The 2nd Ozarks Disc Golf Club Tournament - May 12th, 2009
Despite the "Doom & Gloom" weather forecast from local news stations, 27 players came to play in the Ozark Disc Golf Club's second tournament. Several cities from around the area were represented including; Aurora, Mt. Vernon, Springfield, Branson, Ozark, Nixa, and Willard. The furthest traveled players were from St. Louis and Pittsburgh, Kansas! The competition was held at
Baldwin Park the proposed site for a permanent Disc Golf course. Eighteen portable Pole Holes were put out for the tournament on a course designed by Russ Burns owner of Disc Golf Monkey. There were several divisions which included Professional, Intermediate, Recreational and a Junior division. Rick Nichols from Nixa took home top honors with an eleven under par 96 to hold off Russ Burns by one stroke in his first professional division victory. Chad Fisk demolished the Intermediate field by more than 10 strokes (move up in divisions Chad). Chris Dangler, who canned a 75' putt in a three way playoff won the Recreational division over local Bryce Fisk, and Brad Hilton (from Lebanon). Bruce Heidebrecht of Willard, took home top honors in the Masters division by six over Tim Arndt from Springfield. In his debut tournament, Luke Carter took 1st in the Junior division.
Both rounds were played in a mild wind that was almost rain free. Although the day was dark and dreary, the conditions proved to be great considering the potential poor weather threat. Along with great weather, there was an eager and excited buzz about the land, layout , and potential for a permanent course at Baldwin. Trent director of Parks and Recreation along with his wife walked with one of the Professional groups taking photos and getting familiar with the sport. A special thanks to the wonderful Aurora Parks and Recreation staff who helped clean up and prep the course, as well as, letting us play on such a beautiful piece of land!