Return of the Beast presented by Latitude 64

In Disc Golf terms, when you hear the word “Beast’, you automatically should think long….and this tournament fell nothing short of that! Tournament Directors Matt Dollar and Chad Yeatts gave the competitors more distance than the they could have expected, and I imagine most everyone’s arms are a little sore this Monday morning.

The “Beast Temp” course was laid out and played two rounds on Saturday on the Back 9 of the Bowden Golf Course with both Professional Tee pads and Amateur Tee pads. The total course distance was an astonishing 11,063 feet!  The scenery was amazing and without having access to the golf carts the competitors may have missed all of the beautiful landscape around them. The shot selection made you think about where your second shot needed to be to score well. Those that could throw 400+ feet and accurately were bound to score well. Marked out of bounds and multiple mandatories accompanied the long distance all through the temporary design. The wind did not aid in shots, as the competitors were all mostly faced with 10-15 winds on every tee with gusts up to 20+ miles per hour. Josh Childs and recent transplant Nick Rowton seemed to have no issues with the wind while recording scores of 59 & 62 respectively in the opening round. During the second round, Josh and Nick came in with scores of 64 & 62 respectively. Joining these two was Seth Beaman out of Huntsville, AL with a score of 59 during the second round.  Only four strokes separated these three competitors going into the the Final Round on Sunday.

The Bowden Disc Golf Course that was played Sunday did not disappoint those looking to throw far as well. Intermediate and age protected divisions played the short pads while Advanced and Open played on the long pads. The pressure was on for Josh Childs with only a one stroke lead going into the Final Round. The wind was not as apparent on Sunday compared to Saturday but that did not mean the course was any easier. In the end it was Josh Childs taking home the 1st Place finish, with Nick Rowton and Seth Beaman finishing 2nd & 3rd respectively. Five-time World Champion Brad Hammock took down the Masters division with a 7 stroke win over 2nd Place finisher, Forrest Callaway. David Garb, down from Illinois just passing through, shot an unofficial rated round of 1012 on Sunday on the Beast to wrap up the win in Advanced. Local Macon Aces member, Jim Luppino took down Advanced Masters, battling it out with Mark Spaugh all weekend. I am sure Jim’s knowledge of the course helped him to surpass a 6 stroke lead during the last round. The intermediate winner, Zach Haynes, came back and shot well to shoot 4 strokes better than his field to claim his victory.  Full results are posted here.

80 Players with 8 players not completing the 54 holes is a testament to how grueling these courses were. Everyone that we had a chance to speak with over the weekend had nothing but positive words for the courses, for the effort put in by the Tournament Directors, and all of the local Macon Aces Club Members that volunteered their time leading up to this past weekend to ensure the competitors all had an amazing experience learning why they call this “The Beast”.