The DGM Finale Recap:
Results can be found here:
Disc Golf Monkey’s Tear Down This Wall Tour 2019 Finale (marking the 11th consecutive tour) was held this past Saturday at Empire Park in Forsyth, Missouri. Empire Park is owned by Title sponsor Liberty Utilities, who purchased the 18 hole course a few months back. There was ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the course. Plant Manager, Randy Richardson, was in attendance and was very pleased with everything this weekend.
There were 80 players in attendance with 11 divisions. The day started out bitterly cold with fog covering some of the lake making it look like the start of a Hollywood movie. We had the players meeting to discuss the rules/OB’s and took a moment of silence to remember my friend and fellow disc golfer Charles “Chuck CVK” VanKempen.
This course is one of the most beautiful around. My group spotted a Bald Eagle shortly after we tees off on our walk up to the epic hole 4 (sponsored by Happy Hyzer). It was a special moment to kick off the tournament. When the sun continued to move higher the temperatures warmed up significantly. The first round was played in total calm, without a trace of wind. It was a picture perfect morning.
After the break for lunch, there was a slight wind that was a noticeable change from round one. The temperature seemed to be perfect. Despite the wind and gusts, the scores across the board were much better the second round with a few exceptions. There were some big numbers at this event as the water and OB came into play often. Water is not something many local courses offer. For me personally, water does something to my brain right before the release... ugh! Despite the big numbers everyone who started, finished. It was a great event and another memory I will cherish for years to come.
After the cards were turned in and tallied up, we moved into giving away prizes for the year long CTP’s sponsored by Innova and Dynamic Discs. The first basket sponsored by Innova was won by Forrest Barnard. The DD basket was won by Jackson Bekemeier. Big Congrats to both of you. We then moved straight into the last EDGE TCP raffle. There were some big ticket items adding up to over $2,500 worth of stuff. The Invicta watch and Limited Edition Tour de France Oakley’s were both won by Kendall Yost (lucky dog). There was a sweet DD H2O ranger bag that was picked up by Robert Covert. The Zuca Cart was won by James Montejano. The other Innova basket was won by Roger Richeson. Congrats guys and all other raffle winners. A big thanks for all the continued support of EDGE. You all Roc!
After the raffles, we went right into awards. I did make a mistake and put two Juniors in the same division that had a significant age difference. I have since corrected the error and 9 year old Blake Pettigrew will be getting his 1st place trophy and other rewards for playing in the 10 and under Junior division. It’s going to be fun watching this kid continue to Improve. 13 year old Aiden Carter took the other Junior Division. He too, should be moving up soon and will be a force to be reckoned with.
Todd Sander, with his strong showing +2 (would have finished 2nd Intermediate) smashed the field by 10 or more strokes. Dale Snowden came in second with a +12. Great job Todd. See you in Intermediate at the next one?!
There were three in the Intermediate women’s division. Mary Abbott was able to hold off local Priscilla Buechsenschuetz, and Callico Rocks, Candie Luster. Mary’s +38 was only three better than Pricilla’s score. Great job ladies.
In the Intermediate Men’s Division it was Arkansas’s own “The Sandy One” Bagger Braden Eads turning in a -3. Great win Big, but it’s your time to climb on up brother. Allen Heston and Chalis Carter we’re both at +1 and Tanner Sublette was +2 rounding of the top spots.
The MP50 Division of 8 was taken down by “The Bud Man” himself, Brad Hilton. Brad’s +6 held off Steve Stansberry, John Parsons, and Tadge Kavanaugh. What a great field for the 50 and over club! Great job gentlemen.
The MA40 Division (7) was taken down by 1/2 of the father son duo. Ray Presnell’s near par +1 was good enough to best Toby Rector by 3, Tad Odom by 4 and Mike Abbott by 6. Looked like a fun and competitive battle.
The Advanced division was a two horse race at the top. Frank “the Tank” Hebert, of Neosho and Ryan Elliott battled to the end. Frank’s 6 stroke lead was enough to hold off Ryan’s big surge in the second round getting him within two strokes. Frank’s 11 down and Ryan’s 9 would have both been respectable scores in the Open field (both would have cashed). Great job guys!
