Summoning the Will – Ultiworld Disc Golf
, 2022-09-20 17:54:16,
GMC sets us up for an amazing conclusion to the 2022 season.
September 20, 2022 by Kingsley Flett in Analysis with comments
After the last umbrella was shaken off and the last disc wiped dry at the Green Mountain Championships this year, our two champions, Ricky Wysocki and Kristin Tattar, gave distinctly different takes on their play over the previous four days. Different, yet similar, because they both spoke of having to call on something that grows difficult to summon as the long season takes its toll and the pressure of the Pro Tour builds to its finale.
Wysocki was still riding the emotion from his last hole win over Chris Dickerson. After watching his tee shot clear the out of bounds area on the right side where Dickerson’s throw had just landed, it looked like we were going to see the raptor legs run down the entire hole 18 fairway before Wysocki curtailed his charge and waited for the other players and his caddie.
Towards the end of the interview, speaking with his usual rapid-fire delivery, Wysocki said, “I think the week after Worlds I was able to gain my mental stamina back and I was able to show that this week. I think that really allowed me to play to the best of my ability and I think that, when I do that, I’m the best player in the world and I’m here to show that, and this is one step in the direction of being the best player in 2022 for the whole season.”
In contrast, Tattar was again the queen of serene like after every one of her victories this year. “It feels amazing,” she said. “It brings me almost back to Worlds. The same feeling. I mean all the competitors are the same, they are the best in the world and to be able to win here — it means a lot to me. I’m living my dream right now. This is what I’ve been dreaming of and it’s here, and I’m just trying to enjoy every moment of it.”
Tattar’s time to summon the will came at a similar point as in her World Championships win two weeks ago – midway through the final round. After beginning the final day sharing the lead, Tattar and Henna Blomroos exchanged bogeys and birdies in the early holes before a birdie on hole six gave Tattar a one-throw advantage. Tattar had some opportunities to stretch the lead further in the early going but couldn’t replicate the stunning circle 2 putts that were a significant part world title two weeks…
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