Hole 1 - Shooting from the Hip
Dave Routley started off with
his usual forearm action and took Steve
Scarbrough all the way, coming within
one putt from causing the first upset of the
Hole 1 - Cooper S Triple Turbo
After his traditional 3 practice rounds at dawn,
Des Cooper was well warmed
up for the first hole, Round 1.
Hole 2 - And the Jandals Take the Hole
He's tackled crocs in the Aussie
outback, wrestled elephants in Mongolia,
so playing in jandals was just second nature
for the brute of a man they call Juan
Unda. Here he pots a birdie on hole
2 to go one up against Dylan.
Hole 3 - GM: Grimace More
Tournament Director and the man behind the push
for a permanent course at Spa Park,
Bob Gentil makes sure his shank
is strong for the downhill aceable third hole.
Hole 3 - Lean Mean Super Dean
Match Play at its best, sole Tauranga representative
Dean Marshall slammed this
one into the chains - he had to if he was going
to halve the hole with Pete 'Street'
Hole 3 - Slick Vic
One of the unsung heroes of kiwi Disc Gold,
young Vic is always there to
lend a hand. Here he helps himself to a birdie
on hole three to go one up against Lean
Mean Super Dean.
Hole 4 - 3 Cars, 4 Bars and The Man
Desparate Dylan - always entertaining,
he seized the motor on his own car and so it
looked like we would have no Wellington showing.
But thanks to Uncle Jake, Dylan
made it, albeit late. And he even had the cheek
to beat the gals' favourite Juan Unda
2 and 1.
Hole 5 - Fetch!
It's an awesome sight - seeing top
Taumarunui golfer Blair Joines
fire forearm on the fifth. It sure had Fido
Hole 5 - Enoch You Out of Match Play
Yep, it won't be long before young
Enoch is beating some of the
senior players. At 12 years old, this junior
athlete is firing off some incredible drives,
not to mention putting with an innocent confidence.
Hole 5 - The Bermuda Fairway
The sinewy strength that is Juan
Unda fires a fine drive on the 5th.
The only one in his group to stay out of trouble,
the jovial Mexican was flambasted to find his
disc...nowhere! After much help from over 8
friendly players, he had to hand the hole to
Dylan, never to recover. We
have since determined some non-playing dork
on the course swiped Juan's
disc. But Juan may have the
last laugh; "If not immersed in chilli
powder every week, my drivers will emit a pungent
smell reminiscent of Jim's
Hole 5 - 'In da Hole!'
Match play does call sometimes for the confident,
nothing-to-lose type putt like this one by Vic
that slammed in and stayed in to halve the hole
Hole 6 - Like A Puppet On A String
It's like Feasey has the disc
on a string - here he directs a long putt right
into the chains. But he is human - this bounced
Hole 7 - Wonders Never Cease
We were shocked when this pic came of the developing
tray - forehand!!? Who is this you may ask -
suffice to say he admitted practising the forehand
for this very hole. Click on the image to see
who has taken on the Lost Tribe
Hole 7 - He Just Can't Miss
We must admit, Chris K is an
example of practice makes per...formance increase.
Since he started a concerted campaign of serious
disc golf mid 2003, Chris has
featured in the top group more often than not.
This long putt was the norm for his first round
against a bedazzled Fish.
Hole 7 - The Gentil Fan Club
Concern on the faces of Sheree
and Toby as the Grande
Master myteriously loses a disc after
a decent drive on hole 7. Would it turn out
to be a crucial loss - we think so.
Hole 8 - Tip of the Triangle
With more practice throws than the rest of the
field combined, Des Cooper
was well versed in the approach into the tricky
Hole 9 - 'I'll Try Anything!'
Des Cooper finds himself in
a tricky position for his putt on nine. Nothing
a hammer can't sort out, eh
Hole 10 - Happy Chappy
Blair is pleased to get this
one! And rightly so - check out the overhang
he had to contend with. And it meant he kept
in touch with a rampaging .
Hole 10 - Triple Putt
No, these three are not ignoring disc golf etiquette
- it's just our Freaky Styley
photo technology catching all three approach
shots in one. Vic, Baz
and Quan all threatened the
Hole 10 - Super!
OK, so we thought Blair's putt
was good (see above), but check out this beauty
from Vic to keep Dean
in his sights before eventually going down 5
Hole 11 - The Gallery Likes It
Visitors to Spa Park were treated
to some of the finest disc golf (what's disc
golf?) on the planet. This hole proved crucial
in the Grand Final with Simon
potting a long putt from in the blackberry to
go one up.
Hole 12 - Do the Gentil Shuffle
After 25 years in this business, Bob
has learnt that a little shuffle and swing of
the hips can help the disc turn on the tough
tight shank shots. Or is that for picking up
chicks at the nightclub?
Hole 12 - Give It Up, Tree!
One of the ironic advantages of developing a
strong throwing arm is that we are usually able
to dislodge discs caught in a tree without too
much trouble. Doesn't help the pain of dropping
a shot, though!
Hole 12 - Pete the Smokin' Mountain
The man who putts with two disc in his hand,
you can't help but love the covergirl from this
year's Smokin' Mountain
Hole 12 - Houston, the Eagle Has Landed
American Scott Ceasar was pleased
to make the top 16, thanks to a fine performance
at Smokin' Mountain. But that
meant he had to face number 1 Simon
Feasey. In this shot, taken from a
cool vid we took, Scott launches his Eagle towards
Hole 14 - 'Oh Robert!'
Sorry Bob, it's the only shot we had on the
14th. This was the one that went low and hit
the basket. That was a putt to win the hole
and put Bob in an almost unbeatable
position. I had a call last night from his psychiatrist
asking me what 'hole 14 at Spa Park' was...
Hole 15 - FOUR!
Dropping down to the race village, hole 15 is
a birdie target for many players. But like Bob
here, you first have to shank around the trees
close to the tee. And then you must master the
S-bend down onto the green.
Hole 15 - Oh Bob - You're SO Big!
Yep, despite hole 15 being fairly long, Big
Bob still managed to over-drive the
basket, thereby calling for a tricky putt to
the basket. It's a comment he usually only hears
in the showers...
Hole 16 - Dive! Dive! Dive!
A nice gentle bomb from Simon
in the Grand Final after hitting a tree on the
fairway on his drive. This was enough to halve
the hole with Bob.
Hole 18 - This Could Be The Last Hole
Freaky Styley photo-join technology
again shows the tense action on the last hole
of regular play. This was the 18th hole of the
final. Simon shot first from
a tough snookered kneeling position behind a
tree and could only place his putter close for
par. Therefore Bob was able
to have a bit of a dig, utilising his trademark
hop-skip-and-jump putt. However,
he fell short and it was off to 19 - and we
don't mean the clubrooms!
Come On Dad!
Toby in a moment of contemplation
as he watches Dad wander off
to play his 73rd hole of the
tournament. 'Will I ever be able to play like
that?' he asks himself. 'Will I grow up with
funny curly hair? Will I always be saying ey-oop?'
My Daddy Sure 'Nose' How to Play Disc
Like a true champion, Simon Feasey
was even able to putt with Talia
in his arms. Upon inspection of the Rules Book,
we were not able to disqualify him for unfair
balance assistance. There's just no beating