View Full Version : Paul Ulibarri displays true sportsmanship

11-09-2010, 12:10 PM
Reposted account by VPO tournament director Chris Browning: "GG (Garrett Gurthie) won in the playoff over (Paul) Ulibarri on the third hole. Paul exhibited one of the greatest moments of sportsmanship I have ever witnessed in disc golf. On the first playoff hole, both players' second shots were close. Garrett was out and on ...a 15' putt, he hit dead center chain and the disc dropped in the basket. However, what happened next I have never seen before the disc hit the bottom of the cage and bounced out."
Not wanting to win on the flukiest of shots, Paul threw his putt into the dirt and both players finished out with a 4.
"On the next hole Paul got into trouble on the drive and had to pitch out into the fairway. GG's drive was laying nicely, and he threw his approach to about 20' away. Paul's upshot was parked, but GG missed the putt to win, forcing a third hole."
"The guys played Hole 1, which is a 594' hole that has a dogleg right into a small opening in the trees about 80' from the basket. Paul threw a great drive that landed about 20' short of the opening. GG uncorked an anhyzer that glided perfectly through the opening and left him putting for 2 from about 35' out. Paul's upshot landed about 10' behind GG's drive, and Paul attempted a long jump putt that fell short, leaving him laying three by the basket. GG missed the long putt, but had a drop-in 3 to secure the win."
Stay Classy, Paul Ulibarri...


11-09-2010, 01:08 PM
Although I applaud Paul's decision I'm starting to look at bounce outs and other freak things around the basket as part of the game. I played ball golf for 10 years before I started playing disc golf and I couldn't count how many times that I had or seen a ball lip out of a hole or "jump" a hole if it was going too fast. Even though I complain when a disc goes through the chains, just like I complained when a ball lipped out, I think that I have just come to the conclusion that it's just part of it.

11-09-2010, 01:52 PM
Yeah, it's SORT OF honorable but I agree with Jason, it's part of the game.

11-09-2010, 04:55 PM
Isn't that the same thing as a spit-out? You know those things will happen during a round. Why not take advantage of it? I don't see it as sportsmanship. For me, sportsmanship would have been calling a penalty on one's self that Paul did but no one else caught. Am I off in this?

11-09-2010, 06:18 PM
From what I read, it sounded like it was not just a regular spit-out but the disc actually hit the bottom of the basket and then bounced back up out of the basket which the author said he had never seen before so it must have been a pretty bizarre case that would almost never happen again. So I would agree that what Paul did was pretty honorable.

11-09-2010, 06:55 PM
For sure honorable

They were the only two left in the tourney - wouldn't have been cool to win on such bad luck

11-09-2010, 11:15 PM
Well, I must be kind of amazing then, because I've only been playing a few years and I've had a few hit bottom and come out. I've never managed a hole-in-one, but I've done "a bit of the ol' in-out" more than once.