Gannon Buhr, a rising star in the world of disc golf, made history over the weekend by becoming the youngest player ever to win an Elite Series event. Buhr's victory at the third stop on the DGPT was particularly impressive given that for a second week straight, there were double digits-plus players in contention once again before entering this Championship Sunday.
Buhr, the 17 year old phenom ultimately emerged victorious, thanks to a combination of persistence, hot shooting, and healthy spirit out on the course.
The tournament was not without controversy. The event was moved from Belton to this year, new city and brand new course in Austin. Many players sounded off on the course design, which they felt did not fully exploit the available landscape. Despite this criticism, despite at times, the overwhelming or unnecessary hazards and OB greens, it was Buhr that showed poise beyond his years accompanied by quality shooting.
Buhr finished strong down the stretch birdieing the tight and narrow hole 17, and icing the competition with the "OTB-shot of the tournament" hitting the long carry, low-ceiling approach shot onto 18th green, sliding well inside C1 and then capitalizing on the birdie putt.
Buhr was emphasizing his positive mindset as a contributing factor in the post-round interview with Nate Perkins, "it does not matter if you're in front of 4 people or 4000 people, you wanna have people look at you positively, and that can work for any part of life."
This attitude and 'next shot mentality' helped Buhr stay focused and confident, and in these tightly contested tournaments, the mental game is key if you want to lock the top spot on the leaderboard.
Congrats to Gannon Buhr on his first ever Elite series win!
Austin, Texas - Harvey Penick Golf Campus