By PHILIP CHANDLER
A Queenstown disc golfer warmed up for a tournament at the local Tucker Beach course with an outrageous hole-in-one.
Without even sighting the raised basket, left-handed Chris Dickson aced the 115-metre 16th hole last Sunday.
‘‘I was a bit shocked,’’ he says.
‘‘For a left-handed thrower it’s a blind hole — it’s over a log, around a bunch of trees.
‘‘It took a while to sink in, nobody could believe it was in, actually.’’
What makes the feat freakish is the hole bends in the opposite natural direction for a left-handed backhand thrower, he says.
‘‘I had to force the disc in an unnatural flight path, which is incredibly hard for that length.’’
The farthest disc golf ace was recorded in the United States last year by American Kevin Jones — the world’s sixth-ranked player — who threw 151m.
Jones was 23 at the time, whereas Dickson’s 47 — ‘‘currently the world record for someone my age isn’t much further than what I threw, maybe I should start aiming for the world record’’.
Meanwhile, this weekend’s New Zealand tour-sanctioned Tucker Beach event’s attracted a
record 100 competitors for its eighth edition.
About 40% of the field’s from out of town, including Wanaka, Invercargill, Dunedin, Wellington and even two from Auckland.
‘‘Disc golf has just exploded since Covid,’’ assistant tournament director Hemi Te Awhitu
‘‘We had record numbers for our tournament in the Gardens as well.’’
Competitors play 27 holes on both today and tomorrow.
Te Awhitu says with the holes averaging 100m, ‘‘it would be classed as a ‘big arm’ course’’.
‘‘People who can throw distance have a bit of an advantage.
‘‘There might be a few sore arms after the event.’’