- Feb 24th, 2018
Registration Day of Event
- Mar 17th, 2018
Elephant & Castle presents: The 10th Annual Lucky 13 - Miller Park - Republic, MO
- Apr 7th, 2018
Disc’n for Cheetahs III - Grubaugh Park - Ozark, MO
- Apr 21st, 2018
The 1st Lost Woods Open - Lost Woods Golf Course - Theodosia, MO
I want to start by saying that despite my lap top being stolen, my team was able to get the official TD Report turned in before the PDGA dead line that was today. This way all you point and ratings watchers will hopefully be helped by this event. If there are any errors simply message me and I will call the PDGA and get them straightened up. See Results Here: https://www.pdga.com/tour/event/34978
This year’s Presidential Cup III changed venues. For all of those that are curious of how it came about, this was a trial for a possible pay to play course. The owners are hesitant because they didn’t realize the popularity. I told Scott we could design a course and have a tourney and see how it went. I told him he could ask players if they would pay to play if it were permanent. Needless to say you guys rocked by not only coming out but making a great impression on Scott and his dad. They definitely like the idea and are more on the side of getting it done, but as I told several of you, the biggest delay is that he will have to put a $50,000 net up to protect disc golfers.
I know the course was short and there were some tough lines, but we didn’t want to cut to much until Spring so we could see what it looks like. Also, when it goes in permanently there will be grass in the mud pit area and a mando on hole four forcing the shot up the middle and the Widow Maker limbs will be removed.
As everyone kind of figured the weather was a factor and reeked havoc on the course and players. Rain made the gripping the plastic tough, but the mud was an even bigger issue. Slippery slopes and weighted down shoes made for what seemed like longer rounds than they actually were. The second round saw less rain but more wind.
There were 10 divisions including a 50+ and a 8 and under. It’s exciting to see the wide range of players that continue to battle it out on the course. This sport just has something draws you to become better and want get together with your friends making memories/bragging rights. It seemed like.
Winners included Mary Abbott over Eziel Saret by 5 (130) Wn Int
Candie Luster Wn Rec (142) having one round rated nearly 100 better than her rating
Isaiah Moore <8 (98 one round)
Forrest Barnard over Matt Baker by 4 (107) Rec
Rick Waggoner with a (106) over Zach Carrier by 4 in Int
There was a battle in the 50+ division. Robert Covert one the tie break over Ray Preznell. (114)
In the Advanced was another great battle between the winner by one Adam Barton and the always tough John McCain. Adam held John off by 1 shooting a (99)
The Open division was similar to the advanced finish. Jeff Renner took it with a (95) only one better than David Christie.
To all others who cashed congrats as well.
I want to thank Gateway Disc Sports for the Players packs. I’d also like to thank: Jonathan Cook, Derek Norris, Blaise Horseman, Christine West, Kevin Carder, Parker Asay, Kyle McClure, and Jake Whitehead, and Conner Brooks for the use of there baskets. Also, to everyone who helped with the behind the scenes things like Basket pick up, carrying tee pad mats and much more...thanks a bunch.
On behalf of Scott Kissling and Swing Right Golf, thanks for coming out and playing this temporary lay out!
Last year was my 9th year of running a consecutive tour. This is mind blowing because running a “10 year in a row tour” seemed like a long shot in our area. Little did I know that there would be people who would not only come out to support, but invest their time, money, hard work and even sacrifice a lot of home/family time to make these tours continue to happen year after year. To all of you who have chosen to be a part of this journey you are truly appreciated members of the Ozark Disc Golf Family that I am thankful and proud to be a part of. To each and every one of you who have played, continue to play, and will play more events in the future, thank you for making each year bigger and better. As the slogan loosely borrowed from President Trump suggests, you have made disc golf great again this year just like previous years! Just as our country remains great year after year, so have our disc golf tournaments been. I am thankful to live in this country where we are free to play this great sport we are fanatics about! Fly on Old Glory and keep your Discs Flying too!
With nearly twenty stops on the tour in Missouri and Arkansas it was quite a ride.
