What a great weekend of disc golf! We had 59 players taking part, including all the top players on the BDGA Tour, right through to some with only a few months experience. Conditions were perfect: dry and bright but with enough wind to make things really challenging on the tough "Black" course layout.
In the Open division, there was a great deal at stake as this was also the penultimate event in the closely contested British Tour. QP's Neil Webber made the best start and after 2 rounds he lead by 1 shot from Derek Robins and Jester Wilson, with Dan Ryan 2 shots further back. Webber and Robins pulled away in the 3rd round with scores of 55 while Wilson and Ryan had disappointing scores.
Drama in the Final
The final was set up for some great drama with Webber leading Robins by just 1 shot; whilst Wilson and Ryan had to battle for 3rd place with O'Brien, who had shot the weekends best round of 53 in the morning. It was always likely that the destination of the title would be decided in the 2 treacherous woods holes where you only need to be a couple of feet off-line and you can ricochet off a tree into an impossible lie. Robins had taken a 7 on the Saturday afternoon, but this time his drive fizzed straight down the middle and a perfect up-shot left him a drop in 3. He repeated the feat on the next hole, whilst Webber hit into the trees and an unlucky cut-through the chains meant that Robins emerged from the woods with a 4 shot lead, which he retained over the remaining 2 holes. In the battle for 3rd place, Ryan came from behind to clinch the honours with a birdie 2 on the 18th.
In the Advanced Amateur division, after the first round, Croydon's Tom Lowes was 4shots ahead of the pack which included QP players Andrew Douse and Gary O'Malley. O'Malley shot a brilliant 59 in round 2 to edge into the lead, and with Lowes and Hartshorne falling away in the 3rd round, O'Malley took a 4 shot lead into the final, and held on to take his first Amateur title. QP's Richard Hatton was in close contention for 2nd place, but couldn't overhaul Paul Stoddart.
In the Intermediate Amateur division it was pretty tight after 1 round, but then Aussie Jason Vidot carded a 61, and opened up a big lead, which he retained on the Sunday. QP's Phil Sumner took the runner up spot with 3 solid rounds, all above his current rating.
Big thanks to Tournament Directors Jesse Denny and Neil Webber, and the other QP players who helped out with course and tournament preparations.
Full results can be seen at http://www.pdga.com/tournament_results/79400