Tournament Schedule

May 17th, 2014

North Ark Open - Harrison, AR North Arkansas Campus

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Jun 14th, 2014

Jared Hilton Memorial - Lebanon, MO Atchley Park

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Jul 12th, 2014 - Jul 13th, 2014

Pitt Open - Pittsburg, KS Schlanger Park

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Jul 19th, 2014

Monkey Trap Open - Springdale, AR Sports Life

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Aug 2nd, 2014

Little Big Show - Neosho, MO North Morse Park

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Aug 16th, 2014

Marshall Open - Marshall, MO Indian Hills

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Sep 6th, 2014

Dale Roberts Memorial - Nixa, MO McCulley Park

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Sep 27th, 2014 - Sep 28th, 2014

4 States Open - Joplin, MO McClelland Park

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Oct 18th, 2014 - Oct 19th, 2014

Jeff City Open - Jefferson City, MO Binder Park

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Nov 8th, 2014

DGM Finale - TBA

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Dec 13th, 2014

Winter Blast - TBA

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Kellogg Lake's Big Splash Open Recap - Apr 21st, 2014

The 1st Kellogg Lake Big Splash Open produced in cooperation with, the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau, was held a week ago in Carthage, MO. Kellogg's permanent 12 hole course was made into a temporary 18 with 6 baskets being added (thanks Kyle, Jake, and Zack for the use of the M-Traps). The course proved to be very difficult with a wide array of scoring. The best score of -14, by the one and only John E McCray (of Clearwater, FL), was remarkable considering the course lay out and wind conditions. Only the top 5 pros finished under par, and there were no Amateur players to do so. This does not happen often and proves the difficulty of the course & wind conditions.

There was a BYO Partner Doubles Friday. Sixteen players with 4 teams in each of the two divisions (Pro & Am) competed and practiced. There were 54 in attendance for the Big Splash Open on Saturday. Bringing 70 players to a new course/tournament was a great start! We now have something to build and approve upon for next year!

Winners of the Big Splash Open were:
John E McCray (Open) -14
Tara Why (Open Women) +27
Zach Rogers (Advanced) Even (Won in a Play Off over Mike Porter)
Madison Rogers (Advanced Women) +30
Scott Elam (Advanced Masters) +10
Joe Teater (Advanced Grand Masters) +14
Dalton Lemons (Intermediate) +2
Wes Rose (Recreational) +21
Congratulations t each of the above and all the others who cashed in their divisions.

I would like to thank the City of Carthage, Wendy Douglas, Allan Bull, and the Carthage Convention & Visitors Bureau for their support of this tournament. Without them this event could not have happened.

Until next time (In Harrison), see ya soon!

Kellogg Lake's Big Splash Open Update - Apr 8th, 2014

Kellogg Lake's Big Splash Open is approaching quickly. This Saturday on the 12th will be the first PDGA event on this course. The Kellogg Lake course is relatively new, not being in quite a year. It consists of 12 permanent holes (that will be played the same for the tournament) and will have 6 additional holes added for the tournament making it a complete 18. The coolest feature of this course is the added element of water that few courses in the area has (a little at Evangel and the beautiful ponds at Branson Cedar's being the noted exceptions). This is a course that can be “lit up” but if you are a “head case” the water can mess with your mind and cause some scores you wish you didn't have. It will be fun to see what the scores and ratings will turn out for this 1st time event.

This tournament is sponsored by Dynamic Discs, and the custom stamped discs will be some of each of the Trilogy plastic: DD, Westside, and Latitude 64.
Judges, Wardens, Trespasses, Havocs, Giants, and Worlds will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please don't call and ask me to hold one, because there is no time to do so. Come early Saturday or Friday to get the best selection. Late Registration and Check In will start at 8:00am Saturday.

Pre Tournament Activities:

Thursday the 10th at 5:30 – Cost $20:
Gateway Disc Sport's JohnE McCray (a 1035 long time touring, out of Florida) will be providing a Disc Golf Clinic in Springfield this Thursday (the 10th) at True Life Church (Bethel Assembly). The cost is $20 with $5 going toward a draw doubles afterward. This is your chance to get some help with any part of your game. Although over 40 he finished 2nd to Paul McBeth at this year's Memorial in Arizona. He mentioned, “I can help Any player get more consistent”. I have known him for along time and met him first back in the days of the private par 64 course called “Burnsville”, arguably the coolest most challenging course in the area, in which JohnE provided his first “Clinic”. The guy can play and teach!

Friday the 11th from 10:00-12:00 – Cost Free:
We will be providing an Introduction to Disc Golf and EDGE. This clinic is by request of the City of Carthage to help educate anyone about the sport that we love. This clinic is mostly for those who don't know much about disc golf and want to know how to get more involved with the sport and EDGE.

