My GBO Moment. It’s Disc Golf. It’s a Thing.

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Tim Bayer

On one morning, I happened to be on the same card with a professional disc golfer who was ranked No. 9 in the world. I was playing well. I was in the lead. This was my GBO moment.”—Tim Bayer

Won Over By Reality

By Tim Bayer

Welcome to the 2016 Glass Blown Open.

Welcome to the 2016 Glass Blown Open.

Tim Bayer

BRIGHTON New York(Weekly Hubris)—April  2019—In 2016, I was relatively new to disc golf; it was the start of my 4th year of playing. In April, I drove from Brighton, New York to Emporia, Kansas, to join more than a thousand other players in the world’s largest disc golf tournament, the Glass Blown Open. On one morning, I happened to be on the same card with a professional disc golfer who was ranked No. 9 in the world.

I was playing well. I was in the lead. This was my GBO moment.

If you haven’t heard, disc golf is a thing. It’s better than ball golf (commonly just called “golf”) in myriad ways. Here’s just one example: in ball golf, playing a round with one of the world’s ten top players would only happen after you donated X-thousand dollars for the privilege of playing in a charity event. One of the ways that disc golf is better than ball golf is that a weekend warrior, in this case me, can pay $20 (not $20,000) to enter a PDGA tournament, and play a round with one of the world’s top-flight professionals. Here’s how it happened.

I was at the Jones West course early to sign in for the one-day, one-round tournament. A player near me said, “I’m looking to form a group,” to which I replied, “I’m in!” On my right, another said, “I’ll join, too.” Doyle, Paul, and I would be the first group out.

Doyle Jordan was not familiar to me, but I recognized Paul Ulibarri, a professional disc golfer. I’m not a fanboy; I don’t ask for pictures or autographs. So, I didn’t mention to Paul that I knew he was a pro, and Doyle didn’t either.

Though on the same card, we were playing in different divisions: Paul, in Open (MPO); Doyle, in Advanced Grandmaster (AM-50); and I, in the Grandmaster division (MP-50).

The fun for me started immediately. I parred hole 1; then fired a birdie on 2. Let me tell you, when you’ve only been playing golf for three years, it is very cool when the No. 9 player in the world says, “Nice birdie, Tim. It’s your box.”

Focusing before a forehand throw.

Focusing before a forehand throw.

Both Doyle and Paul were low-key, easy to talk to, and a pleasure to have on the same card. The noticeable difference was that Paul was just carving up the Jones West course! It was entertaining to watch a skilled player throw a disc that lands at the basket 300 feet away.

As the first group out, we were playing at our own pace with no waiting. When we approached the basket for hole 10, we could see the first tee, where a large number of players had amassed. Behind the tee box, there were at least six groups in the queue waiting to start.

After putting out at 10, with no one in front of us, I turned to Doyle and Paul, gestured over at the No. 1 tee, and punned, “It is good to be on the lead card.”

This was my GBO moment, because we were the lead card in both location and score, and each of us went wire to wire in our respective divisions for this one-day tournament.

The first group out; The first group in; First Place Open; First Place Advanced Grandmasters; First Place Grandmasters . . . and all at the 2016, Glass Blown Open One Round Challenge @ Jones West.

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About Tim Bayer

Tim Bayer, Webmaster, and Assistant Editor of Weekly Hubris, was born and brought up in Webster, New York. He attended St. Bonaventure University, earning a BS in Computer Science, and then worked in the hi-tech world. In 2002 he turned his creative energies to product development and video production with the release of his first independently produced products. When the demand for web site design (TBayer.com) and freelance writing increased, he once again switched skill sets . . . to writing and web work. An avid or, to be more accurate, rabid, disc golfer, he may often be found chasing plastic while in pursuit of the perfect round on a disc golf course, or designing and developing disc golf products for Demogrid.com. He says he “tries to find the humor hidden in everyday experiences, because life is too important to be taken seriously.” (Author photo by Tim Bayer)
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2 Responses to My GBO Moment. It’s Disc Golf. It’s a Thing.

  1. Avatar Black Widow says:

    Loved this story! GBO is on my bucket list.

  2. Avatar Tim Bayer says:

    Hi Black Widow,

    It is a one of a kind disc golf experience. My most fun week of disc golf each year.

    This year, 2019, will be my 4th consecutive GBO. I’m counting down the days until I jump in the car and point it to Emporia. I will have my over stable discs if (when) the wind howls.

    If it is on your bucket list, I would suggest blocking out time on your calendar now. Every GBO you miss means you will be one year older before you get to claim your GBO Moment.

    Keep calm. Disc on.

    Tim

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