Student disc golfers in the Glenorchy Gazette

International students from the Tasmanian Polytechnic

Back in December, students and staff from the Tasmanian Polytechnic came together for some disc golf. The February edition of the Glenorchy Gazette reports the event.

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Two Heads on the Southern Cross TV 6pm news

Teepad on hole 9 gets a face-lift

The teepad on hole 9 has been due a face-lift for a while and we’re very pleased to announce that it’s now looking and playing a whole let better. The drive from the long tee of hole 9 demands extreme accuracy as you ‘thread’ the very tight 85m fairway up to the basket. With the new longer, flatter and graveled teepad, we expect to see a lot more birdies and to hear a lot less swearing on this hole.

ADG National Tour tees off at Poimena::Two Heads Open

The start of the 2011 Australian Disc Golf National Tour is just over a month away and teeing off the new season is the Two Heads Open, here at Poimena Reserve on 29-30 January.

Players can expect a warm welcome and a fantastic disc golf experience. The event normally attracts an equal mix of local and interstate players, with the occasional player from further afield.

New Australian Champion Chris Finn will be competing at the Two Heads Open

Australian Champion Confirmed
The start of the new disc golf season is always exciting and the current Australian Champion, Perth’s Chris Finn, has confirmed he will be competing at this year’s Two Heads Open.

The course has never looked better
The course has seen some improvements since the last Two Heads Open, 12 months ago. Most significantly, the eight remaining original baskets (installed in 1986) have been replaced wth new baskets. There have been a few pin position changes and more work has been done on levelling tees. Finally, the area surrounding the new club house has been developed to make the player experience even more comfortable and memorable. The course has never looked better.

Preparation for Australian National Championships
Many players will be aware that Poimena Reserve is hosting the Australian National Championships later this year, October 21-23.
The Two Heads Open is an ideal opportunity to practice the course in preparation for Australia’s premier tournament.

Two Heads Open tournament website
On the tournament website you will find all sorts of useful information, including travel, accommodation, entry fees and the schedule of play.

Player Registration
If you are intending on competing, please register in advance, details are on the website. There is a simple online form to complete.

Pro Payout
There will be a cash payout to the top finishing pros in the Open Divisions, the total purse is not known at the moment.
Am winners will receive prizes.

Recognition of Tournament Sponsors
Thank you to the sponsors of the Two Heads Open – Mac Plus More, and Digital Ink.

World Champs give Poimena the thumbs up
Earlier this month, Poimena was fortunate to get a visit from disc golf World Champions Nate Doss and Valarie Jenkins.
Both of them loved the course, Nate said it was the best course he’d played in Australia and he couldn’t wait to come back (maybe for the Nationals in October!).

and Finally…
Here’s the Two Heads Open tournament website again >>> go register!

Have a great time over the Christmas break.

Richard Sampson
2011 Two Heads Open, Tasmania


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International students in a spin

On the first Friday of December, about 50 international students and staff from the Tasmanian Polytechnic came together in Austins Ferry, united by the mighty Frisbee.

The students and staff were participating in a disc golf event at Poimena Reserve organised by Government Education and Training International and the Poimena Disc Golf Club.

Yunru (Queena) Qian

Trent Swindells from Government Education and Training International said, “We really wanted to put on a fun, interactive event for our international students and staff, to celebrate the end of term and end of year. “
“The Polytechnic’s English Language students are from many different countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Chile – there is such an interesting mix of cultures.

An informal fun activity such as disc golf makes it easier for everyone to interact with each other, which ultimately leads to a better understanding of other’s cultures and a better learning relationship between students and staff.”

Tatsuya Amano, Juan Manuel Ruiz Chaves, Sutha Rungruangpol and Sol Choe

Richard Sampson, from the Poimena Disc Golf Club, introduced the disc golf course to the students and teachers and also ran a coaching clinic.

Richard said, “Disc golf is an ideal activity for large groups, it’s easy to play and very social. This is the first time I’ve seen international students playing the course and I hope they come back for more. They’ve all enjoyed a taste of Australian culture, a bit of sport, the active outdoor lifestyle, finished off with a good ol’ sausage sizzle!“

“It’s always exciting for me to see new players and community groups experiencing disc golf for the first time. The Poimena disc golf course is a fantastic community resource, but it is not widely known about. Fortunately, the word is getting out and participation is increasing.

“The course has seen some significant improvements in the last year, mainly thanks to support from Glenorchy City Council, Sport and Recreation Tasmania and local volunteers. In its 25 year history, the course has never looked better and the interest we’re getting from community groups using the course, including schools and the Scouts, is really encouraging.”

Earlier this month, the Poimena disc golf course was visited by two superstars of disc golf from the USA, World Champions Nate Doss and Valarie Jenkins, who were holidaying in Tasmania. Nate and Valarie were bowled over by the course. Nate said “this is the best course I’ve played in Australia, great layout, challenging and so beautiful. The Australian Disc Golf National Championships are here next October and we’re definitely coming back.”

Tassie Championships review in the Mercury

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Justin Skinnell, Valarie Jenkins and Nate Doss

25th Tasmanian Disc Golf Championships

The 25th Tasmanian Championships came to a close earlier today at Poimena Reserve.

After 3 rounds there was a tie for first place in the Mens Open division between Justin Skinnell and Nate Doss.

It only took one playoff hole for Justin Skinnell to take the trophy.

  • Womens Division winner Valerie Jenkins.
  • Masters winner was Tony Bird.
  • Grandmaster winner was Keith Bird.
  • Junior Winner was Will Richardson.