With the temporary Onepoto Domain Lakes course being at sea level there was always the chance that with Auckland’s spring rain it was going to be a little wet under foot. And it was. A week's worth of solid wet weather saw to that. No matter - it was what it was and it was just great to play three rounds of 18 baskets, even if it was in gumboots for some.
At the Saturday morning players meeting it was great to see some new faces and of course all the regular tour players keen to get underway.
Onepoto is a course that requires some careful planning as along with the water on the ground, the lake and waterways through out the park mean players need to think carefully about where they want to be for their next shot, not to mention how much water they take on. On all the water holes there is a safe option but that can sometimes add a shot. But of course taking on water can be rewarding but can also add numbers to your score. Not to mention see you swimming for your disc.
As the lunch arrived after round 1 Auckland golfers Marty de Haas and Damian Peters were tied for the lead on 52, with a slight buffer over the Lost Tribes Blair Joines on 54, with a pair of GM’s Pete Boyle and Bob Gentil on 55. What was of interest was in the Woman’s competition with Levin’s Gemma Sullivan playing in only her second tournament and tying the first round score of New Zealand’s Woman’s Disc Golf legend Fiona ‘Ming’ Menzies.
By the end of the second round Damian had continued his consistent play to keep the lead with a 54, only bettered by local Nigel Hailstone’s 53 to see him join Damo, Blair and the GM in the seeded top 4 for the final full round of 18 on the Sunday morning.
Conditions on the Sunday were a lot better, although it was still very wet under foot the sun actually came out for a while and most players relished being able to play without a rain jacket hindering movement. In fact for a while it was tee shirt weather.
Once the hot pizza lunch had been devoured it was time for the ‘Super 6’ to head to the course to play holes 1 through 6. Damian Peters led the group on 108 with Blair Joines just 1 shot back on 109. The GM was sitting third with Nigel Hailstone, Tauranga’s Brendon Love and the Lost Tribe’s Pete Boyle making up the 6. That became 5 when Pete decided he was happy with 6th so would hit the road early for the 4 hour drive back to Taumarunui to make a 5 o’clock basketball game. [make the most of it Pete .. those knees won’t last forever! - ed]
Not a lot changed during the ‘Super 6’ apart from Damian putting another 4 shots between first and second and the GM taking 4 shots out of the gap between himself and Blair in second.
In the battle for Levin bragging rights Jackson Sullivan held on for a 2 shot buffer over his old man Shane and Lawton Williams, and Gemma Sullivan will be keen to have another crack at Ming in the not to distant future as well after pushing her to the max.
Thanks once again to all who made the 2010 Auckland Champs another great NZDG Tour event.
Two more NZDG Tour events to go for 2010 and it’s tight at the top with both Simon Feasey and Damian Peters both sitting on three 50 pointers a piece. Bring on the Christchurch Fling and Smokin Mountain and lets watch the battle unfold!