The 2019 MODS season kicked off at the beautiful Lichfield Beacon Park Disc Golf Course on Saturday.
The course is an 18 hole layout playing alongside the footgolf and golf pitch and putt and is perfect for beginners with a 13 hole short layout and advanced players alike.
Disc Golf at Beacon Park is normally a stress free affair with relatively forgiving fairways, you can relax and open the arms on the drive in most conditions. However Saturday saw gusty winds up to 30 mph playing havoc with everyone in the field.
42 players arrived for a wet and windy players meeting led by TD Jon Tweed. With the marquee shelter threatening to take off things were looking bleak and then suddenly the rain stopped and the sun appeared and stuck around for the rest of the day.
In the Open division the clear favourite from the get go was 2 X MODS champion and Team GB Captain James Luton playing at one of his closest courses to home. He’s not been beaten often in the MODS and he set the early pace carding a 54 in the morning sharing joint first with GB team mate and Disc Golf UK member Jon Tweed.
With a field of 9 in Open there were three cards of three in the afternoon. Estonian Freddy Unt joined Tweed and Luton on the top card after his mornings 56 just edged out Londons Olli Simonsen on count back.
Simonsen putts out on hole one in the afternoon round.
Luton tore into the second round hitting the band on the tricky first hole with his metal flake Teebird and setting his stall out for a superb 996 rated 51 in the raging winds and an overall 105. Unt and Tweed swapped back and forth before Unt pipped it at the end on the 18th carding a 53 and beating Tweed by one on 109 to Tweeds 110.
In the FPO division veteran Birmingham based Sue Underwood started strong and used all her experience to tackle the tricky windy conditions to card a 62 and 65 to take the win from Norfolks Kelly Addison in second and DiscgolfgirlUK Zoe Winfield in 3rd. Zoe is about to embark on a Disc Golf tour Down under playing in the bucket list tournament “Paradise” in New Zealand later this month. She’ll be travelling with her trusty DGUK Duke and taking photos as she goes – follow her on Instagram for updates!
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In the Masters division Disc Golf UK’s Andrew Douse showed off his knowledge of the course (he designed the tee signs!) carding two 62’s to take the win over Andy Malcolm who took second shooting his best ever tournament result on his return from a long standing knee injury. MODS regular Greig Underwood of Bedworth picked up his first trophy after carding his second best ever tournament round in the morning and ended up beating his long time rival Will Woodward of Nottingham and Manchester Steve Edwards by 6.
In the MA2 division the 15 year old phenom Noah Smithson of Kenilworth continued to impress carding back to back 57’s enough to end 4th in Open. He’s had a few head to head battles with Basingstokes Daniel Trzos in the last year and once again held off Dan’s charging 56 in the second round to beat him by 2 shots overall. Neither player will stay long in the Amateur divisions if they continue to improve at this rate. Scott Rickard took the 3rd place 5 shots back from Trzos and 4 in front of Solihulls Iain McNidder.
The MA3 division was taken by the ever improving Kevin Addison of Tilney Disc Golf Club. Shooting two rounds way above rating he beat out two better rated players to take first place on 120, 6 shots ahead of MODS first timer Jacek Jankowski from Basingstoke and nine ahead of Manchester’s Ben Jeffrey (who also appears to be another new player to watch with a solid looking back and especially forehand drive) and Meng Chong Leong neither able to quite claim the bragging rights before their drive home.
The Largest division on offer was the MA4 division and it was another localish player who took this one again with MODS regular Ben Pollard shooting 125 after an excellent second round 58 allowed him to overtake Manchester’s Ric Taylor with Redditch’s Matt Grodoski another 3 strokes back.
The spot prize winners James Luton, Ben Jeffrey, Greig Underwood and Dan Dan were able to claim one of the sought after prototype Disc Golf UK British made discs on offer on the day.
The Baron putter was the stand out to the whole field with a long predictable flight path and great accuracy in and around the basket this will become a go to disc in players bags once PDGA approval is received this month.
The Duchess is an understable mid range prefect for beginners and children with a small shallow rim making it easy to grip and release.
The Count is a straight flying fairway driver with a slight high speed turn (and a lot of turn into the raging headwind on hole one on Saturday!) and a reliable fade. It seems to suit itself to a sidearm throw especially.
All three discs are with the PDGA for approval and as soon as this comes through we will open for pre orders. These will join The Duke which is already PDGA approved and can be preordered here with hopefully the first batch being sent out by the end of this week.
Huge thanks to all involved but especially Jon Tweed for Tding, Mark Davis for scores and table updates, Andrew Douse for scorecards and artwork and Andy Malcolm for bringing and erecting the event shelter.
The next event will be the 30th March at Windmill Leisure near Bristol.
We have also booked in Ackers a brand new 9 hole course in Birmingham for the 18th May.
We look forward to seeing you on tour!