As it is so often unfortunately, Brandi Monnahan was alone in the Women’s Pro division. We have to find a way to get ladies in the open division to give this “cool cat” some competition. Brandi shot a +14. Thanks for your continued support and playing in the Finale girl!
The MP40 (8) Division was quite a roller coaster ride. Although I didn’t get to see the first round Dasun Keyler put together, the 51 was the hot round in the Pro Masters. Rick Waggoner was hot on his heels with his 52. Jackson Anoa’i shot a 54 and Chris Goodman and myself were at 56. Rick and I started with birdies on hole 4 gaining a stroke, but shortly after Rick caught fire and never looked back. Along with several great birdies including one on 11, he pulled away and never looked back. The battle was really for second. Jackson shot solid and cleaned up the few mistakes he made on holes in the first round, as did I. We ended up tied for second, with Chris and Dasun only a stroke off making it a four way tie for second. Quite a showing Rick! Congratulations again on a well played tournament and big Win!
The Open Division was a massacre as Andrew Presnell destroyed the field. I don’t recall in my 11 year’s of running tours, a win in the Open field with this big a margin from 1st to 2nd. Andrew shot a 43 and a 40 (-13 and -16) totaling 29 under! This was 12 better than a great performance by both Jeff Renner and Chris Eads who both shot -17. Rounding out the rest of the top were Micah Funderburgh and Jackson Bekemeier with -15 and John McCain with -14. All of you did great, and Andrew my hats off to you on an outstanding win! Well done.
I would like to thank Liberty Utilities for allowing me to build a course on your gorgeous property and to hold my Finale at Empire Park! Big Shout Out to Randy Richardson for the great communication and partnership. Thanks to Fat Daddy’s, Happy Hyzer, and Hooters for there help on this event as well.
My tour Sponsors are incredible and as I say often, I could not do it without you. Thank you so much to each of you:
Doug Bowen with Elephant & Castle Fine Arms, Innova Champion Discs, Creator Designs, Dynamic Discs, Parker Asay of Fossa, Disc Mania, Millennium Discs, Ashley Wright with Intuitive Body Works, Discs Unlimited, E.D.G.E., Keen, and Quality Trim & Sign.
To my amazing Team and helpers you are all Awesome: Kyle McClure, Kevin Carder, Jake Whitehead, Michael Cory, Brandon Shields, Jackson Bekemeier, and Dasun Keyler. Thanks for making the DGM tours so remarkable both from behind the scenes and front and center! You are all Rock Stars. Thank You!
See many of you at the Encore in Calico Rock, AR in a few weeks!
It has been 10 full years that Disc Golf Monkey decided to embark on the uncertain journey of choosing Disc Golf as a career choice. In 2009 the first Disc Golf Monkey Tour was organized and there were 8 PDGA events. Needless to say the events were much smaller then, but the same fun and excitement of tournaments still drives us to push forward each year. DGM’s goal has always been to get people to play the game that has been a passion for so many years. DGM has been trying to “Grow the Sport” even before the slogan was cool!
This year’s 10th season was named the Gettin’ It Done Tour. It featured an edgier/darker and hungry looking monkey as the logo. Many people don’t know that there was significant meaning to the logo. Having been injured and playing hurt for over 2 years I had surgery to repair my knee. I was read to compete again, I was hungry, and the tour logo monkey looked like I felt. It was awesome as I shared with many people the reason for the “dark monkey” logo that many players could identify with the feeling. It’s always fun being able to turn your passion into something others can embrace and enjoy!
2018 was filled with so many great times and will be remembered for years to come by many. There were 22 tournaments featured in the Gettin’ It Done Tour, and man did we get it done. We again averaged 90+ at our events and maxed out many of the tour stops. Although there were some that had less in attendance the competition and atmosphere was not effected by the smaller turn outs. The big events like the 4SO and Jared Hilton Memorial continue to get better every year.