Last year we had a huge year breaking many records and raising the bar in our area for tournaments. 2017 saw a rise in the average players per PDGA event, 102. This was up from well under 100. Our largest growing event of the year was the Jared Hilton Memorial in Lebanon, MO. The event grew by 32 players pulling off 137 players. In Harrison Arkansas, the North Ark Open continues to overfill where we have to add holes to accommodate every year the event has been held. The tour raised $8,500 for different charities in the area that included, two food pantries (Heart of the Hills in Ava, MO and L-Life in Lebanon, MO), we also helped Freedom’s Rest (which is a women and children’s shelter), we also helped a local youth baseball team during our Dale Roberts Memorial tournament. This would have made Dale proud as he was a big fan of both youth and baseball. For the second year we helped our local zoo with the Cheetah Habitat project in our Disc’n for Cheetahs II event that is held at Grubaugh Park in Ozark, MO. Our largest and new record breaking charity amount was $3,810 to the Educational Disc Golf Experience (EDGE). This is up $810 from last year when we were the number one contributor for a tour. We also had 6 events over 100 players. This is an awesome stat because most of these events only have one eighteen hole course to play on. As always the 4 States Open continues to be our largest event bringing in almost 230 players to the Joplin, MO area. We also had 21 female players at our Monkey Trap Open in Springdale, AR. To say that we made disc golf great again this year is an understatement. The Ozark Disc Golf Family continues to “Grow the Sport”.
There is so much that goes into a tournament as many of you know. Getting course approval, making sure the course is tournament ready, sanctioning the event, setting up pre registration, ordering players packs, making sure they are done in time, collecting and sorting prizes, sponsor gathering, proper paper work for the day of, then there is the day of the event things that are done behind the scenes. Multiply this times 20 and it can make for a wild and crazy, and sometimes stressful ride. None of this can be done without sponsors. Because I have sponsors from every city/town that I run an event in, I couldn’t possibly list them all without missing some. Just know that if you are reading this and you are a sponsor your help is priceless and not only does Disc Golf Monkey appreciate your partnership and help, but the players are thankful as well. I hope that all of DGM’s sponsors find the efforts taken to promote your company on tour are above average. If we can do more within reason let us know.
As we head into the 2018 season and prepare for the 10th consecutive tour, we stay focused on trying to make each year better than the previous. How long can we continue to do so is strictly based on how long people continue to believe in and support the events. This Year’s Gettin’ It Done Tour 2018 has big shoes to fill, but I have no doubts that together (players, sponsors, clubs, cities, churches, and parks & recreational departments) will all come together and make it happen again. If you have any questions, concerns, ideas, possible sponsorship help or leads, please contact me through my website or on Disc Golf Monkey’s Facebook page.
I hope to see you at as many of you on the upcoming Gettin’ It Done Tour 2018 as possible! Love, Aces, and Deuces to all of you!!!
Courtesy of Nick Helm:
Ice Bowl 2018 by the numbers: 6 aces, 46 player's, 56°F, 145 food items and $575. Many thanks go out to our Disc Golf family for their continued support of the Heart of the Hills Food Pantry and Thrift Store!
It was definitely a beautiful day for disc golf. With clear blues skies, a steady but manageable wind, and highs near 60, it couldn’t have been much better. There were 46 players played in Ava at the 4th Annual Bear Hollow Ice Bowl. There were 6 Aces, and some insane scores: 76, 77, 80, & 87 topped the Open field. A big congratulations to Andrew Preznell and Jeff Renner. Also, it was fun playing along side Mark Anderson trying to hang with the young stud ducks! It’s awesome seeing these guys play! Also, to all the other winners great job.
A special thanks to all who pitched in to help. Nick Helm, R Owen Covert, Jef Swinney, Chris Dangler, and anyone else who helped in any way.
THANK YOU FOR PLAYING THIS YEAR’S AVA ICE BOWL!!!
This year’s “Gettin It Done Tour 2018” is just about to get started. This is the 10th consecutive tour! As with the last 3 year’s, Nick Helm and I have teamed to have the Ice Bowl in Ava on the 27th of January. This will again be the kick off. It has been quite a winter already with some nice days and some brutally freezing days. If the forecast holds its calling for very moderate temps for the first event of this season at the Bear Hollow Course in Ava.
This year’s tour dates have been approved by the state coordinators. There is one date that we are in the process of deciding to leave the date the same or move it. This is the Marshall Open and it is marked with an “*”. There are also several courses being planted and I expect at least 2 of these will want tournaments once installs are completed. Definitely look for additions through out the year.
This year’s logo was done by a new friend of mine on the east coast named Steve De Jong. Steve was able to catch a little darker monkey that may seem angry, but honestly it’s just exactly how I have felt for two years battling my knee injury. The look is that of a monkey tired of hurting, a competitive hungry monkey, ready to get back to form, and ready to Get It Done! I hope some of you can relate and will make this your Gettin’ It Done Tour as well.
