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Q & A with Kylie, Nick, and Abel 

Friday, June 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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Borderland Spring Fling photos 

Thursday, June 24, 2010  by John Borelli

While Scooter is going through his photos from the weekend, here are a few to get you through the day.

> A few more Spring Fling photos
Scooter's gallery and here also

 

Derek B takes a run at Pebble Beach

 

A few AM1s surround TD Matt DeAngelis on Saturday

 

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Q & A with Bradley and Sandy 

Thursday, June 24, 2010  by John Borelli

Bradley Arnall

Bradley called me from the road earlier this week as he headed home from a quick tour of the Worlds courses. He is playing in his first Worlds in Advanced Grandmasters and this will be the biggest event he has played in except for the Vibram Open. He expects to play well, have a great time, and basically enjoy the experience.

The coolest thing that has happened so far is that a few of his "old dogs" saw his name on the pre-reg list and have reconnected with him after several years.

He wanted to let everyone know that hotel rooms are getting scarce around Marion and that he has space to share in the hotel he has reserved.

 

Sandy Redd

Is this your first Am Worlds?
This is my first AM Worlds and probably my last.

Is this the largest event you've ever played in?
This will be the largest but I have played in 2 vibram opens and 2 carolina clash's which were both pretty big.

Any expectations?
I expect from the pictures of the courses that it will be wooded and technical with some open shots here and there.

What are you excited or nervous about?
A little of both now but when we start playing I will be totally pumped.

Any goals?
1. Win and beat Wiggins.
2. If I'm not feeling it I just want to finish in the cut so I have a chance to play on Sat.
3. Always have fun. If you're not having fun then you shouldn't be playing.

Who are you traveling with?
I am leaving with Bradley on Sat at 5am and we will head to Tiffin to play a round, and then probably go see the other courses on Sunday.

What have you been doing to prepare for a week of DG?
Putting a lot, helping borderland out for the Spring Fling, I last 5 lbs and I have been riding my bike to work just so I can get my legs ready. But it is all in how you played in the past.

Any other thoughts.
I can't wait. Let's show the world what NEFA can produce.

 

 

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

Wednesday, June 23, 2010  by John Borelli

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

> More info on AM Worlds.

 

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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Q & A with Rick Williams and Mike Saimond 

Tuesday, June 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?

 

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