Whitehorse’s Dan Reimer made it look easy Saturday afternoon.
Reimer was the only player to go under par both rounds en route to winning the 2014 Two Course Disc Golf Tournament at the Mount McIntyre and Takhini North courses.
He topped the pro division at the second annual 36-hole tournament with five strokes to spare.
“We played the reds – the tournament tees – and that’s a tough course to go under par. So I was very happy to be anywhere under par,” said Reimer. “It was definitely my best round at Mount Mac.”
Reimer penciled in a five-under 51 at the challenging McIntyre course and a six-under 55 at Takhini for the title. He placed second last year in the inaugural event.
“I play Takhini a lot and that was kind of an average round,” said Reimer. “But that was pretty good in tournament conditions.”
“It’s a great game, it’s very similar to golf, it’s a little more accessible – it’s free,” he added. “It’s a lovely walk and is really important to my fitness regime.”
Whitehorse’s Jesse Devost came second in the pro division after parring McIntyre and throwing a six-under at Takhini for six under par.
The tournament had an international field with Juneau’s Jim Foster, who came for the tournament, taking third with one-over at McIntyre and a scratch score of zero at Takhini.
Justin Kennedy, visiting from Australia, played in the amateur division.
“It’s interesting, people will travel to play disc golf. In the States it’s huge,” said organizer and defending champ Richard Vladars, who placed fourth with four over at McIntyre and one over at Takhini.
“It’s gaining popularity in the North. There’s the two courses here in town, there’s a little, unofficial one in Hillcrest, there’s two out in the Wolf Creek area, and there’s one at Mount Lorne and one at Marsh Lake. So there are quite a few courses.”
Whitehorse’s Noel Sinclair took the top spot in the amateur division (playing from the whites at McIntyre) with a 51 and 63 over the two rounds for a two-under.
Whitehorse’s Marc Senecal and Fred Blaker placed second and third, respectively, in the amateur with under-two and plus-eight over the two rounds.
The pro and amateur divisions each had 11 players compete.
“This is the first year we offered an amateur division,” said Vladars. “Last year it was just one category. There seemed to be a fair bit of disparity between the top players and some of the weaker players, so we opened it up for amateur so we could attract some more participants. Half the amateurs dropped (out) after the first course.”
Alan Hill, who placed fifth in the pro division with plus-eight, took closest to the pin on Hole 18 at McIntyre. Scott Hailer, who was sixth in the pro with plus-11, won the KP on Takhini’s final hole. Jamie Cowan won the farthest throw competition and also tied for seventh in the pro division.
Senecal threw a hole in one on Hole 7 at Takhini, but did not enter the “ACE pot” and was ineligible for the prize. Juneau’s Foster won the pot during a throw-off following the tournament.
“There was a hole-in-one by Marc Senecal, but hadn’t entered the hole-in-one pot,” said Reimer. “So we had to have a playdown at the end, which was fun to see who could finally get a hole in one … And it was our friend from Juneau, which was nice. But it’s sad for Marc. He got a legitimate hole in one but couldn’t collect the fee.”
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