Paul McBeth’s 18-under par round at the 2018 Great Lakes Open is arguably the best disc golf round ever. “An 18-under on a course like that is, in my opinion, way more difficult to do than his 17-under was at [Fountain Hills Disc Golf Course],” said Innova President and Co-founder Dave Dunipace.
The Toboggan course record was broken the day before with 11-under par scores from Kevin Jones, Dave Feldberg, and McBeth. “The course kind of lengthened this year. A lot of new tee pads, a few new basket placements. We didn’t know whether -11 was great or kind of average,” said McBeth.
Capitalizing on missed opportunities
Paul started round two with a quick birdie, hitting a 38-foot putt on hole 1. “Starting out with a putt like that is a great feeling,” said McBeth. “I think having a great putt is what really develops that consistent round.”
Hole 2, a 726-foot par 5, is the most-eagled hole at Toboggan and McBeth took advantage. He gambled with an aggressive tee shot and it paid off putting him in ideal position for the second shot, “Being on the right side allowed me to putt a little flex and movement on it and it landed about 20 feet from the basket for eagle.”
The fireworks continued on hole 3, a 915-foot downhill par four. “The first round I made the mistake of going right and getting myself into some trouble. So, I told myself this round “Fix that. Don’t do it again.” and just throw it out into that field. Being out on that left side is a little bit higher too so you can see the basket.” With a good look at the target, McBeth put a routine upshot into the air. The smooth hyzer dropped in close, skipped up, and bounced off the top of the catching tray just missing back-to-back eagle scores. He would tap in for the easy birdie.
McBeth’s Go-to Discs
The McPro Aviar is McBeth’s putter of choice and is molded according to his specifications. This limited edition Tour Series disc is available in black and Galactic versions.
McPro Color Glow Roc3
Designed from the popular Roc3 mold, the Tour Series “McGlow Roc3″ is custom-tailored for McBeth. He wanted a Roc3 that he could season into a finesse mid-range and this is end result.
Champion Metal Flake TeeBird3
McBeth’s Metal Flake TeeBird3 Tour Series disc has a slightly flatter top than a traditional TeeBird and cuts through the air with ease, making it faster with less glide.
A very fast stable long distance driver, the Star Destroyer is the distance driver of choice for touring pros. Ideal for sidearm throwers and players with lots of power.
The Thunderbird is predictable in wind and a great long range placement driver. Pros depend on its shot shaping ability, everyone benefits from its consistent, predictable flight.
The Champion Roc3 as a predictable fade, making this an ideal mid-range in almost any situation. Molded in Champion plastic, this Roc3 has a stiffer feel and more stability than the McPro Color Glow Roc3.
The XT Nova’s soft rim absorbs impact while the firm flight plate allows for powerful throws making the Nova an excellent putter and approach disc.
McBeth was on cruise control until hole 10, the third most difficult hole, where he slipped on the teepad. Left with a lengthy approach, he was able to get up and down for a par. He quickly rebounded with a birdie on hole 11. And the birdies held steady until his putt on 17 where he had a 27-footer for birdie. “If I’m gonna miss, I wanna miss hole 17. I don’t want to miss 18.” If McBeth had tingling nerves knowing the last hole was a stroke away, it wasn’t present in his putt. He hit the chains solidly, scoring another birdie and setting up the pressure-packed finishing hole 18.
Picture this is for the Worlds. You’re gonna have this pressure.
– Paul McBeth
Correcting his round one mistake of going out-of-bounds off the tee, McBeth placed his forehand tee shot nearly 50 feet away from the target. On a hot putting streak all round, McBeth was setup to capitalize. “As soon as I let this go….I knew it wasn’t dead center. But I knew it was in.”
Reflecting on the round, McBeth said, “It was an incredible feeling to just go through those and know that every putt meant something. Every shot meant something. From beginning to end”