North Ark Open Recap - May 24th, 2013
The 1st North Ark Open was the second tournament in Harrison. The North Ark course was played with temp holes at the 2011 Disc Golf Monkey Finale. The baskets were installed in 2012. Although a slow process to finish the course, the North Ark maintenance crew and the local club has done a remarkable job of cleaning and manicuring the course. If you played the Finale, I'm sure you are well aware of what I am talking about. Hats off to all of you who have had any part in the construction and upkeep of the course and thank you for furthering our sport in Harrison
There were sixty three players at the North Ark PDGA C - Tier event. I'm sure we have all played in weather a little better, but I can't remember the last time I had. Sunny, mild breeze, and moderate temperatures allowed for a great time of hitting the chains. There were seven divisions that included Open, Adv, Adv Women, Adv Grand Mast, Int, Rec, and Rec Women. There were some very tight fields especially in the upper divisions.
Lacey Hayes and Madison Rogers won the Women's Advanced and Recreational division fields. Both ladies are from North West Arkansas. In the Rec Division, Rob Emmett beat out Brad Chism by 3 strokes to take the ever coveted “Move Up” division. Toby Rector's 105 that won Intermediate would have placed him 5th in Advanced (thinking Advanced is where you should be Toby) great job. Zach Rogers of North West Arkansas held off the pack led by Shayn Woltz who was only one stroke off. Only 2 back was Kyle Tutor and Cory Anderson. In the Open Division there was a close battle to the end. Only 3 strokes separated the players who cashed. Joplin's Chris Clemons took home top honors with a one stroke win over Kyle McClure, Doug Wiegand, and Aaron Ulrich. Zack Jones, who was only 3 out finished 5th for last cash. Well played champions, and to all the rest of you who cashed a big Congratulations.
The North Ark course offers a great venue for disc golf, and I am looking forward to watching the game, course, tournament ,and support of all continue to grow in Harrison. Thank you all for coming and hope to see you soon!