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Discs Up Current Magazine - Complete Story in Current Magazine - Dave Feldberg was the big winner at the Ultra Glide disc golf championship Sunday, but James MacInnes was the guy wearing the biggest smile.

 

Feldberg, the defending world champion and the top-ranked player in the world, shot 153 over three rounds to win the men’s open division of the championship, which was held at the two Rose Hill courses on Saturday and Sunday. Feldberg, whose rating is 1,036, the highest in the world, earned $1,200 for his work.

But Feldberg, a native of Delton, Mich., was expecting to do well. MacInnes, a 31-year-old Vancouver native, had only one thing in mind — earning a spot at the U.S. Disc Golf Championship, which is scheduled for October in Rock Hill, S.C.

"That was my only goal,” said MacInnes, who has been a professional since 1995. "I’m not here for cash or to beat (Feldberg). . . . I’m proud of myself that I persevered and got in.”

The spot at the U.S. championship went to the top Canadian, a title MacInnes sealed by a single stroke after shooting 169 over three days. He finished up with a 58 in Sunday’s final round.

"I wasn’t looking for that — the jitters got me a little,” he said. "It was rough, but I stayed composed. I really stuck it out.”

Feldberg was the main draw for the weekend event, which was played on the Rose Hill and Black Rose courses. He held a clinic for amateur players on Friday, and set about dominating the field on Saturday and Sunday.

He liked his chances coming into the tournament, and liked them even more once he saw the length of the two courses. Add in the fact that John Houck designed the Black Rose course, and Feldberg was a lock.

According to Feldberg, he holds the course record on every Houck-designed course.

"The courses really suited me,” said Feldberg, 32. "There were a lot of big power shots . . . the strongest point of my game besides putting is the power side.”

Feldberg, who said his caddy, Robert Mensing, was invaluable, shot 51 in each of the three rounds, two of which were played on the par-59 Black Rose course.

The second round, on the older par-55 Rose Hill course, was played in 70-km/h winds.

"I have some experience in that — I’ve played a lot of tournaments in wind,” Feldberg said. "This year there was a national tournament in Oklahoma, which is about the windiest place in the States. Putting from (five feet), they wouldn’t stay in the bucket.

"To me, it was kind of windy (Saturday), but I felt I was still in control.”

Feldberg had nothing but good things to say about the new Black Rose course and the people who helped build it. He also said that if he were invited back and it fit into his schedule, he would jump at the chance.

"I can’t imagine the work they put in out there — laying those tee pads in the sun,” he said. "It’s a really nice course — they’ve done a good job.”

Nate Sexton of Oregon, who shot 163, was second in the pro division and took $800 back to his home in Oregon. MacInnes earned $500 for third.

Melody King of Oregon won the women’s pro division and earned $730. Hank Stropky of Vancouver won the 40-plus division and $625, and 78-year-old Victory Fedyna of Edmonton won the legends division.

Mark Coupe of Kamloops won the amateur division.

Kamloops – The Kamloops Disc Golf Club will play host to the Super Tour’s Ultra Glide Championships at Rose Hill Park on the weekend, and tournament director Clint Anderson says it’s going to be a doozy.

The championships, which will feature two rounds today, a final championship round Sunday morning and a nine-hole mixed doubles event Sunday afternoon, are the first Super Tour event to come to Western Canada.

Included in the field are world champion David Feldberg and Nate Sexton, both of whom are from Oregon.

"If I was betting, I would put my money on (Feldberg),” Anderson said. "But Nate Sexton is an excellent as well.

"They aren’t rivals — Nate is basically a protégé of Dave’s.”

Organizers are expecting as many as 70 competitors in the event, which has professional and amateur divisions. The prize money, a $3,500 purse, went a long way in bringing guys like Feldberg and Sexton to town.

"They came because of the cash in the event,” Anderson said. "And they’re coming because they love B.C., also. Dave, this is his second trip to B.C.”

Action will go all day Saturday, with the final championship round to start at around 8:30 a.m., Sunday. The mixed doubles event, which is a skins game, is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m.

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April 9, 2009

Kamloops Disc Golf Club Awarded "Ultra Glide” Super Tour Event

The Kamloops Disc Golf Club is pleased to announce the first ever "Super Tour” professional disc golf tournament to hit Kamloops. This event is sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), the sanctioning body for Disc Golf world wide. The Ultra Glide event will be the first Super Tour ever held in Western Canada. A "B” Tier tournament is also slated to run concurrently for Amateur players.

Scheduled for June 13 & 14, 2009, The Ultra Glide tournament will take place at two courses, the Rose Hill course and the new "Black Rose” course located immediately east of Rose Hill Park. The Kamloops club expects a field of 180 players from Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, including reigning World Champion Dave Feldberg. Feldberg, who resides in Springfield, Oregon, is currently the highest rated player in the world. He garnered the highest earnings on the PDGA tour last season. This will be his second trip to Kamloops. He placed 2nd at the 2004 Canadian Disc Golf Championships, losing by 10 strokes to then up & comer Avery Jenkins.

The Black Rose course is one of the most highly anticipated new courses in Canada. Designed by John Houck, the foremost course designer on the planet, the 8,400 foot par 65 course features significant elevation changes, tricky pin (basket) locations and spectacular views of the Thompson valley.

The 2008 PDGA tour hosted over 1,000 events in North America, Europe, Japan Australia and New Zealand with a combined professional purse exceeding $2,000,000. Clint Andersen, PDGA Provincial Coordinator for British Columbia sums up the rapid rise of Disc Golf in recent years. "Although the prize money pales in comparison to "ball golf”, the PDGA has seen significant growth in recent years. Since 2000, the number of disc golf courses has more than doubled from approximately 1,200 to over 2,700 in less than 10 years and so have the Pro cheques. Players like Dave Feldberg are able to tour full time and make a living with Disc Golf.”

Wes Eccleston, President of the local club, has been fielding many calls and emails from excited players eager to play in The Ultra Glide event. "People have heard great things about our new course. Our club has an excellent hosting reputation and players are excited to come to the Tournament Capital to play top level competitive Disc Golf.” As well, Eccleston is excited about the Pro purse up for grabs in Kamloops. "So far we have $2,500 in added cash from Millennium Golf Discs and other sponsors, plus tons of added prizes for the Amateur players.”

Event Contacts:

Wes Eccleston
President, Kamloops Disc Golf Club
250-819-7591

Clint Andersen
BC Provincial PDGA Coordinator
250-572-7744