The 1st Riverview Open - May 23rd, 2009
There was a lot of excitement and anticipation for the 1st Riverview open. Gregg Cass part of the local Ottawa County Disc Golf Club (OCDGC) of Miami said, "It would be great if we could get someone on every hole". Well, with 68 players in attendance, this wish was reality. Players representing eight states including; Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, Washington, Texas, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma all arrived in Miami as early as Thursday to prepare for the tournament. With 40 pre-registered players, the buzz was good on line and the players came to enjoy the second Monkey Tour 2009 event.
It was amazing how well the course looked despite it being under water just a week prior! This can be contributed mainly to the miraculous answer to prayers, the hard work of the OCDGC, and the Park Board mowing just a few days before the event. Thank you from all the players. The tournament kicked off on time without a hitch. There were 10 divisions including; Open (Pro), Pro Masters (40+), Advanced Men, Advanced Grand Masters, Advanced Grand Masters (50 +), Advanced Women, Intermediate Men, Recreational Men, Recreational Women, & Juniors. All players played from alternate tee pads the first round. The weather was beautiful for the first round of play. Blue skies, hot sun, and very little wind for Miami, OK. Little did the players know what was to come in the second round!
After the first round was completed, all players enjoyed a well deserved break. Lunch was prepared by the Fire Department, and was sold to the players for $5. Part of the proceeds went to the OCDGC, part went to the Disc Golf Monkey's 2009 Tour Charity Fund benefiting the EDGE program (EDGE or Educating Disc Golf Experience is a school program through Innova Champion Discs that allows schools to buy equipment, lesson plans, and teaching supplies at a low cost. The goal being to promote the game of Disc Golf.), and the rest went to the Fire Department to help their cause. Awesome job Fire Fighters thanks for the food, but more importantly for the job you do! The second Round kicked off at 2:10. Ten holes were played and the heavens opened! Severe wind, lightening, and torrential down poor rain hit. Play was suspended for about an hour before resuming. After the storm, the course was left very wet, slick, and muddy. The remembarence of the beautful groomed course of the first round was a long ago memory to the players. The show did go on, and the tournament was finished with all 36 holes being played. Surprisingly there were only three players that did not finish.
Winners included; Kyle Wilkes (Tulsa OK) Open Pro, Mark Martin (Ottawa, KS) Pro Masters, Ron Klein (St. Louis, MO) Advanced Masters, Tariq Stand (Quapa, OK) Junior, George Skinner (Glenpool, OK) Advanced Grand Masters, Travis Jarmin (Joplin, MO) Recreational, Michael Adams (Bartlesville, OK) Intermediate, Bonnie Douglas (Springfield, MO) Recreational Women, Mary Whitehead (Springfield, MO) Advanced Women, James Patton (Glenpool, OK) Advanced. A special thanks to the City of Miami the OCDGC & all of the following sponsors for making this an incredible 1st ever Professional Disc Golf Association event; Booth & Booth Electric, Joplin Disc Golf Club, Welch Bank, Security Bank, Miami Tru Value, Ace Hardware, Eye Associates, Stumps R Us, Express Cellular, Miami Glass & Mirror, Westco, Hometech Computers, Vance Ford, Okie Burger, Elmwood Properties, Osborn Drug, Discs Unlimited, Innova Champion Discs, Quality Trim & Sign, Creator Designs, Gateway Disc Sports, Ottawa Tribe, Tractor Supply Co., Miami 1st National Bank, Pizza Hut, Charley's Chicken, and the Bargain Center.