2006 New Zealand
Disc Golf Nationals
Redwood Forest Park, Rotorua,
February 4-6 2006
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New Zealand Disc Golf has been enjoying some
great events so far in the 21st Centruy and if the Rotorua nationals
is anything to go by, 2006 will be a perlor.
We were treated to a stunning setting that
had been discovered disc golf-wise by American Scott
Caesar when he moved into Rotorua and then molded into
a superb course by reigning New Zealand Champion Simon
We asked Mr Disc Golf NZ himself, Bob
Gentil, to write a story about the weekend...
There is only one problem with holding the
premier event on the New Zealand Disc Golf calendar in the mountainbiking
Mecca of Rotorua, and that’s that the guy who named the
16th hole ‘Go Ridin’ will probably do just that.
So other than the fact the Mangere Mexican
Juan Unda ended up with a ‘DNF’
the 2006 Nationals were a success.
The new Ngapuna Park course
was truly testing, with everyone happy about the giant Redwood
relief from the sun and even the occasional shower on the Sunday
The Redwood Holiday Park proved to be not just a handy place
to stay but also an ideal ‘Frisbee central’ for
The NZFDA Inc. Disc Golf AGM
and tournament dinner at the Rotorua Golf Club went down well.
The only sad thing was the lack of players. I always like to
think that the growth in our sport can be measured by the numbers
that play Nationals. But maybe most players, 'cos I know there’s
more than 30, just prefer to play social golf with their mates
and not compete at the top end.
Although that being said, there’s nothing
like 3 days throwing plastic with a bunch of like-minded people
in a place like Rotovegas. It’s not just about winning
.. you can learn a lot over a tournament weekend, and once the
field is seeded, each group has it’s own competition going
Saturday saw me hobble along to the course,
as the players meeting was just getting under way. The Freaky
Styley boys had come to the party with the Zaskar
Van and the Mountainbike Tent marking out Disc Golf Central.
Following the doubles briefing 15 pairs of
players headed for the tees. Including the Tauranga legend Daz
Swatilla. The Chef who was the first TD to put a course
in the Rotorua Redwoods some 15 years earlier. Welcome back
By the end of the day the Lost Tribe's Blair
Joines and local Scott Caesar had
pulled off a one shot win over Simon Feasey
and the man called ‘Fish’, with
new comers Andrew and Andrew from Tauranga one further shot
back in third. The mixed title went to Ming
and son Martin Conway.
Sunday, and Toby’s up
early, keen to get to the course to defend his Under 12 title.
He’s now 7 and this is his is his third Nationals. Up
until about now I’ve been quietly thinking I might be
able to play. I’d payed my entry fee and felt the course
would suit my kind of placement game. BUT this wasn’t
going to happen.. I couldn’t even walk without the help
of crutches.. Let alone throw a disc.
So I stayed in front of the ‘Wellington
7’s’ with my leg up, as round’s 1 and 2 of
the New Zealand Champs got played out for the first time in
28 years with out me.
Both the Sunday singles rounds were random
groups, which was a nice touch as once a tournament is seeded
you often end up playing the next 3 rounds with pretty much
the same people.
At the end of the day TD and course designer
Simon Feasey - on 108 - had a 1 shot lead over
Tauranga’s Dean Marshall and Blair
Joines from Taumarunui, with a log jam of players a
further shot back.
But there were 2 more rounds to
Sunday evening saw us at the Rotorua Golf
Club for a superb Tournament dinner, followed by the NZFDA
Inc. Disc Golf Annual General Meeting. Well done to
those people who put their hand’s up yet again to continue
running Disc Golf in New Zealand. Our sport in forever indebted.
Monday morning and it’s fine and warm
for the final two rounds of the 2006 Singles competition. After
round 3 defending Open Champ Simon Feasey had
opened up a 7 shot buffer over Dean Marshall,
with North Harbour's Chris Kingsnorth and the
Lost Tribe's Blair Joines breathing down his
The Final round saw Dean off to a flyer, birdieing
6 of the front nine to cut the lead to just 3.
Was the pressure of being TD, having the brand
new Rover break down and fighting off a virus starting to tell?
On the par 3 hole 11 "Tongue
‘n’ Grove" Dean struck trouble - for
the second time he double bogeyed the shot into the slot in
the trees. Despite 4 more birdies, making it 9 in the round,
Simon held on to take the open title by 4. Chris Kingsnorth’s
consistent play saw him take the dais in third with just 1 shot
back to Blair Joines.
The Masters Title went to Scott Caesar
with the Ginger ‘Dev’ Marty De Haas
taking second and Waiheke Island golfer Brett Hailstone
in third. The Woman’s Title was taken out by Ming
Menzies with Cherie taking second.
The Grand Masters went to the side arm throwing Taumarunui legend
Pete Boyle, with a 19 shot buffer over the
defending champ Nigel Barnwell.
The Junior under 18 silverware went to the
ever improving Bruno Whale and the Junior Under
12 title was won for the third year in a row by Toby
'but I was the only one there Dad!' Gentil.
Congratulations to every one who helped out
and took part in event 1 on the 2006 NZ Disc Golf Tour the ‘New
Zealand Disc Golf Championships’.
Hopefully I’ll be good to go by event
3 in Queenstown!