Friday the 11th at 2:00-5:30 – Cost Ams$20 Pros $30:
There will be a Flex Start Doubles. Flex, meaning your team and another team may tee off any time between 2:00-5:30. One round of 18 holes will be played with two division. If there is one Pro on your team you must play Open.

See Ya Soon!!!

Big Splash Open in Carthage, MO Update - Apr 1st, 2014

The First Big Splash Open, at Carthage Missouri's Kellogg Lake, is approaching quickly. The tournament is Saturday April 12th . Registration is Open and can be done today. The last Monkey See, Monkey Do Tour event (The Lucky 13) filled up so don't miss out and register soon! Although the flier says there will be registration the day of, that only applies if there are spots still available. This event will have custom stamped discs provided by the Trilogy: DD, Westside, and Latitude 64. There will be Judges, Wardens, Havocs, Trespasses, Giants, and Worlds available. Of course the disc selection is limited, and selection will be on a first come first serve basis.

Friday the 11th from 10:00am – 12:00pm there will be a Disc Golf Demo/Clinic. The City of Carthage has been very supportive of both the course and this event. The City helped us get a grant to help with Players Packs, and in turn they asked if we could organize an informative demo in hopes of explaining the sport to people who may be interested but are not sure what our sport is all about. If you are in the area and would like to volunteer we'd love the help.

There will also be BYO Partner Flex Start Doubles that will start at 2:00pm and the last tee time will be at 5:30pm. The cost will be $30 for Pro Teams and $20 for Am Teams. Try to make arrangements to be there by the 5:30pm time.

I hope to see you all there!

The 6th Annual Lucky 13 Will Have a Full 90 Players! - Mar 19th, 2014

The first two events from this year's Monkey See, Monkey Do Tour were incredible. Kudos to all involved who made these two non-sanctioned fund-raiser events truly special. Records were set in attendance, money raised, and temperatures! Both events were a lot of fun and made great excuses to get back together with friends. Truly a great start.

Saturday, the 6th Annual Lucky 13 will be held at Miller Park in Republic, MO. Ninety players (a maxed field) will be converging onto the Lucky 13 course hoping to minimize OB shots and score as many birdies as possible to become a winner. As with the previous years, the course will be converted into 18 holes. The added 6 holes and many changes make this Lucky 13 a fun an challenging tournament. I can't ever remember playing the course with no wind, and this makes the added Island Holes extremely challenging. The lay-out will be similar to the previous years. Bring some stable stuff!

I would like to thank this year's sponsors. Little Caesar's Pizza, Sight & Sound Theater, Queen City Cycles, Fimco Steel, Elephant & Castle, Q102, and most importantly The Republic Parks & Recreation Department. Support our sponsors, and if you come into contact with: Jared Keeling, Kris Parks, the grounds crew, or any staff members let them know we appreciate letting us have this awesome event on their Lucky 13 course. I feel we have been incredibly fortunate to get a solid players pack and good pay out each year. Without the support of the above this couldn't happen. From all who have been a part of the Lucky 13, Thank You Friends and Sponsors!

The course should be marked out by Thursday. There will be a “Bring Your Own Partner Doubles” that will be a Flex Start. This means bring a partner and you may tee off any time between 2:00-5:30 once another group is ready to go out on the course. The Pro Division will be $30/ Team ($15 ea.). There will be at least one Am division possibly two if there are at least two teams in each. The Am Divisions will be $20/ Team ($10 ea.).

Looking forward to kicking off the 1st PDGA event. See you there!

The 6th Annual Ice Bowl Was a Record Setting Event! - Feb 25th, 2014

The 6th Annual Lebanon Ice Bowl held this past Saturday February 22, was a record breaking event. This event has been played in some harsh conditions such as: rain, snow, ice, freezing temps and a mixture of all. The record setting temperature of nearly 65 degrees was welcomed by everyone. Although some strong winds throughout the day caused some less than desirable throws (especially on hole 16 “The elevated hill hole”), the weather couldn't have been much better.

Sixty-seven players chose to be a part of this years Ice Bowl that was played on the Jared Hilton Memorial Course inside Atchley Park. The 67 kept the trend of the attendance growing each year. Although this was the smallest increase (last year there were 66), the one extra person was awesome to have. Another record was the number of divisions we had. There were 8 divisions, which was quite amazing for an Ice Bowl. Having Masters, Grand Masters, Women and Juniors is always a bonus!

