Things have been so busy lately at the Discmania office in Finland, that reporting about our Pro Team’s success have been scarce this season. Even without reporting, our Team has been doing great this year, both in Europe and the US. If you haven’t been following what Will Schusterick has been up to lately, you really should. The kid has definitely found his A-game while touring with Pro’s like Dave Feldberg, Nikko Locastro and Cale Leiviska. The boys form together NonStop Disc Golf crew, which is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already. Visit their website here or check out their latest videos on YouTube.
Playing with the other Pro’s has really helped Will to get his game on track and as an evident of this Will has won GBO, SOKY Championships and Standing Rocks Open just within the last month or so. Among the wins, Will has become a staple in the final four, as he’s been placed outside the final-4 only once this year out of the 10+ competitions he has attended. Keep an eye for Will out there on tour. He is right now definitely in top 5 of the touring pro’s this year and now that’s he has found his winning game, who knows if there’s anyone who will hold him back on this year’s Major events like Stockholm Open and PDGA Worlds.
Our Deep in the Game host Avery Jenkins has also kept himself busy by doing great in tournaments like the Memorial & GBO while still finding time market the sport. Alongside the highly acclaimed Deep in the Game instructional video series, Avery just came out with a Frisbee trick shot video with YouTube phenomenom Brodie Smith:
Meanwhile in the old Continent
Last weekend was victorious in for the Team in Europe too, as Angelica Frantz took home the title from Swiss Open in the MPO divisions with a nice 6-stroke stretch to swiss local, Natalie Holloköi. In the Open division, Jesse Heinonen, who recently became a father, started his touring season with a solid 2-place finish after his countryman Ville Piippo. There’s still a lot of great tournaments to come both sides of the pond, so be sure to check back on Team Discmania’s success on tour this year!
We are soon on our way to the emerging Disc Golf nation of Czech Republic to figure out how our beloved sport is played there. Some of the highlights of the visit include competing at the Czech Open this weekend and playing some newly designed courses around Czech Republic. One of our representatives has been promoting disc golf and DiscGolfPark™ -course design services in both Czech and Slovakia for about a year now and now it’s time test the new courses build this year around the region.
We will also be running a Pro Disc Golf Clinic in Prague on Friday, so if you’re around be sure to stop by and get the tips from a Pro player. The clinic will held at Vypich near restaurant Ladronka starting at 16.15. The Czech Disc Golf Association wishes all attendees to pre-register and there are only 20 spots available, so go fill that form quickly if you want to join in!
News form the Tour
Lastly we’d like to congratulate Team Discmania’s* Avery Jenkins and Will Schusterick who were placed 5th and 4th at the PDGA Championships last weekend. Both guys played really solid tournaments despite the though competition in this year’s last Open Major. Congrats especially to Will Schusterick for top 4 finishes in all of the Major tournaments (Pro Worlds, European Open & PDGA Championships) this year!
This years Pro Worlds were also the final proving ground for young team Discmania (& Innova) player Will Schusterick who played a great tournament and was placed second in the competition. At last years USDGC Will exploded to the awareness of the Disc Golf world by being the youngest United States Disc Golf Champion to date (18-years-old at the time). Winning the championship in such a young age raised concern among doubters whether Will would be able to keep his game in the same level in the 2011 tour. With an A-tier win (SOKY DGC), 4th place in the European Open and now second place at the PDGA Pro Worlds Will has definitely proven himself as a household name in the Lead Cards of the biggest disc golf tournaments in the world. Watch out discgolfers of the world – no matter how big of a competition, Will Schusterick is defintely a force to be reckoned with!
The next Team Discmania phenom is already in the making, as only 16-year-old Seppo Paju from Turku, Finland was placed 32nd in his first Open division World Championships. A solid tournament for the currently 1003-rated Seppo is a great start for the future competitions in the MPO to come, but what really made Seppo’s name recognizable was his amazing second shot at the distance showcase on Thursday. The Teaser video has already been viewed almost 70 000 times in youtube with the number still on the rise. Once again: Amazing shot Seppo!
You will definitely be hearing from this great young athlete more in the future.