Taking a break: From left, tournament director and 2019-20 winner Hemi Te Awhitu, tournament newcomer Queenstowner Carter Dickson, 7, and 2021 winner Mikey Yu


Local knowledge helped disc golfer Mikey Yu win the 26th Queenstown Classic Disc Golf
Tournament’s overall title and men’s pro open division by nine strokes last weekend.

The 41-year-old, who’s lived in Queenstown for 13 years, lives just seven minutes’ walk from the 18-hole Gardens course.

He’s won some titles but not The Helicopter Line-sponsored Classic, though last year he
lost to another local player, Hemi Te Awhitu, in the playoff.

Te Awhitu, who was also tournament director this year, says Yu’s ‘‘just on fire at the  moment, he’s really found some form with his game lately’’.

Ninety players, virtually all South Islanders, competed in the two-day, four-round event which was plagued by atrocious weather on the second morning.

Te Awhitu says interest in the sport increased last year when many people discovered it during the Covid lockdown.

Other winners included Queenstowners Liene Krastina and Pete Mckay, who took the
women’s and men’s masters divisions, respectively, and Hinato Kuroe (U12s), and Wanaka’s Dom Hayden (men’s grand masters).