Every year there are highlights that need to be mentioned and unfortunately many will be missed here. Each year DGM tries to give back to the local communities raising food, supplies, and money for local charities. It was awesome being a part of two Ice Bowls and what we call our Winter Blast. The 3rd Annual Bear Hollow Ice Bowl held in Ava, MO kicked off the year by contributing $575 in cash and 145 lbs of food to The Heart of the Hills Food Pantry and Thrift Store. The 10th Annual Lebanon Ice also saw a record in money raised for the L-Life foundation in Lebanon, MO. A third charity event that was held was at the very end of the year held at Grubaugh Park in Ozark, MO. The Winter Blast benefits a the Christian County Family Crisis Center which is a women’s shelter. This tournament has served as a true blessing for those who play and those who receive the financial support. The last charitable donation that topped off the year was the contribution to the EDGE program. The Educational Disc Golf Experience was given over $3,000 from 6 events on the tour. This year’s total allowed us to break the $25,000 mark. It has been an awesome 10 year partnership! My hat is off to each and every player sponsor, and volunteer who has helped support all of the above charities.
Each year DGM tries to continue moving forward bettering the tour and events. Continuing the relationships with past sponsors and finding new ones to keep up with the rising costs of everything is a mission and challenge. Last year we had 2 A Tiers on the tour and all the rest were B Tiers with the exception of one C Tier. Although the Discn’ for Cheetahs event was a C Tier, it still had the same feel and competition as most of the B Tiers. Continuing to make these events bigger and better each year has been helped greatly by acquiring more sponsors.
As we all gear up for 2019, I am extremely happy to see what was accomplished in 2018. My goals for this year are to continue to build up the events and provide a fun filled tour for all those who love the support and want to see it continue to grow. My hope is to see many new faces, but to bring back the many seasoned players who have been along for this long disc flight for years.
See you all out on a course and may the birdies and aces be plentiful in 2019!
The 8th Annual Winter Blast
Results on the PDGA Website:
Another Winter Blast is in the books. 57 players came out on a relatively nice day for December. Grubaugh Park in Ozark has always been the site for this event in it’s 8th consecutive year. Along with the site of the event being the same, so is the beneficiary of this event fundraiser. The Freedom’s Rest Christian County Family Crisis Center, has received a mixture of, food, clothing, cleaning supplies, and money from disc golfers from around the area. It has been awesome to see this event grow and continue to be successful for so many years.
Despite the attendance being down 6 players, the event set a new record of $1,350 being raised for Freedom’s Rest. Last year with 63 players, $1,250 was raised. Great job to all! Along with this donation there was canned/boxed food along with cleaning supplies were also donated. The funds were raised in a few ways including: $10 of each entry being donated, a $5 or 5 cans of food donation as part of the entry fee, and the money received in the raffle all contributed in the effort. As always it was awesome to see so much support by some of our 1000 plus rated rafflers: Seth Hamilton, Brad Hilton, and Grumps Hamilton getting in on the action. Chalis Carter was the big winner as he slipped in and took home the big ticket item, The Disc Golf Monkey’s Spider Trap Basket. To all of you thanks for making this the best Winter Blast to date!
There were a total of 8 divisions that included a rare middle aged Jr. Division courtesy of Sandra Leach. Sandra brought 6 students from her school to attend this year. The other divisions were: Open Men, Open Women, Advanced, Advanced Masters, Intermediate, Intermediate Women, and Recreational.
The weather started out with a cold mist/sprinkle, but the precipitation quickly went away along with the clouds. The first round stayed rather cool throughout because of the constant wind. The second round was much nicer as the sun shined brightly the rest of the event. Over all for a tournament in December, the weather was welcomed.
