- Oct 17th, 2015 - Oct 18th, 2015
- Nov 7th, 2015
Dynamic Discs Presents: The 7th Annual Disc Golf Monkey Finale - Branson Cedars
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- Dec 12th, 2015
4th Annual Winter Blast - TBA
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The Dale Roberts Memorial is an event that comes each year with mixed emotions for myself and others I am sure. For me, the event itself is always fun. It brings in many players and is played on a fun local 18 hole course. The tournament continues to be supported by the Nixa Center each year. This tournament seems to be enjoyed by everyone that chooses to attend. Fortunately and unfortunately the Memorial part of the event forces me to think about the man who the tournament is in Memory of, Dale Roberts. I am thankful that he gave me the opportunity to help design the initial 9 holes. He also shared the vision early on that he wanted to continue adding holes until the course became a full 18. Unfortunately, Dale did not see the final three installed as he passed away weekend before they would be installed. His favorite and the signature hole #6 (which he designed), is a favorite of mine and is when I think of him the most. I'm still waiting for the day he helps me hit that perfect Ace line! The Dale Roberts Memorial Course will always be one of my favorite courses because of the above, and also I never play it without remembering my friend.
The unfortunate side is remembering how young Dale was, and how his life was cut way to short. Only one year separated us in age, and I remember thinking to myself, “way too young!”. The cliché “only the good die young” could definitely be used for Dale. I had the opportunity to run tournaments and leagues with him. He was one of the most organized people I have ever met. His careful focus on even the most minor of details made anything he ran successful. One of my favorite tournaments was an Ice Bowl that we were asked to run in Houston, MO. He, without any hesitation, volunteered to drive there despite some icy roads. It was bitter cold, but we had a blast!
I invited Dale once to talk about his job at the Center to the boys at the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch (where I worked for 12 years). Volunteering his time and seeing his interaction with the boys was special. The boys listened intently on what he had to say (and this was rare). I believe the reason they listened to him so intently was because he spoke with passion about his work, and he made everyone listening know that he loved what he did. Despite this being slightly outside of the Disc Golf realm it was still one of my best memories with Dale.
I am very thankful and humbled each year that I am given the opportunity to continue to be a part of this event. Although I know the tears will come at some point during every event with Amy (Dale's widow), Dale's parents (Butch & Patsy), and other family members. I am thankful that we get to remember such an awesome man in a fun and exciting event...The Dale Roberts Memorial.
I hope to see many of you hear this weekend!!
The Monkey Trap Open Was a Hot One!
Saying the Monkey Trap Open was a hot one may have been an understatement. With temperatures in the mid 90's and the humidity seeming to be working over time, it made competing even tougher than normal. Eight five gallon jugs may have not been enough to keep all 78 players fully hydrated as one jug was emptied in less than 12 holes of play. The good news was, I didn't hear of anyone overheating and this was a win in itself. The steady breeze provided some relief and was welcomed.
The temperature was not the only thing that was Hot though. The division leaders were hot as well. The races were extremely tight in almost all divisions. Only one to three strokes strokes separated 1st and 2nd in: Rec, Int Wn, Int, Grand Masters, and Adv Masters. James Gross won by the largest margin in the Advanced division. Jennifer Leftwich overcame Staci Healey in a play off in the Rec Women's division. The top dog Open field also took a play off to decide a champion where Derek “Big Guns” Norris took out local Dasun Keyler in a bonus three hole dual. Congratulations to all the champs and those who cashed!
Each player enjoyed a great player's pack provided by Innova champion disc. Star Rocamonga, dri fit shirt, hat, mini, pencil, and a meal provided Popeye's Chicken was this year's spoils for all. There was also an EDGE Raffle and Ring of Fire that provided several players some extra winnings. I think some of the favorite times by several players was sitting in the ice cold children's wing of the church. The Monkey Trap definitely does not ever lack on facilities to accommodate a crowd!
To Cross Church, all sponsors, players, and anyone who helped in any way, Thank you for supporting and making the 6th Annual Monkey Trap a big success!
There are several spots still open for the Monkey Trap Open. Registration will start at 8:00am at the Sports Life Course! See you there.
Player Check in and Late Registration will be at 8:00am at the Schlanger Center tomorrow. See you there.
The Jared Hilton Memorial Opened to 144 Players and Will Be Played on Two Courses for the First Time - Jun 20th, 2015
The Jared Hilton Memorial is rapidly approaching. We are currently at 90 players entered. We have filled the last several years at 100 playing 20 holes. This year we have decided to add a whole course instead of two holes. As many of you have noticed the field was opened to accommodate 144. This will allow 72 on each course. I believe this will be the best JHM yet. It's hard to keep making this event better but the city of Lebanon is going to pull it off again!
