Road Trip!!! Essex @ Lakenheath

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Road Trip!!! Essex @ Lakenheath

Post by Mr.Scary » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:35 am

Three of Colchester's finest made the trip to RAF Lakenheath to help their American counterparts celebrate Lakenheath Disc Golf Course's 4th Birthday after being put in by the Boy Scouts of America with help from Scout Leader Lauren Dietz and his son and fellow Scout Brian.
Paul Stoddart, Paul McColllough and Nick Clark who still has an Honorary Doctorate from Essex made the trip to meet Steve Kornmuller, Toby Gross and 'newbie' David White for Bag Tag Battles and some good ol' disc golf fun.
After the Birthday Speech celebrating The Boy Scouts of America and Scout Leader Loren Dietz who got the course put in after years of attempts by others we are truly grateful for all their hard work in getting it put in. It may be a "just" a pretty little short pitch-n-putt course but like our fighting military we can adapt, overcome and conquer... with Safari Holes. ;)

This year a new layout on the Back 9 was played both rounds. It was designed by Chris Malatesta and refined with his mate Jordan Thies, This layout involves tons of OB using sidewalks and as we all found out only 5 Discraft pin flags. This very challenging Back 9 or as we have called it the Championship 9 has four Par 4's and a very challenging array of of Par 3's is also known as "The MalaTHIESta 9" and it can be very brutal on golfers of all skill levels.

It was a cold morning as typical in February here in England but the winds which were supposed to subdued came on with a vengeance once we got done with Hole 5 and walked across the bridge to Tee 6 and then the winds would kick up at the most inopportune times.
The day started well for Steve Kornmuller coming back slowly after 4 months from two micro fractures aka "Beckham Fractures" in his left foot when he banged the only birdie on Hole 1 from about 35 feet.
We'll skip a bit now because the hole by hole commentary will get intense soon so here's the scores after the normal Front 9 designed by Matt Cutler of CatchTheSpirit and Steve Kornmuller who had and still has concerns with the OB wall on the left of Hole 3(that tree has taken a beating but it has saved many discs from going into the Waste Water Plant and a few other holes.

Name... Score (Birdies)
Par is 27

Steve Kornmuller.....27 (2)
Paul Stoddart.........28 (0)
Dave White............29 (0)

Nick Clark.............30 (1)
Paul McCullough......32 (1)
Toby Gross............35 (1)

Kornmuller doubles the 9th hole to have a disappointing end to his front 9 but still led by one over his Kaufinator Bag Tag rival Paul Stoddart with Dave White and Nick Clark right behind.

Okay so I'll do my best to describe the MalaTheista Championship 9 but will also post Chris's map in this thread.

-- Hole 10 Par 4 --

Tee from Original Hole 18 tee to Basket 1 using the large oak and a Mandatory to the left and the side walk all the way to the basket and vehicle entrance pavement as OB. Also note going through the gate to the Post Office or going over the hedge is also OB.

Kornmuller gets lucky after pointing out that threw the gate is OB and having done that feat multiple times(its like 3 feet wide, common people!) almost creates an OB stroke but his Legacy Cannon manages to stay just a foot short on the path(not OB) coming from the Monuments. His lefty backhand hits one of the many trees in number 1's fairway and settles for Par.
Stoddart unfortuneltly missed the Mando and also threw OB to card a double bogey 6.
Dave White remaining steady and with his putting style that is very, VERY reminiscent of Ken Climo's "toss the rock into the bucket" grabbed his Par along with Nick Clark and Paul McCullough.
Toby Gross found trouble off the tee but rebounded for an OB 5.

Through 10

Steve Kornmuller...31 (2)
Dave White............33 (0)
Paul Stoddart........34 (0)

Nick Clark.............34 (1)
Paul McCullough 36 (1)
Toby Gross...........40 (1)

-- Hole 11 Par 3 --

Hole 11 is the original Hole 11 because during the past two storms the shorter RHBH (Righthand Backhand) turnover shot through the trees to the left of Hole 2's normal tee. This tee is back by the water and creates a nice Quarry Park-ish hole that requires plenty of touch and control to get a birdie putt. Kornmuller blew his upshot and couldn't save Par while Mccullough and Stoddart hit trees early to also Bogey(I'm telling you, its really crowed with trees). Gross, White and Clark all take pars.


