Gabrielli Takes It!

John Gabrielli     After 63 grueling holes of back and forth lead changes John Gabrielli of Roseville wins by one stroke over Jordan Castro to become the 2014 Minnesota Amateur Disc Golf Champion.  After being down 6 strokes at one point during the 2nd round, Gabrielli refocused his game to tie it up going into the finals.  After 3 lead changes in 3 holes, Gabrielli played a solid final 9 making every putt necessary to secure his new title.  This is was the closest competition between two competitors in tournament history as only one stroke separated each of their rounds.  It is one thing to play in such a close competition, but to do it on live camera is another test in itself.  Both competitors showed true professionalism in their presence on the course and will be sure to shake things up throughout the season.  Congrats to the new champ!

Tiffany Simons won the Advanced Women’s Division shooting nearly 60 points above her rating the first round, which helped her coast to the finish line.

Robert Rothman won the Advanced Grandmaster Division by 4 strokes over Mike Wulbecker.

Nick Kamholz took down the Intermediate Division by 3 strokes, shooting high above his rating both rounds.

Christa Ahrens came back from a 4 stroke deficit to win Intermediate Women’s by only 2 strokes over Christine Ann Hedlund.

U of M’s Robert Plant won the Recreational Division in his first PDGA event.

Congrats to all of our champions!

 

For the Taking

TrophyA majority of the field has already checked in and have tested their skills on the freshly rebuilt course.  The competition this year is very skilled and it could really be anyone’s for the taking.  If rating has anything to do with it, Bill Cary and John Gabrielle are sure to be favorites with their 981 ratings.  However, there are a number of strong golfers willing to take that challenge such as Josh Hoekstra, Sid Roberts, Mike Jindra, and the 2013 Cedar Creek Open Advanced Champion Jordan Castro.  The are a number of players returning this year that had great performances last year as well.  Matt Sime, who placed 2nd last year is out for redemption.  There are a few more top finishers from last year that seem to always be in contention such as, Luke Kemna, Traz Sargent, Ben Garbers, and Clay Ebertowski, who placed 2nd in <=16 Junior Division at Am Worlds in 2013.  With a total of 78 players in the Advanced field there is no telling what the outcome will be.  Minnesota is littered with top-level amateurs, and this weekend we shall see who rises to the challenge that is Kaposia.

Live Coverage

SmashBoxxLogoWe are very excited to finally make the official announcement that this year’s event will be covered live by Smashboxx TV and Legacy Discs!  That’s right, the time has finally come for Minnesota disc golf to be broadcasted live all over the world.  From start to finish, Terry Miller aka “The Disc Golf Guy” and the rest of the Smashboxx crew will be bringing you detailed coverage of the top advanced players.  This will truly test the mental game of the top amateur players in the “State of Disc Golf,” and provide many sponsors a chance to see their skills.  Better start practicing with the camera rolling!

More details on when and where to watch the event will be made available shortly.

A “True Amateur” Event

In following with the top amateur disc golf events in the country, the Minnesota Amateur Disc Golf Championships is pleased to announce a shift to a “True Amateur” format beginning this year. The competition will still feature the best amateur disc golfers in the area competing for titles in multiple divisions, but instead of non-cash prizes, the event will put forth extra effort in creating an unforgettable experience for all competitors, with trophies presented to the top finishers in each division. The 2014 MNADGC will feature the best player packages in the tournament’s young history (estimated at over double the value of entry fees!), as well as top notch media coverage by Terry “DG Guy” Miller, a Player’s Party including prize giveaways, a Fly Mart, side games, doubles and more. The value will remain in the event but an enhanced experience will be shared by more people. Thank you for your support. We are looking forward to this year’s event!