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US Masters Brings PDGA Major Back To Lemon Lake


Looking through the chains of Lemon Lake White hole 18 at the Lemon Lake Flight Center.

Lemon Lake County Park and the Lemon Lake Flight Center in Crown Point, Indiana, have seen more than their fair share of high-level PDGA events. In the last decade alone, Jay and Deb Svitko, the heart and soul of the complex, have run well over 100 tournaments, including multiple A-tiers, dozens of B- and C-tiers, and the 2010 and 2013 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships. With what looks to be the worst of the weather out of the way, Lemon Lake should be primed and ready for the opening round of the 2018 PDGA Tim Selinske US Masters Championships on Friday morning.

For many of the players on site, the last memories they have of Lemon Lake come from those World Championship events, with “I haven’t been here since 2013” or “I haven’t been here since 2010”  the most commonly repeated phrases on the property this week. For a select few, the return to Crown Point means a chance to take on the courses for the first time as a Masters division competitor.

Since the inaugural event in 2010, the Tim Selinske US Masters Championship has seen many champions across many divisions, but one name stands out as the most dominant. Having already won the tournament six times, Barry Schultz -- a close friend of the tournament's namesake -- always seems to be playing at the top of his game when this event rolls around each year.

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Barry Schultz spoke briefly about Tim Selinske during the players meeting on Thursday evening. 

Schultz is in that group of players who has not played Lemon Lake since 2013, where he finished 11 strokes ahead of Ken Climo to take down his first world title as a Master. His last march around the property had a favorable result, but for some, the memories are more bitter than sweet. Heading into the 1:00 pm CT tee time as the third-highest rated player in the event, another world champion is here looking to take home the title: Dave Feldberg.

Feldberg finished in second place both times he's been here, both times by just four strokes. Eric McCabe, who was registered for this weekend’s event but dropped, took the title at the 2010 Pro Worlds, while Paul McBeth snagged the win in 2013.

“No one beat me on the Gold course at either of the worlds,” Feldberg explained inside the Lemon Lake Flight Center’s pro shop. “Both times, the Blue course is where I lost strokes.”

That might not be as much of an issue this weekend. “It’s looking good for me this time," Feldberg said. "…We only play the Blue course once.”

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Lemon Lake Gold's hole one lets players know quickly that they're going to need their A-game. 

Thank you to CustomCourseMaps.com for the extremely high-detailed overhead maps of the property. High-resolution versions of each can be downloaded using the links below.

Friday will see just one round, as players prepare for the back-to-back rounds on Saturday and one final round on Sunday. Follow the live scores on pdgalive.com and check the official 2018 Tim Selinkse US Masters website for more info.

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