Saturday 30th saw the inaugural event at the brand new Windmill Leisure Disc Golf course near Bristol. The course is 12 holes following the flow of the Footgolf but utilising the small rolling hills to create a fun challenge to players of all abilities.
38 players made the trip from as far afield as Kings Lynn in the East and Manchester in the North travelling down through thick fog which players arrived to find covering the course.
Matt Cutler drives into the fog as Kelly Addison looks on.
With visibility less than 50 meters at players meeting the course talk through was a case of “trust me, there are holes out there, go and have some fun!”
The format for the day was 24 holes in the morning and 24 in the afternoon. The atmospheric thick fog persisted throughout the first 12, starting to lift by the end of the second and was replaced by glorious sunshine for the rest of the day.
There were 9 entrants in the Open division, Disc Golf UK’s latest team recruit 15 year old Noah Smithson of Kenilworth was making his MPO debut after blasting through the amateur divisions over the last year. He was joined amongst others by 2018 MODS and British Championships winner James Luton of Birmingham, Disc golf UK’s Jon Tweed, local Bristol legend Matt Cutler and Stroud Disc Golf’s Pat Luke recently returned from a year playing in New Zealand.
As expected Luton got off to a flying start. The course suited his game of accurate driving and consistent putting and he laid down the marker for the day, a superb 15 under par 63, Catch the Spirits Matt Cutler who runs the Mr Frisbee shop at Mendips was hot on his heels one shot back on 64 and Disc Golf UK’s Jon Tweed would take the third spot on the afternoon’s lead card with a 65.
Players drive on the short hole 5
As the sun beat down on the afternoon round drying out the grass and players it was the second card that would make the moves. Featuring two Disc Golf UK team members Noah Smithson and Mark Davis it was the long driving Pat Luke who tore the course apart, overshooting the 135 meter hole 3 for a come back Eagle he was on the hunt and chased down Luton’s lead with an incredible 16 under par 62 to add to his morning’s 67. Luton could only muster a 66 and so the two found themselves in a playoff, the first of Pat’s career at this level. Noah Smithson shot the other hot round, he’s been much talked about in Disc Golf media recently and showed why with a calm and confident 64 securing 3rd place in his first MPO outing just one shot shy of making the playoff.
The pair started the playoff on the toughest hole on the course, the long Par 4 Hole one. Followed by the crowd they both had good drives from the tee before the playoff was won in dramatic fashion with a monster 50 meter Eagle throw in from Luke, taking his first win in the MODS.
In the FPO division it was Disc Golf UK’s Sian Lee that started strong with a 3 under par 75 giving her a seven shot lead over local Ala Bagnucka going into the afternoon and 13 shot lead over Kings Lynn’s Kelly Addison. With the sun blasting and with Ala charging Lee’s putter ran cold and her lead was pulled back to just two shots by Bagnucka shooting a level par round of 78 to Lee’s 83. Lee managed to hold on to the win this time but it was another tight battle between the two.
Teeing off the long par 4 hole one.
The story of the MA2 division was one of Eagles. Lots and lots of Eagles.
Local Richard Hooper started the day on Fire. He may have single handedly burnt off the early mornings fog he ran so hot in places. His superb 13 under par 65 included not one but 2 Eagles an Ace pot winning Ace on hole nine and an Eagle on the Par 4 hole 3. Right on his heels was Stroud’s man mountain Ben Jezeswki one back on 66. These two blasted the rest of the competition away and were six and seven shots ahead of third place Scott Rickard going into lunch.
In the afternoon round Rickard started to find his feet with his new Baron putters that he had picked up that morning. As the putts started to fly the pressure mounted on Hooper who’s lead was quickly overturned by Jezewski despite yet another Eagle from Hooper. Ben’s power game was perfectly suited to the course though and a 67 secured his win on 133 and another first place for Stroud, Hooper was two shots back with 135 and Rickard took third on 142.
The Masters division was nearly entirely made up of locals with 3 from Stroud, 2 Yetis who were joined by Bedworth’s Greig Underwood.
It was the Stroud three of Dan Brown, Jon Cicuttin and Skanda Huggins that led the division in the morning before Skanda slipped slightly in the afternoon. Browns 134, good enough for 5th in Open, took 1st place, 8 shots ahead of Cicuttin. Bradford On Avon’s Gareth O’Neill, the man behind Disc Golf UK’s videos, took third spot on 149 overhauling Huggins and eventually beating him by 3 strokes from the chase card.
Masters, left to right, Jon Cicuttin, Dan Brown, Gareth O’Neill.
Another local, Joel Palmer, had stiff competition early in the MA3 division before easing away in the afternoon to win on 142 from Kings Lynn’s Kevin Addison back on 147. Quarry Park’s Kevin Pawley took third back on 148.
American born Redditch resident Matt Grodoski, amongst calls to move up, obliterated the MA4 division, 8 shots ahead after the first round his final score of 141 would have taken third in MA2. His putter was hot all day picking up numerous circle two birdies and proving too strong for second place local Jamie Woodington back on 155 and third place Rafa Lopez-Cancio who shot 157 in his first MODS tournament.
The First run Barons and Counts made their way to the course and were in use for the first time ever in a PDGA sanctioned comp. They found universal acclaim and many players took advantage of the reduced price 5 pack price of £44.99 on the day. Stock will be on the website shortly. We are also now taking orders for wholesale and tournament packages.
The next booked in event is at the brand new Ackers adventures Course in central Birmingham on the 18th May.