The Azalea Disc Golf Tournament was held in Wilmington, N.C., at the Castle Hayne Park Disc Golf Course. This was a Vibram Open qualifier and a PDGA B-tier event with 90 disc golfers coming out to compete. It was Michael Johansen of Denver, N.C., who won the men's open division with an impressive final score of 47-under par.
Johansen was the winner of last month's Dynamic Discs One Round Challenge @ Hornet's Nest in Charlotte, N.C., as well as January's Raleigh Winter Jam. Brian Schweberger of Tarboro, N.C., followed in second place with a final score of 35-under par. In 2012, he's captured the win in a number of tournaments, including the Ace Run Shootout II and the Loriella Challenge.
Coming in at third place was Jeb Bryant, scoring 33-under par, while Sean Gough of Greenville, S.C., captured fourth place with a final score of 25-under par. The 16-year-old distance world record holder, David Wiggins, Jr. of High Point, N.C., followed in fifth place, scoring 23-under par.
Michael Halton Smith of Durham, N.C., finished in sixth place with a final score of 18-under par, while Austin Sult of Rock Hill, N.C., scored 12-under par to take seventh place. Trey Johnson, Michael Coloton and Henry Childres took eighth, ninth and 10th place, respectively.
The masters division win went to Jeff Baldwin of Pittsboro, N.C., with a final score of 23-under par. Baldwin has had several wins this year, including the Inaugural Spring Fling & Ching and the Swingin' DBs Chain Bangers Bash II.
Brian McRee of Louisburg, N.C., followed Baldwin at second place, scoring 18-under par, while Eric Vandenberg of Durham, N.C., captured third place with a final score of 11-under par.
Chase Jernigan of Clayton, N.C., dominated the advanced division, scoring 26-under par, and Brad Ramsey of Charlotte, N.C., followed in second place with a final score of 19-under par. Jim Senior of Holly Springs, N.C., took third place, scoring 15-under par. Debbie Scott of Charlotte captured the victory for the women in the advanced division with a final score of 24-over par.
The advanced grandmasters division win went to Alan Layh of Rocky Point, N.C., scoring 9-over par, while it was Chip Woodruff of Raleigh, N.C., who won the intermediate division with a final score of 7-over par. Mitzi Maul captured the win for the women in the division scoring 93-over par.
Congratulations to all the winners and competitors on a great weekend 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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