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David Feldberg, Valarie Jenkins Winners at Disc Golf’s CSUMB Otter Open
The CSUMB Otter Open took place in Seaside, on the beautiful central coast of California, over the weekend of February 18-19 at the CSUMB Oaks Disc Golf Course. With many of the world's top disc golf professionals competing in this PDGA sanctioned A-Tier event, it was David Feldberg of Portland, Oregon who emerged the winner in the men's open division with a final score of 25-under par.
The 2008 World Champion and two-time European Champion just edged out second place finisher Will Schusterick. Feldberg had numerous wins in 2011 in addition to the European Open. Just some of his victories include the Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic and the Canadian Disc Golf Championships. He's currently ranked the third best disc golfer in the world.
Following at just a stroke behind, scoring 24-under par, was Schusterick of Nashville, Tennessee, who is ranked as the second best disc golf player in the world. He had a second place finish at the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships last summer, and several wins in 2011, including the Cloud 9 Open and the Skeeter Heater VIII.
Finishing in third place, was Nikko Locastro with a final score of 19-under par. Locastro is ranked as the fourth best disc golf professional in the world, and has been traveling with both Schusterick and Feldberg, as well as Cale Leiviska, as part of the "NONSTOPDISCGOLF TOUR." Locastro states on his blog that they've planned on competing in 40 tournaments, around 80 league nights, 15 of their own Nonstop Disc Golf tournaments, all Majors, NTs, and Europe.
The group is looking for spots to set up clinics and demonstrations all year long and hopes to spread the love of disc golf into the mainstream. They are also looking for sponsorships from clubs, businesses, and people looking to get their name on the RV; a great way to advertise as they work their way to tournaments across the world.
Finishing in fourth place at the CSUMB Otter Open, was Jere Eshelman of Penn Valley, California, with a final score of 16-under par, and in a three-way tie for fifth place was Myles Harding, Shasta Criss and Jeff Faes, all scoring 10-under par.
The women's open division winner was three-time Women's World Champion Valarie Jenkins from Capitola, California with a final score of 13-over par. Jenkins has a lot been doing many great things to help get more women involved in the sport, and is ranked the number one female disc golfer in the world.
The masters division win went to Patrick Brown of San Francisco, scoring 17-under par. Brown had quite a few victories in the division last year, including the Brent Hambrick Memorial Open and the Jelly Jam at Ryan Ranch. Kevin Couch of Oakland, California was victorious in the grandmasters division with a final score of 10-under par. Finally, it was Sharon Jenkins, mother of Valarie and Avery Jenkins, who won the division for the women.
Congratulations on a great weekend of disc golf to all the winners and competitors!
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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