A Record 97 Players Competed in the 2012 Jared Hilton Memorial! Monkey Trap Open and the Pitt Open are next on Tour. - Jun 27th, 2012

This year's Jared Hilton Memorial was nothing short of Amazing. A record 97 players competed in the 2012 Jared Hilton Memorial. Fifty-three more players came out this year than last which crushed the 2011's field of forty-four. Players from all over the four state area and beyond were treated to a special event which honored and celebrated Jared Hilton's life. Because of the extra players there were two holes added to accommodate so that none would be turned away.

A huge “Thank You” is in order to all the sponsors that made JHM one to remember for years to come. The player's packs, ctp's, ring of fire, lunch, raffle, advertising signs, and pay out would not have been possible with out the generous contributionssssss of the following businesses/people: Monster, Mid Missouri Bank, Hilton Bail Bonds, Skeebaro's, Soundenvision, Ozarks Coca Cola & Dr Pepper, White Industries, Hogan Land & Title, Brad Hilton, George Eudy, Rollin Clamme, and Wes Hilton. These contributors along with the tour sponsors (advertised above and below this page) are what allow DGM to provide all the extras. For this we all say Thank You, for making this year's Jared Hilton Memorial a great time!

Unlike last year, there was definitely not any concern about rain. I almost think on the second round it would have been welcomed by players as the temperatures soared. It was a beautiful day for disc golf though. The course seemed to play a bit tougher this year than last. There was a lot of talk about two holes on the course. You may say they were the “favorites”...even if they were the favorites to hate. Hole 11X, that played around 310' sat on a down slope which led to an OB road that challenged many including myself. I witnessed 3 disastrous “roll offs” and heard of several more. Hole 16, with the 10 foot elevated mound and elevated basket proved to be tough as well. This hole made or broke many competitors as they battled in their mind to play safe or go for it.

There were seven divisions including: Open, Adv, Adv Grand Masters, Int, Int Women, Rec, and Rec Women. Brandy Monnahan, won the Women's Rec division by several. I'd say next time she will be moving up. There were two ladie , Mary Whitehead and Christine West, in the women's intermediate division. Mary, in her first tourney back in about two years, took home first place. The Recreational division (the largest field of 32), was won by Springfield native Derick Norris followed by Derred Scheperle of Los Angeles, California. The Intermediate Division was dominated by Trevor Erickson who shot an amazing 55 that was only topped by a 54 from the Open field. Trevor's tournament total 116 was the 3rd best score in the tournament and would have landed him in 3rd in the Open division. There is some motivation to step up Eric (Great first round and tournament!). The Advanced division was a tight battle that ended in a 119 tie between Rolla's Ish Keener and Joplin's Andrew Jinks. In the first hole of the sudden death Andrew prevailed. The rather large eleven player Open field was won by Russ Burns who shot only one better on the first round and two on the second than Kyle McClure of Springdale, AR.

The next two events are back to back at the end of July. The Monkey Trap Open, brought to you by title sponsor NNWA, will be on the 21st of July in Springdale, AR. The following weekend will be the Pitt Open held in Pitts burg, KS that may be premiering a brand new Monkey Trap course at Schlanger Park (the site of this event for the last few years)! Both of the even fliers are posted. Keep coming back for updates on these events!

Until next time keep them flying straight when you need them to!

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