State titles bringing the best
disc golf: After the elation of attracting a Queensland tournament, the owners of Granite Mountain Disc Golf have had to shake that off and get down to preparation as the event nears.
The State Disc Golf Championships are coming to Applethorpe, with the country's best players descending on the area for the July 27-29 tournament.
Course owners Nathan and Carmen Lee are hurriedly getting all the dirty work done before competitors arrive.
"It's been tough. We spent two months away at the start of the year, so when we got back there had been a whole lot of storms around New Year's,” Nathan said.
"To get it back to playable was the first step and since then it's just been polishing it and making it better.”
The news of their successful bid came in December.
Previous events were held in the northern Brisbane suburb of Strathpine but organisers wanted a shake-up.
"We've been building better pars. If it's dry, everywhere is quite easily accessible. If it's a little wet we've built pars next to the rocks (for safety concerns).
"We played a few days last week with the bit of rain we had and there were no slips or trips or anything like that, so everyone will be able to play quite smoothly now,” Nathan said.
He and his wife have been fine-tuning their own games, spending time in Thailand where they competed in big professional events.
Carmen placed second in the women's advanced category and also caddied for the women's world champion in the women's open event. But now their attention has turned to their own event, where they'll welcome some of Australia and New Zealand's best.
"We're slowly stretching toward that 50 (player) mark. The New Zealanders especially love coming over and taking our titles.
"We're excited and obviously very nervous. Like anything else you put heart and soul into, other people are going to come and assess it and see the work you've done, and you hope it's not only appreciated but hopefully there are bigger and better things to come.”
With chatter starting already as to who might host next year's Australian Championships, Nathan is hopeful this event will be a positive audition.
"I don't want to put our course out there myself. I want people to come and play it and say 'it'd be wrong for this place not to host an Australian champs'.”
A practice day will be held on Friday, July 27, before the competition gets under way on the Saturday and Sunday.
Mr Lee thanked all the businesses that have sponsored and supported the event.