DGM’s “Gettin’ It Done Tour Tour 2018” Schedule
27th - 4th Annual Bear Hollow Ice Bowl - Ava, MO
17th - 3rd Annual Presidential Cup - Springfield, MO
24th - Lebanon Ice Bowl 10 - Lebanon, MO
17th - 10th Annual Lucky 13 - Republic, MO
7th - Discn’ for Cheetahs III - Springfield, MO
21st - The 1st Lost Woods Open - Theodosia, MO
12th - 6th Annual North Ark Open - Harrison, AR
16th - 8th Annual Jared Hilton Memorial - Lebanon, MO
30th - 5th Annual 8 Up Independence Day Doubles - Springfield, MO
7th - 9th Annual Monkey Trap Open - Springdale, AR
14th - Taney Como Throw Down - Branson, MO
29th West Plains Open - West Plains, MO
25th Little Big Show - Neosho, MO
8th - 12th Annual Dale Roberts Memorial - Nixa, MO
29th - 13th Annual 4 States Open - Joplin, MO
13th - 30th Annual October Friz - Winfield KS
*20th 7th Annual Marshall Open - Marshall, MO
3rd 10th Annual DGM Finale - TBA
15th Winter Blast - To benefit the CCFCC
The Winter Blast is quickly approaching. On December 16, 2017 we will be playing at Grubaugh Park in Ozark as we have for the last 7 years. Each year the Winter Blast has served as a chance for disc golfers to get together one last time in the year to play a semi competitive tournament while giving back to a local charity called Freedom’s Rest (Christian County Family Crisis Center) that is based in Ozark, MO.
As mentioned earlier the Winter Blast has now happened 6 times with this one being the 7th. There are a few changes this year. The biggest and main change is this is a registered PDGA C Tier event. This means that the mulligans are gone. By popular demand I have decided to try it this way and see what happens. In order to still raise money for Freedom’s Rest, I have raised the entry and will be pulling a $10 amount of each entry fee. The $10 has been the maximum amount of mulligans that has been offered to buy in the past, and since about 90% of players have purchased that amount I figured it wouldn’t be much of a difference. I’m hoping that giving everyone one more chance at some PDGA points for the year and helping raise money and food for a good cause will be supported by everyone.
We will still be doing the Turkey Trott. I am asking up front for help on getting as many turkeys and hams together for this. If you have a lead let me know, or better yet use the flyer and see if you can’t hit up some places near you for donations. This year all you have to do is hit 3 birdies in a row and you get a free shot at a CTP and taking away a piggy or a bird. We will also be doing a raffle in which all the proceeds will go to Freedom’s Rest as well. Please bring stuff for the raffle if you have it.
As always, I’m looking forward to seeing you all there! This year has been incredible and I can’t see why this last event won’t be something special too!
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN FOR THE 9TH ANNUAL DGM TOMORROW, FRIDAY THE 13TH, AT 2:00 PM. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!
This past Saturday, Ninety-seven players returned to Harrison, Arkansas to play in the 5th Annual North Ark Open presented by Dynamic Discs. To accommodate this attendance, we added two holes as we have in the past for this crowd favorite event.
I want to take this time and thank the Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau as I did at the event. Matt Bell has continued to support this event with the funding of this tournament and in turn the players have continued to support this event. It has been a great 6 years and I look forward to many more!
Also, I would like to thank: Michael Corey, Andrew Jinks, Dasun Keyler, Brandon Shields, and Andrew Morrison (and whoever else I may have missed), for running tournament central while Team Monkey was out on this event doing numerous different things. I couldn't and wouldn't have wanted to do it without you. Also, to the Harrison Disc Golf Society and Tad Odom thanks for putting out the water and other behind the scenes work! If I missed someone please forgive me as all who help are greatly appreciated!
The day could not have been more beautiful. Sunshine, mid 70's, with a breeze (that picked up some but only for a bit). There were 10 Divisions that included two women's divisions and two junior divisions. It is awesome seeing these divisions grow this year. This year has definitely set a record for women's attendance! Thanks for showing up ladies!
During the round I saw a lot of smiles and players having a good time. My 1st card was definitely a blast. Having Chad, Doug, Shayn, and Jayson was definitely a comical and fun card. Who knew this "Chad" guy could dish out so much! Way to have fun!!
The Men's Open division winners was played out in front of me as I was able to hobble my way to a tie for 3rd with Dixon Jowers (from Emporia, Kansas) Watching Jeff and Richard (of Tulsa, OK) battle for 1st was awesome. Richard was only two off the lead after the first round, and picked up two, shooting a 54, in the last round forcing a tie break. Jeff Renner made about a 40' putt to seal the deal and take home the 5th Annual North Ark title! Great battle guys.
