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Our Aussie Disc Golf Day Winners

Here are all of our winners from the Aussie Disc Golf Day and some of their thoughts.

Picture – Ken Summers

Next year will mark 30 years I have been playing disc golf , and I’m grateful everyday. It’s my sanity pill. I’m also extremely honored to have met the amazing humans I ever met along the way. The Perth disc golf community is like no other: it is filled with some of the kindest souls I have ever met, a mix of the weird and wonderful and a tribe of humans you will never find anywhere else.

Picture – David Hill

Aussie Disc Golf Day this year has been a blast. Throwing some great rounds with a bunch of mates at my local Jesmond course is just my idea of a good time. Covid has certainly been a bummer but Aussie Disc Golf Day is certainly an amazing thing to come from it.’ I also have to give a big thanks to JJ for hosting the Jesmond event and to my family for supporting me on the day and my card mates for the rounds.

Picture – Carol Heath

Aussie Disc Golf Day 2020 was the first tournament I played after getting hooked on disc golf last year, so it’s been great to look back and see my progress over the last year. The tournament layout in Adelaide is a blast to play and only set up a couple of times a year so I was pumped to get out there for this year’s Aussie Disc Golf Day. Thanks go to my card mates who kept spirits high during both rounds and a massive thanks to the SA Disc Golf crew for running such a great event as always.

Picture – Jonathan Jonas

ADGD was great to be a part of. It was the windiest conditions I’ve played in, so I was fortunate to put together a decent round. I’m a few hours from any course so any tournament is a bonus to play in. I would like to thank JJ for putting on a great day, my card mates for the rounds (especially the ones who came up a division) and all the guys & girls there that made the event happen.

Picture – Carol Heath

My family and I found Disc Golf in Philip Island and we fell in love with it. We came back to Melbourne and started playing at Doncaster and continued to borrow discs from the library for years. I introduced the sport to a mate and he bought me some discs and then I started to get really into it, building my game over Covid. I love getting out and hucking some plastic with my mates. Watching a great flight, there’s nothing like it! The Aussie Disc Golf Day was an awesome experience despite some terrible conditions! Love playing the course in tournament conditions!

Picture – Kingsley Flett

Thanks to the ADG and the ACT Disc Golf Club for putting on the event. My division feels a bit lonely though. I’d love to see more MPO and MA1 players over 40 come on over.

Picture – Tim Marchbank

It was a little unexpected for both Inverleigh Open and Aussie Disc Golf Day! It’s not often I’m in form of some sort these days but I guess this was one of them. Had great fun too. I’ve spent more than numerous hours clearing acacia and burning it, raking leaves and bark, cutting down fallen limbs and old fallen deadwood at the Inverleigh Disc Golf course. To be able to play it for the first time and come away with a win is a bonus.

Picture – Kingsley Flett

It was great to play the first tournament at the new North Ryde Common Course in Sydney and to have a win was the cherry on top. Thanks to my playing partners in the second round Jeffrey Brunsting, Matt Lamy and Jeff Wall for making it a fun, relaxed round. Congratulations also should go Rhys Wisniewski and Jeff Wall for getting the course in the ground and successfully running their first tournament. Looking forward to seeing as many people as possible at the Armory Ambush on the 4th and 5th of December.”

Picture – Brett Chambers

I started a couple months ago during lockdown when I stumbled on the local course during a run. Just bought a couple discs and started going down and chucking them around after work. Very quickly became a daily thing, where I met some local players and would regularly play the ACT courses with them! Before I know it, I signed up to ADGD and we decided to travel to Molong with a couple friends to compete on a different course! Didn’t expect to do well, let alone win, but Kev and Sharon at Central West Disc Golf put on a cracking day and I had an absolute blast! Even walked away with a rhino (which has been mistaken by some for a dinosaur?) and some friends with people from Molong, Dubbo and the Camden Disc Golf club! Absolutely love playing and the community of Disc Golf is thankfully packed full of people who are willing to help beginners, lend you their equipment, and genuinely just want the game to continue growing! Definitely looking forward to more comps and continue playing!

Picture – Carol Heath

I was very surprised but happy”, he said. “I didn’t expect to win the Yikun Discs Inverleigh Open let alone the whole MA4 division of Australia. I started playing disc golf with my dad down at Barwon Valley when the Covid pandemic hit, my first competition was ADGD 2020 where I won the MJ15 division as I had no competition. I played my first ever league day at Barwon Valley with Patty Robinson which was great, I got to learn a lot of tips and tricks in that round which helped my skills grow. I decided to go into the MA4 division to give me some competition, I got a lot of good placement finishes but no wins. When Patty and Ferg said they were building the new champs course and holding working bees, I tried to go to every single one of them to get the course installed. I’m looking forward to playing the course as much as I can in preparation for nationals next year. It was a very tough course to play for ADGD, but I played it surprisingly well.

Picture – Brett Chambers

Lydia Philpott, is a very busy person. What with school, sport and being a kid, we found her a bit elusive to track down for a quote. Eventually though, our people got through to her people who got through to her Mum, Diana Philpott, who relayed the following message from Lydia.
“Lydia said she is very proud of her achievements as it was very tough conditions on the day. She wasn’t expecting it as she knew she would have tough competition. She said she is lucky to be part of the Central West Disc Golf as they encourage her.”