Some cool features:
Monkey Trap to be given away
Players pack: Disc, shirt, & hat
Awesome Raffle filled with cool prizes
If you plan on playing get registered now. To register click Register Here below the JHM and the link will take you to Discgolfscene. See ya soon!
Ryan Keating has spear-headed the Free Disc Golf Clinic (in Nixa) set for June 13 (next Saturday) at 2:00 PM. This is a very unique event in which any new player is welcomed to come out and participate. If you want to learn more about the sport we love and that has been called the fastest growing sport around, come and join us!
Ryan has been doing a massive amount of work promoting and gathering sponsors for this event. The first 100 participants will receive a disc provided by the Educational Disc Golf Experience (EDGE) and Innova Champion Discs. There will be disc golf instructions/lessons, food, and a raffle filled with lots of prizes with the Innova Discatcher Sport as the big ticket item.
If you are interested in learning the game or know anyone who is, tell them about this fun time! Also, if you would like to help instruct, contact Ryan or myself. You can find more information including sign ups, who's instructing, what is being raffled and more on Face Book by typing in Free Disc Golf Clinic in the search.
The North Ark Open (Vibram Qualifier) PDGA B Tier is only a few days away. May 15th there will be a flex start doubles that will start at 2:00 and the last tee off will be 5:15. There is $250 added to the purse for the doubles with $150 going to the Pro and $100 going to the Ams. The actual North Ark Open event will start Saturday the 16th with players meeting at 9:15 and tee off at 10:00. There are currently over 90 Pre registration and the field is capped at 100. If there are over 95 player there will be 20 holes/ round. So if you plan to play register NOW! To Register simply click on the tab tat says "click here to register" below the North Ark Open to your right and follow the directions.
For those of you who are interested in qualifying for the Vibram Open, here is how it works. Before the start of the 1st round, pay the $10 Vibram qualifying fee (this is on top of your regular entry). This allows you to compete for one (1) of three (3) spots that will be given out. The top 3 scores of the players trying to qualify (who have not already qualified) will receive the 3 spots allotted. Any ties will be broken by a play off.
We will see you in Harrison soon!
Gateway's Little Big Splash Show, Prodigy Disc Airpark Open & The Little Debbie Disc Golf Course Recap - Apr 27th, 2015
Its been a busy couple weeks to say the least. A few weeks back the Big Splash Open was supposed to be held in Carthage. Do to weather/flooding it was relocated to Neosho. The move was a good decision. The Morse Park North course was in prime condition. The weather was perfect and the turn- out was amazing despite the late change in venue. With 17 groups of 4 and one five-some the course was full with 73 players. Having 20 more players than last year was Awesome! Gateway supplied a very cool and different players pack. Each player received one of their new discs, a catch Frisbee, and stash mini. The players seemed to enjoy the change from the standard shirt and disc. Thanks Gateway! Winners included the following:
Chris Clemmons -15 held off Dasun Keyler by two in the Open Division
Audrey Goetz +3 cruised to an easy win in the Women's Open Division
Mike Porter took home his first Advanced win with a -11 holding off Chris Smith by a stick (-10)
Kevin Carder's +1 took Advanced Masters by a few
Josh Drehr took Intermediate with an impressive -3 holding off Chris Cleland by only two
Logan huff shot a +3 cruising to a 1st place victory over Craig Goldsberry
Congratulations to the above and to all that cashed!
The following week, we scrambled to finish up the baskets and signs to deliver to Gentry, Arkansas. 9 Red Barron colored Monkey Traps were delivered and installed to the Little Debbie Snack Cakes plant. Although it is on their private land, it appears thus far to be open to the public. This is a fun 9 hole course that offers a great mix of holes. Short, long, and elevation are all elements that add a great challenge to this course. This 9 hole course comes less than a year after another 9 hole was installed just 20 minutes south in Gravette, Arkansas, So if you are near these towns, take an hour and play these new courses.
The Prodigy Disc Airpark Open was held this past Saturday. A remarkable 88 players turned out despite the “Doom & Gloom” forecast. This first event in Eldon was a B tier in which 9 temp holes were added to make it a full 18. The course proved to be quite challenging letting only 10 players shoot under par. All 10 of these were Pro players. The weather was full of changes: partly cloudy/sunny, wind/calm, with rain off and on through out made it extra challenging trying to stay comfortable. I feel many players were pleasantly surprised by the course. Great work Jeremy Anderson. Winners included the following:
Open: Jason Stone -6 over George Smith -4
Pro Masters: Russ Burns -2 over Keith Ammerson's -1
Advanced: Andrew Griffith +3 over Justin Ausmus by 2
Advanced Masters: George Smith +8 by one over Kenneth Squires
Intermediate: Kieren DiSclafani +5 over Will Wards +6
Recreational: Timothy Fisher +5 (MOVE UP)
Recreational Women: Mariah Flagg +27 over Heather Flow by one
Great Job to all of you!