The competition was a lot of fun, as it is always exciting to compete and help a local charity at the same time. In the Junior division, Landon Richards 110 smoked the field shooting 8 strokes better than the 2nd place Cole Jones. In the Rec Division Chalis Carter Edged out Wes Lott with a 101. In the women’s Intermediate
Division Mary Abbott shot a respectable 120. In the Men’s Intermediate Division, Dylan Clinkenbeard shot a -10 (98) to thwart off Jeremy Willis by 4. The Advanced Masters Division was a rollercoaster dog fight looking at the scores. After Tad Odom was trailing by four behind the commanding lead of Ray Preznell, Tad blistered the Hot Round of the day shooting a 42 giving him the big “W”. The Advanced Division was taken down by Conner Brooks in what was the tightest division. Conner’s 10 Under was followed by Chris Pilarski’s 9 Under and from then each place was separated by only one stroke. Innova’s Itzy Gavin (from (Springdale, AR) took the Open Women’s Division. Cory Anderson took a commanding lead with an 11 Under 43 over Jeff Renner in the first round and was able to hold off Jeff by only one. Jeff made a big charge in the second round. Congratulations to all the winners! Great job!
It has been an incredible Tour. The Gettin’ It Done Tour 2018 truly lived up to it’s name. To each and everyone of you players and sponsors, thanks for making this 10th consecutive year unforgettable in so many ways. You all Rock. Keep them flying into the baskets as you all prepare for next year!
Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!!
The Winter Blast Disc Golf tournament is this Saturday in Ozark, MO. This event form the beginning has benefited the Christian County Family Crisis Center also known as Freedom’s Rest. Freedom’s Rest is a Women’s Shelter providing food, shelter, and many other avenues of support for women and children escaping abuse. Each year this tournament has grown in popularity and with the growth the donations to Freedom’s Rest have steadily increased as well.
Last year, by popular demand, the event was sanctioned as a PDGA C Tier and the mulligans were removed. Because the mulligans were one of the major ways of raising money, we now simply take out $10 (the previous cost of the mulligans) from then entry and donate it to Freedom’s Rest. This year the event is again registered and sanctioned with the PDGA as a charity event. In addition to the $10 donation, there will also be a Raffle with the proceeds being given to the charity. Similar to the Ice Bowl entries there is a 5 cans of food (or cleaning supplies) or a $5 donation added to registration price. These items are much appreciated by Freedoms Rest and can be used any time.
With your entry each player will receive a custom Tour disc, a choice of a tour towel or clipboard, and a smaller item. If you can not attend and want to support by donating any way, you may pay the entry and still receive a players pack. Each player will have the opportunity to take part in a fun added feature to this event that is called the Turkey Trott game. Grubaugh Park is a shorter course and allows for lots of birdies if you are on. If a player can get 3 birdies in a row (a turkey) this allows one throw at a CTP for each. The CTP winners are then given a Turkey or Ham provided by several different sponsors.
This year there will be a spider Monkey Trap given away in the raffle along with many other prizes. If any of you have items that you would like to donate to the raffle it would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you want to help with bringing a turkey or ham or extra food or supplies please bring them. All items are usually delivered to Freedom’s Rest the day of the event.
As we enter the Christmas season we hope you will show your support one last time in 2018. Wear your thermos, don’t forget your gloves, Jackets, boots, and hand warmers and come get a few more PDGA points before this season ends. I like to think of this as a bonus event allowing one last chance of the year to play with your buddies, get a few points and support an awesome cause.
See you in Ozark!
The Encore Recap
This past Sunday 42 players braved the cold drizzly day as they played the Encore tournament held at Swing Right Golf. With weather being near perfect just a day before, battling nature’s elements was the name of the game. Despite the constant precipitation, the tee pads seemed to be enjoyed by most. There are 3 completed tee pads and the other 15 are about 1/2 done. The 15 uncompleted pads had a solid base with Astro Turf placed on them making them grippy despite the rain. The Astro Turf was provided by Team Monkey’s Kevin Carder.
The players meeting started at approximately 8:30, as planned, and allowed tee off to kick off right at the scheduled 9:00. Swing Right currently has 18 permanent holes. A 400’ 19th Hole was added allowing the course to connect between the first and last holes allowing things to flow better for tournament play.
