Hats off to the FDDO crew on this one. Mike Miller, Andy Busby, Brad Harris, Brian Heuett, Melinda Hutchison, Manny Rodriquez, and Bob & Kathy Swan all did a fantastic job. We expected between 40 - 50 dogs and we got 89. The event went international with teams from Japan and Germany joining in the fun. The weather was as good as it gets for Scottsdale in November.
Team Japan did very well, placing two top ten finishes in the Pro Division and a 2nd place finish
from Yasuo Takemura & Akane in the Amateur Division, also from Team Japan Tomoji Tanaka & Kukky took home the Best Small Dog award. Congratulations to first time competitor Amateur Steve Olson &
Zeus on placing first. It was Steve & Zeus’s first disc dog event ever! Frank Kerchner & Goldie took second in a tiebreaker decision over David Procida & Lobo.
It was a battle to the dog hair in the Pro Division with only 1.5 points separating 1st from 3rd.
First time FDDO competitors Roo Yori & Wallace took 1st place with a blistering Speed Disc round of 18.46 seconds, scoring 9.5 points. ‘05 National Champs Jeff Stanaway & Cory took second, and Tom
Sawyer & Huck took third.
The Obstacle Course Match Play Championships held on Friday was exciting to the end and a real crowd
pleaser to watch. Thirty nine teams signed up, creating 19 matches and one bye. After three rounds of double course play, it came down to five teams going into the semifinal round. On Saturday
morning, the five semi-finalist drew numbers to see who would play in a two way or three way match. The pick revealed Mark Brisse & Gabby (record holders on the course with 19.5 pts.) vs. Chuck Middleton &
Hank vs. Fumihiro Usui & Harvey (Team Japan) in one semifinal match and Darren Barrus & The Moo vs. Matt Meiring & Buck in the other semi final match. When the fur cleared and the dust settled on
the course Mark & Gabby faced Matt & Buck in the finals. The final match went back and forth, until Mark & Gabby managed to close in and go all square on the final station, pushing the match to a
sudden death playoff. The playoff was held on station 6 until a winner emerged. On the first playoff toss, Mark sailed a perfect toss landing Gabby right on zone 5 while Matt & Buck came up a bit
short, hitting zone 4 ending an exciting match play final round. Congratulations to all the match play teams for their outstanding efforts.
The Cynosport Flying Disc Champion was determined by a formula that included scores achieved from
teams who made it to the AWI semi finals and FDDO Pro Division. This year also saw a cash purse of $1800.00 split to 5th place. Taking the top dog spot was Roo Yori & Wallace, followed by Chuck
Middleton & Hank, Darren Barrus & The Moo, Steve Malmlov & Foster, Alan Thibodo & Jasper. I was excited to hear that Roo and Darren graciously donated a part of their purse to local
charities. I hope this becomes a tradition.
Once again the Cynosport World Games at WestWorld proved to be a top
notch venue. The dog loving crowds were appreciative and the grass field was one fast track. A big doggone thanks to Ken Tatsch and all the crew at the Cynosport for allowing our event to be a part of the
World Games. Thanks to Sam Ferrins, John Ahart, and Shimbo of Hero Disc, AWI and UFO for being a part of the fun. Finally, thanks to event announcer Crazy John Brooks he has a great set of pipes, which lasted
the entire weekend. Special thanks to Manny Rodriquez and Nadja Palenzuela for the great photos.