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invited to Emporia to compete in the final bracket held in September, where 24 teams battled it out for the championship. In the end, it was Alabama’s Holley and Garner that outlasted the Arkansas team of McClure and Keylor to take down the big prize. The eventual champions, Holley and Garner, had a relatively easy stroll through their half of the bracket, besting New Mexico’s Chino and Donnell 7 and 6, Kansas’s Isaiah and Lupe Esquivel 3 and 2, Kansas’s Belcher and Mangiaracina 4 and 3, and Kansas’s Bruce Esquivel and Brian Shintaku 4 and 3 to reach the finals. McClure and Keylor had a tougher road to reach the final, matching against Missouri’s Kennon and Wood and Illinois’ Garb and Seddon and winning by the slimmest of 1-up margins. Not only is match play very different from stroke play, but doubles match play is substantially different from singles. Watching the teams in Emporia navigate both the match play mentality of competing against the other team and also playing off of each other making shot choices based on what their partner had already completed created even more drama. Is Match Play really that different? 2018 USAMPC singles champion Whitlockchimed in on the difference between stroke play and match play: “The biggest difference with match play is you are actually playing your opponent more than the course. With stroke play, you are trying to get the lowest score possible in regards to the course, but in match play, you have to play based on your opponent. You don’t necessarily have to birdie every hole; you just have to beat your opponent on that hole. If your opponent throws out of bounds off the tee, then you don’t have to play a risky shot to get close; you just have to stay in bounds and play conservative. Essentially, each hole is a match, and your mindset is just to win the most matches between you and that one opponent instead of an entire field of players. If you have one really bad hole and your opponent beats you by three or four strokes, it’s only one point. You just move on to the next hole or ‘match’, and you’re right back in the game.” Every stroke does not count in match play, but it clearly takes some serious strategy to be successful. Daniel Jaramillo from Austin, Texas, stated, “You don’t necessarily have to have a lights out round to win a match. There’s a little more strategy involved; it’s pretty fun. I really like match play events.” Missouri’s Al Kennon talked about the importance of being up: “You have to remain focused on your shot and not worry about anything else. Most importantly, take it one hole at a time, and don’t worry about the rest of the match. Playing up is ideal, so you can relax a little, let your game come to you, and establish your rhythm. If you’re playing from behind, you might let the other team force you into playing at their pace.” Scott Caesar, who represented South Dakota in the singles finals, summed it up best, saying, “Match play has that ‘go for it’ mentality. In stroke play, we often lay up. The match play effort is bigger, and there’s extra pressure.” Scott should know: he has run a match play bracket in Rapid City, South Dakota, for several years. Match Play Future Dynamic Discs is committed to growing and expanding match play in disc golf. Look for an exciting 2019 season of both singles and doubles events, as well as a possible women’s bracket and European brackets. Dynamic Discs and Latitude 64 are committed to continuing to grow the matchplay component of disc golf and have set a goal of doubling the number of participants playing in brackets this year. Remember, it is sometimes better to be up than down!

Running A USAMPC Bracket - Dixon Jowers’ Perspective

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Running a 16 person bracket of anything is pretty easy. Running a 16 person bracket with UDisc for the USAMPC barely qualifies as effort. It really is as simple as entering the names and pushing a button. All the TD has to do after that is communicate the information. We accomplished this through our city wide disc golf Facebook page. This page also allowed us to promote the details of each match and encourage others to spectate. You might be amazed at how quickly your community will get excited about this going on in your town. I am very much looking forward to running at least one this year!

Interested in hosting a USAMPC doubles bracket? Interested in playing in a USAMPC doubles bracket? Visit www.discgolfmatchplay.com for more info.

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