The rain may have kept the numbers down and the roots slippery for the first disc golf tournament at the Spruce Grove Powerline Course on Oct. 13, but it wasnt enough to stop one Whistler competitor from shooting a course record on his first round, and then beating that on his second.
Joey Houssian won the mens pro category with a minus four in his first round and a minus seven on his second, when the rain was at its strongest, setting a benchmark for the new course, which opened in August. He won a snowboard for his effort, courtesy of tournament sponsor Katmandu.
Graham McLory of Vancouver finished second with a minus two in his first round and a minus one in his second for a three under par. Tyson Daniel of Victoria was one under and one over to finish third at even par for the day.
In the womens category, Liz Morland finished first with a combined score of 10 over par, and earned herself a set of Flow bindings, also courtesy of Katmandu.
Wendy Robinson was second at 11 over par, and Cathy Ireland third with a plus 15.
In the mens amateur category, Brennan Cook led the way with a four under par after two rounds (26 holes). Joseph Petrotta was second at minus two, and Shawn Flemming third at one over.
"I think that there would have been a lot more entries if it wasnt raining, but we did get a good idea of who in Whistler loves to play the game," says tournament organizer Tasso Lazaridis.
"Looking towards the future, once the additional five, or 14, baskets are put in, there is a great opportunity to host a PDGA (Professional Disc Golfers Association) tourney."
The course was built over the summer by the municipality, which contracted B.C. Disc Sports Society representative Michael McCrae of Vancouver to design the course. Only 13 holes were set, and the municipality has said it will complete the course in spring to a full 18 holes to attract professional tournaments.
About 30 disc golfers turned out to the tournament, which Lazaridis hopes to make an annual event.