This one just didn't want to stop
December 15, 2017 by Steve Hill in Awards with 0 comments
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After a whirlwind season in which he traversed both the Pacific and the Atlantic — twice! — February could easily seem like a lifetime ago for Eagle McMahon. Nearly 10 months later, though, the Colorado native recalled how he felt the day he unleashed what would be the 2017 Roller of the Year during the final round of the Gentlemen’s Club Challenge in Henderson, Nevada.
“From what I can remember, that round I was super jacked up, for some reason,” McMahon said. “So I was crushing super far.”
Even for a player widely revered for his arm talent, “crushing super far” is an understatement, as he outdrove the 715-foot par 4 at Wildhorse Golf Club with a Discmania PD2.
“At the time I was like, ‘Did this happen?’” McMahon said. “Is this even possible?’”
Indeed, it was. And though McMahon chalked part of it up to the track — “That’s the thing about a roller on a ball golf course. If you get the right angle…” — he’s long been a proficient at getting down. He said he generally rolls in maximum distance situations, but he’ll occasionally employ it to get out of trouble in the woods. In fact, that was the setting for another memorable roller, when he took a “patent pending” stance after an errant drive during round one of PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championship in Augusta, Georgia.
Eagle Patent Pending Roller Worlds
“I didn’t even think — it was almost as mind blowing as my shot at GCC,” McMahon said.