Disc Golf | The Mental Game

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This past weekend I participated in the 40th Annual Jersey Jam hosted by the Disc Devils and TD’d by BOB Graham, Kit Bassett & Jeff Mahler. Leading up to the event since June…I was super stoked to play the event. Basically, I had 6 weeks to psyche myself up for it!

As I arrived Saturday morning after a quick 75 minute drive to the event, I was greeted by many friends and warm embraces and handshakes were a plenty! I was very fresh…relaxed… and felt that I had my gameface ready to go for the day. Sadly…I couldn’t have been further from the truth. I walked up to my first tee after a great morning players meeting, ready to go and then…I fell apart like a 10 cent toy.

Many times we say a bad day on the golf course is better than a good day in the office. Well, my first rd was anything but fun. As I waited for the start…I shook hands with my card mates; Shaun, Rob & Dom. It was game time. My first drive was amiss and landed OB….and promptly put my upshot into the circle and saved a bogie 4 with a 30 ft putt. Okay…im just rusty. My next hole 2 holes I saved face with routine pars. My 4th hole…I had a decent drive…solid upshot and left myself a 15 ft putt. While waiting for everyone to putt out…I caught myself daydreaming. I was thinking moreso about my previous weeks’ vacation at the shore. I was thinking about my family being on the road home while I was golfing. Basically, anything but DG. So I step up to my putt, and I BARELY reach the pole…on the 15ft putt. With such, the wind in my sail was exhausted. I felt deflated, defeated, and just unamused. Mind you, I know I had well over 10 holes to go.

As I approached the next hole I had a mediocre drive…and a solid upshot, leaving myself a 35 fter. I lined up my putt, took my time building confidence and released. As the putt hovered into the chains I clapped with a, “Yes!”, only to have it push out negating my solid putt. So I putt out for the 4…and tried keeping my head high knowing it was a good putt. I stayed sane for the next 4 holes until I truly met my mental demise with back to back holes of disappointment. The first being an unfortunate roll ob by 4 inches…tho making the putt for the par 4; and the clincher…taking a circle 6 on a hole only 225ft or so.

The clincher…the straw that broke the camel’s back…the ultimate un-fun string of events on a hole. I teed off and whack, first available! So I shot 2…a solid hyzer that hits a rogue hanging twig branch that knocks my disc straight down. My 3rd shot…I throw a soft upshot with a putter and hit a small root and promptly roll about 20 ft OB… I lay up again…make the putt…SIX. As this point…I had 5-6 holes left and just couldn’t keep my head on straight. While I had no real qualms the rest of the round…I had no mental game left. I still kept daydreaming…kept falling mentally back thinking of the boardwalk….the pool…my family. Nothing DG was relevant.

After the round expressed my displeasure via Facebook…and the first comment was from a dg pal…”dislike.” Followed by a follow up, don’t let a bad round keep ya down. I walked up to the TD, BOB and told him my dismay…but I assured him it wasn’t anything or anyone’s fault. It was just that I couldn’t engage mentally as I was still on vacation-mode. It really wasn’t the bad round that made the day un-fun…but that didn’t help. If you remember, my last blog…I expressed how it was one of my most memorable and enjoyable rounds ever and BOB was one of my card mates.

So after talking to BOB, I talked to my sounding board…my confidant…my wife. She said “hey, we’re home…and everything is well”…and before I could tell her about my round she noted, “ Mikey (my son) walked in the house and said to her, where’s Dad?” Needless to say this didn’t help my psyche. So told her about being in vacation mode…and just wasn’t into DGing….and if it were anything but an event, I woulda walked off. However what she said to me was a trigger to helping me get situated for round 2, was “Sometimes you just need to smile.” This was so trivial, and if you think about it…simple. It reminds me of the quote by Helen Keller, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” So I enjoyed lunch with some golfers, mentally decompressed, and enjoyed the break.

At the start of round 2…I headed to my hole…sat down before tee off…and smiled. I smiled…I laughed…I tried to forget about round 1. At this point of the event…I really didn’t let the day bother me. While I really sucked it up throughout the event, at the end of the day I was part of something special. I was part of one of the longest running events in disc golf. I was surrounded by 80 golfers all out playing and trying to tame the wicked layout of the Jam.

So now that I had 1-2 days to do a mental review on the experience… I don’t want another round like that to happen to anyone, ever. But how can one prepare for that unexpected round. I really don’t know. Managing those 6 inches between your ears may be the hardest part of disc golf. For me…maybe I better NOT play an event immediately after a vacation…LOL!!

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Dynamic Pocono Classic

In less than 4 hours the Dynamic Pocono Classic registration will open to 95 lucky players!

At 6pm…Dynamic Discs will turn on registration via www.dynamicdiscs.com and under their tournament page you’ll select Dynamic Pocono Classic event and register. You’ll need your shirt size as well as shoe size!

