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Banquet Readies Troops
The great feast before the battle, The 2012 USDGC Banquet came complete as it always does with revelry, remembrance, recognition, and good ol’ banana pudding.
Speaking to the players, Event Director Jonathan Poole motivated them to do their state or country proud, telling them that the course, Championship staff, and fans were ready.
“The question is … are you?” asked Poole.
Remembering Craig Leyva, who passed away this year, USDGC Chairman Harold Duvall said that Craig was an awe-inspiring disc golfer who touched the hearts of many. “The way that Craig would throw would just send chills,” said Duvall. USDGC staff badges have Leyva pictured with friend Brian Schweberger.
Duvall said in his banquet address that he would also miss seeing USDGC favorite Sammy Poole,known for his delicious homemade ice cream and friendly manner, who was unable to attend the event for the first time in Championship history. “I am going to miss the smiles more than anything. You got one with each cup of ice cream,” said Duvall, adding that Poole is a giver at heart.
Duvall then reminded players to appreciate how blessed they were to be there and for the week they were about to experience.
Duvall also mentioned a few key announcements for players. They included:
•Give yourself plenty of time to get to hole 1 to meet tee time.
•Be careful on hole 18. Only one person on the new dock tee. The rubber mat is the tee pad.
•No practice rounds on the course before the round, or until the last putt drops each day. Practice areas in designated areas.
•No parking on the grass. “Also, there’s no parking in the lake,” he added with a grin, referring to a player’s runaway vehicle plunging into the lake in 2010.
•And, regarding a disc that misses a mando and then goes OB, he said players should take the missed mando stroke penalty, then go to the drop zone.