2015 had already been shaping up to be another awesome year for Team Latitude 64º with all the new players added and now we have one more to add to our team, Ricky Wysocki. Ricky is well known in the Disc Golf world as someone that will help propel the sport into the future. Check out Ricky's amazing first round at the 2015 Memorial Championships.
More details about Ricky's transition to Team Latitude 64º is coming so stay tuned.
2015 is going to be a great year for Team Latitude 64. As you can see we have made some great additions to our family. Our Generals have kicked the season in style already winning big events - JohnE McCray won The Throw Down at the Mountain in Florida over 68 open players. The event held at the famous Brooksville course in Florida should be an A-tier based on size and competition. JohnE won by four strokes and looks to be a force this season!
David Feldberg won the Maricopa Meadows Open B-tier by four strokes in Arizona.
This is just the start keep an keep an eye on our team this year. Feldberg is headed to Australia for the Aussie Open Major next weekend, followed up by the New Zealand championships. Let's cheer for him and hope he brings home the title. Feldberg did win the Australian Championships in Perth in 2010.
We at Latitude 64 are proud to announce that the great JohnE McCray will be joining our team for the 2015 season and beyond. He is one of the games great influences and ambassadors. We are excited to see what JohnE can do with our discs. We interviewed him last night before his official announcement on social medias and it is below. JohnE's integrity and honor fits great with what we here at Latitude 64 strive for in all aspects of our business. Welcome JohnE to our family, and we hope you achieve what we know you can in 2015!!!!
*Photo courtesy of PDGA
We Interviewed JohnE about his career on transition to Latitude 64º
Frost Line is our newest addition to our high quality lines of plastic. We have worked hard to develop a plastic that feels good in the hand, has flexibility, durability, and maintains its shape in all conditions. Frost Line is very similar to our Opto Line but with a higher flexibility and stickier grip. Creating a plastic that is flexible yet durable was a challenge that our mad scientists in Sweden have now conquered. Frost will maintain its shape in cold weather and doesn't melt in your hand on a sunny day. We will be releasing Frost in late November in three molds, Claymore, Diamond Light, and River. We will continue to release additional molds in the early spring of 2015. Check with your disc vendor on when they will stock up on this so you can continue to play through the winter in style! Supplies are limited!
David Feldberg's impression of the new Frost Line
So I just received the first Frost discs from Sweden. Latitude 64° has come out with a new line of plastic that is super flexible in all weather. I tested the Claymore, Diamond Light, and the River. They are designed to stay flexible in cold weather so I stuck them in the refrigerator and they stayed just as gummy. Then I took them out to the desert in 90 plus temperatures and gave them their first flights. Funny thing is that they maintained the same flexibility that they did in my refrigerator. They had a great grip and seemed to fly more stable than our other plastics. I assume that is because the dome can flex more with this softer plastic blend. I really liked their feel and performance and I will be adding them to my bag as we release more molds. If you are training in colder temperatures this winter you will want to try our Frost Line. I am from Michigan and I can tell you that when a disc gets cold it becomes harder to grip and throw. If I had these discs back then I would have lowered my scores. They are to be released in late November. Congratulations Latitude 64°, you did it again!!
Team latitude's own Devan Owens kept it steady all week finishing in 14th place. Carding the third best score of the final round Owens climbed up the leaderboard. This will be Owens last event in the boot and he should be ready to go next season. He says that he will be competing in fifty events next season and has something to prove. Prior to this injury he barely lost a major on the last hole. He is ready to breakout in 2015.
Brody Miller gave it his best and lost an epic three way playoff for the last spot in qualifying. After making a great putt on the second playoff hole , he had the tee on the famous 17th hole. He played it safe and his competitor went for the glory and made a great birdie. Next year he will be there and show his great skills. Feldberg was forced to sit out his first major ever with a fractured foot. He was coming off a huge NT win and we look forward to him healing fast so he can get back in the winners circle in 2015. In other team news Latitude Soldier Chris Clemons played great all weekend and finished 2nd place at the Four States Open A-tier in Joplin Missouri. He was edged out by two throws by team DD's own Ron Convers. Team Trilogy in full affect. There is still some events left this season and we look forward to our soldiers closing in style.
