The Flight Crew once again headed up the majestic Columbia River Gorge for the 2013 Aloha Sushi Classic. Traditionally the ASC has delivered great weather, fun courses and an overall good time. This year proved no different. Some of us made the trek eastward on Friday morning, arriving in Walla Walla on a brilliant sunny afternoon. We went straight to the course to check things out, learn the lines and get in some practice for the big event on Saturday.
The 2013 Disc Golf tournament season has officially kicked off! I always like to start mine with a trip down to Bend Oregon for some spring time recreation and I can't think of a better way to recreate then some high desert disc, spring riding at Mt. Bachelor, good beer, and great friends!
I rolled in to bend around 3pm and went straight to the Pine Nursery to get some practice holes in and check the new layout for this years event. The course consist of a permanate 9 holes and the tournament layout adds another 18 holes for a grueling 27 hole round. That day the weather was beautiful with temps in the low 60's and hardly any clouds. ideal golf weather. During my warm up I met up with Next Adventure flight crew member Ryan Gwillim and his wife. We finished our practice holes and decided to end the day with food and beers at the 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
On October 27th 82 disc golfers gathered at Willamette disc golf course in Corvallis Oregon for the 4th annual Hope Open, which benefits the American Cancer Society. This year’s tournament filled in record time, and the wait list quickly grew. I competed in the women’s open masters division while my Flight Crew teammate Ryan Gwillim competed in the open men’s division.
The 11th annual Hab/Rec disc golf tournament was held last weekend on a beautiful day at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada.
Long known as one of the final tournaments of what has become an extremely busy disc golf season, the Hab/Rec has become a favorite of many seasoned veterans as well as new up-and-coming players. I hear so many players tell the story of the Hab/Rec being the first tournament they ever played, including myself back in 2007. Year after year, Patrick Buckley has done a great job introducing new players to tournament play.
Another year, another excellent challenge presented by Jeff Hagerty and the Oregon Disc Golf Championships, aka ORDGC. If you've never had the opportunity to experience Trojan disc golf course in the "Magnum" layout, you're missing out. If you have had the pleasure of acquantance, then you're probably missing out on a lot of your plastic! Hagerty and the staff take the mostly tame standard par 55 layout, and rebuild the whole thing into a beautiful mess of hazardous, physically and mentally straining shots. The layout is a par 61 monster of a course that can make just about any golfer shriek in terror as they watch their beloved first-run whatever fly off course and 100 feet off into the liquid grave.
They say time flies when your having fun, and they're right. The (NAAC) has come and gone one more time and it was definitely one fun filled action packed weekend. Only in its third year, this event has become the Northwest primer Am only disc golf tournament. A event not to me missed, with registration filling up lighting quick from golfers looking forward to a weekend of good company, good food, Pier Park and hopes of becoming a champion. Welcome to the NAAC!
The Hab/Rec Fall Open Disc Golf Tournament began with the idea that the Portland area needed a one-day tournament which catered to all levels of players from professional to recreational. A local amateur disc golfer named Patrick Buckley decided to host such a tournament at Milo McIver State Park. The first annual event took place on October 12, 2002.