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From the desk of Owl P. Jackson, Esq.
March 22, 2023 by Owl P. Jackson, Esq. in Opinion, Recap with comments
It’s not every weekend that we get to see a new disc golf course on the Pro Tour. Over the past few years, the tour routing has become increasingly solidified and has started to run the risk of becoming a bit monotonous. But be ready. With a new course and a (sort of) new event come divided opinions—and there were plenty of them. So, let’s keep it weird! In my opinion, these are the top 10 storylines of the 2023 Open at Austin.
1. Gannon Buhr from the chase card
“When were you supposed to be home?”
“Few hours ago, I think.”
I wonder if Jomez is feeling a little frustrated. Probably not. They are well aware that this is going to become more and more common. For the second straight week, the MPO winner came from the chase card. This week it was an even younger star: teenager Gannon Buhr. This is Buhr’s first normal Elite Series win, but certainly not his first or his biggest. He can add this one to his A-tier, Silver, and Major wins. At this point, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. He is already one of the best 5 players in the world and is still getting better. What is surprising is his maturity, especially in regard to his mental game. In a week where so many others were moaning and complaining (more on that later), Buhr kept cool. In his own words, “A lot of people didn’t like the course. I tried to stay positive about it and use that to my advantage.” 🥶
2. Paige Pierce back on top
“You know, I’d like to quit thinking of the present, like right now, as some minor insignificant preamble to something else.”
Paige Pierce had not won an event since last July’s European Open. She hadn’t won an event with Kristin Tattar in the field since last April’s Champions Cup. Toward the end of last season, Paige let us know that she was struggling to find the competitive spirit she had become known for. Last week in her season debut, it looked like she still might be searching for it. This week, she showed that she had found something different and maybe something even better—perspective. After her round she said, “Disc golf has been my entire life, and so, I’ve been trying to just adventure off the disc golf course and find other things I like to do. And try not to make every shot I take so life or…
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