This past weekend Team Latitude 64º's own David Feldberg captured his first NT title in just over two years, winning a playoff against the German Wonder kid Simon Lizotte. Dave battled Simon all week trading the lead many times before the playoff would begin. It looked liked Simon Lizotte would win his first NT title approaching the sixteenth tee pad with a three stroke lead over Feldberg. Then came the magic that has made Feldberg the Legend he has become. After birding the 16th hole he followed it up by placing his seventeenth drive of the round only ten feet away, feeling the pressure Lizotte left his drive short and opened the door on the final hole. Feldberg had the tee on this long challenging par four trailing by just one stroke. As he lined up his drive you could feel he was about to apply some pressure on his younger counterpart. Surprisingly Feldberg misplayed his drive and left it wide open for the young German. Simon did not disappoint unleashing a five hundred foot plus drive that found a tree just on the left of the fairway a hundred feet closer than Feldberg's drive. It looked as if it was over, but not for Feldberg as he found some magical window and got a 80 foot look at the basket for a birdie three. Simon needing to just get up and down misplayed his approach and looked to card a four on the final hole.
As Feldberg lined up it seemed as if we were just waiting for him to throw his shot so the celebration for Simon's first win would begin, as he let go of his putt, I thought that looks pretty good, nah he didn't , oh my God it is in, we have a playoff!! Simon looked so shook up after Dave's putt that you could feel that Dave would win the playoff. It took only one hole and Dave tapped in a nice birdie from ten feet to claim the 40th anniversary of the Rochester Flying Disc Open and the 19th NT win of his career- (the all time record for most NT wins). He had not won an NT in two years and the Trilogy family is stoked for him to claim a title. We caught up with Dave and asked him how he felt on those last few holes.
What an exciting week it was in Portland, Oregon. Many World Champions were crowned and a playoff for the open title went five holes. Paul McBeth coming from behind claimed his third consecutive title. Ken Climo showed no matter what division he plays, that he is still the best of his generation. In the ladies division Catrina Allen hoisted the trophy for the first time in her career.
Our team had a great showing and their presence was felt. Dave Feldberg battled all week and finished just out if the finals in 5th place, for the seventh time in his career. Playing in his first Worlds Jason Carr from Washington placed 19th place!! Other notable finishes were Brody Miller in 30th place, at one point Brody was in the top five competing for the title. Eric Rainey had a rough start but charged back to 14th place in the Grandmasters division. Devan Owens hobbled to 47th place and is scheduled for surgery this week, let's wish him a strong recovery.
Just a reminder to those in the Northwest, the Latitude 64º treasure basket hunt will continue until it is found. The Swedish kroner is still hidden at Blue Lake park, and we will honor the reward no matter how long it takes to be found. The clues are below and happy hunting. Find the kroner and have a Latitude Pro Basket delivered to your house free of charge!!
Follow the clues and find the Swedish Kroner. Whoever returns the correct Swedish Kroner to either Tomas Ekström or David Feldberg will win a Latitude 64 Tournament basket valued at over $400 dollars. Let the hunt begin.
What a wonderful month we have had so far with our new team. We have had so many wins and success. Some of our highlights include captain Devan Owens winning the Mid-American open A-tier followed by Tim Mirabel making the final nine and finishing in 4th place. Also in the Battle of Seattle A-tier Jason Carr finished runner up and Chandler Fry finished 4th. On the NT level Owens finished 8th in his first event back in Kansas City, as well as Feldberg finishing top ten at Vibram. Only one major thus far and Feldberg had the lead in Japan, but finished 4th place. We have had some great top ten finishes at A-tiers from Brody Miller, Chris Addiego, Tyler Lieberman, Tyler Lemcke, and Chandler Fry. At local PDGA play our team has been on fire!
Notable wins include:
Nolan Grider 1st Place Abilene Wild Hair Open, Texas (won playoff over Dillon Vallance
Tim Barr 1st place at Tennessee States and Rumble at Ravenwood, TN (masters)
Chandler Fry 1st place Oak Grove Open and the Woodland Creek Classic, WA
Dallas Albright 1st place Steady Ed Birthday Bash, CA
Barrett Johnson 1st place Magic City Open, AL
Brody Cannon 1st place Yamhill County Championship, OR
James Beckner 1st place Alaska State Championships, AK
Nolan Tsingine 1st place Steve Watson Memorial, NM
Samara Schrimsher 1st place Throwdown at Munson Park, TX
Denise Cameron 1st place Doodah Open, KS
Preston Johnson 1st place Summertime Grinder 2 Arizona, Adv Men
Sam Socia 1st place Girls Gone Wild, MI Adv Women
DJ Hunt 1st place Michigan Amateur Open Adv Men
Kristina Gold 1st Texas Chain Chicks Open, Texas
With such great effort in the first month alone we cannot imagine who or where the next accomplishment will take place. Some of our team is headed to Europe for the Major and we hope our players will support their teammates while abroad. Then we have the Pro Worlds in Portland as well as great representation at the Amateur worlds in Minnesota. We have great representation in the juniors division with players like Cody Cassilina going for the under 13 title. Many of our juniors have played well such as Caleb Benton and we look forward to a great play from the rest of our team as the summer is just starting to heat up. Stay tuned we are just getting started.