South Wales: The Inaugural Aberdeen Glass Open brought seventy-four players to the newly refreshed Black Diamond Disc Golf Course at Emery Park.
Two pro divisions and five amateur divisions battled it out over the 2-day event, with players having to master the standard layout as well as new alternate basket locations:
In the MPO Divison, Canadian Pro Players Cam Zanini of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, and Jonah McPhee of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, needed more than the planned 57 Holes as the two went into a playoff, with Cam Zanini pulling off the victory on the second playoff hole.
Over on the Female side Briana Ainsley of Squamish, British Columbia, Canada, took down the field in FPO.
Both Open division champions will be the first to have their names inscribed on the beautiful Aberdeen Glass Open trophy and take home some nice payouts!
Amateur Advance Champion Zach Sisson of Houghton, New York, took the lead over Thomas Grundtisch of Orchard Park, New York, in the 2nd round and never let it go to secure his spot at the top and claiming the MA1 victory.
Amateur Advance Women Champion Amanda Wright of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, had a solid win and cruised to a victory.
Men's Intermediate Champion Patrick Hinkson of Lyndonville, New York, had a solid game to hold off a strong intermediate division.
In the Women's Intermediate Division, we saw Champion Cassandra Aszkler of Lackawanna, New York, take an early lead and hold on to it all the way to the end to claim her first PDGA sanctioned victory.
Lastly, in the Recreational division, we saw a close battle on the first day of the tournament between Charles Quinn of Niagara Falls, New York, Josh Walker of Eden, New York, and Joshua Haun of Orchard Park, New York. Rec Champion Charles Quinn shot a hot round of +3 to climb back on top and take the MA3 title.
This weekend’s tournament was the first B-tier of the 2022 disc golf season, and Tournament Director Anthony Russo and Asst. Tournament Director Matthew Hess ran a beautiful event highlighting all the hard work put into the course. DiscGolf716 founders were able to check out the course during the first two event rounds, and the Black Diamond Course looks the best it has in years! The white and gold tee pads are phenomenal and the new alternate pins gave the course a refresh that provides some more challenging holes, lines, and approaches