for Feasey - A Test for the Rest
times NZ Champ Simon Feasey put his hand up to
be Tournament Director for the 2004 New Zealand Disc Golf Nationals,
taking a bit of pressure off the Grand Master Bob Gentil
who had run countless National tournies and was in danger of 'burn-out'.
It soon became clear that 'Big Arm' Feasey had quite a plan when
rumours started to develop about a brand newcourse in the thermal
capital of New Zealand, Rotorua.
Once it was official, Simon was quick to acknowledge the positive
attitude of the Rotorua City Council towards
the idea of this little-known sport developing itself in their
town - very different to many centres that a lot of us golfers
And so it was into the hard yakka - many months of work from Simon
and friends - the Lost Tribe from over yonder
on the Central Plateau and the freaks from Freaky Styley
ripped into some ground work to create a playable and challenging
course for the 2004 Nationals.
Being wedges between the Rotorua Airport and Lake Rotorua, beautiful
Hannah Park had had quite a bit of recent work
to it by the council - the creation of some nice walkways through
wet lands, picnic areas and parking attracted such events as the
big off-shore powers boats late in 2003. But it was February 2004
that was to be the pinacle of sport at Hannah as the best and
the rest of New Zealand's Disc Golfers descended on RotoVegas
fror three days of fun and drama.
makes a long putt on the par 3 second. The Flatlander
chose to approach this hole from 'da Left Hand Side'
making for a safe par. |
R watches as Victor bombs in a save for the
par on Hole 2. Victor saved his best for the last
round with a 2 over 58.
The entire course is dead flat - nice for our dutch visitor Arthur
Bosschaart, but very different from most of New Zealand's
undulating courses. Simon however managed to maintain the challenge
by utilising the fauna of Hannah Park with some very testing hole
that required just the right element of left-to-right type drives
to get close to the greens. And then there was the 13th over-the-lake
hole. An appropriate number for what was the nemesis for many,
this hole brought much wailing from lefties especially and quite
a few players chose to drive from the drop zone without even trying
the drive (save those discs was the policy). Mind you, it was
the nationals - designed to test the best. The 13th certainly
proved the toughest hole with zero birdies in singles play and
just one birdie in doubles thanks to a wicked drive and putt from
Quan of the Quan/Deano team.
Quan has developed considerably over the last few years - watch
your back Feasey!
So all in all a great course and awesome to see the sport grow
in the Land of the Great Long Drive. Well done
Simon, I say!
New Zealand suffered some of the most freaky weather ever leading
up to February and Rotorua did not escape it. As the first round
of Doubles began on the Saturday, the water table was above ground
level in many areas, resulting in guarenteed wet feet for all
but the smart Lost Tribe from Taumarunui (and
Jim) who played in gumboots! Only in Aotearoa,
Doubles always gives the players a chance to learn the course,
its dangers and opportunities and so come Sunday everyone tentatively
approached their first hole for the first of four rounds.
With the absence of Steve
Scarborough due to pregnacy (congrats by the way), many
in the know thought the tournament was a given for Feasey - after
all, he designed the course for his big arm! A few punters, including
The Scarb, hung their hopes in Chris
'Truckie' Kingsnorth who had been showing some form,
winning the Extreme Golf at Tauranga in 2003.
But alas, it went the way of the favourite Simon Feasey. Well
done to him, but where's the competition? I'll put a fiver on
Quan for the 2008 Champs in Tokoroa(?)
how did the Freaky Styley crew go? Who cares!
are images from the 2004 Nationals. Click on the image to see
it all in GabbaVision in a new window.