Tara Why, Sandy Leech, Lauren Wright, and Staci Healey made up the Open Women's division. Tara and Sandy played very consistent shooting 68 & 71 both rounds giving Tara (from Tulsa, OK) the win. Lauren and Staci were a little off the pace turning in a 149 & a 151. Great job ladies!
Other winners included the following:
Advanced: Andrew Jinks (114)
Advanced Masters: Tad Odom (122)
Advanced Grand Masters: Jon Parsons (115)
Intermediate: Hunter McConnell (114)
Recreational: Ray Renner (126)
Recreational Women: Asia Underwood (161)
Junior II Boys: Blaise Horseman Jr. (146)
Junior III Boys: Tucker Sale
Congratulations to all of you and to all of you that cashed!
I talked with Matt Bell with the Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau and he was very excited about the turnout! He already asked that this event continue on next year. I hope you'll all make it back next year. Thanks for making Harrison and the North Ark Open one of the best venues on the tour!
Discn' for Cheetahs II was held at Grubaugh Park in Ozark, MO this past Saturday the 15th. This course is definitely one of the more beautiful and beginner friendly courses in the area. The weather was nearly perfect with highs around 80 and lots of
Sunshine. Wind was definitely a factor this year, but nothing extreme.
This event is was a Professional Disc Golf Association Event and was part of Disc Golf Monkeys "Make Disc Golf Great Again" Tour. Partnering up with the Dickerson Park "Friends of the Zoo" and the Ozarks AAZK (Cheetah Habitat supporters) has proven to be a great pairing. Last year we held this event in October and managed to get 61 players and raise $900 ($400 over the goal). This year we raised $1,500 and had 90 players. The money raised will go toward the local Education of Cheetahs and the Cheetah Habitat in Kenya. Pictured you can see my daughter Angelia and I handing the check to Matt Cory (one of the zoo's care takers and tournament organizer) and Roni the Cheetah posing with us.
There were three major sponsors for this event. Local business owner Doug Bowen of Elephant & Castle Fine Arms was eager to support this tournament. Friends of the Zoo and Gordan's Feed & Pet were also the main contributors. Other sponsors included the following: Coca Cola, Electric Puff Vapor Shop, Boat & Town Brewery, Bob Corrie of Heller Chevrolet, Lisa Tantome Remax Realtors, Momma Mary's Navajo Taco Truck, Urban Fix Home Inspectors, and Fossa. This event could not have been as successful without these sponsors. From all of us thank you!
There were 9 separate divisions at the Discn' for Cheetahs tournament. The winners all received a trophy plaque "paw painted" by Roni of the Dickerson Park Zoo. The winners included the following:
Open Pro Men - Dasun Keyler
Open Pro Women - Staci Healey
Advanced Am - Sam Funderburgh
Advanced Grandmaster - Matt King
Intermediate - Nathaniel Million
Recreational - Hunter McDowell
Recreational Women - Meagan Brooks
Junior Girls - Lilly Mangrum
Junior Boys - Hayden Shepard
Congratulations to all of you.
To all who participated in any way, we'd like to say thank you and there are plans of doing this again next year!
This year's Lucky 13 presented by Elephant & Castle had the best weather by far! Sunshine, warm in the low 70's, and the lightest breeze ever was almost to good to be true. The weather was the hot topic throughout the tournament. Players remembering so many of the past Lucky 13's that had wind, rain, cold, etc. The beautiful day was great and made the tournament even more fun than normal.
I'd like to thank our sponsors that allowed us to make this event happen: along with our title sponsor Elephant & Castle, Little Caesars Pizza, PSC Accounting (Michelle & Craig Goldsberry), Deaf Disc Golf Association, Fossa and Fimco Steel. A huge thank you from DGM and all the players. We know without you the Lucky 13 couldn't have happened!
It was again awesome to have the Kirk family at the event. Mariah playing in the Open Women's division, River playing in the Open Men's division, and Kirk all over the Photo Division (Lol). Seriously though, everyone appreciated seeing themselves throw and you are doing a great job Kirk. From all the players. Thank you!
This year we had 11 divisions including 3 Women's divisions with 8 ladies and a young Juniors division with 2 brothers competing (Jayden and Ben). Having such a huge variety of players is very special and I am so thankful that so many skilled players feel comfortable enough to come play the Monkey Tour events.
