The 1998 AM Worlds in Appleton, Wisconsin
Three Illinois boys in the top 10 and 4 in the top 25. Darrin Johnson was unstoppable, throwing an incredible back to back -11s on day two. Everybody was in awe with these scores. It looked like Darrin was going to
dominate the tournament, but there was one problem, the Wisconsin boys.
They werenít going to just let someone from Illinois walk in and win on their home turf. They also played great all week posting some awesome scores, especially in the final rounds. They ended up sweeping the top three spots. Darrin took an amazing fourth place.
Petey Schaefer (IL) quietly played consistent all week to take a great fifth place finish. I remember there was a huge North Carolina clan following in his group in the finals. The were loud because Brian Schweberger was making a final push for fifth. It was on one of the last holes when Pete nailed a 40-50 footer to seal the deal. The crowd became pretty silent knowing Pete just wrapped up fifth place.
I was caddying with Frank Luce for Darrin in the lead group when we seen this played out. It was hard to control our emotions seeing a good buddy make a huge putt. Scott Klatt (IL) in pain tied for tenth. The night before the finals he was up all night with flu like symptoms. In the morning for breakfast he had a crazy request for a chocolate shake. Our waitress some how made it for him and turned in a gutsy finals to secure his tenth place finish.
A very young John Knudson Jr. (IL) tied for 22nd. From then on we all knew he was going to consistently start whipping our butts and he has ever since. Frank Luce tied for 61st and cashed. The rest of us didnít do so well, but it didnít matter we had great time.
Going away for a week and playing disc golf with some great friends was priceless. I did get to meet and have my photo taken with Steady Ed. He also signed the disc I aced with during the tournament on hole #2 at Plamann Apple Creek 18.
It was a great tournament with great memories. I attached a couple of photos & the advanced final scores.