Introduction in English

Born: 27 Feb 1981
Height: 6' 2''
PDGA#: 44389
Rating: 985
Local Club: Tomoottajat, Kankaanpää, Finland
Favorite Disc: Prodiscus Basic JOKERi
Favorite Course: Lauste Discgolf Park, Turku, Finland
2014 highlights: 3rd place finish at British Open EuroTour, 5th at Latitude 64 Copenhagen Open EuroTour
2013 highlights:
1st place at Fierce Pro Tour Lauste, 8th at Finnish Nationals
2012 highlights:
14th at European Championships. Win at the doubles EC.
2011 highlights:
Finnish Disc golf Association Rookie of the Year 2011
2010 highlights: 1st at Croydon Cyclone, London
Positions: Finnish Disc Golf Association, PDGA Country Coordinator for Finland

Road to Majors

Until 2009 Tapani had only played "back yard disc golf" with a regular frisbee, but when a couple of his buddies got their hands on some disc golf plastic it was love at first sight. Only a week later Tapani was playing on a proper course with a pair of discs of his own, and a month later at a local event with a Innova bag on his shoulder.

Late fall of 2009 Tapani clinched his first trophy at a national winter series tournament finishing first ahead of reigning European Champion Ville Piippo, which was a huge confidence boost and proof he could really have a say in this sport.

During the 2010 season Tapani joined his first PDGA tournament in Lahti, Finland, liked it and immediately signed up for the National Championships hoping for a wild card. Luckily he did receive a spot in the tourney, and even made the top 56 final day, ultimately placing 32nd. A few weeks later he finished 12th in the National Doubles with his brother Jarmo Aulu.

Later in 2010 Tapani spent 5 weeks attending the famous Quarry Park Disc Golf Park in Royal Leamington Spa, UK, when course owner Derek Robins was playing at the USDCG. During the stay in Britain, Tapani took part in the Croydon Cyclone, a British National Tour event in London. Tapani ended up winning, and getting his name on the wooden trophy disc alongside the 2009 winner Nate Doss.

Amateur Success and first Pro Tourneys 2011

2011 was Tapani's first full touring season. He played 14 PDGA events including the European Open, Finnish Nationals and numerous minor events. Six amateur events yielded two victories and four other podiums. Tapani placed 3rd overall in the Finnish Amateur Tour and won the FFA Cup in amateurs.

Although retaining amateur status, Tapani attended 10 pro events and gained experience playing with the best in Finland and the world. The most memorable moment was the European Open, the only PDGA Major in Europe in 2011. Missing the finals by one shot was an anticlimax to an awesome event, but left Tapani plenty hungry for events to come. Tapani did manage one podium in the Finnish Pro Tour titled Discmania Cash Money Tour, and finished 5th in overall standings. Yet, his most valued pro finish was 6th at the Doubles Nationals together with Kalle Savonen.

At the end of the season, Tapani was voted Rookie of the Year by FFA members.

Tapani also took the position of PDGA Country Coordinator for Finland, and was chosen as the captain for Team Finland in the 2012 European Championships.

Turning Pro 2012

Tapani started the season by winning a Prodiscus Challenge event on his home course in early April. The first PDGA event of the season was no less than EuroTour Tali Open in Helsinki, Finland where Tapani made a great run and finished 12th alongside Seppo Paju and Christian Sandström. This was a turning point, since Tapani accepted cash and turned pro. In June 2012 Tapani and his local team Tomoottajat hosted the national Pro Tour in Jämi, in which Tapani also played and finished 4th.

In July it was again Major time - the Stockholm Disc Golf Open in Sweden. Tapani made the cut and cashed at 51st, but unfortunately suffered a hamstring injury which would prove to hinder most of the rest of the season and get dramatically worse in the off season. The Finnish Nationals just after the SDGO were a disappointment. 34th place was far from expectations, but the injured leg didn't allow 100 % play.

After a three week hiatus Tapani represented Finland at the European Disc Golf Championships at Colchester, Essex. The return to UK was a massive success with 14th place finish and win at the doubles alongside Arttu Sikanen.

A leap forward

2013 started off slow, since the hamstring tear was still healing. Tapani played a couple of tentative tournaments in the early season, but with no success. Another 2 months rest was needed for the injury to heal. So the season started really only at the SDGO in Stockholm, in which Tapani placed 30th. And as sometimes is the case, bad luck piles up. Tapani got sick and had to play the hometown EuroTour in Turku and European Open Major in Nokia under the weather.

But the fortunately the form was never lost and August proved to be the best of Tapani's career. First a win at the Finnish Pro Tour in Lauste after sudden death against Finnish #1 Pasi Koivu, then a 2nd place finish at the Prodiscus Open again after sudden death against Arttu Sikanen, 8th place finish at the Finnish Nationals in Tammisaari followed by yet another sudden death finish (2nd) at the Peurunka Pro Tour after Teemu Nissinen who went on to win the entire tour.

2014?

The season started off early with a contract to join the Prodiscus Pro Team. This season looks to be one to remember with a full EuroTour, European Masters Major in Stocholm and the European Championships in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Contact

Tapani Aulu
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PDGA Country Coordinator
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