The Spring Hyzer took place on Saturday, April 28 in Toledo, Ohio at the Ottawa Park Disc Golf Course. Unfortunately, the 43 disc golfers who came out to compete had to battle it out in this PDGA sanctioned Amateur B-tier and Pro C-tier event through winter-like conditions with rain, sleet, ice and even snow. They rallied through and it was Geoff Bennett of Trenton, Michigan who emerged the winner of the open division with a final score of 14-under par.
Bennett had several victories in 2011, including the Gale Vaughn Memorial and the CCR Open. He was followed by last year’s Fly Open VII winner, Jimmy Bates of Trenton, Michigan at second place scoring 9-under par. Jamie Mosier of South Lyon, Michigan captured third place with a final score of 6-under par and Pat Burke of Ann Arbor, Michigan scored 2-under par to finish in fourth place, while Brian Parsons finished in fifth place at just a stroke behind scoring 1-under par.
At sixth place scoring 1-over par, was Keith Blakely of Norwalk, Ohio and Mike Sommerfield of Medina, Ohio captured seventh place with a final score of 3-over par. Kyle Schaechterle, Nick Schultz and Matt Pilch finished in eighth, ninth and tenth place respectively.
Local Ryan Toth dominated the advanced division with a final score of 7-under par while Justin Haley of Toledo finished in second place scoring 1-under par. Brian Morba and Steve Lopez ended in a tie at third place, both scoring at even par.
Sean Perry of Taylor, Michigan captured the intermediate division win in overtime after ending in a three-way tie with Jason Parsons of Medina, Ohio and Jesse Weikinger, all scoring 8-over par.
The recreational division victory went to Mark Perrine with a final score of 10-over par while Matt Braun followed at just a stroke behind scoring 11-over par and Jeremy Collins captured third place with a final score of 12-over par. Finally, the novice division win went to Jason Barker with a final score of 9-over par.
Congratulations to all the winners and competitors on a great day of disc golf!
The first time K.C. Dermody played disc golf was in the spectacular Black Hills of South Dakota. She has since become addicted to promoting the sport, and enjoys playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She welcomes comments and suggestions, with the goal of promoting the sport of disc golf throughout the world. Find her on www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter or Twitter @kcdermody.
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