The Battle at Bluebell Woods
presented by Prodigy Disc Europe
It was an honour to host Euro Tour #3 at our course in Bluebell Woods and share this beautiful setting for disc golf with all of you.
Our event began on Friday as tournament HQ was set up and ready to start the check-in process. The wind was strong from the North with clouds forecast throughout the weekend but I could only hope that Sunny Dunny weather would prevail.
Saturday morning I needed to make haste around the lake after realising I'd been locked out. Luck prevailed when the back gate was open and no one noticed my dilemma. After quickly getting set up we checked in the late arrivals and prepared for Bagpiper Gavin Black to kick things off with some local traditional music. After a quick players meeting we were only 15 minutes behind schedule which I considered a success.
As the players began to return their cards it was clear one player set the pace above the rest. Martin Rotmeister (EE) had carded a 51 by posting 5 birdies and two bogeys. Martin is the only player to birdie Hole 3 in the entire tournament. He was closely followed by Sander Bahnerth (NL) with a 52. For the Ladies in FPO Anne Kettunen (FI) was in with the low score of 59 followed closely by Hannele Maatta (FI). In Masters MPM and Grand Masters MPG divisions Derek Robins (UK) and Ville Piippo (FI) had already begun to define the scores necessary to keep pace in their divisions each carding a 55.
After a delicious lunch we set out for the second round at 14:00. The clouds had not set in like the forecast suggested and the winds were suddenly light, we were all in for an especially delightful afternoon.
After the scores were tallied it was clear that everyone had brought their A game to Scotland. Markus Dvinjaninov (EE)with a nice string of birdies led the second round with a blistering 51 followed by Seppo Paju (FI) , carding the only Hole 9 birdie, and James Luton (UK) at 52 and a pleasant 54 by Nicklas Erikson (NO). Hannele Maatta (FI) evens the score in FPO with a round of 58.
All the FPO scores on Saturday were part of the Womens Global Event. There were 1600 Ladies in 11 Countries taking part. We are proud to have 4 scores in the top 20.
Sunday was no ordinary day of disc golf in these parts. The grass was dry, the sun was shining, there was a slight steady breeze from the east, half the course is covered in beautiful blue flowers and we have all day to soak it in.
Like clockwork players arrived to pick up their score cards and report to their holes. Hosting an A-tier event has its benefits as all the athletes are well prepared on what to expect.
I had a feeling there would be some personal best rounds played today.
After the score cards were measured it was Seppo Paju (FI) with an amazing 49 followed closely Tony Ferro (CH) and two Masters Mikael Birelund (NO) and Ville Piippo (FI) all with 50 strokes. Leading the ladies in the third round was Vanessa Van Dyken (US) with a 56.
The final 9 was fun to watch as 5 cards teed off to play some of the longest holes on the course. The ladies division needed one extra hole to break a tie and after 64 holes Anne Kettunen (FI) took home the FPO 1st Place prize. Seppo Paju(FI) continued to pull away from the rest of the MPO division over the final 9 taking the crown with countryman Ville Piippo(FI) topping all others in the Masters division and Derek Robin(UK) reigning in MPG Pro Grand Masters.
It was a pleasure.
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