“This time I’ll do it for sure” wrote Team Discmania member Seppo Paju on his blog on last Thursday, just a day before the Finnish Championships started at Oulu, Finland. With tough competitors like Discmania CEO Jussi Meresmaa, 2-time Finnish Champion Jesse Heinonen and Discmania Cash Money Tour winner Pasi Koivu aiming for the title, the road towards the championship was never going to be an easy one for just 16-year-old Seppo. Seppo’s key to success this time was being able to improve his game towards the end of the tournament and it was his 1067-rated final round that made Seppo the youngest Finnish champion in open division with the highest rated round ever played in Finnish championships.
Other highlights of the tournament included Team Discmania’s Anne Matilainen‘s win in the women’s division and Jussi Meresmaa’s 3rd place in Open, despite his bad first round which placed him 15th before moving day.
20th of July marks the date of the “homecoming” of the most prestigious team event in the history of Disc Golf, The Presidents Cup. This Ryder Cup -styled intercontinental match play event was founded by Discmania CEO Jussi Meresmaa in 2006 and this year it’s back in European soil after being held a day before USDGC last year. Once again the event will feature top pro’s from both sides of the pond formed together as two teams: Team USA and Team Europe. Historically Team USA has been victorious in these events and this year the predictions are on U.S. side once again, thanks to their star-studded line up of the top players of our beloved sport.
Discmania CEO and TD of the Presidents Cup, Jussi Meresmaa
Discmania is also heavily invested in the event, as Jussi Meresmaa is the TD of the Presidents Cup and the Discmania staff have been working hard on both the Cup and the European Open that will follow Wednesdays event. Team Discmania is also well represented as both Team USA and Team Europe have Discmania Team members. Fighting for the old continent are Finns Anne Matilainen and Seppo Paju, who is also the reigning World Champ in Juniors U16 division. Discmania is represented in Team USA by USDGC Champ Will Schusterick. See the complete team line-ups below:
The scores of the Cup will be updated live as-they-happen to the opendiscgolf.com -website and stories and photos will be available in the European Open blog and beyond. Also the European Open -facebook page is something we recommend to follow for updates and latest news. After the Cup, our friends at DiscGolfPlanet.tv will be running a feature broadcast simultaneously from both sides of the pond with interviews and more so if you are not able to be at Nokia in person you might as well take a good position in that internet chair of yours ’cause on Wednesday the 20th of July Disc Golf will be what’s happening in the good old intertubes!
Here a list sites you might want to keep an eye on:
Oh, and by the way, if you’re into sports betting, why not put some money behind your favorite guy in the EO since it’s now listed at Unibet(!). At least to our knowledge betting for disc golf has never been possible before at a Major sports betting organization!
In Finland a whole new tour called Discmania Cash Money Tour saw the light of day for the first time this weekend. The first tournament in the 4 tournament series, equivalent to the U.S. National Tour, was played at the always sunny Lauste DiscGolfPark in Turku, Finland. A Turku native Seppo Paju ruled the homecourse in open division despite his sticky first round which placed him on the tied ninth place together with 5 other players. The win in Turku marked the third consecutive tournament win in open division for 16-year-old Seppo as he won both of the two tournaments he attended last weekend too. The storm warning has been given!
In women’s division, a fellow Turku native and Team Discmania member Anne Matilainen took the title with ease by a spread of 38 strokes before Laura Uusi-Rasi who was placed second. Other Team Discmania members Jesse Heinonen (8th in MPO) and Leo Piironen (10th in MPO) didn’t quite reach the level they we’re aiming for this weekend, but thankfully there’s a whole bunch of competitions left for 2011. Extra props are handed out to Discmania’s own Juho Rantalaiho who once again did a great job as the Tournament Director in Lauste.