I hope to see most of you at the GBO, and get registered for the North Ark Open. Being a Vibram Qualifier should make this event better than ever!!
THE BIG SPLASH OPEN IN CARTHAGE, MO (TO BE HELD THIS SATURDAY the 11th) WILL BE MOVED TO MORSE PARK NORTH IN NEOSHO, MO BECAUSE OF FLOODING - Apr 5th, 2015
It is often said that April showers bring May flowers. Unfortunately sometimes the April showers bring more than just flowers in May. Kellogg Lake's course in Carthage, Missouri where the 2nd Annual Big Splash Open was to be held this Saturday April 11this flooded. I received many calls, texts and FB messages letting me know that several of the holes and places where temp holes are set up are under water (I will be posting a few pictures on Facebook for people to see). Several of us have decided to move this tournament to Neosho's Morse Park North course because of the current amount of water on the course, There is a few days of rain expected and there is little to no chance of the course drying out by Saturday. I contacted Andrew Sweeton, the Director of the Professional Disc Golf Association, and he agreed this was a good decision. So this year's Big Splash at Kellogg Lake will be renamed “The Little Big Splash Open” in Neosho. Disc Golf Scene, the registration site has been updated of the course and city changes. I am hoping that the PDGA site will reflect the changes on Monday as well. The tournament will go on as planned with only the change of venue.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:
THIS YEAR'S BIG SPLASH OPEN IS BEING MOVED FROM KELLOGG LAKE IN CARTHAGE, MISSOURI TO MORSE PARK NORTH IN NEOSHO, MO BECAUSE OF FLOODING!!!
I would like to start by thanking Jared Keeling and The Republic Parks & Rec department for again using their awesome facilities at Miller Park. Their seven year's of continued support is second to none! The 1st PDGA tournament for the Barrel of Monkey's tour 2015 is in the books. Reflecting back on the this event, I don't believe I could have asked for anything more for a season opener!
The Elephant & Castle presents: The 7th Annual Lucky 13 B Tier Co-sponsored by Innova was a huge success. This was the first year at the B Tier status moving up from the C Tier status the 6 previous years. For those of you new to the Sport/PDGA events, the differences are: money is added to th Pro payout, players receive double points toward qualification to the Disc Golf World Championships in August, and most sponsored Pros receive bonuses for top finishes. All of these tend to draw in more players. Making it a B tier was a good decision.
We had a maxed out field of 92 players. We squeezed in a ghost card to allow the 2 extra players to play. It was definitely how you want to kick off the tour! Only 2 hours after receiving/assembling the custom sparkle purple top EDGE/Innova basket, an Ace was drilled on it by Springfield's Chad Fisk (one of the most loyal players to the tour every year)! The hole measured 250' and served as the EDGE Closest To Pin contest. It featured both Innova feather banners on each side of the new custom basket. It was almost magical as this is also Lucky Hole 13 every year for the tournament. Every year we use this basket for the Ring of Fire, so Innova and EDGE were advertised very well this year.
This year's players packs were over the top thanks to some incredible sponsors. All players received a custom premium Innova disc, a custom Innova Lucky 13 hat, a shirt, and lunch was provided by Little Caesars and McAlister's Deli. Elephant & Castle and Innova were the Title Sponsors for this event. Along with the two title sponsors, we also had many others including: PSC Accounting, Larry Catt Law Office, Grass Works, Fimco, Queen City Cycles, BK Design Inc., and Little Caesars. This event also benefited by our Tour Sponsors: Millennium golf Discs, Quality Trim & Sign, Creator Designs, Prodigy Disc, NNWA, Gateway Disc Sports, EDGE, Fossa, and Auto Zone. Please visit, shop and thank any and all of these companies if you get a chance!
Over $450 was raised for EDGE in the drawing, so we are off to a great start. Along with the end of the tournament drawings, we will be selling chances to win the cool custom Purple Top Innova Pro target and it will be given away at the Finale. There will be several ways of winning chances toward taking home the basket like winning the CTP for all tour events and winning chances in games and drawings through out the season. Good Luck!
A Big congratulations to our winners, and for a full view of the standings please visit the following http://http://www.pdga.com/tour/event/20120
Open Men: Chris Clemmons Back to Back Champion
Open Women: Audrey Goetz
Advanced Men: Seth Hamilton
Advanced Women: Janey Helton
Mens Advanced Masters: George Eudy
Intermediate Men: Justin Mount
Recreational Men: Dallas Butler
Recreational Women: Staci Healey