The 5th Annual Up on Juan occasion was held on Sunday, 11 June, 2017, at Upjohn Park within the Western Sydney suburb of Rydalmere.
In line with native legend, this occasion was began as a little bit of a joke in the direction of the Victorians, or Mexicans, as they’re typically referred to by New South Welshman as a result of they’re “south of the border”. The match’s identify is derived by taking the identify “John” from Upjohn Park and translating it to its Mexican type “Juan”. Since New South Wales is geographically above (up on) Victoria, it combines to create the “Up on Juan” identify.
The match is usually held the week earlier than the Victorian Open as a heat up occasion however this yr’s match was held a lot later given the newly reformed committee for the Sydney Disc Golf Membership.
The course itself is a 9-hole non permanent course with alternate tee areas to make it 18-holes complete. 5-Up on Juan is a 36-hole format performed with a morning spherical, lunch break, then a day spherical. Upjohn Park was a former golf course that was bought by Upjohn Pharmaceutical who subsequently transferred 25 acres of land to the native council. It’s a picturesque reserve, well-maintained by the council, has nice services, bathroom blocks, barbecues, and footpaths all through, making it a perfect location for a everlasting disc golf course – particularly contemplating that it was previously a (ball) golf course, disc golf’s sister sport in terminology, guidelines, and etiquette.
All of us crossed paths with locals who have been strolling, working, picnicking or in any other case having fun with the parklands. Everybody was pleasant and intrigued by what we have been doing with our flying discs and humorous baskets. As is typical for disc golfers, we have been completely happy to clarify the game and had we not been in a match, we might usually provide the passers-by to have a throw and take a look at it out! It was nice how welcoming the locals have been the membership is ecstatic that the occasion built-in seamlessly with a typical Sunday on the park
The setup for Up on Juan performs as your typical parkland course, utilising the prevailing bushes, manicured panorama, and unforgiving bush alongside most holes. Errant throws into the lantana and bush alongside sure holes or baskets meant dropping a disc and a stroke for a number of of us or made for a near-impossible upshot in case you have been fortunate sufficient to seek out your disc.
PDGA specs for course design state: Course setups longer than 6000 ft (1800m) are primarily for higher gamers on the Blue or Gold stage, and for match play. At 2050m, this yr’s Up on Juan match made for a wholesome stroll and a difficult spherical for gamers of all talent ranges.
The course favours accuracy over forehands, backhands, lefties, or righties. There are a couple of holes that favour massive arms on the tee, however general, this prolonged Par 60 is extra about having correct drives and touchdown in one of the best areas to make upshots as simple as doable.
The scores have been indicative of how difficult the course was. Todd Nowak gained the occasion taking pictures simply -3 for the match. Solely 2 different gamers have been under par, in any division. With the entire bushes and bush all through Upjohn Park, it’s essential make your drives, or “miss” in the precise spot, in any other case your probabilities of par or birdie evaporate.
5-Up on Juan loved a maxed out registration of 36 gamers this yr, or 4 per gap for the shotgun begin, realising 50% development from 4-Up on Juan in 2016 and making it the largest subject but for the occasion. You don’t need to miss the following one when it comes round!
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Thanks to these folks for volunteering and making this entire occasion a actuality (In no particular order). Nice job guys!