Pitt Open Recap...Record turn out with 70 Players! - Aug 1st, 2011
I would like to thank all the people involved in the Pitt Open: Kevin Elrod (the man who makes it happen), Larry Jump (responsible for the awesome logos, signs, banners, and more), our sponsors (Joplin Disc Golf Club, Wheat State Pizza, Fat Daddy's, State Farm Insurance, Comfort Inn, and the Pitt Disc Golf Club), anyone who took the time and effort to bring baskets and pick them up, Team Monkey, Gregg and Linsey Cass, Kevin Carder, all the players, and anyone else who had a hand in this years 70 player Pitt Open! I hope we can do it again next year!!!
Hot and humid followed by hotter and more humid were the conditions for the day, with a temporary cool down shower that ushered in the "Ring of Fire" and Long Drive contest after the rounds. A very mild wind blew, but never long enough to give much relief. There was plenty of water on the course thanks to Kevin Elrod and the Pitt Disc Golf Club.
There was a tight race in most divisions, with the over all best score (9 under 99), being shared by both the Open Champion Adam Hunt, and the soon to be "Lion Tamer" Kevin Jones (Advanced Champion). Other winners included: Advanced Master Champion Chris Sheafer (winning by over 20 strokes), Intermediate champion (posting back to back wins) Steve Kastner who won in a 3 way play off against Springfields TJ Haun and Lebanon's Brad Hilton, and Steven Medeiros winning the Recreational Division. Congratulations to all of you and time for you to "Move Up"!
The State Farm Insurance Long Drive Competition was interesting in that the two farthest drives were thrown by Am players. Both Chris Shelton and Kyle Webster bombed 513'...craziness! Travis Stand won the Open division over 2nd place Kyle McClure. Watching this was a true added bonus! Thanks to State Farm and Kevin Elrod!
The event ended with an After Party at Fat Daddy's. Players enjoyed appetizers and drinks along with a fun time of socializing and discussing what they all "could have shot". The EDGE Raffle was also held with Zack Jones winning his 3rd basket! Thanks for all the players that bought tickets and any one who donated things to the raffle. There was almost $250 raised. This brings this years total to $850. This is awesome considering one event's donations went to Joplin and the atttendance being a little down. Keep up the Great work!!
I hope to see you all in Pitt again soon. To all locals in the Pitt area, Kevin Elrod needs help to push for a new course there. Ask him what you can do, or if you know someone(s) that can help financially this would benefit all disc golfers!
See you in Neosho for the Little Big Show on the 20th!