51 people – a 2019 MODS record – took to a bitterly cold Cotswold View Disc Golf Course on Saturday November 9th to compete in only the third tournament at one of the UK’s premier wooded disc golf courses. Settled on the edge of the stunning Cotswolds area of natural beauty, the property is a disc golf paradise – at least in the summer! Over 20 acres of woodland and walking trails are accompanied by a cosy cafe with a wood fire and excellent food, coffee and snacks.
Keen disc golfers travelled not only from the midlands but from as far afield as Manchester and Southend-on-sea to compete in the one-day tournament which was won by perennial MODS winner James Luton – His (record) 17th MODS win, and second consecutive following on from his excellent performance at the previous series event in Bedworth. Averaging very slightly above his 975 rating was enough to take the victory this time around, with a freezing cold round 1 and icy rain throughout a sodden round 2 enough to keep Team Disc Golf UK challengers Noah Smithson, Jon Tweed and Richard Hatton off the top step of the podium.
MP40 was won by Craig Pettit, with strong victories in their respective AM divisions from Skanda Huggins, Kelly Addison, Ben Jeffrey, Jamie Matthews and Adam Clifford.
It was lovely to see three juniors out on a modified layout of the course alongside the rest of the competition. A very close affair was won by Peter Douse, edging out the talented Fin Landreth for the victory.
The course itself played very difficult in comparison to previous tournaments, with the best round of the day coming in at only four under par (53), and the course average playing to a 9-over par 66 over two rounds.
The hardest hole on the course was the fiendish par-3 18th, playing 1.39 strokes over par with zero recorded birdies. There’s a reason casual round players like to call the hole a par 4, and it did not disappoint! A big shout out to Stroud MA4 player Daniel Griffin on this hole, as he was the only player in either MA4, MA3 or MA2 to par the hole! The only other hole on the course to average a whole stroke over par was, again unsurprisingly, hole 10 which averaged 1.13 strokes over par.
Rather predictably, the two shortest holes, 4 and 6 were the only holes to average under par. Somewhat more surprising to some readers might be that there were zero birdies for the day on hole 2.
Other individual statistical shout-outs go to to James Luton for being the only birdie on hole 5, as well as to Pat Luke for not only his excellent second-place finish but for grabbing two of the three total birdies on the deceptively tricky hole 8 in nasty conditions.
Overall, the standard of competition was extremely high, and the continued excellent attendance at MODS events is a testament to the hard work of the TD, Richard, and his assistants. PDGA Live Scoring was in use for the first time on the series in this event, and it was great to be able to check where you stood during the round at all times.
Full results and individual Hole Scores available here
With the year’s final MODS event, Ackers, still to come on December 14th – and much much more expected in 2020 there’s never been a better time to get into the competitive disc golf scene in the UK. Please come along to the next event and find out more, or leave a comment below about what stats you’d like to read about in the next article!
Ackers Registration can be found here
Article by MA3 second place finisher and fast improving Harry Messenger – PDGA #110254