Photos: IV Open de España

Bogi Bjarnason captures the hills of Parque Purificación Tómas

The Muscles from Bruxelles, Maxime Tanghe, Belgium, demonstrates how to “throw a long drive” on a short hole, by going standstill with a putter.

Open de España IV went down on the hills of Oviedo, Spain, last weekend for the fourth consecutive year. This year’s incarnation was the first to feature three days with a golf start, an expanded field cap of 108 players, and the addition of a Pro Masters 40+ division.

The battle for the MPO win truly emphasized the nature of the term “Open,” as it quickly escalated into a heads up match between two players eligible for age protected divisions. At 16-years-old, Icelander Blær Örn Ásgeirsson turned in his first showing as a pro, and at more than twice that age, American Toad McReynolds was saddled in the Open division instead of Masters.

Despite McReynolds’ strong performance, it’s difficult for any player to defeat an opponent who goes bogey-free from hole 12 during round 1 through hole 13 on round 3. Ásgeirsson — who is now 1-for-1 when accepting cash — joins the ranks of Spanish Open winners including Jerome Braun, KJ Nybo, and a little known Californian exchange student by the name of James Proctor, who somehow managed to best the field of the inaugural tournament by a whopping 14 strokes.

The winners of Open Women, Pro Masters 40+, and Advanced were Natalie Holoköi, Tournament Director Carlos Rio, and Toni Kariniemi, respectively. As the photos might betray, the Parque Purificación Tómas is a stunning course, and I know you, the reader, will contribute to a massive waiting list next year.

Kaspar Kallas, Estonia, trying anything to make one stick on a near vertical fairway at Parque Purificación Tómas. Photo: Bogi Bjarnason
This wise man was busy polling people about what to do on the quadruple mando hole.
Train like you play, play like you train. Blær Örn, Iceland, runs at death on hole 15 both for fun and for reals.
With 300 feet of utter destruction behind the basket, Kaspar Kallas threads the line between bad luck, and complete disaster.
Blær Örn Ásgeirsson performs the traditional Asturian side pour, where half the spirit goes to waste.
The argument has finally been settled. Santa Claus is from Finland, and his name is St. Joni Toumiranta. Photo: Bogi Bjarnason
St. Joni Toumiranta downs an unidentified quart of liquid to celebrate a miraculous drop-in eagle on Hole 8. Photo: Bogi Bjarnason
Liis Päid, Estonia, reads the wind on the iconic hole 15. Photo: Bogi Bjarnason
Marching through the morning mist on hole 1. Photo: Bogi Bjarnason
Yours truly enjoying his moment in the sun on hole 1. Photo: Bogi Bjarnason
  1. Bogi Bjarnason
    Bogi Bjarnason

    Bogi Bjarnason is a University of Iceland graduate of English literature and marketing, who is saddled with endless responsibilities at PDGA Europe, Team Innova Iceland, Reykjavík Disc Golf, WOW Magazine, Black Ice Press, the Eistnaflug festival and the Frisbíllinn mobile disc golf store. He is the father to a beautiful little 5-year-old girl, and the surrogate father to the insufferable little runt, Blær Örn Ásgeirsson. His long term goals include getting more than five hours of sleep per night, scoring a respectable day job, and preferably never leaving Brazil again. You can reach him at: bogi@rvkdiscgolf.com.

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