The Sula Open took place in Sula, Norway over the weekend of June 9-10. Sula is a beautiful island off the middle of the west coast of this northern nation, experiencing nearly 22 hours of daylight this time of year. It’s well known for its magnificent scenery with a picturesque landscape that includes both the mountains and the sea, and is home to excellent fishing and some outstanding musicians as well as disc golf.
2009 Disc Golf World Champion Avery Jenkins traveled all the way to this spectacular country from Capitola, California to compete in this PDGA sanctioned B-tier event. It was an incredible battle, with both Jenkins and Denmark’s KJ Nybo helping to make it an exciting and dramatic finish. Jenkins said that it was “patience and strong play” that pulled him through to become the 2012 Sula Open Champion, finishing ahead of Nybo by just one stroke.
Jenkins ended with a final score of 34-under par, while Nybo came out with a score of 33-under par, after shooting a hot final round of 54. As usual, Jenkins has had a very busy schedule this year between tournament competitions and helping to spread the word of disc golf via a number of different avenues. One of his most recent efforts included Discmania’s newly released documentary series, aimed to get the viewer “under the pro player’s skin.”
The high quality production shorts showcase five different disc golf clinics presented by the 2009 PDGA World Champion himself and three-time Finnish Champion Jussi Meresmaa.
Jenkins is one of the biggest ambassadors of the sport and a touring professional who began his 13th season playing tournaments throughout the US and abroad this year. He’s also recognized as one of the longest throwers in the game. So far, there have been four outstanding episodes that have been released, and can be seen here on YouTube. The fifth is expected to be released this week.
Via his Facebook page, Jenkins commented, “Thanks to the Norway Disc Golf Club, the Sula Open Tournament Staff, the Myrrusten Family and Jostein Haland for making all of this possible!!”
Following Jenkins and Nybo at the Sula Open in third place, was Stai Hakstad of Trondheim, Norway, and it was Espen Møkkelgjerd of Oslo, Norway who captured fourth place while Juho Rantalaiho of Turku, Finland finished in fifth place.
Sigrid Sandum of Kattem, Norway was crowned champion in the women’s open division, while Lars Eriksson of Falun, Sweden took the victory in the masters division. Terje Rørmark of Bergen, Norway won the grandmasters division and Markus Myrrusten of Langevåg, Norway captured the win in the junior under 19 boys division.
Congratulations to all the winners and competitors on a highly successful event and helping to spread the word of one of the greatest sports on the planet, disc golf!
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