (who shot a superb 87 on the big course) Cooper held on with a solid 92, once again comfortably above his player rating to take his first MODS win by a 5 shot margin from second place Chapman.
Top, lead Int Card, Christian Cooper, Carl Chapman and Jonathan Spenceley, bottom Cooper drives on hole 9
The Lunch time accurate driving games were won by Phil Blount who picked up a custom dyed disc kindly donated by Disc Golf Disc Dyes (order from Dave Fairweather if you have any requests) and Toby Ward.
We will have a host of pictures from the professional photographer on site during the day to add to the website.
The course at Tilney is now open to play with a couple of revisions from the monster layout played in the comp, we are also looking at some shorter tee positions more suited to players throwing in the 70 – 85 meters range.
Huge thanks go out to all the usual team and especially to Eagles Golf center for allowing us there to play, if you could please leave a review on these sites it would be incredibly helpful! :
Our next event is at Readings Dinton Pastures course on the 6th May