The 1st Hillbilly Shoot Out will be re-named next year to the Jared Hilton Memorial. - Jun 30th, 2011
The first Hillbilly Shoot Out will be the last, says John Shelton (Lebanon Parks and Rec Manager). The name was a disguise for what will now be known as the Jared Hilton Memorial Open for years to come. Both the course name and future tournament name was unveiled for all to see including Brad Hilton (Jared's Dad) who was completely moved by the events. Many of the Hilton family, friends, and course sponsors were on hand to take part in the short, but moving ceremony. Wes Hilton (Brad's nephew and head of the fund raising efforts) and Mr. Brown (Owner of the local Budweiser company and large contributor) both spoke sharing the memories of Jared. This course and event will now have even more meaning for years to come.
After the ceremony, the discs started to fly on the all new Jared Hilton Memorial Disc Golf Course. Not only the name was new, but there were new Monkey Traps (black & yellow), new signs, and new 5' X 12' tee pads. The course played and flowed great with the 44 players that attended. The event gave us a solid foundation to build and grow on. There are already plans for next year.
Despite the 40% chance of rain predicted by the local news stations, rain fell for only about 10 minutes total the entire round. The dark skies gave way to the hot sun that made the air extremely humid. The wind picked up some the second round making it a little less humid. The Pro Open division was won easily by Springdale, AR native Dasun Keeler. He shot two great rounds that totaled 96. This was 4 better than 2nd place. Dasun said this win was “Well over due!”. Other winners included: Melissa White (Int Women), Zach Jones (Advanced), Steve Kastner (Intermediate), Isaac Davison (Recreational), and Bruce Heidebrecht (Grand Masters). Congratulations to all of you! For all the scores please visit the PDGA website http://www.pdga.com/tournament_results/72631 .
Coming up next will be the 2nd Annual Monkey Trap Open in Springdale, AR! Hope to see you there!