Twenty-two minutes after Round 1 concluded I pulled into the parking lot of a nearby Mexican restaurant called Mucho Burrito to buy a taco salad for lunch. Reading through the menu I changed my mind and went with a regular sized burrito stuffed with black beans and every vegetable they had on the menu plus a double scoop of their hottest hot-salsa which would set my mouth on fire and fuel me for the afternoon round of 18.
A left, a right and another left the Tacoma pulled around the outside edge of the park and sat to rest whilst I went over to the merchandise area to check out what JK Discs and Chucking Canuck had to offer in their selection of discs.
After browsing through the discs for about ten minutes, I checked the clock and noted it was five minutes until the shotgun start was to begin. Going back to the PDGA scorecard app, to check which hole our foursome was starting at; lucky hole #4.
Then I opened up the UDisc app, to see where lucky hole #4 was in the park whilst meandering aimlessly around the soccer field with a hunch of the actual layout of the course.
By the time I reached the hole, I had pulled out 4-discs and began my arm warm-up routine whilst awaiting Curtis, Bryce, and Brendan. A few minutes later the 3-pack moseyed on up to the tee pad.
“Well fellas how was your lunch break?” I inquired as they began to open up the scorecard apps and warm-up too. “Yeah, it was pretty good. We had Mexican,” said Bryce.
A burst of laughter erupted from myself and all three of them smiled then shook their heads not understanding why I had just burst with laughter! “Sorry guys,” I began, “I literally just came from Mucho Burrrrrito!” A smile crossed all of their faces. Then without missing a beat Brendan says, “To keep it fair, we thought that Curtis and I, would keep track of scores this round. To you know, keep it less confusing for you on the whole “Bryce – Brendan” scoring issue.” “Yeah that works for me,” said Bryce, whilst I just thought one less thing to keep track of, then said to the group, “no worries fellas, you enjoy that whilst Bryce and I will enjoy the pleasures of this beautiful afternoon.”
“Okay, the order to start this shotgun round is; Aaron, Bryce, Brendan and Curtis,” says Curtis whilst looking down at his PDGA scorecard app.
Shotgun Starts (rounds where multiple groups start simultaneously): At a scheduled time, scorecard(s) shall be distributed to the players at Tournament Central. After the scorecards have been distributed, groups shall be given adequate time to reach their assigned holes. A loud noisemaker, such as an air horn, shall be used to indicate the round is to begin.PDGA
Stepping up to the tee pad with both my RPM Disc Maori Warrior . This being one of my favourite distance drivers with its 10 speed, 5 glide, 0 turn and -2 fade an under stable disc. Plus it has a killer Maori Warrior stamp on it. A practice ru without releasing the disc to level out where I wanted to throw the disc. I stepped back five steps, began my approach and released the disc from my right hand in a forehand motion.
The disc carried up moving to the left reaching out 30m then began to turn slightly to the right even though the disc’s design is a 0-turn but throwing forehand alters the trajectory of the disc and as it reached its full peak of distance around 75m it dropped to the ground bouncing once then spinning up on its edge to roll to a halt. “Wow! That was a sick first shot!” “Fantastic” “Everyone knows the way!” came the compliments from the guys.
Throwing next was Bryce who zipped his Discmania Astronaut distance driver with a solid backhand toss. It sped up to its 12 speed, rising as it glided at a level 6, then peeled into its turn of -4 and should have begun its decent but spun into the 1 fade and landed to the right of the basket about 15-feet to the right of my own with a decent line for an attempt at birdie, too.
Brendan stepped up to the tee pad. Stood still. Motionless. Then squared into a nearly seat position stretching his legs into a sumo squat. Lifting his right hand into a forehand position and levelling out his pre-throw aim. Next he backed up a couple of steps and delivered a brilliant shot. Until it landed behind a giant popular up to the left of the basket. “Damn son!,” said Curtis.
Last person to the tee pad, was Curtis. He took a moment to determine his throw and walked to the edge of backside edge of the tee pad. He moved forward gracefully and chucked the disc into the air. It moved farther left than anticipated moving into its turn and disappearing into a fade that pushed him into the pine tree behind the tree that Brendan’s disc lie behind. “Fawk!” said Curtis, “that’s not where I intended it to go.” Grabbing our gear we began moving up the fairway as Brendan counselled his friend, “Looks like a decent line up to the basket from here. Par is always an option.”
Just like in ball golf, the furthest from the hole is to go first.
Bryce being the furthest out, around 22-feet. Aimed at the basket, decided between a couple of discs. Settled himself into the put and tossed the disc. It went up, gliding slightly and gaining elevation then descended towards the basket clipping the outside edge of the baskets cage and flipped up into the chains for a b.i.r.d.i.e.!! “Sweet shot!” “Awesome start!” “Yeah Brother!”
