was in that bag?
5 under, 10 under, 6 under and 3
under. 24 Under for the tournament.
I love it when a plan comes together,
and the plan was four rounds under par.
Harcourt Park is a great Disc Golf course; Mark Dakiv
[the course designer] really got the best out of this
small but perfect park for Disc Golf. 9 baskets and
18 tees works really well .. in fact if it wasn’t
for the oddity that every now and then you had another
group playing the same basket as you, you’d
swear there were 18 baskets.
I’d played Harcourt a couple of other times,
and in my mind knew that if you played ‘smart
golf’, there was every chance you’d shoot
well in a competition.
After a very cruzy drive down from
Auckland on the Friday with Marty riding shotgun and
in charge of music, and the Dutch tourist sprawled
across the back seat, I was chuffed to see 23 golfers
turn up for the Saturday players meeting, including
a few new faces. There was also a guest appearance
by the creator of the Fault Line Fury trophy and long
time disc enthusiast, Con McKinney. Simon was there,
Dean Marshall from Tauranga and the Taumarunui rent
a crowd - plenty of competition for line honours.
Despite efforts from those that will
remain nameless, I decided not to play in Grand Masters
and stick with the division I’d started the
year in: Masters.
I always enjoy the opening round
of a tournament; it’s always nice to meet and
play with new people, there’s no pressure and
the mood is always good.
When the cards came in and the pizza came out Blair
and I were tied for the lead. Simon was to be the
first of a few DNFers, sadly pulling out with a case
of tennis elbow, so the first seeded round saw me
heading to hole one with Blair, Dean, Dylan and first
time ever in the top group Glen Crofskey.
It was one of those rounds where it just all came
together, but for a couple of silly misses it could
have easily been 12 or 13 under.
Primo tourney barby that night at
the handy motor camp next door, followed by a great
nights sleep, a must for us old buggers if you want
to perform the next day. [Golf that is!]
Round 3 is always an interesting
time, although having the luxury of a 7 shot buffer
over Dean in second meant my mind set was on covering,
not necessarily extending the lead.
Round 4 was great, not so much for
me score wise, but my fellow ‘Freaky Styley’
road-tripper had made the top group, and had his sights
set on doing more than just that. Marty ‘the
Dev’ de Haas was playing some of his best golf,
and I was there to see it.
When the dust settled, well actually
the drizzle stopped, my plan had come together. For
the first time in 30 years of Disc Golf I had played
‘smart golf’ for all four rounds .. the
rest as they say …. Is history!
· Tournament course record.
· Best ever overall four round total. 
· Biggest winning margin. [13 shots]
For good measure we spent Sunday
night in Taupo and hit Spa Park first thing on Monday
morning, where Marty put me back in my place ... Thanks
buddy, it’s good to keep your feet on the ground.
ON AN IMAGE FOR THE FULL VERSION
Paul watches as Blair slots
a close one
That flat confident putting style that is Dean Marshall
Dutchie Arthur lines it up...
Three D - Dave de Local
Arthur drives the short hole 7
Aaron watches as Dave tries to get out of a tough
Dave? Dave's not here man...
Two important men in the life of Harcourt Park Disc
Golf Dylan and Con measure up that leftie from Auckland
Hole 8 - one of the toughest holes to birdie and Dean
Go for it Dave!
After practising this line 55 times in the morning,
Des chooses to lay up!
It's all over lads! Well done!
Arthur fulfills his role as tourist - 'und dis is
ver Gondelf rode hees horsie'
Purveyor of a fine red, Arthur relaxes after a fine
first two rounds
Con, Pete, Marty, Dean and Dylan - what a motley crew!
One of a kind - Des Cooper
The Freaky Styley Road Trip Crew even had time to
Park for a round and a dip in the thermal
Glen - turning disc golf into an art.