Things are just getting back to normal on the disc golf courses around Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota after the hubbub of 612 disc golfers competing for the PDGA Amateur World Championships. But a few Southern California disc golfers brought some of that excitement back home with them.
San Diego’s Vanessa Van Dyken kept her perfect PDGA tournament record alive at 7-0 by winning the Advanced Women’s division (FA1) at this year’s Am Worlds. Vanessa took the lead after shooting the hot round (53) in the 3rd round and never looked back on her way to a 6-shot win. Smashboxxtv was providing lots of live video coverage of the tournament play, and you can see their full round played at Bryant Lake here.
Santa Barbara’s Mark Hauser is a fixture in SoCal Disc Golf. Mark has 38 PDGA wins since 2001, including seven (yes, seven!) Tim Selinske U.S. Masters titles in the Advanced Grandmaster division. Mark had come in second twice, third and fifth at Am Worlds, but this year he took the title in Men’s Advanced Senior Grandmasters (MS1)! After dueling with Florida’s Michael Schweitzer for the first three rounds, Mark took the lead in round #4 and cruised to a 19-shot victory. Congrats Dr. Mark!
Perhaps the most buzz around SoCal last week was generated by the play of Robert “Robot” Smith of Fountain Valley, playing in the Advanced Men’s division (MA1). Robot shot out of the gate quickly with a 1030-rated first round and held the lead after the first, second and third rounds. He stumbled a little during the fourth round to drop into second place but quickly stormed back in the fifth round to regain the lead. His cardmates picked up strokes on him in round six and the semi-finals as the top four players were all tied up going in to the 9-hole finals. Robot stumbled on the first few holes of the final and ended up taking third place, but he was an obvious crowd favorite with his massive drives. Several of Robot’s rounds are available for viewing on Smashboxxtv’s YouTube page.
Congrats to all of the SoCal disc golfers who made the trip to Minnesota, and thanks for representing us proudly!