With the smaller turn out, there were only six divisions at the Encore. As mentioned earlier the conditions were a factor as the light rain and cold wind began shortly after tee off. Some cards finished rather quickly and others took a while longer in the nasty weather. After the first round was in the books, the following players were leading their divisions: David Richeson in Junior, Michael O (58), Brandon Shields (59), and Charles Rector & Wes Lot at (60) were all in a close race, Candie Luster in Wn, in Intermediate Steve Kastner blasted a 53 with Chase and Brad close behind with a 55 & 56, Advanced was held by Daniel Ainsworth destroying the field with his hot round 48, The Open division was very close with Derek Norris (48) and Andrew Preznell (49) and my (51) allowed me to stay in the hunt. Personally, I was happy that first round was out of the way so I could get warmed up.
Brad Hilton, my mom Belma Burns, and brother Ruben Apodaca, made chile for the players. This was about the perfect meal for the day. During the break, raffle tickets were sold as there were some great prizes to be given away including the big ticket items: Team Keen back pack, a DD micro Recruit basket, and a $425 Discatcher Pro 28. The raffle proved to be an exciting part of the event as 2 1000+ rated rafflers went head to head!
The final round was played and the results can be found on the PDGA website at: https://www.pdga.com/tour/event/38642
The following players finished on top in their divisions. Candie and David each won in their divisions. In the super close Rec battle, it was Charles coming from 3rd to take the win over Brandon by one and Wes by 3. The Intermediate was won by Chase (Sandy Bagger) Luster who went on record to say that the Encore would be his last Intermediate tournament. His “Hot Round” 48 gave him a comfortable 6 stroke win over Steve. The Advanced field was won by Daniel as his 48 hot round proved to be enough to hold off Ray Preznell who did get a stroke on Daniel in the second round. If any of you would like to share a story line about your card please do so in the comments. Also, any time you would like to share something send it my way after the tournament and I’ll try to include it in a tourney wrap up.
The only card I can provide lots of details on was the lead card in Open. Derek had some trouble early having a few unfortunate kicks and roll always, in the stretch of wooded holes. Andrew had an early tree hit and one nasty roll away that went out of bounds. Despite this he still finished tied for the lead. I was able to put 2 bogie free rounds together with a 9 under 2nd round that helped me catch the Prez with a total of 14 down. We went to the first hole to start the play off. I through first landing about 30’ short and Andrew parked hole one. I made my putt forcing another hole to be played. I threw a flick and landed 20 long, and Andrew through a big hyzer around the evergreen landing about 25’ out to the right. Again, we both birdied. The 3rd and what proved to be the final hole, was interesting. I shanked my drive hitting a tree leaving myself 200’ out. Andrew threw wide right clipping a tree changing the direction of the disc into a perfect line toward the hole landing 10-15’ from the pin. Andrew’s birdie sealed the deal. Great job Andrew it was a fun round with 3 exciting bonus holes. Congratulations to Andrew and all the other winners.
The last note worthy recap was the raffle. It was Brad Hilton 1050 rated raffler squaring off with 1045 rated Seth Hamilton (coming in as a late entry as he did not play the event). The stage was set as Brad purchased his tickets strategically at different times during the day. Seth slipped in at last call, being kept up to speed by his buddy Tadge. Each won an item before the Innova Pro Basket (Seth won the Micro Mini Basket). The numbers were called and Seth took the basket sweep! It’ll be close to see if this win will put Seth ahead in the Raffle Ratings, but I don’t think it will as Brad has one 4 baskets in 7 events including 2 Monkey Traps, a custom Throw Pink Innova Pro 28, and an Innova Sport. Seriously to all who continue to support Thank You!
It has been an incredible season and am looking forward to 2019. I hope to see you at the Winter Blast in December.
Aces, Birdies, and Happy Thanksgiving to each and everyone of you!
