I thought I would give an update on the results of the tournament.
It was an extremely hot day and, unfortuantely, the double elimination Match Play format forced some players to really work their butts off! Some players had to endure more than 8 matches...whew! Fortunately we had a temp 9 layout that was a lot shorter than the regular course and also offered a bit more shade. I tried to give everyone that signed up at least 1 (and in most cases 2) shots at the short course. The $500 ACE POOL was definitely there for the taking. After the first couple of rounds, I sent everyone out on the regular course for the next couple of matches. Once everyone had played all 27 holes, I gave the players the option of choosing whichever course they wanted to play. Obviously, most players decided to take it easy in the shade and go for the ACE on the temp course. Even with this being the case, the RCF ACE POOL was not hit. It will still stand at $500 for the next event!
In the Am Division, Jay Adams came out on top. He bested Curtis Simmons in the final Am bracket match to take the win. I believe he said that he had to play 9 x 9-Hole matches to make it happen. Congratulations on winning and, more importantly, surviving!
In the Pro Division, Corey Uhle pulled of the win coming back from the losers side of the bracket. This is no easy task! Bryan Johnson went undefeated to make his way to the finals and then had to wait about 3 hours before the final match with Corey began. I am sure that his muscles probably went a little cold, but I am not sure that he minded all that much in the near 100 degree heat. On the other hand, Corey had to battle his way through the field in a non-stop frenzy of disc golf. In his semi-final match with Jerry Barklage, he had some serious leg and abdomen cramps take him to the ground. It almost looked like he would have to DNF. Jerry was very gracious and allowed for him to get some massage therapy and ingest some nutrients so that the match could continue. By the time he made it to the finals, he had already played 8 x 9-Hole matches, and he would have to beat Bryan twice in order to take the title. Corey did just exactly that and came away as our 2011 Match Play Champion!
There was supposed to be one more match between the Am and Pro bracket winners to decide who would get the Ryder Cup Automatic Bid, but both parties decided that they had played enough DG for one day. Corey gets the Automatic Bid and Jay gets a huge favor returned sometime in the future from Corey. Good sportsmanship is always a good thing!