It is Day #1 at the Maple Hill Open and it is hot! Despite the humidity we are seeing some amazing disc golf from the best players in the world. Through 5:00pm, there is a surprise leader! Dutch Napier has thrown a nine-under 51, featuring an ace on Hole #8, a 320 ft shot entirely over water! A familiar name is on his heels, former champion Cale Leiviska, who looked entirely at home on this 8,215 foot monster layout shooting a cool eight down 52.
Just behind those leaders we have Jason Dore, a competitor in the 2013 Green Mountain Open at Smugglers’ Notch. Jason came in with a 5-down 55. Steve Brinster, another past GMC competitor is at 3 under on the back nine. Defending champ and 2X defending world champ Paul McBeth is also at 3-under as he approaches the home stretch.
As the Brewster course pro I struggled all day on my way to carding a 75. I needed a big turnaround to get back into mix for the cut-line, but I’m hopeful. It was tough out there today. I felt a bit out of sync. I didn’t have any timing or rhythm and on a course like this, with so much danger, you have to be on point. I feel like I can play right around par, and I’m looking forward to starting fresh tomorrow and trying to claw my way back towards the cut. The MHO cut is made after the third of four rounds. I will need two rounds of par or better to have a chance to make the Saturday cut line and play in the final round on Sunday as early projections have the cut at 12-over par.
In the meantime, Pro Shop Manager Drew Tolbert is promoting Brewster’s PDGA A-Tier slated for September 19th-21st at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. With Steve Brinster and Ricky Wysocki already in, the team will look to fill the event with more of the best golfer’s in the world for Vermont’s biggest event of the season. Check back in tomorrow for more from Maple Hill!