Through 11

Steve Kornmuller...35 (2)
Dave White............36 (0)
Nick Clark..............37 (1)

Paul Stoddart........38 (0)
Paul McCullough 40 (1)
Toby Gross...........43 (1)


-- Hole 12 Par 4 -- "The Islander"

This the Hole that Discraft pin flags are needed on.
The Tee is the original Hole 12 tee off the right by the water from Basket #2/11. This hole is played on two 'islands'. There is an OB line straight across the fairway in front of you BUT the side walk that runs long the right of the hole is OB and OB to the right of it, also over the fence into the Waste Water Plant is OB but you can bounce off its wooden wall in bunds BEFORE the OB line about 175' from the tee. So essentially you want to throw a mid or putter up the OB line but with the wind in our faces the recipe was fairway drivers(mine was the Discraft Undertaker and it worked brilliant both rounds).
Now here's where it gets tough, really tough. You are sitting on the island to front and left off the tee and the 'square' patch of grass that the Basket sits on is the final "island'. yes that somewhat tiny island is your landing area. This can be a brutal hole and Kornmuller has the previous experience of blowing leads on Jordan Theis not once but twice playing this hole carding 7's and 8s to Theis' 3s or 4s. So its a RHBH little turn over with a putter or under stable midrange but once again the winds play a factor and players had to 'disc up'. Seeing the hole layout for the first time didn't help the newbies to this either and it showed along with the swirling winds, sometimes in your face right to left and sometimes in your face left to right.
Scores ranged from McCullough's 4 for Par to Dave White's triple OB 10 (+6).
You would think that would have finish White for good but he stayed focused, had fun and let good things happen to him.
So one big move up and one down standings wise...


Through 12

Steve Kornmuller...40 (2)
Paul McCullough 44 (1) up from 5th
Nick Clark..............44 (1)

Paul Stoddart........45 (0)
Dave White............46 (0) down from 2nd
Toby Gross...........48 (1)


-- Hole 13 -- Par 3

This is also from the Original Back 9, tee is up from front 9 tee through a 3 foot wide gap in two lines of trees straight down to the basket. no mando though but a tight shot any which way you decide. nice little throw about 40 meters.


Through 13

Steve Kornmuller...44 (2)
Nick Clark..............47 (1) ^
Paul McCullough 48 (1) v

Paul Stoddart........48 (0)
Dave White............49 (0)
Toby Gross...........50 (2) < --- Birdie


-- Hole 14 -- Par 3

From Tee 3 to Basket 5 BUT sidewalk is OB to left and rear all the way around plus getting wet in stream is OB as well. really tough hole and a good Par but McCullough threw an absolute crushing hammer shot to the left with his CryZtal FLX Surge that faded back towards the pin and was just short of the back OB line and had a 35 footer but he unfortunately three putted.
Dave White however grabs the only Par... hmmm... seems the kid is starting to dial this safari hole stuff in...

q:-(


Through 14

Steve Kornmuller...48 (2)
Nick Clark..............51 (1)
Dave White............52 (0) ^^

Paul McCullough 52 (1) v
Paul Stoddart........53 (0) v
Toby Gross...........54 (2) < --- Birdie


-- Hole 15 -- Par 4 "BottleNeck"

Because of another tree down in Hole 6's fairway we had to move the tee 'closer' and to the right. so from Hole 5's Fairway you play back to Basket 2 and with the fairway going pear shaped it really challenges your upshot of about 120-150 feet if, if, if you get through all the trees on the your tee shot. Added to that is that another tree is down behind original hole 12's tee 'clogging' that other route for your upshot and as we will see on the next safari hole it screwed up a really nice Par 4.


