8th Annual Winter Blast Wrap Up - Dec 18th, 2018

The 8th Annual Winter Blast

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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!!

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