After the first round Avery was trailing the world's top ranked disc golfer David Feldberg by two. Dave broke the existing course record by four strokes only to have Avery shatter his course record a day later by three with a blistering 1085 rated 51. Avery's four stroke lead would be difficult to overcome and after Dave's five on hole eight, the result was all but determined. When asked about his lack of aggressive play on the back nine holes Dave explained that Maple Hill could bite you and he saw a greater opportunity to lose second than gain first. Avery would end up winning by seven.
On the women's side, Angela Tschiggfrie went into the final round with two strokes on Des Reading and four strokes on Val. After the first five holes, Des and Valarie had gained four strokes on Angela. After nine holes, Des led Angela by one, Valarie by two, Courtney Peavy by three and Carrie Berlogar by four. What appeared to be the makings of the most exciting ladies finish at Maple Hill was in the making. From that point on, Valarie Jenkins played flawless golf, which is quite a task on the Maple Hill Blue course, and went on to beat Angela by three and Des, Courtney and Burl by six.
The Vibram Open may be in its first year but has developed from the popular and well regarded Marshal Street Disc Golf Championships. Tournament Director Steve Dodge and his incredible staff of dedicated volunteers have been able to build upon their past successes and continued the MSDGC tradition of improving each year. This year's improvements featured more coverage to spectators at home via web cams and live scoring. The event is not only raising the bar for itself but for the National Tour, and the sport of disc golf.
Being involved in the event as a staff member or participant is best described as being part of a large family. Steve may be the primary spokesman for the Vibram Open but is quick not to take credit as his quote during Sunday's awards ceremony sums it up nicely. "The staff directs me. I don't direct the staff".
Special thanks go out to Vibram for recognizing the growth of disc golf and wanting to be a part of it.
2008 Vibram Open DVD Trailers
Below are just a few of the feature section trailers from the 2008 Vibram Open DVD. The Maple Hill Blues gave everyone but Avery Jenkins the blues and kicked off what would be (so far) the greatest disc golf year in Avery's career. He would go on to win Pro Worlds in a five hole playoff and commented to me that this DVD was part of his inspiration. After watching his incredible 51 (a 1080+ rated round), I was inspired to create a new Extras feature: Avery Jenkins vs The World. We take Avery's best shots and pit them against everyone else's best shots and see who wins. In my opinion, this was the best 15 minutes of disc golf footage I had ever put together. We have repressed the DVD and it is available in the Vibram Open Store.
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...The event is not only raising the bar for itself, but for the National Tour...
It is a truly special event to see a company of Vibram's quality take serious strides towards becoming a disc golf manufacturer. They debuted two significant products at the tournament: The Runway teepads, built out of Quaboing rubber tiles and their first golf disc, aptly named, the Vibram Putter (or V.P. for short). Welcome aboard Vibram, we look forward to a long and bountiful ride.
Avery Jenkins had more to celebrate than his birthday this weekend as both he and his sister Valarie won the Open and Women's division at the inaugural Vibram Open at Maple Hill. Will Avery and Val be able to repeat the sweep at the World Championships which starts in just two short weeks? Also celebrating a victory in the Grandmasters division was New England's own Davis Johnson with a hard fought but well deserved three stroke victory. All three champions celebrated taking the traditional swim in hole one's pond.