Through 15

Steve Kornmuller...52 (2)
Nick Clark..............55 (1)
Dave White............56 (0)

Paul McCullough 55 (2) < --- Birdie
Paul Stoddart........57 (0)
Toby Gross...........58 (2)



-- Hole 16 -- Par 4

As mentioned above a Tree fell in the way of half the fairway creating quite a dilemma... half the fairway was gone teeing from by Tee 3 going towards Hole 2's fairway. You get through straight in the gap to the left of the path and land in 2's fairway or go hyzer towards #2's basket and go left to it's fairway.
From 2's fairway youthrow OVER the pond to Basket #8. Clear the trees as well as they have grown in.
Now here we couldn't figure out a decent hole and things got screwed up and well, honestly, we were getting hungry for hoagies at Charlie's. ;-)
An easy tee was agreed upon with very word results, McCullough's drive was a power spike hyzer that actually ended up on the other side of the pond/stream and was 'behind' the tee in correlation to the Basket. :P
No one parred even though we made it very easy to hyzer cross the pond of which only McCullough did between us all


Through 16

Steve Kornmuller...57 (2)
Nick Clark..............60 (1)
Paul McCullough 60 (2) ^

Dave White............63 (0) v
Paul Stoddart........63 (0)
Toby Gross...........65 (2)


-- Hole 17 -- Par 3 "Lakeside Park"

From beside Basket #8 towards the front to Basket #7, no OB except in the pond. Of course you are trying to "park" your drive for a drop in while looking at the lake, hence the name Lakeside Park. Total righty hole but still a nice pull that you have to 'think about' to reach it for birdie putt. Lots of Pars, no birdies.


Through 17

Steve Kornmuller...60 (2)
Nick Clark..............63 (1)
Paul McCullough 64 (2)

Paul Stoddart........66 (0)
Dave White............67 (0) v
Toby Gross...........68 (2)


-- Hole 18 -- Par 4

From #8 tee playing side walk and to the right as OB all the way around to Basket #9 including vehicle path from gate as OB right behind the basket as well. Really tight fairway...
McCullough and Gross are the only Pars, well done lads...


Through 18

Steve Kornmuller...65 (2)
Paul McCullough...68 (2)
Toby Gross............72 (2)

Nick Clark..............72 (1)
Paul Stoddart........72 (0)
Dave White............72 (0)


After a delicious chicken philly cheese hoagie at Charlie's we all reconvened at the course and wow, everybody wanted to play that Championship 9 again instead of the Original Back 9 as I intended so we started off again and Dave really started to make some noise and moved up the standings very, very fast...
Dave birdied 6 of the first 8 holes on the Front 9 to draw himself into contention to place himself in 3rd place at 93. During those first 8 holes Paul McCullough(91) also made up ground on Kornmuller(92) and was actually leading the Tournament and Kornmuller by one.

Lets continue with the tough Original #9 and those swirling winds, here how it stands one home before going figure out a better way to attack the Championship MalaThiesta 9.


Through 26 holes


Paul McCullough...91 (5) +3 Birdies in 8 Holes
Steve Kornmuller...92 (2)
Dave White............93 (6) +6 Birdies in 8 Holes

Paul Stoddart........96 (4) +4 Birdies in 8 Holes
Toby Gross............99 (2)
Nick Clark............102 (2) +1 Birdie


Hole 9 is the dog leg right Par 3 or a HUGE blast over the pond to a slim landing area even with the area inside the hedge to the pond in bounds so most every body just shoots the gap and lays up for par but with the headwind swirling and changing its mind more often than your favorite politician it proved to be a proper bugger this day.
McCullough and Kornmuller bogied while White doubled it. Gross doubled it but Stoddart and Clark both Parred it.


Through 27 going to the Championship 9....


Paul McCullough...95 (5)
Steve Kornmuller...96 (2)
Dave White............98 (6)

Paul Stoddart........99 (4)
Toby Gross...........104 (2)
Nick Clark............105 (2)


Hole 10 Par 4

McCullough and Kornmuller par but White and Stoddart birdie it!!!



Paul McCullough...99 (5)
Steve Kornmuller.100 (2)
Dave White..........101 (7)

Paul Stoddart.......102 (5)
Nick Clark............109 (2)
Toby Gross...........109 (2)


Hole 11 Par 3

Everybody pars except Kornmuller, Stoddart and Gross.


Paul McCullough..102 (5)
Dave White..........104 (7)
Steve Kornmuller.104 (2)

Paul Stoddart.......106 (5)
Nick Clark............112 (2)
Toby Gross...........113 (2)


-- Hole 12 -- Par 4 "The Islander"

Kornmuller's Discraft Undertaker finds it's mark for the short first drive and then his Gateway Samurai lefthand backhand pinned the hole for his first birdie ever and keeps pace with the hot Stoddart who also birdies it. My apologies for not remember the path Stoddart took for his birdie... The throws pile up however for the other four golfers...


