-Many thanks to new MS1 Doubles World Champ Dave Hadder for this account of his recent trip to Texas!
(Mt. Vernon, Texas) – The team of Mark Hauser and Dave Hadder claimed
the Senior Grandmaster title of World Champions at the 2015 World Doubles Championships held on May 29th-31st in Mount Vernon Texas.
Team SoCal arrived three days early to practice on the four courses used for the tournament, and quickly discovered that water would be a subtext for the week as each course played around overflowing lakes or streams. Ankle deep standing water and mud on a majority of the holes welcomed the visitors from the desert land of SoCal. But the torrential rains that had soaked the area for over a month would hamper all of the disc golfers at this World Championship.
Two rounds were scheduled for Friday at the Seleh Ranch DGC, with the morning round on the Lakeside course playing a mixed format (6 holes Best Disc, 6 holes Best Score and 6 holes of Alternate Shot). The first six holes were played mostly through the woods, and although Team SoCal was 1-under the Iowa/Nebraska team made several incredible saves and clutch long distance putts to hold a 2-stroke lead. The final hole (#18) of Alternate Shot along the lake was more of the same as Team SoCal missed birdie putts and fell behind by three strokes. Moving to the Best Shot format Team SoCal posted an eagle on #1 and then four birdies over the next six holes to pick up one stroke on the leaders as Team Iowa/Nebraska matched them shot for shot with the help of two 50-ft. putts.
The best score portion of the round started on the ‘Island’ hole with Dr. Hauser carding a birdie, while the other team sank a 45-ft. birdie putt from a tombstone shot buried into the shoreline. Team SoCal finally broke through for one stroke playing back into the woods while Team Iowa/Nebraska floundered in the woods with a bogey. An hour and a half rain delay interrupted the round, but once play was resumed Team SoCal birdied the final two holes to remain one stroke out of first and in a tie for second.
Round 2 was played on the Seleh Ranch Creekside course using the Best Shot format.
Starting the round on Hole #17 players faced two holes dominated by the lake, including #18 that played to a peninsula hole only 50-ft. wide. The three teams on the card each birdied the opening water holes with Hadder barely missing an ace on #18. Two holes later Team SoCal regained a tie for the lead before having one of it’s few hiccups for the round. With one drive in the lake and another playing through an opening in the woods, they still dropped a stroke when Team Not Quite Stable made a perfect approach shot across the lake and Team Iowa/Nebraska birdied from 80-ft. inches inside the shoreline. Team SoCal answered with five birdies in a row, resulting in a 3-way tie for first when Hadder made a 27-ft. putt into the wind and rain for birdie on a 614-ft. hole. With the rain pounding down on the course Team SoCal missed putts on the next two holes to drop two strokes back, including a rules violation that wiped out a 22-ft. birdie putt by Hauser, after watching Team Iowa/Nebraska once again making birdie from 70-ft. Needing a spark, Team SoCal birdied five out of the last six holes, but it wasn’t enough as the Not Quite Stable team carded four birdies and an eagle on the final hole played over the lake for a 2-stroke lead after the day one.
Overnight the area was hit with several storms and the third round on Saturday at the Texas Twist DGC was delayed four hours due to a line of massive thunderstorms. When play finally started in the afternoon using the Alternate Shot format Team SoCal was still on the leader card paired with Team Not Quite Stable. An early O.B. into the creek on the third hole played dropped Team SoCal 4-strokes down, which would be the largest deficit of the tournament, but Team SoCal quickly erased the deficit in two holes with two birdies and the help of Not Quite Stable throwing into the lake for a double bogey. Two holes later Team SoCal took over first place and then recorded four birdies on the next five holes, the last extending the lead to two strokes. Playing back into the woods, Team SoCal had problems on the next two holes, erasing their lead and resulting in a 3-way tie for first leading into the final round.
Due to the long rain delay in the morning, and more thunderstorms on the horizon,
the fourth round was moved to Sunday, and the Final 9 was eliminated, meaning the championship would be decided on the Trey Deuce DGC using the Best Score format. This was a nearly perfectly played team round as Team SoCal never recorded a bogey and made twelve birdies, but the BC Champs team (also playing on the lead card) were still only one stroke behind with five holes to play. Hole #10 was a 600-ft. hole snaking through the woods that Team SoCal (mostly Hauser) parred while Team BC Champs took a double bogey seven, and with a 3 stroke lead the decision was made, “We have 4 holes left and we need to birdie them all”. Hauser’s 28-ft. putt on the final hole sealed the deal, completing the four-for-four and secured the title of World Champions for Team SoCal by four strokes, with the lowest round of the day of any team (3 Divisions) playing the Trey Deuce course.
Congrats to Mark Hauser and Dave Hadder for bringing home more world titles!