As always Miller Park's Lucky 13 course is partially redesigned (10 holes are played the same). We cover one permanent target, we add 6 temp holes making it have the tournament standard 18. All the field except the Juniors played two rounds of 18. Ben and Jayden played two rounds of 6. One round was played at lunch and one round was played after the last 18 were played by the main field. Jayden, the older brother, won 1st place with Ben only a few behind. It was remarkable to see these kids throw. Both Kyle McClure and myself were impressed and can see that these two have some potential and will be awesome if they choose to keep playing! Great Job Dad (Dustin Jones)...keep them playing!
The rest of the Lucky 13 winners are S follows:
* Candie Luster was 1st in Rec Women
*Itzy Galvan won big in the INT Women's division with Brittany Stanley Coming in 2nd
*Brandy Monnahan also had a big win in the Women's Open Division over 2nd place Christine West and 3rd place Mariah Flagg
*The Men's Rec division was won by David Porter who held off Hunter and Dylan by 1.
*Dustin Lankfort won by 3 over Derek Wilson.
*The Advanced division was taken by David Christie in the closest battle of the day. Him and Chris Thompson of Jeff City battled into a play off where Christie pulled out the win.
*Adv Grand Masters was won by Lebanon's own Brad Hilton over Kelley Warren and Dennis Dupree.
*Adv Masters was won by Jeffery Spenser from deep in Arkansas. He held off Kevin Carder and JD Williams by 2.
*The Pro Master Division was carved up by Dasun Keyler shooting a 97 the second best score of the tourney.
*The Open and ultimate Grand Champion was Joplin's own "Clemmonade" Chris Clemmons who plays for Latitude 64. He won big turning in a 91 which was 6 better than the tie for 2nd held by Springdale's Kyle McClure (Team Monkey) and Camdenton's young Gun River Flagg!
Congratulations to all others who cashed, and a big thank you for all who came out and took part in the Elephant & Castles 9th Annual Lucky 13!
This year's Lebanon Ice Bowl was definitely on the cooler side. Although we did not see the white stuff, we did feel the chill of the cold wind blowing all day. This was our 9th Lebanon Ice and we were happy to get 42 players despite the frigid day.
The course was in excellent shape as always. Some added tender love and care and work was put in by Brad Hilton, Rollin Clamme, Chris Ryan, Steve Wilson, and Brandon Atkins cleaning out leaves in the woods. This made things much easier locating discs. Thanks guys!
With only 42 players, $1,450 was raised for "L Life" a food bank for the Lebanon area! Over $700 was raised in the raffle that sported a galvanized Monkey Trap purchased by John Shelton and the Lebanon Parks & Recreation. John also wanted to give out a Fossa bag for a Ring of Fire. Huge thanks to John, George Eudy and all the Parks & Rec for preparing and supporting each and every year! Money was also raised by a $5 or 5 cans of food option, mulligans, and 1/2 the ace pot was thrown in. There was also one check donated by a gentleman who wanted to contribute but couldn't come play. To all of you congratulations nearly $1,500 raised was a huge amount despite a smaller turn out!
I want to thank some special people who stepped up to help out. Brandon Shields, Brandy Monnahan, and Janey Helton were all over helping with Registration, score keeping, Raffle sales, merchandise sales, and everything in-between. Kirk Flagg did another outstanding job on photos. If you haven't seen them check them out on Face Book. To all of you who provided food for lunch, thanks a bunch! Steve's wife and Rollin's wife made potato soup and hot dogs, Ryan's mom and Brad made chili. George made deviled eggs too. All of us appreciated the grub and thank you for the work! I know others helped and contributed that I probably missed, but you know who you are and tourneys wouldn't be as good with out the people behind the scenes. To all involved Thank You!
As for the scores and play, there were 8 divisions including Open, Open WN, Advanced, Advanced Master, Intermediate, Intermediate WN, Recreational, and Juniors.
There was definitely some good battles and none more tight than in the Open division. David Christe started out with a one stroke lead over Doug Wiegand and myself. Doug made an incredible come back on the back nine of the second round to take the over all championship by 1 over David and I with a 94. Stellar playing Doug.
Other winners included Brandy in Open women (111) David Savage by 1 over Matt Hitt and two over Matt Williams in the Advanced division. Alex Dollarhide won Intermediate with a 108. JD Williams took Masters by 2 turning in a 103. Justin Burton held off Steve Wilson by 2 carding a 110 that Won Rec. DeNeil Hedrick won in the Intermediate women's division (152). Dustin Curry dominated the Junior division by turning in a 157. Congratulations to all the winners.