Q & A with Bill D, Chris P, and John B

6/23/2010 by John Borelli

We continue today with AM Worlds returnees Bill Dunne, John Borelli (both in Advanced Masters) and Chris Piaseczny (Advanced).

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Bill Dunne

Is this your first Am Worlds? What number is it?
This is my second Am Worlds. The first being Michigan in 2008

Is this the largest event you've ever played in?
Michigan was both Pro and Am Worlds so it was larger but as an Am I felt a little like a second class citizen. I'm really looking forward to them catering exclusively to us.

Any expectations?
I expect the courses to be relatively flat compared to New England courses, but equally challenging. I also expect to have a blast out there!

What are you excited or nervous about?
> Last time - I brought Billy and the trip was all for him. This meant we practiced on the courses he was competing on and I had to worry about the logistics of getting him to his course first (even when mine was an hour from his and our tee times were the same).

> This time - I can be totally selfish and concentrate on what I need to do to prepare and compete.

I love that feeling I get at the start of each tournament - that nervous excitement when the competition is about to begin! On my best days it stays with me the entire round, keeping me sharp. And at the end of competition I'm both mentally and physically spent!

Any goals?
I always set goals. They help keep me focused.

1. Top half at the reshuffle.
2. Make the cut (not all goal are realistic).
3. Improve on previous rounds on the same course.
4. Beat Borelli (like I said, not all goals are realistic).

Who are you traveling with?
Mike Saimond and Paul Rashaw.

 What have you been doing to prepare for a week of DG?
1. I played multiple round each week since January to get into playing shape.
2. I've lost 32 lbs (so far).
3. I'm taking 2 weeks off from throwing right before I go (still putting though).

Any other thoughts
ll probably be the oldest guy in Am Masters this year but if my body holds up all week, I will enjoy beating some of those youngsters!

 

John Borelli

Is this your first Am Worlds? What number is it?
This is my second Am Worlds. I went to Kansas City last year.

Is this the largest event you've ever played in?
It'll probably be the second largest after last year's Worlds.

Any expectations?
I expect a week of intense disc golf immersion with people talking, playing, and selling disc golf 24/7. Last year was a great experience and I expect nothing but the same. I do think that it won't be as exciting as last year since the "gee-whizzy" aspect of a first-timer won't be there for me, but it will still be pretty awesome to be there.

Also, not having the Pros around to gawk at will be a bummer for the first-timers, but I'm over that (mostly)!

What are you excited or nervous about?
I'm not too nervous or overly excited since I went last year and know basically what to expect. I'm sure once we hit the Ohio border, reach tourney central, and get my players pack, the giddy excitement will return. I do feel a little pressure to do well in my division, especially now that Bill Dunne has challenged me!

Any goals?
My goal is to be the #1 AM Master in the world, of course. Although I enjoyed my title of #1 Non-Cashing AM at Worlds last year, my goal this year is to cash and finish in the top 25. If that doesn't happen, that's okay. I'll still have a great time meeting people and playing golf every day.

Who are you traveling with?
I am driving out with Marcy (my personal manager, caddy, and wife) and one dog. We are staying at a friend's house about an hour south of Marion. Thanks Danica!

What have you been doing to prepare for a week of DG?
I've tried to play once or twice a week for the past month to get the arm in shape, but have been careful not to play too much and burn out like I did last year. I've been putting a lot in the backyard and recently figured out the straddle putt. Still don't quite have the hang of it, so this should be interesting.

I had a "I suck" moment a few weeks ago, so I took a brief break. Happily, I did well at this weekend's Borderland Spring Fling and got my joy and confidence back. That was huge.

Any other thoughts
I turned 40 this year, so I figured I'd let the young whippersnappers beat up on themselves in AM1 while I give a run at the old guys in Advanced Masters this year and hopefully use my "youth" to my advantage. Last year playing AM1 was awesome, especially watching how players from different parts of the country approach holes differently depending on what they are used to seeing. That has helped me a lot over the past year.

I'll also be blogging about my adventures once again over on devensdiscgolf.com. I'll also try to update the NEFA blog too.

 

Chris Piaseczny

Is this your first Am Worlds? What number is it?
My second AM Worlds, KC 2009.

Is this the largest event you've ever played in?
I think last year was a bigger AM1 field by 75ish players and the total (pro/am) was definitely bigger in KC.

Any expectations?
I'm expecting a little more attention during the tourney week from the hosts....not that it wasn't great in KC, i just think with no pro field there will more focus on us. If I recall, our 2nd round last year didn't have scorecards or a scoreport or the proper person to start the round show up on time.

I'm not quite sure what to expect from Marion itself. Seems kinda out there, probably not as much going on as KC, but I'm going to try to let the quiet help me focus on the task at hand!

What are you excited or nervous about?
Definitely excited! The competition, the buzz I get playing in a multi-day tourney, seeing new courses, taking in all of the different perspectives and lines other players throw (especially ones I would have never seen).

And I'm very excited that I seem to have found my putting after several weeks of constant practice. I know its the most crucial part of my game and I was nervous for a while this spring!

Any goals?
Last year's goal was simply to make the cut and get to play in the semi's Saturday morning. After a rough day 2, I managed to have strong rounds days 3 & 4 to make the cut by the skin of my teeth! I was tied for the 64th and final spot!

This year my goal is again to make the cut, hopefully with some more breathing room! The other goal is not to have ANY "blowup" holes all week...smart, steady golf!

Who are you traveling with?
I am traveling with Sandy Redd.

What have you been doing to prepare for a week of DG?
I am definitely taking it easy this week. After tons of golf recently, my arm, back, and legs need a rest. I'll still putt in the backyard a bunch right up until next week, and just play 1 round at B-land league.

Any other thoughts
I can't wait. Getting into a "zone" is cool enough. Having the chance, and hopefully succeeding, to be that focused over the course of 5 days is awesome. I can't think of a better vacation.

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