The Ice Bowl,as many of you know, was founded by Rick Rothstein of Disc Golf World to help raise money and food for the needy all over the world. A time to “give back” is the ultimate purpose. Fund raising efforts of plenty are made available at these events in hopes of raising as much money as possible. The Lebanon Area Foundation has been blessed by the Lebanon Ice Bowl for 6 years. The most exciting record that was set Saturday was the money raised. Like the attendance always growing, so are the donation increases each year. Last year we raised $1,265 and this year we raised $1,643! GREAT JOB TO ALL OF YOU!! I know there are some that frown on mulligans, but over $800 was raised because of these bonus throws. I hope this makes it easier to see why they are made available. The other two ways money was raised was giving the option of bringing cans or charging 5 extra bucks and having a drawing. The Drawing was supported by Missouri Eagle, Monster, and the City of Lebanon who funded a Monkey Trap to be given away. On behalf of the LAF to all who donated, a special “Thank You”!

Winners included: Brandy Monnahan (Women's), River Flagg (Junior), Dakota Dummermuth (breaking a tie w/ Gary Braman) (Recreational), Jeremy (Baggar) Anderson (Intermediate), Lee Griffitts (Masters), Stan Balke (breaking a tie with John Parsons) (Grand Masters), Tyler Webster (Advanced) and Doug Wiegand blasting a 92 with an Ace and a 100 foot head wind putt to hold off Mike Porter by 2 in the Open Division. Congratulations to all who cashed. This was an awesome time! Thanks again for all the support. The day was one to remember!

The Lebanon Ice 6 Update - Feb 13th, 2014

It has been a bone chilling Winter all over the US. Unfortunately, the Ozarks have not been the exception. Despite the Arctic conditions many of you “Die Hards” have not skipped a beat and continue to tough out practice rounds in the less than desirable conditions. To all of you who choose to play in the frigid temperatures I tip my hat to you!

The Monkey See, Monkey Do season opened with the Bethel Bowl last month. This was a very strong start when 51 players showed up, played, and raised a record fund raising amount of $2,058! For more details on the Bethel Bowl take a look at the previous post. We are currently less than a week away from another charity event which is DGM's longest running charity event. DGM teamed up with a few of the original Lebanon Disc Enthusiasts and the City of Lebanon 6 years ago to help a local charity in the Annual Ice Bowl. That charity is the Lebanon Area Foundation. Last year over $1,200 was raised a plus quite a few cans of food were given to the LAF. It is so awesome to see the Lebanon Ice continue to grow each year. I am pretty sure we have played in all wintery conditions: Cold, Wind, Snow, Ice, and a combination of several when we were “Lucky”. I am not sure what conditions we are in for this year, but I do know many are looking forward to the 6th Annual Lebanon Ice Bowl.

If you have not been to the Lebanon Ice there are several things to look forward to. The course is a given as the Jared Hilton Disc Golf Course is fun, challenging, and provides an excellent mix of shots. Having a heated building to register, eat, and thaw out before and after rounds is an awesome feature. Speaking of eating, each year as the numbers grow so do the different pots of chile! If you make a mean chile (or any other kind of dish) bring it and share. Another cool feature that the Lebanon Ice provides is every year a Monkey Trap is given away in a drawing. So if you can, come prepared to buy a few tickets that will be sold for your chance in winning the Monkey Trap and other items. As always if you have something to donate to the drawing please bring them or let me know. Come experience DGM's longest running charity event, The Lebanon Ice Bowl.


$2,058 Was Raised at the Bethel Bowl! - Jan 27th, 2014

Today's Bethel Bowl benefiting the Special Needs Classroom at Truman Elementary was a huge success. There were 51 players who chose to come take part in this fundraiser effort in hopes of meeting the goal of $2,000. Money was raised in several ways including: Donations, Mulligans, Raffle, and 1/2 of the Ace pot was donated as there were no Aces. A total of $2,058!! Absolutely Incredible!!

I have been a part of many fund raiser events over the years, but have never seen this much raised! To all the sponsors, people that donated, players, and volunteers Great Job. We not only met the goal but went above and beyond. Aces to each and everyone of you!

I have no doubt that God Blessed this event, and I am so thankful to be a part of helping this class of awesome kids and teachers. I can't wait to see what's next on the Monkey See, Monkey Do Tour!

Bethel Bowl is Tomorrow January 25th! - Jan 24th, 2014

After talking with Pastor Nick DeRosa last year we planned the first Bethel Bowl. The idea was to raise money for the Special Needs Classroom at Truman Elementary. With only a short time to prepare and advertise we still had a very successful event. Over 30 players helped raise enough money to purchase 7 learning tablets for the school. After the event many people mentioned how they would like to be a part this year. We called those people, and sure enough they were willing to help. With the 2nd Bethel Bowl we are expecting over 40 players and have set a goal of $2,000 to be raised. We have already received one donation of $500 and the tournament has not even happened! If you are able to come out tomorrow and play, we will see you then. If your not and would like to support in some way please contact me! For more information click on the link to the right to see the flier!

