This year was pretty incredible for me. So many things happened that I just could not have expected. I played my first ever disc golf tournament... and won it (Bad Monkey Open -- Am-only tourney). Another highlight was making it to the final of my local doubles league at Pier Park (that was also my first time competing in a league). I also made it to the finals in every amateur tournament I entered. My first 1000 rated round in a tournament was exciting too. Then after picking up a local sponsor (Next Adventure), which was probably just great luck more than anything, I moved up to Pro. After moving up, I had some decent results relative to my expectations. While not my best performance, I took 2nd place at the Gem State Championship, which was my best pro division result.
All results aside, perhaps the most enjoyable part of the season was just expanding my horizons by playing the beautiful game in many new places, and meeting tons of great people in the process. I'll need some more time to plan my tournament schedule for the upcoming year and set my new goals. My rating certainly needs to come up but I think I need more experience before I can even gaugue how much is attainable. I plan on playing in my first NT event. I'm looking forward to the Steady Ed Memorial in Santa Cruz, and of course the Fling. I'll also do the entire Oregon Series without question.
In general, I'll have to keep working on my form and learning whatever I can from the vast number of people who have valuable things to teach me.
My main goal for the 2009 season was to top 20 in all of the events I played in. I wasn’t able to do that but I was able to grow quite a bit in the mental portion of the game which did translate into some good performances. At the beginning of the season I really wavered back and forth about my move to MA1, but in the end it was a great move. I’ve learned a lot, grew a more mature attitude about the game and look forward to an excellent 2010 season.
Victorious warriors win first then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win
My only goals were to for 2009 where as follows:
Play more (definite accomplishment)
Become more accurate (did that was well)
Throw further (got that one as well)
Play in my first tournament (3 down this year, hope to get 5 next year)
Keep my loss of discs to under 500 bucks (273 dollars spent this year)
Play at least 2500 holes (4418 as of today)
My main goal for next year:
Go 25 of 25 from 15 and in
GO 20 of 25 from 15 and out.
"Honest work is for the downtrodden and the Polish"
drop some pounds and tone the body (big one)
practice more (putting and forehands)
play better. (play better)
cash at the beaver state fling (beaver bucks)
cash in a few other events (we are in a recession you know)
My gols for 2009 went better then expected and I am well on my way to my 2010 Disc golf Goals.
1. Not lose a disc in running water!
2. Consistently Drive 300'.
3. Make 90% of putts from 30’.
4. Play at least 18 holes every week.
5. Play at least 4 courses I haven’t played.
6. Take at least 5 people to disc golfing that haven’t played.
7. Help organize and play in a tournament or league in Pendleton.
Last edited by Uhlman; December 27th, 2009, 08:48 AM.
Throw What You Know.
"Gravity, she's a harsh mistress." -The Tick
I've got some personal golf goals for 2010, but most of them are pretty much going to be in the Admin dept.
1) Successfully run the inaugural WA Team Golf League to grow and build for the future.
2) Do my part with the WA State Series to organize and strengthen WA's quality of events and quality of players.
3) Organize and run another fundraiser event for WA rep to the 2010 USDGC. I can't imagine it being possible, but trying to top the $1300.00 raised for Chandler Fry this year)!
A bad day on the golf course is better than a good day at work!
In this past year I have taken great instruction, listened to players that were better than me, played with great people, and overcame many mental hurdles that were killing my game. For most of the year I was enhancing my skills, working out the kinks, even in the midst of a tournament. My player rating increased by almost 40 points, I went on tour, I played more tournaments this year than I ever have since the beginning of my disc golf career. I better know how to maintain my physical and mental skills during and through fatigue, weather, and the heat of competition. I practiced everyday and it payed off and I will continue to do so for the same results.
Next year I will leave the amateur field and start playing pro. Worlds 2010 is at my home courses and I'm stoked. I want to do well enough here in the Northwest and abroad to compete in the most top level of golf I can and to be recognized among the elite players in our area. I have a dream and a goal. Positive attitude, be patient with yourself, practice like crazy, no low putts.