First off it was an honor to be selected again as the team Cowbell/Charlotte
woman. There has never been a repeat woman except for me. This
event is so unique in that it's a true team event and it's played
match-play. I love both aspects of that. Bob joined me this year
as my caddy, which was a blessing because Hawk Hollow is a beast
of a course and it was nice not to have to carry my bag the whole
time. And it's getting me used to having a caddy. My father will
be caddying for me at the World tournament, so I better get used
to having one.
We camped at the Grange again this year and Jennifer & Walt
camped with us. Jennifer is a great golfer and friend and it was
great hanging out with her again. We got to play the Grange's
courses and it's famed Tiki course. Awesome! I so want one! It
truly is a putt-putt course for disc golf. At night all the baskets
are lit up. What a wonderful experience.
On to the actual tournament... round one was against Michelle
Horn. She beat the snot out of me. She played the best disc golf
that day that I have ever seen her play. Hawk Hollow was a perfect
fit for her style of play. I tried and tried, but she had me.
Hats off to you Michelle, well done! Round two was against Becky
Sonnheim. Becky played solid. Unfortunately my heart went into
ventricular defiberlation and lasted for about 30 minutes. That
pretty much cost that round. Round three was against Airlee, whom
I beat at the Savannah Open. I guess it was payback, because she
got me. I was exhausted from my heart episode, so that one got
away from me too.
Sunday was a little better... Round four was against Victoria
Pruitt, a solid NC disc golfer. She came from behind to push the
match. Round five was against Christine. I finally won one match
at VTI this year.
Charlotte/Team Cowbell won the division despite my personal
play. We lossed in the semi-finals to Team Unity. I played Sarah
Demar, who was incredible. It was an honor just to have played
her. She played so well, her form was awesome.
We did the same thing last year. It is still a very rewarding
event and I love the team aspect of it. I have grown very close
to all my teammates and hope to be invited again to play.
Debbie had been so impressed by last year's VTI experience and
she was so excited to be a part of it again this year, that it
left me with pretty high expectations for the tournament &
trip... I wasn't at all disappointed.
I really enjoy camping.. especially with Debbie.. especially
beside a disc golf course. We've been camping at the IDGC, Lake's
Edge, Flyboy's Aviation, and now the Grange/Blockhouse. Each has
been a wonderful experience. The added bonus of the "Tiki
course" made this one even more memorable.. what a wonderful
concept, and so well implemented!
This was my first experience with team disc golf as well, and
I'm glad that we were with team Cowbell (Charlotte) as the togetherness
of this team far surpassed that of any of the other participating
teams. They did everything together and genuinely had a good time
with each other. I felt that I was a welcome part of the group
even though I was "only a caddie" for this trip. Aside
from camping & competing together, we also ate together. Two
of our meals were at Angelo's Italian restaurant which was fantastic!
As for the tournament itself, that was quite the experience as
well. Hawk Hallow is the real deal! I was physically spent just
caddying this monster for 6 rounds. The layout, distance, terrain,
and variety made for a wonderfully challenging disc golf experience.
I would have loved to try my hand at the course, but I was doing
good just to stand upright by the end of it.
The thing that stood out most to me from watching Debbie compete
this time was that each of her opponents had their best round
against Debbie. They all played great throughout the entire weekend
I thought, but I was surprised at how the accuracy and level of
play from each of the other ladies peaked when playing Debbie.
It didn't appear to be an intentional, conscious thing for any
of them to play their best during that particular match, but each
time I thought to myself that I must be imagining it because of
a probable bias, they would whip out some incredible shot that
far surpassed what they had done on the same holes in other matches.
I can't explain it, and it wasn't a bad thing.. it was just very
interesting to see firsthand. There's little doubt in my mind
that most of Debbie's opponents would have beaten me in matchplay
at the level of play they were demonstrating when matched against
Debbie's heartracing issue was obviously a great cause of concern
for us. Most seriously is the obvious medical risk invovled. Aside
from that, it is very tough to see a great competitior playing
hard, then be almost completely stopped by something like this,
and then to be too weakened from it to give a full effort afterwards.
I don't know that the scores would have been different necessarily,
considering the level of play her opponents were demonstrating,
but to not even be able to give it a decent effort because of
unexpected physical limitations was tough to see.
I was proud of everyone's effort, and pleased that team Charlotte
made it to the semi's, winning their division again this year.
Hopefully, I will be able to be a part of a great experience like
this again someday.