Did you allow yourself to enjoy this shot, and the tournament performance overall?
I think so. The entire weekend was enjoyable, actually. I guess what I liked the most was being with guys who were happy to be a part of it. I mean it’s cool that it happened to me, but I would have been just as happy to see someone else hit it too.
It’s pretty cool to now have a second ESPN Sports Center Top 10 play. Only you and Paul McBeth have made that popular segment twice. How does that make you feel?
It was a fate thing. It could have happened to anyone but it happened to me. I am happier for the game than anything else. If ultimately the game doesn’t benefit then it doesn’t matter nearly as much. That’s true for me, and I think it’s true for a lot of us out there.
So now you are home for a bit and then out to Massachusetts for the Vibram Open?
Yep. Got a little breather and then I’ll be gone from home for about 2½ months. That will be the longest stretch of my career.
The PDGA National Tour and Disc Golf World Tour are winding down, and the Disc Golf Pro Tour is about to get going. How do you think touring pros are really feeling about all of these new events and tours now that we are deeper into the season?
I think for most people the PDGA National Tour is still the bread and butter. It really comes down to which events suit your schedule best and where you feel like you’ve got a good chance for success. The Disc Golf World Tour has been pretty stretched out this first year. Most of us just cannot afford to travel overseas multiple times in a year. Hopefully in time that is going to change, either in support or in payouts that make those trips more attractive financially.
The course and tournament at Maple Hill are well-loved by players. Are you looking forward to getting back there?
That is one of the trickiest places to play. The lines are tighter. The angles are harder. You can be throwing great shots and still not score very well.
Is it fluky or fair?
It’s fair, but compare it to the Milo courses where we just played. At milo there are 2 holes out of 36 that can chew you up. At Maple Hill there are 7 or 8 out of 18 that can eat you alive. If you are not executing well it can make for a very long day.
So who are some other top pros who have games tailor made for courses like this?
Whoever is totally confident and in control at the time. You’ve got to pipe some very hard, very tight lines. Wysocki, McBeth, Nikko, and Big Jerm come to mind as guys that can power their way through the trees pretty well.
Well get some rest and enjoy your downtime. We wish you the best of luck throughout the rest of the season.
Thank you. I am happy, and excited for the future.