Look for this graphic!!! And good luck!!

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Ocean County NJ’s first 18 hole PDGA event | SUCCESS!!

82 ventured to the former John D Rockefeller estate now known as Ocean County Park in Lakewood Twp, NJ for the 2014 Battle at the Beach!  The Rockefeller Estate…also has a ball golf motif as being the first PGA course as well as where the first PGA hole-in-one was recorded.

Special thanks to the hard work by Frank Gualtieri, Cubby, Chip Adams and Mike Keim for their hard work and dedication in making the Ocean County Park a great disc golf course!  I was elated to be part of the inaugural 18 hole event!

Thanks to United Chains for the towel for all players!   Also thanks to our hole sponsors Joe Harker, Pat Wescott (Liberty Mutual), Nicole Welsh & Chasing Chains DG!   Thanks for helping make the event a smashing success!!

Hank Hendry proved victorious over the MPO field while Maureen (moe) Mcerlean won FPO!  Chip Adams won a two hole player over Michael Webster to win MA1, Kyle Connelly‘s hot round 2 help him win MA2 while Ken Jager bested the MA3 field.

The 3 pro g-men moved to pro masters to make a field of 5 and Matt LaCourte reigned superior!  Frank Gualtierii found a tough battle to win MM1 and Kevin Hall, all the way from Kentucky, took the MG1 victory!

As we had 7 am ladies play today….they all went home winners!!!  FA1 winner was Kristen Denaro, Areta Masters won FA2 and Nicole Welsh victored in FA3!

For complete results click here!!!

Pocono Classic Announcement & Lotsa Happenings on the MrDiscGolf Schedule!

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Without further ado….here’s whats happening on the MrDiscGolf Tour….Scroll down for all local events as well!!

The event…formerly known as the Pocono Amateur Classic… has been renamed the Pocono Classic.
However, this year, its the Dynamic Pocono Classic!!   Aug 2 – AM Day & Aug 3 – PRO Day!

Entry for all amateur divisions will be $40.   What’s that $40 going to get you?
Player pack for all Ams will consist of…
DD Disc
Drifit Shirt (two sided)
Lanyard, BagTag, and Koozie
and…..Dynamic Discs DISCover Shoes!

Thanks Right!!!   included in your entry will be a pair of DD DISCover Shoes as well!

Registration will start on July 7 and Dynamic Discs will be hosting the registration!
Many Thanks to the Jeremy Rusco and the Dynamic Guys for helping with this kick ass player pack!!!

PROS!!  I didn’t forget about you!   You guys will have at least $100 added cash and a handful of DISCover Shoes CTPS as well!!!

Here’s a little rundown on whats to come during the next month of the MrDiscGolf Tour!

July 5
Battle at the Beach – PDGA C-Tier @ Lakewood, NJ
not down with singles?!   Head to Iron Hil Doubles on July 5th as well!

July 12-13
Bob Graham and and the NJ Disc Devils are hosting the 40th Annual Jersey Jam!

Ams – July 12             Pros – July 13

July 19-20 –
July 19 – Sellersville Fish Bowl – SOLD OUT – The Folks at Sellersville put on an awesome event!!
July 20 – Party in the Woods Doubles – Sedgley Woods
with so many PDGA singles events…why not bring a 54 team doubles event to Sedgley Woods!
Registration starts July 1st!
FaceBook Event

July 26-27
French Creek Amateur Classic - B Tier PDGA on the 26th
PA States – B Tier PDGA @ Coyote Hills in Carlisle PA on the 27th!

 

Aug 2-3

Dynamic Pocono Classic – Hickory Run
Registration will open July 7th for ams
Pro Day  – C Tier on Aug 3rd

LLS Dubs a success!

56 golfers came out to South Mountain DGC in Bethlehem, PA for a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Doubles event.   We moved all the baskets short and used the shorter teepads for a fun day!  In Pro, Hank Hendry & John Walton won with an overall score of 80!!!   two rounds of 40….28 down on the day!!  Advanced Jason Sipos & Tim Snyder dominated with an 84.   In Intermediate, Billy and Charlie did up a nice 94!   In Rec…aka..the bagger division today…. Brad Alden and his partner were bested by Anthony Karb and Mike Kokosky in a 4 hole playoff as both team came into the clubhouse with 96s!  Ladies Kit Bassett & Marci Klinger took the Ladies win and James Care & g/f, Danielle Weil won the 5 team mixed field with a 99!

Aces were had in round one on hole #11 by Ron Erb and in round two on hole #2 by BOB Graham.

After nearly 30 raffles were drawn….and donations were counted…the LLS Somo Shorty Doubles raised over $1,000.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Lehigh Valley!  Thank you golfers for coming out for a great cause!!

Many thanks to the sponsor getters and organizers Jason Sipos, Michelle Defiore, Jean Kopchak, Tim Kopchak, Nicole Kopchak, & Dan Rinaldi!