1st Monkey Trap Open was Amazing! "Monkey Trap" baskets are PDGA approved! - Jul 13th, 2010

Seventy players were in attendance Saturday at the 1st Monkey Trap Open. I really don't think it could have been a better day for disc golf in July. The day was near perfect with little wind, no precipitation, and the high only in the mid 80's! The accommodations were second to none at this event with the unbelievable hospitality provided by the 1st Baptist Church of Springdale. Ashley, Greg, Chris, Kyle, and many others planned out a near perfect lunch and awards ceremony. Hats off and a special thank you to all who helped!

The announcement was made in the player's meeting that the Monkey Trap baskets were official. The baskets were approved by the PDGA on the 27th of June. I chose to make the announcement at this event because the Sportslife disc golf course is home to the 1st Monkey Traps ever installed. They were well received, and were complimented through out the event. Three Traps were also given away in the award ceremony ($1,200 worth!). There was a very tight race in the Open division. Taylor Sears pulled off the win over Coda Hatfield in the third hole of the play-off. There 89's were followed close by Chris Eads 90 and then a four way tie with 91's by: Keyler, Convers, and Wilkes!

Other winners included: Dave Wise (Open Masters), Matt Scott (Advanced), Kevin Jones (Intermediate), Adam Meacham (Recreation), Hannah Powell (Womens Recreation), John Sheafer (Junior Boys), Phoenix Rogers (Junior Girls), Shelly Smith (Advanced Women), Teresa Duff (Advance Master Women), and Heath Whitley (Advanced Master). Congratulations to all of you. Tayler, Matt, and Heath I hope you enjoy the Traps for years to come.

I was very pleased and amazed by the support for the EDGE program at this event as well! Four Hundred dollars will be given to EDGE from this tournament. It will be ear-marked to the Arkansas EDGE program. This is almost enough for a starter package for a school! Thanks to all for your support! We are now above pace to reach the $2000 goal that was set. The kids are the future of our sport. We all know the sooner they are introduced to the sport the better chance they will have of throwing bombs! Awesome stuff keep up the support!

The next event, the Little Big Show, will be in Neosho, MO on the 28th of August. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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