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Piironen USDGC bound
Finland resident Leo Piironen’s first look of the United States will be at the USDGC. After qualifying at the Stockholm Discgolf Open (June 28th – July 1st), the 18-year-old high school student will take on the Winthrop Gold Course – a venue he’s only seen on DVD’s.
“Finally, I’m able to play that beautiful course …,” said Piironen in an email.
Also making the grade at the event, which was awarded major tournament status for the first time in its 30-plus year history, were: Anders Swärd of Västervik, Sweden (-14), Markus Källström of Gavle, Sweden (-12), Arttu Sikanen of Nummela, Finland (-10), and Jalle Stoor of Espoo, Finland (-5).
Pasi Koivu of Heinola, Finland (-5) tied for the final spot with Stoor. The USDGC allows several methods to settle ties. Since the tournament had published player rating as the tie-breaking method, Stoor’s higher rating earned him the invite.
Piironen (-6) said his goal was to qualify for the USDGC, so he was quite happy with his play in Stockholm’s Järva Discgolf Park.
Just a few years earlier in 2009, Piironen won the junior (under 19) division at the Stockholm Open and now he’s hanging with elite competition.
It was the second major win for Will Schusterick, who tallied his first at the 2010 USDGC.