Sydney Disc Golf is proud to announce the opening of it’s second Public Disc Golf Course based in North Ryde Common! We have been working on this project for a few months now and are very happy to have it available towards the end of June! We will be using this course for social days and weekly doubles events. It will have 9 permanent baskets with 18 tee pads, and signage for each hole. It’s a nice quiet park that doesn’t get much use that will test your skills with lines navigating around trees. City of Ryde council have helped set this up and we can’t thank them enough. We will be having a social day on (link below) which will be used to fundraise for the new course, so please try and come down for the day and let’s try and make this our biggest Social Day ever! Here is the GoFundMe link: https://gofund.me/48bba555 Your donation will count as the entry fee so please give generously, and there are still 7 more holes that we need to fill to be sponsored. There is also more information in the GoFundMe!
By David Kynaston
Next up in our series of player profiles is the talented MPO player from Victoria who throws from both hands and has a (right hand) sidearm game that most in Australia can only dream of. Bringing you Mr Ryan Budge.
Playing Division: MPO
Current Rating: 976
Sponsor: Innova Discs
Predominant throw: Right Hand Forehand
Q: What are your strengths as a player?
A: My biggest strengths would be my forehand power and control. It’s great to have distance, but being able to shape almost any forehand line would be my greatest strength.
Q: What is your best or favourite competition result to date?
A: I would say my 3rd place finish at the 2019 ADGC. It was such an enjoyable trip and to play at one of Australia’s best courses in Mt. Gambier was definitely a highlight.
Q: What are your disc golfing ambitions and plans for the next two or three years?
A: I want to keep pushing not only my game further, but that of newer players and to continue the growth of the sport. Would also love to travel overseas and play some big competitions.
Q: Can you share a top form tip or something that substantially helped you improve your play.
A: Improve your weaknesses, perfect your strengths. Majority of the time in tournament play or pressure situations you will fall back on the shots that are your strengths, so don’t forget to work on them as well. A forehand specific tip would be to learn to throw understable discs. Many people (myself included) start learning with overstable discs. You’ll be surprised by some of the lines and distances you can throw by doing this.
Q: What top pro player do you look up to and why?
A: Probably would have to be Nate Sexton. Not only for his silky forehand skills, but I admire the way he breaks down a course and plays smart golf.
Q: What is your favourite disc in your bag right now and what do you use it for?
A: Hard to go past a Sexton Firebird. Has a great feel in the hand, go-to forehand disc, is reliable, works on multiple lines and as a bonus they look great!
By Emilie Cameron
It was 10 years ago today that our Jesmond course went in the ground. In 2010, freshly returned from the USA with a practice basket and large box of discs, JJ and Em went searching for a good location for a course. Working with the local council we looked at parks across the area settling on Jesmond Park. Object golf had long been played in Jesmond park by ultimate players so it was a natural place for the first proper disc golf course in the area. Using temp baskets the course layout was discussed, tested, redesigned and tested again. With a grant from the council and money from AFDA and ADG we purchased baskets and supplies.
Then on May 21st 2011 Neil, JJ and Em with help from Adam, Peter, Candice and Bob did the hard work of digging and installing it all.The course has had a few changes over the years. Bricks marked the tee signs until proper tee signs and a course map were added in 2012.
Gold and Black tees were added for tournaments and tweaks were made when random fences appeared around trees. Bigger changes are coming with a freeway due to be built through the park. Though we have been saying this since 2016.