, 2022-10-08 14:01:22,
THE Crater Lakes precinct is ready to overflow with disc golf talent, as preparation continues for the 2022 Eruption event later this month.
Mount Gambier Disc Golf president Mathew Weyers spoke to The Border Watch this week and said he expected a bigger and better event, following the pandemic border restrictions which hindered last year’s tournament.
At the time of print registrations sat at 140, with only a handful of spots available before the cut off.
“Our cap is 144, so we are knocking on the doors of an official sell-out,” Weyers said.
“Things are looking really positive.”
Competitors will travel from as far as Tasmania and Western Australia to compete, with the appeal of the picturesque Crater Lakes course drawing return players from last year’s event.
In the pro divisions there is a strong field of entries, ready to put their skills to the test on the pro layout.
“We have 15 pro men and three ladies pros registered, which is really good for both of those fields,” Weyers said.
“They had the New South Wales Open last weekend and I think they had less than that.”
A tough battle can be expected in the men’s pro division, with reigning champion Blake Houston out to defend his title.
The Western Australian is only 16 years old, but with no shortage of talent.
However, with border restrictions not a factor this year, he will face some tough challengers.
“The NSW Open winner Luke Bayne is coming down,” Weyers said.
“He just got back from playing in the international teams event, representing Australia.
“We also we have Patrick Robinson who is a multiple-time Australian champion.”
Geelong’s Dylan Feldman is another player who has been in the mix this year, while Tim Bohan recently won the SA Open, also from Geelong.
In the women’s pro class, Adelaide’s Sarah Lee was also part of the Australian team and has plenty of experience on the Crater Lakes course.
She will match up well against Cassie Sweetten, a multiple Australian women’s champion.
From a local perspective there is plenty of talent in the mix and Weyers expected a few players to be at the pointy end of their divisions.
“Alex Constales is in the Men’s Advance 1,” he said.
“He is a Mount Gambier export…
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