Paul McCullough..107 (5)
Steve Kornmuller.107 (3)
Paul Stoddart.......109 (6)

Dave White..........109 (7)
Nick Clark............120 (2)
Toby Gross...........121 (2)


-- Hole 13 -- Par 3

Short through the narrow gap...
McCullough falls one throw off the pace. White doubles and in the last two holes has lost seven throws off the lead after that blistering birdie pace he set on the Front 9... that kid is dangerous though, keep an eye out for him on Tour this year.



Steve Kornmuller...110 (3)
Paul McCullough..111 (5)
Paul Stoddart.......112 (6)

Dave White..........114 (7)
Nick Clark............123 (2)
Toby Gross...........124 (2)


-- Hole 14 -- Par 3

Tons of tree traffic and OB left and 5 feet behind basket. Tough Par.
Stoddart continues his rush to the top as Kornmuller bogies and the pair of Kaufinator Buddies have plenty of Championship type of holes to play...



Steve Kornmuller...114 (3)
Paul Stoddart........115 (6)
Paul McCullough...117 (5)

Dave White..........119 (7)
Nick Clark............127 (2)
Toby Gross...........128 (2)


-- Hole 15 -- Par 4 "BottleNeck"

Kornmuller's Legacy Phenom upshot hits a pathway light post and stops 35' short so he has to settle for a Par but he gains a some breathing room on Stoddart who bogies. Everybody else pars, nicely done lads.


Steve Kornmuller...118 (3)
Paul Stoddart.........120 (6)
Paul McCullough....121 (5)

Dave White..........123 (7)
Nick Clark............131 (2)
Toby Gross...........131 (2)


-- Hole 16 -- Par 4 Dog leg over the lake


Kornmuller's drive with a Legacy Outlaw is excellent through the fallen tree branches and trunk but he flips his Samurai upshot and settles for par. Stoddart grabs a Par as well but McCullough bogies and with two holes left he might possibly be out of it.


Steve Kornmuller...122 (3)
Paul Stoddart.........124 (6)
Paul McCullough....126 (5)

Dave White..........130 (7)
Toby Gross...........136 (2)
Nick Clark............137 (2)



-- Hole 17 -- Par 3 Lakeside Park

Kornmuller absolutely worm burns his tee shot down the hill, yes, down the hill... then his upshot is short and he bogies. Stoddart misses a long birdie putt but gains a throw and is down by only one going to the treacherous Par 4 18th dogleg right.


Steve Kornmuller...126 (3)
Paul Stoddart.........127 (6)
Paul McCullough....129 (5)

Dave White..........136 (7)
Toby Gross...........139 (2)
Nick Clark............141 (2)


-- Hole 18 -- Par 4


Stoddarts box but he doesn't follow through and his Z/FLX Discraft Thrasher stalls out and into the wind flips up onto the 'shelf' by Hole 9's tee. Kornmuller doing lefty backhand releases way too early and goes OB... rut rhoooo.... Then Kornmuller from the OB path right in front of the tee goes OB again when his timing is just way off. Stoddart calmly lays up to the gap lying 2 while Kornmuller needs to try and "Wysocki it" in a spike hyzer and hope Stoddart doesn't make his up and down but Kornmuller goes OB again. Yikes!!!

Paul Stoddart scrambles back mightily and is thee Champon!!!


Steve Kornmuller...133 (3)
Paul Stoddart.........131 (6) Lakenheath Bag Tag #9
Paul McCullough....134 (5) #11

Dave White..........140 (7) #13
Toby Gross...........145 (2)
Nick Clark............145 (2)


I left my tags Essex and Lakenheath on my other rig so I'll have to upgrade Stoddy when I see him again.

Well done Paul on your comeback and thanks very much to everybody from Essex who came out and Toby for coming out to help from Lakenheath.

Stay tuned for weekly meet ups here at Lakenheath and we will have some guests from up North King's Lynn soon.


:cheers:
"By far, the most important part of any shot is what is happening in the last split second as the disc is pulling itself from your grip. Focus there. It's the key."

"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

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