Courtney McCoy pulled away early in the final round to secure the U.S. Masters Championship. Photo: PDGA Media
When the air horn sounded for the final round of the 2018 Tim Selinske US Masters Championship, there were many divisions where closely contended battles were about to begin. Cloudy skies and a light breeze gave the competitors a break from the heat and humidity of the previous rounds, providing a "no excuses"-type atmosphere in the race for the titles.
Despite the consistent 20-25 MPH winds of the morning, the opening round of the 2018 Tim Selinske US Masters Championships proved to be as calm and clear as anyone could ask for on spring day in northern Indiana. All four courses of the Lemon Lake Flight Center were jam-packed, with the Pro Masters 40+ and Pro Masters Women 40+ taking on the shared land of the Gold and Silver courses, respectively.
The Gold and Silver layouts are the toughest of the five available on the property, playing mostly through the woods and measuring in at 8500 feet and 6500 feet, respectively. Keeping the disc on the fairway is vital, as getting out of the rough is almost never makes for an easy par save.
Dan "Stork" Roddick (left) and Tim Selinske (right)
With the ninth running of the Tim Selinske US Masters Championships beginning on Friday morning, we thought it best to give the disc golf world a quick refresher about who Tim Selinske was, how incredible of a person he was, how much he impacted disc golf, and how much of a loss the flying disc community felt as a whole when he passed. The following is a piece written by Dan "Stork" Roddick, PDGA #003, for the Fall 2009 issue of DiscGolfer Magazine. Stork used much of what is written below when he gave Tim's eulogy after his death in August 2009.
A 14-division field made up of 270+ players from three different countries has officially been cut down to those fortunate enough to have played well enough to finish in the top 40% after three rounds. Now, with only the final round remaining this morning here in Oak Grove Regional Park, the competitors will need to be on top of their games for a chance to become a 2016 Tim Selinske US Masters Champion.
Carolinians don't mess around when it comes to disc golf. With a field of over 300 players competing in nine different divisions at the 2015 Tim Selinske US Masters Championships, Pro and Am, Carolinians dominated on their home turf. In the seven divisions that had more than one competitor, six of the winner came from either North Carolina or South Carolina. In the division where a non-Carolinian took home the title, Advanced Senior Grandmasters won by Michael Whipple of Utah, Carolinians still represented well, with Charlotte's own Jim Banbury finishing in a close 2nd.
Another beautiful day of disc golf in Charlotte is in the books meaning only one round remains for the 2015 Tim Selinske US Masters Championships. Tomorrow, the 300+ competitors that have made the trek to North Carolina for the one and only age-based PDGA-Major of the year have one last chance to move up before heading home.