My first bona-fide disc golf tour is underway. After a mini tour a few weeks ago, consisting of a return to the Open division at the Steady Ed Lakeport tourney (T4th) and a solid 3rd in Masters at the Beaver State Fling NT, I am embarking on a tour of the east coast starting with the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. Thanks to my cousin Mark Stiles, I have played the grueling Iron Hill course before when we took a tour of MD, DE, and PA courses a few years ago. This course is unlike any I had ever played. If memory serves, all but 2-3 holes are in the woods, down narrow hallways of fairways. A legitimate par 72 with par 4s and 5s, and I believe a par 6 as well. It was a battle of wills- you verses the trees. You will hit some and how you deal with it will likely determine your success. Let them get to you and your frustration will boil over; roll with the punches and you will have a better shot at succeeding.
I think this tourney is a perfect start to the tour. I was stoked that my cousin Mark was into playing it with me and putting up for a week before worlds. It will prepare me for woods golf, and the stresses that come with throwing down hallways through the trees. It should also help me acclimate to the heat and humidity of the east coast. I grew up in Upstate NY, so I have experienced it before, but not for years have I lived in it, and I haven’t ever competed in tournaments in it. All in all it should be a great warm up for the World Championships in Charlotte. Check back soon for my recap of the event and my thoughts going into my title defense in Charlotte.