Disc Golf Monkey's Gettin' It Done Tour Finale sponsored by Elephant & Castle Fine Arms and Discmania is in the books. For the second year in a row, players made their way along the curvy roads to the Lost Woods Golf Course in Theodosia, MO. The Lost Woods has an 18 hole disc golf course that is playable year round. For the Finale there is a 20 hole shortened design that allows for a quicker play. It was again an incredible time an an absolutely gorgeous piece of land.
The day started early with cool temperatures. Breakfast was served early by the Shockey Family and The Lost Woods staff. Players enjoyed another big Finale Players Pack. After the players meeting, the players made their way to the golf carts and to their designated holes on the brisk and cool morning. The early 9:00 start time allowed the groups to be done before noon.
The players enjoyed a soft taco meal with chips and salsa after the first round. Raffle tickets were sold as the scores were added up and put into the computer by the Amazing DGM staff (you guys ROCK). After a smooth half time players went back in their groups and played the 2nd round. The temperatures seemed to stay the same despite the forecast calling for a warm up. The wind picked up significantly.
After the second round there was an Ace throw off and a Play off for for first in the Recreational Division between Matt Pearson and Andre Anderson. Andre canned a 40’ turbo putt for the win. Great battle guys.
There was really only two players that were in the battle for the Open championship. Both Chris Eads and Andrew Presnell dominated the division in their dog fight for top honors. Eads took a 3 stroke lead in the first round. Andrew battled back shooting a 48 but Eads was able to hold off the charge and won by a stroke. Great playing guys. You guys both demolished the field!
For full results, visit the PDGA at: https://www.pdga.com/tour/event/38490
Other note worthy information:
Dynamic Discs/Trilogy CTP Challenge Winner (wining a DD Recruit): Blaise Horseman
MVP/Axiom CTP Challenge Winner (winning a MVP Black Hole): Sam Bohan
Winner of the Luster’s Treasure Island Hole (for a free admission to a DGM event in 2019): Trevor Erickson
Winner of the Black Hole in the Raffle:
Winner of the Innova Discatcher Pro Target: Brad Hilton
On behalf of Elephant & Castle, Discmania, The Lost Woods, and Disc Golf Monkey, THANK YOU ALL for making this 10th Consecutive Tour Finale such a huge success!
SEE YOU AT THE ENCORE!!
Our annual B-tier is THIS SAT!! We are less than 2 hours from Mtn View and less than 1.5 from Calico Rock! BOTH rounds this year will be at the JMB and everyone's efforts have gone into getting this one course ready! If you are an Am Disc Golf Monkey Tournaments have a reputation for being the best Am payout tournament around and often fill up, so please register online if you can: (also, there will be flex start doubles for anyone showing up a day early on Fri) https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/The_West_Plains_Open_sponsored_by_Holiday_Inn_Express_and_Suites_2018
The 1st Dragon Ridge Open sponsored by Discmania (the tours newest tour sponsor) in Camdenton, Missouri was impressive to say the least. This course was installed a few years back and was a site that many wanted a tournament to be held at. Unfortunately some city ordinances and other obstacles wouldn’t allow it. Thankfully Larry Bennett, head of the Camdenton Parks Department called and asked how we could make it happen this year. He mentioned that the Mayor wanted to make it happen and the rest so they say is history as The Friday Flex Start Doubles started a fun beginning to this tournament. Saturday came and the field was maxed with 90 players in attendance. As bad as I wanted to play my favorite public course in Missouri, I chose to bow out allowing everyone who showed up the opportunity to play. Hearing all the compliments and thank you’s was worth the decision!
As mentioned earlier, Discmania was the major sponsor at this event as they were the company that was used for the Players Pack. The awesome custom disc, designed by Gary Braman (Camdenton’s Dragon Ridge course designer/installer), was a huge hit along with the stainless steel Hydro Flask. Huge props to Discmania for making it all happen.
Despite knowing that there were a lot of people wanting an event at Dragon Ridge, I really didn’t know if we’d get the turn out that we did. The weatherman’s “doom and gloom” forecast predicting torrential down pours and thunderstorms all day proved to be nothing more than just more pathetic guesses by the Ozarks team of meteorologists. With the temperatures reaching 90+, a Down poor would have been welcomed by many. Hot and humid, through the Ridge made for an extremely long and tough day.
