Q & A with Rick Williams and Mike Saimond

6/22/2010 by John Borelli

We start off our AM Worlds player preview with a couple of AM Worlds veterans, Rick Williams and Mike Saimond.

Rick Williams

Is this your first Am Worlds? 
No, it is my third.

Is this the largest event you've ever played in? 
No.

Any expectations? 
Expect to place in the top half of my division.

What are you excited or nervous about? 
Nervous that my flight arrives in time to make the player's meeting.

Any goals? 
Make the semifinals.  Eat at the famous vegan restaurant in Columbus.

Who are you traveling with? 
No one.

What have you been doing to prepare for a week of DG? 
Nothing.

Any other thoughts. 
Have fun.  Find a freestyler to jam with.

 

Mike Saimond

Is this your first Am Worlds? 
This is my 2nd AM Worlds. I was at Kansas City last year

Is this the largest event you've ever played in? 
Last year there were 600 AMs at Kansas City and 69 in Adv. GM division.  This year there are almost 500 AMs signed up with 79 already in the Adv. GM division.

Any expectations? 
I am looking forward to seeing some new courses and sharing stories of great shots and near misses. 

What are you excited or nervous about? 
I am excited and maybe nervous about visiting their famed "popcorn museum" and their mysterious and intriguing moving granite orb in one of their cemeteries (This is what they have on the Marion website as local landmarks - I am not kidding)  Where is that giant ball of string?

Any goals?
First I hope to cash. Second I hope to finish higher than last year (32/69).  Third I hope to have all of my rounds in the 900s.  If I can do the 900s I will have a bettter change at my 1st and second goals. My last and most important goal is to meet many interesting people from around the country and to have a lot of fun!

Who are you traveling with? 
I am driving down with Bill Dunne and Paul Rashaw.  Luckily, we will have enough stories to make the 10+ hours go by really fast.

What have you been doing to prepare for a week of DG? 
I spent a lot of time practicing this winter thanks to Bill Dunne.  Wow, if you practice, you get better.  The successes of Bill Dunne and Eddie Hovestadt have motivated me to go on a strict diet.  I have dropped three pounds over the past six months - I'm ready.  It has been tough to find the time lately to practice but I will be well rested and my confidence is good right now.

Any other thoughts. 
Thanks to the Katana, my distance has been getting better and I finally figured out how to grip a flick shot.  Looking forward to a lot of fun.  Oh yeah. one more thing.  There is supposed to be a place near Marion that specializes in fried Bologna sandwiches.  I actually used to eat that a lot growing up.  Maybe Rick Williams and I can check it out?

 

Comments:

by CWebb on 6/22/2010 at 9:30:58 AM
Mike's the best. Good Luck Fellas! -Webb


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