When I shoot a big disc golf tournament like last weekend’s Texas State Championship, I keep several goals in mind. The first? Always get a few good pics of my younger son. You never know when colleges will start doling out disc golf scholarships, asking for visual proof of expertise.
That probably will happen right after I win the Mrs. America title.
Next, I try to snap good photos of our friends.
Could be they’ll need pix for their scrapbooks.
After that, I look for compelling shots that will help tell the story of the tournament, which was held at Tom Bass Park in Houston.
I used my Nikon 70-200mm lens with a Nikon 1.4x teleconverter so I could really zoom in on the action.
Finally, I wanted to snag some strong shots of the pros for “Disc Golfer” magazine. In the women’s competition, Valarie Jenkins had a huge lead, so it was easy to concentrate on her.
I did need to take photos of Catrina Allen, too, because the Mister thinks she’s cute.
The open men’s competition was nip and tuck, with the lead changing constantly. I’ll admit I was rooting for Paul Ulibarri, because this pic of him would look sweet on a magazine cover.
But in the end it came down to Cale Leiviska canning a putt on the final hole to win by one stroke over Will Schusterick. It was so exciting!
After the tourney, I felt I had achieved all my goals. And Cale?
He walked away happy, too!