Lets let them fly and help the Special Needs Kids at Truman! Thank you all in advance.

Monkey See Monkey Do Tour 2014 - Jan 15th, 2014

January 25th Bethel Bowl Springfield, MO

February 22nd Lebanon Ice Bowl Lebanon, MO

March 22nd Lucky 13 Republic, MO

April 12th Kellog Lake's Carthage, MO Big Splash Open

May 3rd Centre Chains Open Rolla, MO

May 17th North Ark Open Harrison, AR

June 14th Jared Hilton Memorial Lebanon, MO

July 12th - 13th Pitt Open Pittsburg, KS

July 19th Monkey Trap Open Springdale, AR

August 2nd Little Big Show Neosho, MO

August 16th Marshall Open Marshall, MO

September 6th Dale Roberts Memorial Nixa, MO

Sept 27th - 28th 4 States Open Joplin, MO

Oct 18th - 19th Jeff City Open Jefferson City, MO

November 8th DGM Finale TBA

December 13th Winter Blast TBA

There are still some additional tourneys being discussed.

A Year in Review (The 2013 Going Bananas Tour's Success Sets the Bar High for the Monkey See, Monkey Do Tour 2014) - Jan 14th, 2014

The year 2013 is gone! The new year is here and the Disc Golf Monkey welcomes everyone, new players and returning veterans alike, to the Monkey See, Monkey Do Tour 2014. The actual tour schedule will be released tomorrow January 15. Improving this year will be tough because you monkey fanatics lifted the bar so high during The Going Bananas Tour 2013. Despite last year's success, along with all of you “disc golfaholics”, I am up for the challenge to make this tour BIGGER and BETTER than ever. The following 2013 recap will be what we have to build and improve upon. Ready? Set? Monkey See, Monkey Do!!

The Going Bananas Tour (GBT) 2013 had 16 total events. Twelve of these tournaments were PDGA sanctioned events with the usual mix of sanctioned C and B Tiers and the very first ever A-tier event for the DGM tour. The incredible Four States Open, with its 171 player field, was put on by the Joplin Disc Golf Club and drew touring professionals in both the women’s and men’s Open Divisions. The GBT had events in Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri and way too many highlights to list them all, but here are a select few:
There was a record attendance average of 93 players per event
Over half of the PDGA tour events were filled to maximum capacity or more
There were 20 baskets given away throughout the year
(Big thanks Innova, Vibram, Millennium, Legacy, Dynamic Discs, and Creator Designs)
EDGE drawings raised over $1,500 for the 5th consecutive year
Nearly $3,000 was raised for charity (these details will follow below)

I find it noteworthy of pointing out that the 7th Annual Dale Roberts Memorial was held on the 7th of September and had 77 players. That pretty much sums up the tour! From 2009 to 2013, the changes and growth is a true “ACE”!

Along with the 12 PDGA events, four fundraiser events need to not only be mentioned but supported. Many players have given their time, money, and effort to support these tournaments and I hope that each and every one of you is richly blessed because of your support. The Bethel Bowl in 2013 raised money for the Special Needs Classroom at Truman Elementary (focused primarily on Autism). The event raised enough money to purchase 7 computer tablets for the classroom! The 5th Annual Lebanon Ice Bowl raised over $1,600 and about 150 lbs of food for the Lebanon Area Foundation. Another fund raiser event in June helped raise money to put toward a permanent course at Bethel Assembly in Springfield, MO. Although all the funding is not 100% complete, the course is open for public play. The last event in 2013 was the Winter Blast, which has now become an annual event. The Blast collects food, cleaning supplies, clothing, and money for the Christian County Family Crisis Center.

After many years of working together with cities, parks, clubs, and individuals these tournaments are definitely bringing people in and have kept many of them coming back for more. For this I extend my deepest thanks, and with the help of many of you, I will continue to run the best events possible in 2014.

May God Bless each of you this year,
Russ Burns a.k.a. The Disc Golf Monkey

p.s. I'm looking forward to seeing you all on tour. If you see a tournament in your home town and want to help make it better contact me and we can discuss what you have in mind. Sponsorships, Leads to Sponsors, Course Preparation, Raffle Donations, or simply TIME to help with tournament preparation is all needed and welcomed. You may contact me through my Contacts tab above. Together lets make 2014 another record setting year!

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