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2016 Moray Triple
presented by Innova
Saturday the 18th June saw the second 2016 Moray Triple Disc Golf Tournament played on the three local courses. This event is the 9th Tournament in the Quaich Tour of Scotland and is a 58 hole marathon of disc golf offering a broad variance in courses that challenge the players both physically and mentally. Followed by a social BBQ and charity auction raising funds for MFR Cash 4 Kids. Enjoying a respite from the recent persistent rain 24 players battled it out across four divisions; Open, Amatuer, Ladies & Junior.
Starting at 8:00 am with 13 holes at Craggan Golf, Foot Golf & Disc Golf Course near Grantown on Spey then onto a tree course (instead of baskets players throw to marked trees) at Altyre Estate for 18 gruelling holes masterminded by Ted Olsen of Forres. Last but by no means least 27 holes completed the Moray Triple at ACE Adventure disc golf course based by the River Findhorn.
Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It follows similar rules to traditional ball golf where the aim is to have the lowest number of throws to complete the course. Players use special frisbee’s thrown from a tee toward a special chained basket that catches the discs. Once the disc comes to rest in the basket it is “known as holed out”.
One of the reasons the sport is in such rapid growth with large percentages of the populations of Sweden, Finland, Norway & the USA enjoying disc golf on a regular basis is due to the inclusiveness. It is a great sport for all levels and abilities, ideal for families. To find out more about the world of disc golf, which countries play and where courses and competitions are visit the Professional Disc Golf Association website.
Tournament Player Results
It was excellent to see a full field in each division, Junior, Ladies, Amateur & Open. Players came from far afield as Canada with an exceptionally long day up and back for Seamus Scanlon from Reboot Disc Golf at Dunbar. Each player received a comprehensive players pack supplied by Innova Discs which included the rare Savant mid range driver, a swirl mini, cap, t-shirt, sticker and pencil. The players packs also featured an ACE Adventure branded Mercy Putter. Printed tile awards for 1st & 2nd in each division and pins for CTP & and any Aces.
The juniors all stayed up too late the night before and were overcome with teenage lethargy not undertaking any of the holes at ACE. Consequently Scottish junior disc golf ambassador Andrew Lamb came in first place with a round score of 125 followed by his older brother David Lamb taking out second place with a score of 138.
The ladies brought as always some flair and glamour to the day with Emily Ingram making her debut disc golf outing, talk about jumping in the deep end! Sheila Smart was unable to fully complete the rounds at ACE & Altyre due to ankle injury. Congratulations to both for persevering in what is a baptism of fire when it comes to a disc golf tournament! Tracey Lamb continued with her success as the leading Scottish ladies player scooping up 1st with a total round score of 263 and a well deserved 2nd place to Emily with a respectable first time score of 363.
With a field of five the amateur division saw Ed Inglis & Phil Knights on their tournament debut turn in respectable scores of 279 & 241 respectively. John Smart continues to improve dramatically with a score of 236. Keith Alison from Edinburgh turned in a total round score of 214 coming 1st with local postie Neil Owen getting second with a score of 220.
A huge open field saw a tight battle in midfield with only three shots separating 3rd to 7th places. The tournament cash payout of £260.00 was divided into the top 5 players with UK No. 1 player Hamish Blair from Aberdeen streaking ahead with a total round score of 178 and taking home the coveted Open 1st place tile and £93.60. John Bruce from Glasgow put in a very respectable score of 184 taking home the Open 2nd place tile and £63.70. Trevor Bechtel from Bankfoot with a score of 200 was a clear third kindly donating his winnings of £44.20 to MFR Cash 4 Kids. Tied in 4th was Seamus Scanlon and Ted Olsen with scores of 201, Seamus kindly donated his £29.25 to MFR Cash 4 Kids.
Check out the blow by blow holes scores on Skoorin;
Tournament BBQ & MFR Cash for Kids Charity Auction
The awesome team at ACE Adventure had the BBQ at full tilt with many hungry mouths to feed, an assortment of superb sausages and burgers from Macbeths Butchers in Forres washed down with either the Blond or Stout from Windswept Brewery filled the gap while the final calculations from the days play were compiled. Tracey Cheesecake supplied a couple of enormous cakes to celebrate several birthdays, the summer solstice and of course the Moray Triple.
Before the awards and prize presentation a charity auction to raise funds to help local children through MFR Cash for kids took place generating £154.86. Huge thanks go out to the supporting businesses; ARR Craib, ACE Adventure, Mackenzie & Cruickshank, Macbeths Butcher, Lidl Elgin & Windswept Brewing for supplying a veritable treasure trove of goodies to auction. For a list of what the prizes were go to the facebook event page.
The 1st & 2nd player awards were then passed out as mentioned above. In addition John Bruce snared a fashionable ace pin (an ace in disc golf is the term used for a hole in one). Neil Owen won the longest putt with an outstanding 20 meter put on hole 1 at the ACE Adventure disc golf course. Hamish Blair and Rory Curran both won a CTP pin (closest to the basket from the tee).
Local Rock Band Gallus cranked up the volume and rocked the night away as the players and supporters enjoyed warmth from dancing then resting at the large fire and Swedish candles in the middle of the fun arena!
Additional donations from those attending the BBQ, players winnings and the ACE Pot and Scratch Cash from the Sunday League made a total charity donation of £302.31 for MFR Cash for Kids.
For those that stayed on at ACE Hideaways for the night the following morning was greeted with splendid weather of a sunny disposition and caressing warm south westerly. Seven brave and crusty folk still able to move participated in the Moray Disc Golf Sunday League.
Every week there is a scratch prize up for grabs consisting of one pound from every player. In addition there is a handicap prize which this week was a Vibram mini and to top it off there is also an ACE pot. Each week a pound goes into the ACE pot which rolls over to the following weeks if unclaimed!
If you would like to join the fun and come see what all the fuss is about like the Moray Disc Golf Facebook page or get in touch with ACE Adventure, Craggan Outdoors, Reboot Disc Golf or Loch Tay for a start.
Many thanks to the volunteers; Tracey Lamb, Thez Barrett, Seamus Scanlon, John Smart, Lewis Smart, Max Branter, Gavin Branter, Abigail Woolley, Nina Birss @ DJ Rossy Roo for helping make what was a great event possible.
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