Saturday 18th May saw the opening competition of the brand new Ackers course in central Birmingham.
The Ackers Disc Golf course is a really fun to play 9 hole course with two sets of tees. The reds are great for beginners and really fun for experienced players, the whites play around 910 rated to par and are challenging but fun. The course has been cut through 10 acres of self sown woodland and makes use of elevation changes throughout. There are some player reviews at the bottom of this article for anyone considering going, go play!
Ackers Hole one
In the Open division the favourite was local lad and British #1 James Luton, with Ackers becoming his closest course to home he was desperate to stamp his authority on the course. The main challenge was expected to come from Estonian Freddy Unt and Disc Golf UK’s newest team member 15 year old Noah Smithson.
As expected Luton started strong, carding one bogey five he picked up 12 2’s to set a blistering course record of 46, a 1017 rated round. Smithson revelling in the tightlines he has perfected throwing at Cotswold View eased his way to a 7 under par 49 with Unt two shots back on 51 alongside Iain McDougall of Manchester.
Starting on hole one in the afternoon round Luton got off to a slow start on a hole that took a lot of shots from him all day. He carded a 5 and Smithson scenting a weakness came charging back at him. The 15 year old showing course management way beyond his years took the birdies where available and hauled in Lutons 3 stroke lead to draw level with him with two holes to play.
Luton however dug deep to card one more birdie in home stretch to pull back ahead of Smithson and claim the inaugural Ackers victory with a great score of 97 to Smithson’s 98.
In the FPO division Disc Golf UK’s Sian Lee once again dominated, carding a solid 63 in the morning she took her foot of the gas in the afternoon and eased to a 12 stroke win over Nottingham’s Zoe Winfield.
In the Masters Andy Malcolm came flying out of the blocks, perfecting the technical game he has picked up playing on the tight courses of Iceland he threw a fantastic 55 in the morning a full 90 points above his rating. He came out strong again in the afternoon shooting a 58 to cement the result 6 shots ahead of Amesbury Disc Golf’s Craig Pettitt who pipped Marek Nowak in an exciting playoff for second.
Marek and Craig battle it out for 2nd in Masters
There was a long awaited return to winning ways in the MA2 division. It’s been over 3 years since the very first MODS tournament that Ackers local Iain McNidder of Moseley has won an event. He saved his best performance of recent years for his home MODS. He got off to a slow start carding a morning 60 leaving him 3 strokes back from Scott Rickard with Graham Proctor 1 ahead on 59.
Iain McNidder takes the MA2 win!
He came out in the afternoon on fire. Having helped prep the course on both Thursday and Friday and knowing where the branches had been cut to clear lines, he was ready to shoot his best round ever. He hit birdie after birdie and tore the course apart to card an incredible 52, which at 955 rated was 95 points above his rating. Proctor shot a superb 56 in one of his best performances to date to overhaul Rickard before losing to him in the playoff for second.
Graham Proctor and Scott Rickard playoff for 2nd in MA2
Iain McNidder putting on hole 9 whilst helping to prep the course
The MA3 division was taken by another local, Kevin Pawley who lives 5 miles away in Balsall Common put all his practice at the tight and technical Quarry Park to good use to beat Manchester’s Ben Jeffrey by 4 strokes. Mikko Poder got off to a slow start with a 69 but roared back with a 57 in the afternoon for 3rd place.
In the MA4 division there was the best tournament start to date for Adam Breeden of Warwick. His morning round 66 put him tied first in a strong MA4 division alongside Rafa Lopez of Bristol and Dominic Henry of Leicester. The card of four was finished off by Quarry Park’s Si Groves. Henry learnt from his mistakes in the morning and exerted his authority laying down a 59 round to take the win with Lopez also improving on his morning round still 6 shots back from the winner. Si Groves was just beaten into third place by one from Lopez. Henry, having a good day with the disc, also picked up the CTP spot prize.
DGUK Team at Ackers
The Ackers course is now fully open to play and was a big hit with players. There are day rates available and will be monthly rates as well. This technical 9 holer is well worth a play!
“When I played this course all the holes there had a cool and unique factor . It felt different to anything we have around us . Loved the course” Jon Tweed Team GB player
“Really liked the course despite it making me seriously consider dumping my bag in the canal in the afternoon… really like the way DGUK courses always have short holes that still manage to be interesting and challenging, and this course was a perfect illustration of that…
I really liked hole 8 – still not sure if left or right is the way to go but both seem viable so good choices
Hole 1 is a fascinating beast
Finally hole 6 from the red tee is probably my fave short hole in the country – a pretty shot down a steep drop into a small clearing… really fun” Adam Breeden
“I’m a huge fan of hole 3 and hole 6.” Iain McNidder
“Course was great (I just over thought and over played it!).” Adam Storr
The Next MODS is not booked in yet, but stay tuned and we will let you know ASAP!
Next month sees the Quarry Park Open sponsored by Disc Golf UK, with a full field this Euro Tour promises to be a spectacular event.