Q & A with Kylie, Nick, and Abel

6/25/2010 by John Borelli

Here is the last batch of player bios. Good luck everyone!

Kylie Hoke

Is this your first Am Worlds?
This is my first Am Worlds event!

Is this the largest event you've ever played in?
By far the largest disc golf event I have ever played in.  I use to play college soccer so I have been in "big event" situations before.

Any expectations?
I have no expectations, I actually have no idea what to expect.  I'm trying to just sit back, relax and go with the flow.

What are you excited or nervous about?
I'm excited to meet other people who enjoy disc golf as much as me.  I am nervous about playing the courses blind. I'm hoping to get to some of the courses before hand and do at least a walk through.

Any goals?
In no particular order:

1.    Meet new people!
2.    Have as much fun as I can.
3.    Not to finish DFL!
4.    Learn new things from other people.

Who are you traveling with?
Flying solo, but meeting up with Nick, Abel and Mike. Nick and I will be playing the doubles tournament together on Sunday!

What have you been doing to prepare for a week of DG?
1.    Trying to get the score card and mistakes out of my head.  I need to do a better job of letting mistakes go and avoiding the hole after hole trickle effect.
2.    Putting and being a confident putter!
3.    Flicking-I have a long way to go but I feel way more confident flicking my approach shots now.  I really had to force myself to keep flicking (even when it was ugly) and now I finally feel confident using a flick in certain situations.

 

Nick Connell

Is this your first Am Worlds?
First trip to AmWorlds for me.

Is this the largest event you've ever played in?
This is the largest event I've played in to date. I've played a few SuperTour PDGA-A events: the 2010 Atlanta Open and the 2009 Pittsburgh Flying Disc Open. (And the Amateur Challenge Tournament ranks fairly highly as well! 8-))

Any expectations?
I expect to meet a bunch of good people, and have an unusual amount of free time to just hang out, relax ... and also focus almost solely on disc golf for days on end. I expect to develop more solid up-shots and long putts that at least have some semblance of a chance.

What are you excited or nervous about?
It's a luxury to spend an entire week playing disc golf, and doing so under the banner of the "PDGA Amateur World Championship" just makes it more fun (and intense). I'm hoping to learn from others I play alongside, and I look forward to bonding more with NEFA friends. I'm nervous that I will fail Kylie at the doubles tournament. ;)  I'll probably be nervous over every single putt, but most especially the 5 to 10 footers. I'm notorious for throwing those shots away.

Any goals?
Fun is always the goal. Otherwise, I should probably stop while I'm ahead. I would obviously not like to finish last, but I would be somewhat satisfied with simply finishing. Having no clue about the competition and the amount of local pros and the amount of professional amateurs with ratings above 975, I'm hoping that my best game will produce a Top 50% result. If I finish any higher, then that would be sweet.

Who are you traveling with?
I will drive over with my amazing wife and kids. However, they will enjoy the week with friends in Michigan, and I'll catch up with them on Friday. (I'm not expecting to make the Semifinals (Top 8) or Finals (Top 4).) And I'll enjoy a 3-day weekend with family and friends.

I'll meet up with Abel, Michael Sperow, and Kylie this Saturday, and we'll all room together ... and also practice as much as we can. Maybe we'll also get to meet up with other NEFA-ites.

What have you been doing to prepare for a week of DG?
Not much. I just can't wait to get there.

 

Abel Rodrigues

Is this your first Am Worlds?
This is my fist time at Worlds

Is this the largest event you've ever played in?
Yes, this is going to be the largest event I've been to, next being two A-tiers (ALT open and Cranburry classic).

Any expectations?
Play well, buy too much plastic and beat Nick Connell.

What are you excited or nervous about?
I'm pretty excited about the whole experience and to see how well I do against this type of competition. Nervousness about my brain...hopefully I don't blow up.
 
Any goals?
To have fun really but to again, beat Nick, get qualified, and be the top NEFA member there

Who are you traveling with?
I will be driving with Mike Sperow, we leave June 23 or 24, and we will be staying with Nick, Kylie Hoke.

What have you been doing to prepare for a week of DG?
Playing a lot and since we are going up a week before we are going to be playing the courses.

 

 

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