Approximately 12-feet from the basket I withdrew a Discmania mini marker from the right side pocket of my Dynamic Discs Trooper backpack. Per the PDGA rules I placed the marker at the front edge of the RPM Disc and removed the distance driver. Next I pulled out two putters, a Discmania Sensei 3, 3, 0, 1 putter and a Dynamic Discs Warden 2, 4, 0, 1 putter. Standing with my right toe touching the back edge of the marker, I lined up the shot. Prepping for the release, I decided ton the Warden. Made three continuous movements as though to release the disc in a straight line with a slight aim off the right side of the baskets lip. Disc back and up, then released during the fourth movement. It flew up and into its glide turned slightly hit the back edge of the baskets lip and fell in against the chains! “Nice birdie, Aaron!” said Bryce standing by the pine tree, with a large smile on his face then said to his brother and Curtis, “two more birdies would look terrific on this hole.”
Curtis lined up, as he was farther back. His lie was atrocious and played it with a clean approach landing at near the base of the basket to settle for par (3-strokes) and Brendan nicked his second shot off the basket and also settled for a par.
The next three holes Bryce went, birdie, birdie, birdie landing himself with a 4-under par to position himself into 2nd place overall. Brendan went, par, par, par, bogey followed by Curtis with a par, bogey, par, bogey and myself rounding out the group with a birdie, par, bogey, par.
Standing at the tee pad for the 8th hole everything went sideways for Bryce who ended up recording a triple bogey with two shots going out of bounds and incurring additional strokes. Both Curtis and myself landing bogies and Brendan settling for a par.
Wandering around for a few minutes we were unable to locate the tee pad for hole #9, but we did happen to observe a mando sign. It read: You must cross this red line. Everything past this line is in play. Everything before it is out. IF you miss the mando YOU must go to the drop zone. No Exceptions!!! Then another player standing at the basket on hole #10 pointed over to a nearby alleyway saying, “Hey are you guys looking for the number nine tee pad?” we nodded our heads in unison, “its over there” he pointed towards the nearby alleyway with garages facing the park.
“Mando” is short for mandatory. And a mandatory route restricts the path the disc may take to the target.804.01 Mandatory Routes
Getting closer to the garages, we could see the red environmentally safe spray paint on the rocks. Looking down at the scorecard Brendan says, “well Aaron, looks like you are first up on this one.” Checking the UDisc app, I withdrew my Innova Leopard3 from the bag. Lining up the shot, I took a practice approach. Then stepped back and released it. It soared out of my hand turning to the left hitting a tree and landing in what looked like a perfect line to the basket. “You are ON FIRE!!” said a couple voices to my right.
Next up was Curtis who floated his past the left side of the mando and we could all hear a LOUD crash as his disc landed on the sidewalk obviously out of bounds past the green grass of the park. Following him was Bryce. Whose disc struck a rather large pine tree and fell into the “out” or “missed area” of the mando. Followed by Brendan who decided my approach was the best and flicked his shot up to the right but flying his disc beyond my own.
“Looks like, you’ll be hitting up the drop zone,” said Brendan to Bryce. Then they started discussing the situation with Curtis’ disc going landing out of bounds (OB). “Hey Aaron, what do you think the rule would be on Curtis’ lie?” Looking at his position, then at the drop zone, I replied with, “as long as he takes a stroke and is throwing 3, from his location, I don’t think it really matters with the amount of bush and tree he has to throw into.” Everyone nodded their heads in agreement that both Bryce and Curtis would be throwing 3 from their current locations. Inevitably they both marked a double bogey on this hole.
Standing at my disc, I maneuvered into position with my Warden putter. Lined up the shot and knocked back my second birdie of the second round. Following this birdie shot Brendan stepped up to contest his own attempt at birdie. His putter went up threw the shrubs hitting the front lip of the basket bouncing up into the chains and in an unlucky motion it awkwardly fell out coming to a rest at the base of the basket. “Shiiiiiiiiit,” he said under his breath, “Looks like another par for me.”
Even though he spoke ill only to himself about his missed shot the rest of us chose to ignore this unsportsmanlike behaviour as it was his first offence against section 3.03 B.1 use of profane language in the Player Misconduct subsection. If this had been a repeat offence then according to the PDGA Competition Manual, we could report him to the Tournament Director (TD) and the TD would decide if the player would be disqualified from the tournament.
By the time we reached the what would normally be the tenth tee pad, but in our case was the 1st tee pad, both Brendan and Bryce were squirming in their shorts as they said to Curtis, “dude, we have to go use the bathroom. Do you remember where it is?” Curtis looked around nodding towards the guy at the JK Disc tent, “Maybe JK knows where the toilet is?”
Wandering over to the tent the twins inquired and learnt the closest bathroom is either a set of pine trees in the wide park or its a 5-minute drive up to the Circle K. The brothers called for a pause in our round and said they were headed to the washroom. I contemplated doing the same thing but opted for the pine trees in the park.
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