Picture – Tom Rugg

I have been playing disc golf for 10 months in Canberra. Canberra has a great selection of courses for all players out there. I just bought a few discs and started loving the sport. I now am playing almost every day and having a great time. I was waiting for Aussie Disc golf day for over two months. I could not wait to get out of lockdown and play a tournament. ADGD was to be played at two courses in ACT, Weston Park being the hardest. I thought I should challenge myself and took on Weston. Rain was playing tricks with me, and the conditions were very tough on an already difficult course. Little did I know, I shot a 10 over not only to beat my PB but to also shoot a 900 rated first round. I did not expect a win but am proud to see my improvement over the time playing the sport. Next year, I am aiming to play more tournaments and courses across Australia. I want to thank ACT Disc Golf, for running this amazing event and for the support and encouragement they have given to me. I hope to see more juniors taking up this sport in the years to come!

Player Profile – Kim Holmes

With over 40 years in the sport, Kim has done it all. His experience and knowledge of all aspects of disc golf is unmatched. He’s a natural teacher who will always make time to share valuable advice, particularly with newer players. For his dedication to the sport and service to the disc golf community Kim was inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame in 2013.

Although recently turning 70, Kim remains a force to be reckoned with on the course, competing regularly and very often taking out a trophy. His PDGA record goes back just 10 years but during which he’s clocked up 34 wins from 67 events. He’s known for consistency and accuracy and if you want to beat him in competition you are going to have to come up with something special. You can get witty one liners and great advice for free, but strokes for free you will not.

In WA, when stuck in a difficult spot you’ll often hear a player ask themselves “W.W.K.D.”, standing for What Would Kim Do?. It’s a reminder to play the percentage shot that deep down you know you should…Let’s learn some more from the man himself.

Image by Kingsley Flett

Playing Division: MA50
Current Rating: 893
Predominant throw: Right Hand Back Hand

Q: What are your strengths as a player?

A: I try to make decisions based on minimizing risk of damage to my score by events like going OB, missing a Mando or running a death putt. When I make a mistake, my response is to try to sharpen my focus.

Q: What is your best or most memorbale competition result to date?

A: Finally making the Semifinals at Am Worlds in 2019 after years and years of coming up short. The icing on the cake was playing the last qualifying Round while having my dear friend and wonderful host Mark Hauser as my Caddie and doing him proud with a fantastic Birdie on my finishing hole, the dangerous Ninth Hole at Kline’s Run.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to every new player for lowering scores, what would that be?

A: See my answer to Q1, consider risks and play appropriately.

Q: Upshots. What is your secret for (your remarkable) consistency in hitting your mark?

A: Chose the slowest speed disc that you know will comfortably get to the basket and try to execute the throw so that the technique would have appeared slow and smooth on a video replay. Consistent with my answer to Q1, the video replay is of a park job, not a Go Pro of an Ace run, unless you are collecting Aces at Chichester Park.

Q: Currently, what disc do you find yourself pulling out of the bag more than most, and what do you use it for? A: I am quite often using a Pig as an overstable Putter to attempt a soft sidearm run at the Basket from Circle’s edge out to 20m.

Q: What top pro player do you look up to and why? A: For backhand drives I hope that eventually an adaption of the technique of Catrina Allen is key for controlled distance; for sidearm drives I hope that (Estonian) Silver Latt’s form will egg me on to discover the golden goose and Paul McBeth is a good role model for how to aspire to improve course management. I know the question only asked for one player, but as my late Mum used to say “things always happen in threes”. Thanks Kim, and good luck for ADGD!

by Dave Kynaston and thanks and credit to Kingsley Flett for all images.

Relaunched ADG Tour

The 2020 tour was cancelled and 2021 was disrupted but in 2022 the ADG tour will be relaunched with more players, more events and more points on offer. Here is what you need to know.

Timeframe

Each year’s tour will begin in January and finish at the Australian Disc Golf Championships (ADGC) in November.  Tour winners and prize recipients will then be announced at an online event following ADGC. Events in December will not count towards tour points. Note however that the 2021 tour will include December events and will finish 31st December 2021.  2022 will be unique in having two ADGC events as part of the tour.

Events

The tour will have levels – Australian Disc Golf Championships (ADGC), Major, A-Tier and B-Tier events. Each year there will be one ADGC or one Major per state or territory; and unlimited A/B-Tier events. Majors are being added as the premier event in each state/territory each year. They will have a minimum of 2 playing days, minimum capacity of 144 players and minimum of 18 unique baskets.  The ADGC and Majors will offer the highest available tour points at 150 and 120 base points respectively. See here for all tier level requirements.

The ADGC will be held on a fixed cycle rotation. This will begin with 2022 in QLD then TAS (2023), NSW (2024), WA (2025), ACT (2026), SA (2027) and back to VIC (2028). This will allow states to plan around when they are hosting. The cycle may change if needed – if the last 2 years have taught us anything it’s that nothing is set in stone.

Divisions

The tour will have 5 new divisions added: FPO, FA2, FA40, MP40 and MA3. These divisions must be offered at tour events. However, following PDGA guidelines if there are fewer than 4 players registered in a division it can be combined with an appropriate division and players notified of the change. MA4 will be offered at events but will not accumulate tour points. This brings the total number of tour divisions to 14 (MPO, FPO, MA1, FA1, MA2, FA2, MA3, FA4, MP40, MA40, FA40, MA50, MJ15, FJ15). Players will accumulate tour points in the division registered at each event.

Players

A player needs to be an ADG and a PDGA member to accumulate tour points. Players who are not a PDGA member can still play events but won’t be awarded ADG tour points. This requirement does not apply to Junior players playing in MJ15 or FJ15 who only need to be ADG members.

There are some big changes here so we value your constructive feedback and appreciate your patience as we implement the changes and make any necessary adjustments.  If you have any questions or comments about the relaunched tour, please contact your state rep We will follow up with an FAQ as needed.

Happy playing.