My British Open: by Dominic Stampfer
It´s now already one week ago that Rich Wood asked me after the London Calling to write a small "your point of view“ about the past British Open in Croydon for the BDGA Newsletter.
As maybe some of you guys don´t know who I am, I´ll start with a short introduction of myself.
I am Dominik, a 20-years old Disc Golfer from Söhnstetten, Germany. Last summer I had the opportunity to spend two months in London and doing so, I was able to meet some of the Croydon guys. Meanwhile I played the Whitcombe Classic and the South Eastern Masters in "Amazingstoke“ I was able to get in touch with the amazing Spirit of Croydon and all of the British Disc Golfers.
When I left for home, as an accepted Croydon Boy ;-), I made an easy decision: to come back as soon as possible!
And so, it was no surprise that after Rich´s invitation earlier this year it took me back to the beautiful Lloyd Park for the Eurotour Event London Calling. This time my girlfriend Anna went with me.
Lets start with my point of view with two words: absolutely amazing!!
I didn´t expect such a great event with so many volunteers. From the first step into the Lloyd Park till we left this great place we had only very friendly and helpful people around us. At this point I would like to thank ALL the staff and volunteers – you did an amazing job!
Have you ever attended at a tournament with a personal scorekeeper/spotter for every flight? Too bad you couldn´t attend and therefore missed this luxury for a whole weekend!
Furthermore you missed great weather, an awesome course and a plenty of cheerful players from all over Europe.
The thing I enjoyed the most: the whole weekend all people of the organization team managed to build up a tournament with a specific, friendly atmosphere at the same time with hosting a professional event.
What made it professional? First of all, keep in your mind that the guys of CDGC hosted their first big event!
With a great marketing before the event, a professional logo, a nice players package, a challenging but fair course, an amazing motivated team, plenty of volunteers and some photo coverage I would call it a professional tournament!
Oh, did I mentioned the brilliant caddiebook? Normally you get a caddiebook at European Championships or bigger tournaments.
I would definitely see London Calling as a great event and in case you missed it: don´t miss it again – I will come again for sure!
PS: There was only one thing I and especially Anna didn´t like – the food on sunday was a bit to spicy for us Germans :-)
My game and my rounds at British Open:
As usual I played a practice round on friday afternoon to see this 18 hole course again. Luckily, there were only small changes in comparison to my last visit at Lloyd Park last summer. My strategy for this Par 60 course was absolute clear: Play safe, avoid bogeys and the birdie will come automatically.
To be honest, this decision was not too bad refering avoiding bogeys. After three rounds I only took four bogeys which is quite good. But I missed too many birdies. There are a few holes on which I should reach the basket with just one throw. Instead of getting many chances for birdies I had to save some pars. Especially in the first round, I had the opportunity to play with UK´s Disc Golf Legend Derek Robins, I had to wait nearly half of the round for my first birdie.
So I ended this round with a 56, which was with a -4 not too bad.
But I got a great lesson how to play this course. With clean and smooth drives Derek managed to play a great round with -8 which was great to watch!
With a great flight I started much better in round two. Although I missed a couple of putts and got a 5 on my second last hole I was still satisfied with my score of 53. This round took me in the second flight and I was just four strokes behind the lead, what would be an excited initial position for the third round.
My plan was still to play safe. But I really wanted to birdie my favorite hole #4 and the very challenging #9. Unfortunately these holes broke up my game.
At hole #4, which was my third hole in round three, I parked my second shot within 4 feet next to the basket. Due to a foot fault I had to do a re-throw, but I wasn´t able to repeat this great shot and couldn´t birdie this hole. I was a little bit out of focus and got a bogey on the next very challenging hole #5. Hole #10 brought me instead a birdie another bogey and I had to fight for not loosing to many strokes on other players.
I finished round 3 with the same score as round 1: 56. This was not what I aimed for.
I was ranked on place 9 after my 56 but still made it to the final 12 and I had 9 more holes to go.
I really, really love finals. I love them so much that I wondered why I played so bad on these final nine. Maybe it was hole 16. I got a 7 (seven!) on this one. Yes, I think this hole broke my game.
So I finished on place 11. Let´s do this better the next years!
Doesn´t matter at all – I had a fantastic weekend with all my flight partners, all the staff and volunteers! Thank you very much!
I´ll be back Croydon!
Come on Croydon!
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