There were eight divisions making up the field of 90. The biggest talk was the huge Pro field of 24 that includes several well known players: George Smith (Columbia, MO), Zackeriath Johnson (St. Louis), and one of the top 10 rated players currently in the world and former USDGC Champion Nikko Lecastro. Local hero, Jeff Renner (Springfield, MO) proved that it was his day shooting two solid rounds of 50 taking a convincing win by 5 over 2nd place finisher Jake Hebenheimer (Jefferson City). Incredible Job Jeff! Congratulations!! In a very close 3 way tie for 3rd shooting 2 down, one stroke off of Jakes pace were: Zack Johnson, Adam Morrison (Jefferson City), and Camdenton’s young gun River Flagg (16 year old)! The rest of the cashing pros were: George Smith (6th), Cody Prugger and Buddy LaRue (Tie for 7th), Nikko LaCastro and Allen Hooper (Tie for 9th) and 11th place was Nate Heinold.
There were 4 pro women as well! Brandy Monnahan of Lebanon, held off young local Mariah Flagg by 6 strokes shooting a 129 total. The other contestants were Millie Cowgill (3rd place), and Amanda McCleod (4th Place). Thanks for coming out and great job Brandy on the win!
The Advanced field was 19 strong and was a very tight battle at the top of the leader board. Andrew Griffith held on for the win shooting a 113. Trevor Erickson’s (of Springfield) 56 second round surge pulled him within one tying Chris Thompson (Jeff City) for second. Toby Rector was only two off finishing 4th. Nice battle guys!
The Advanced Masters division (over 40), had 4 players. Only 5 strokes separated 1st from 4th. Kevin Carder started hot with a 59, but the course took revenge as he took a 66 the second round. This tied Josh Goodwin who also shot a 125. Course designer and installer Gary Braman, shot a 128. Mike Abbott’s consistency proved to be key for the win shooting a 61 and a 62. Well done Mike, and enjoy that basket!
The 50 and over division (Advanced Grandmasters) had the minimum 3 players that are needed to make up a division. Tom Butler (Kansas City), Jon Parsons (Marshall) and Brad Hilton (Lebanon) finished in the order listed. Tom Butler killed the field shooting a 115 that was good enough for a 6 stroke win. Stellar job and great job on the 100th PDGA win Tom!
Sixteen players made up the Intermediate field. Will Ward proved victorious shooting a 53 and a 59 to win by three over Chase Luster’s 115 total. Kevin Free and Micah Noble were tied 4 back from the winning score. Will’s awesome 53 first round was definitely the difference in this division. Great seeing you guys battle it out. Keep up the great work/play.
The Recreational Division looked like there would be a slugfest after 3 players shot 61’s and one shot a 62 in the first round. Apparently Michael Luster had other ideas as he scorched a 56 taking the win by 7 strokes over Dallas Whittle. 3rd place was taken by Brian Lansford two stokes off Dallas. Great job Michael. I’m thinking the Lusters are going to be moving up!
Three ladies made up the Rec women field: Candie “The Teacher” Luster, Renee Nelson, and Shay Lillard. The Teacher was the only one in the group to shoot in the 70’s, as she shot 76 in the first round giving her a 6 stroke lead. She added two more to her lead with an 81 in the second round finishing 157. Renee put up a very consistent and respectable 82 and 83. Shay debuted at one of the hardest public course around and finished. Keep playing, learning and having fun! Congratulations Candie on your victory...move up!!
The 1st Dragon Ridge Open was a huge success. Maxing out the field with 90 players should convince the city of Camdenton that it was worth the investment. I’m hoping that this event becomes an annual tournament. Thank you all for coming out and being a part. I hope to see you all in June at the Jared Hilton Memorial in Lebanon, Missouri.
Aces to you!
