Join Date: Nov 2003
Kamloops Daily News had a nice article on this past weekends ultraglide PDGA event.
congrats to Oregonians Feldberg, King & Sexton !! $$$$$$$$$$$$$
~~Dave holds course records on ALL Houck designed courses? WOW
June 15, 2009
Kamloops – 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.