Kicking Off The New Year The Right Way – Recapping The 2019 Dude Pro
With temperatures that were beyond hot and a list of sponsors that were even more impressive, the 2019 Dude Pro was an event that many in Australia had been looking forward to for quite some time. The Dude Pro is a Biennial event and the team at Dude Clothing has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that attendees of this tournament would have an incredible time.
Hosted at Mundaring Disc Golf Park, three rounds spanned across two days under the blistering sun. While the course does offer some reprieve with sections of treed areas, the event was a test not only of the shots in one’s bag but of the ability to keep cool under pressure.
Disc golf is quickly becoming an incredibly popular sport in Australia, and the partnerships between various companies in the area certainly helped to make this event spectacular. ADG, The Frisbee Shop, UDisc, RPM Discs, FlySpot, RAD, and of course Dude all came together to offer prizes and support for this year’s tournament.
Winners of the Open division received cash prizes while players in other categories got to take home some amazing items. The Advanced division champion was presented with an Innova DISCatcher basket while the Intermediate winner got to enjoy their very own Target by RAD, Recreation Activity Design.
Across five different divisions, the Dude Pro saw 30 players in attendance ranging from novice players who have only participated in a few tournaments all the way up to seasoned players who have been competing for more years than they haven’t. Dude Ambassador Jordan Wheeler came to play as well as the company’s CEO and “head Dude” himself, Chris Finn.
In an effort to avoid the hot weather, the Dude Pro began quite early each day, with rounds 1 and 3 starting at 7 am. The second round, taking place on Saturday afternoon, was certainly a bear to deal with, but all players ended the day in good spirits. Most divisions saw very close numbers on the scorecards with often only one stroke making the difference between winning and losing. The Open division, was just as intense, until the final two holes.
Shooting a -12 across all three rounds and eventually winning by 7 strokes total was Chris Finn. Not only did he organize and run the event, but taking home first place also seemed to be on his agenda. Going into the final with a 3 stroke lead but eventually coming in second with a 5 down overall was Jordan Wheeler. These two were the only players at the event to finish with a score that was under par, the final was a fantastic display from the Dude taking a stroke per hole back from Jordan Wheeler for an eventual 10 stroke swing even in the 44 degrees C conditions. Third place belonged to David Bandy with a +2 and fourth was a relative newcomer to Disc Golf, Karl Voloczi.
The Advanced field saw Adam Lamb placing first with a four-stroke lead over Gurteaj Atwal, as they finished at +11 and +15 respectively. Kim Holmes won the Amateur Masters 50+ division and Fredi Puhtvend captured first within Intermediate. Only one woman was to be found in the Novice Women division, so Kat Bohan naturally took home her second sanctioned win following up last weekends success at the Centenary Championships in Adelaide!
A big thanks goes out to all of the players and sponsors who helped to make the 2019 Dude Pro so wonderful. We can’t wait to see what future tournaments will have in store for the rest of the year!
All results from the Dude Pro can be viewed here.