The Elephant & Castle 6th Annual North Ark Open Recap
Teaming with the Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVC) has made the North Ark Open one of the best events on the tour. The head, Matt Bell, who I simply call “The Boss” was the man that contacted me initially. Over seven years ago, he called and had me go before a board and “pitch the sale” of the course on the North Ark campus. It didn’t take much persuading as all the members were eager to bring disc golf to Harrison. The same year we planted the course, the Finale was held there. It too was funded by the CVC. A lot has been invested by the CVC and after talking with Matt after each event, he is proud of the course and the continued support from players that continue to make this event a must on the Disc Golf Monkey Tour.
More and more you continue to see Elephant & Castle as a sponsor and often a title sponsor for the Disc Golf Monkey Tour events. Doug Bowen, is an outdoor man’s man. Thankfully, along with his love and passion for hunting and his fascination and business dealing with all ranges of firearms, he also loves the sport of disc golf. He has played for years and continues to compete in tournaments & leagues. He is a competitor and pulls off some wins from time to time! I wanted to give a big shout out to Doug and Elephant & Castle. Thank you first for your true friendship, second for believing in what DGM continues to do, and last supporting both emotionally and monetarily. Thanks so much my friend!
The North Ark Open never seems to disappoint. We had another maxed out field with 4 extra players totaling 94. From the second I drove up I was completely amazed how absolutely beautiful this course is. I pulled up Friday, just after the noon hour and ran into the head maintenance man who had just finished mowing. He said that they had spent a little extra time on the course this year, and it showed. Two thumbs up for the remarkable course prep by the North Ark maintenance/grounds crew.
The weather matched the beauty of the course. Reaching the mid 80’s for both the doubles Friday and the main event on Saturday, it was awesome disc golf weather. The breeze kept it from being too hot. It was mostly sunny with some occasional clouds. After the start of this season, the warm weather was welcomed by nearly everyone.
Normally I start with the lower divisions and work my way up, but this tournament was the “Hot Pretzel” Show. By now everyone knows the formally know Andrew Preznell is now known as The Pretzel! This truly was the Pretzel show as he simply annihilated the 20 hole course as he blistered a 24 down! He buttered up and added a little salt to the course as he made incredible drives and lights out putts players said. It was as if the trees, hills, and everything around him were chanting Pretzel, Pretzel, Pretzel! His 49 first round and 51 was more than enough to “twist up” Kyle Webster (the second place finisher) as he said after the round. Kyle, shot an amazing 21 down and would have won handily if it had not been for the Pretzel being on Fire.
There were a total of 9 divisions including the Open division. Advanced was a battle between to well known players in the area. John McCain and Jonathan Cook shot the same scores both rounds to set up a sudden death tie break. Starting on hole one (a very up hill flick hole for a righty), McCain went first throwing a very nice flick that was pin high and about 30’ out. Cook came up a little short with his side arm drive landing in the rough with nothing but a lay up available. He was able to execute the jail break to get his par. McCain had a good look, but shorted his putt moving them to hole 2. McCain hit an early tree on his drive as Cook crushed a drive passed the Basket that looked to be 75+’ passed. McCain had a bad upshot allowing Cook to throw a simple lay up forcing McCain to make a near impossible putt. Cook tapped in for his par and McCain took second with his bogie. Great job guys. (I believe you can view the play off on Kyle Webster’s FB page)
Other winners included:
* Cameron Gantz winning by 6 in the Advanced Master Division
* Ray Preznell winning by 5 in the Grand Master Division (great job pop)
* Zachary Roberts won Intermediate in a tie break over Eli Webb (there score was 2 better than the 3rd place scores)
* Cheyenne Garner won beating Mary Abbott in Intermediate Women
* The Sandy Bagger Award was given to Tyler “Sandy” Batton who shot a 56 in the first round who bested Doug Bowen by 6. MOVE UP SANDY!!
* Starla Carter won in the Recreational Women Division
* Aiden Carter took the Junior win in a field of 3
Congratulations to all winners, and thanks to everyone who made it out! See you in two weeks at Dragon Ridge in Camdenton, MO!
Pictures were a look from the top of the course near hole 8... epically beautiful!!