Sun Shines On Feldberg And Schweberger
After a dreary start to the day the sun emerged and brought with it some impressive scores, most notably by round one leaders David Feldberg and Brian Schweberger at 59 (-9).
Feldberg, the 2005 champion, and Schweberger were both bogey free for the day. Feldberg, of Springfield, Ore., produced 2 eagles on holes 10 and 12 and also added five birdies while Schweberger, of Tarboro, N.C., collected nine birdies. He had four in a row from holes nine through 12.
Trailing not far behind, Michael Johansen and Joe Mela earned a 60 (-8). There were also four others at 61 (-7).
Playing in his first open, Dion Arlyn was pleased with his 62 (-6). Despite shooting a 75 during his practice round, Arlyn, of Corvallis, Ore., said things were clicking today especially on the par 3’s where he was able to birdie each.
Although the day ended bright and pleasant and with the course turf mostly dry, it was far from that when players and volunteers first arrived in the morning. Rain and overcast skies challenged the early riser disc golfers. Car headlights actually had to be shined on a basket within the players’ practice area to allow visible putting practice.
“The first couple of groups had it rough,” said Charlotte area organizer Stan McDaniel, who showed up to help at 6:30 a.m.
Also, early on the scene were grounds crew members, who continued to add mulch to high traffic areas.
Cary Trotter of Las Vegas, playing in his third Open, was the first to tee off for the tournament with a 7:36 a.m. slot. Although he didn’t like the wet and dark weather that came with his group’s early start, he was satisfied with the upside of basically having the course to themselves.
“I think it was a fair trade. I didn’t have to wait on anybody,” said Trotter, who wound up with a 67 (-1).
Reports later surfaced that a long pile-up had formed on hole 5 in the afternoon that produced a lengthy wait.
The afternoon also saw Matt Orum make an impressive rally after taking a 9 on hole 3 and ending up with a 65 (-3). He said the course can be quite tricky at times.
“Every hole can be birdie-able, but every hole is bogey-able, too,” said Orum, who is making his seventh Open appearance.
Weather conditions for Thursday’s round two indicate a mostly sunny day with highs in the upper 70s, which should make favorable conditions for another exciting day at the USDGC’s.