As we mentioned in our previous post, Discmania CEO Jussi Meresmaa & Team Discmania member Juho Rantalaiho are in Australia at the moment getting ready for the Australian Disc Golf Championships, to be held this weekend in Poimena Disc Golf Course in Tasmania. Last weekend the boys attended a warm-up competition for the Aussie Championships, Melbourne Cup, which was part of the Australian Tour. The weekend’s weather was sunny but windy and Jussi was able to grab the number 1 position in this 2-round competition with a total of 98 strokes. Second place went to Josh Smith who shot an impressive 51 at the first round and were able to keep Team Discmania’s Juho Rantalaiho behind him by one stroke while placing Juho 3rd in the competition.
Here’s a couple of pics from the tournament:
Disc Golf missionaries
As we’ve said before, one of Discmania’s main objectives as a disc manufacturer is to spread the joyous word of Disc Golf around the world. While being down under, our boys haven’t missed a chance to preach about this great sport to local people. Here’s a couple of photos with Juho teaching a group of local school kids how to sink those putts:
More to come as the tournament approaches!
A little over a week until the Australian Disc Golf Championships and we’ve got our two Disc Golf missionaries – Discmania CEO Jussi Meresmaa & Juho Rantalaiho making their way towards the tournament site. Before touching down at Tasmania, where the tournament is held this year, our boys stopped by at Perth to meet & greet our local retailer, Down Under Disc golf Revolution or DUDE. Make sure to check them out if you happen to be in the neighborhood!
We at Discmania are all about getting worldwide exposure to the great game of Disc Golf and what would be a greater place for Disc Golf than Australia with it’s vast untapped areas and laid-back atmosphere. Our boys also introduced the sport to some native inhabitants of Australia as you can see from the photos below. They were seemingly interested in this sport – some of them even had they’re own built-in bags suitable for keeping your favorite putter always at hand ;D
We’ll do our best keeping you posted on stuff going on down under, as the main event of Australian Disc Golf is drawing near. Best way to stay updated is to follow the tournament website. We’ll also possibly be posting some stuff & pics from the tournament to our facebook-page, so might want to go ahead and click that like-button if you haven’t already.
BTW: If you want to grab yourself a fundraiser disc supporting the tournament, at least Finnish retailers still have some left ;)
The legendary United States Disc Golf Championships are on their way in Rock Hill, NC and this year there’s been some changes in the format. Instead of playing for the best overall score the competitors are playing against their personal projected score based on their ratings. Each player has their own projected score and the winner of the competition will be the player that beats their projected score by the biggest margin.
Although some of the touring pros have considered this change somewhat unwelcome, it is great chance for the AM’s out there to be able to compete against the best players in the world with handicap. So instead of rewarding the player who does the best overall score, this scoring system awards the players who are able to play above their own level.
Scoring cheatsheet by discmania.net
There’s been some messages around the interwebs complaining that the live scoring and leaderboard are hard to interpret, so we decided to prepare a cheat sheet for checking your favorite players score:
USDGC Scoring cheatsheet - Click to enlarge.
In addition to the projected scores, there’s also personal projected pars for each player on every hole. So for example for 1040-rated Dave Feldberg the par on hole number 1 is 2, whereas the personal par for 888-rated Darrel Zimmerman the personal par on the same hole is 4.
Team Discmania taking part in the action
There’s also three Team Discmania players taking part in the action this year and all of them on the pro side of the field. Juho Rantalaiho from Turku, Finland is currently standing at tied 19th place with his handicapped +1 score. Juho’s total score was 70 while his projected score was 69. Not too far behind are Jussi Meresmaa (handicapped score +3) and Seppo Paju (handicapped score +4). Jussi’s projected score is set at 65 and Seppo’s at 67.
What needs to be remebered here is that although the system is theoretically fair for everybody skill level aside, it is definitely harder for a touring pro to improve his/her already high rated game comparing to an up and coming AM or Junior, who’s ratings are not yet at the same level his/her game already is. With that in mind it’s actually quite surprising to see Dave Wiggings Jr and Dave Feldberg in the lead, Feldberg’s raw score of 56 being one hot round!
Follow the live scoring and updates from the tournament at USDGC.com