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.
The Presidential Cup II Recap
I want to thank all 95 players who came out this past Saturday to play disc golf on one of the most beautiful February days ever. I appreciate the pre registers as well! A big shout out to Kirk Flagg for taking 100's of pictures! Great Job and thank you.
The True Life Church hosted Gateway's Presidential Cup II which was the PDGA kick off to Disc Golf Monkey's "Make Disc Golf Great Again Tour". A big thanks to Pastor Dan and his congregation for both letting us hold the event, and for providing food for all the players and staff.
The 70 degree day was welcomed by all, unlike the OB's that make True Life's Tournament layout so tough. Everyone is forced to play shots that must be accurate, and the slightest lack in concentration can result in a 1-3 stroke swing! Consistent and accuracy are a must at True Life, and by looking at the Leaderboard finesse was a key to victory.
The open field was full and stacked as many of the states best were here, along with some stellar players out of Oklahoma. In what seemed like quite a battle for 1st Place in Open, the title ended up being taken home in a playoff by long time local Doug Wiegand. With a descent first round of 49 and a great 2nd round of 45, Doug's 14 under was enough to put him in a three way tie for 1st with Chris Hutchinson and Tim Sullivan.
Other winners included:
Open Women (2) - Staci Healey over Tara Why by 2... 130
Adv Men (26) - Toby Rector over David Christie by 2... 100
Adv Mast (6) - Ray Preznell over Dennis Dupree by 4... 104
Int Men (24) - was taken down by Nick the Preacher DeRosa over Derek Wilson by one stroke... 108. 1st-4th was only separated by 3 strokes and 5 players were in that battle n as well!
Int Women (1) - Brittany Stanley... 149
Rec Men (12) - Zachary Lawson over William Thorburn by 6... 121
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO CASHED!!
This coming weekend the tour will be moving to Lebanon, MO for the 9th Annual Lebanon Ice Bowl. We will be trying to add more money and food for the Ice Bowl 2017. Ava's Ice Bowl was a success bringing $500. THERE WILL BE A MONKEY TRAP GIVEN AWAY IN LEBANON LIKE ALWAYS!!
I hope to see all of you there!!
Good morning all. Looks like 2016 was another record breaking year and so many of you were a part of making that happen. The Year of the Monkey Tour broke an set records in all of its charity events starting with the Ava Ice Bowl (that is scheduled for tomorrow this year). Lebanon Ice also brought in a record amount. The Branson Ice Bowl was new but pulled in a large amount in its first attempt. The Winter Blast, also helped the CCFCC more than ever before. What was raised for all of the charities above was incredible and something to be proud of, but you all didn't just accomplish these, you also helped make the tour the largest contributor to the Educational Disc Golf Experience (EDGE). This helped get our tour featured on the PDGA website getting our area even more exposure.
EDGE has been supported by the Monkey Tours through the Tournament Charity Program (TCP) through a partnership. EDGE has continued to promote the sport we love in the classrooms of schools, churches and camps. This partnership between the Monkey Tours and EDGE has been incredible and I am excited to see what this year brings. To each and everyone of you that has participated in any of my events again I say thank you, but also congratulations on being a part of record breaking contributions!
This year, in collaboration with my witty brother, who I admire for his humorous simplistic genius have come up with the Make Disc Golf Great Again Tour 2017. Humor in the light of such chaos is needed. Hopefully this can help bring us a lot of laughs and keep us focused on the sport we love.
Each year the success of the events continue to build, but also the sport as a whole has boomed in our area. The Joplin Disc Golf Club, Full Turn Discs, Black Ink, DiscGolfComic.com numerous leagues to name a few, are doing great things and putting on awesome events. Seeing the growth of the sport in our area is truly remarkable and I am glad to get to be a part of its growth. Disc Golf is a passion, seeing it grow and watching the smiles on players faces as they make a putt or bomb a drive never gets old! DGM is so fortunate to be a part of the boom! I hope to continue to be a part of it for years to come.
I am excited that all the sponsors that have gotten back to me have agreed to continue to sponsor this year's tour. I am confident that with all of us working together the 9th Annual Monkey Tour will be as fun and as rewarding as the first eight! Thanks again for making a dream a reality! Without you, we would not have such a long running and successful tour. Thank you again!!
I hope to see you somewhere on the tour. May God Bless You and remember, Let's Make Disc Golf Great Again 2017!
The 6th Annual Winter Blast is this Saturday. For the last 5 years we have met at Ozark's Grubaugh Park to have a fun, yet semi competitive tournament that benefits the Christian County Family Crisis Center (a women's shelter referred to often as "Freedom's Rest"). This year Chantal Chase is the new Director and has done an amazing job getting the facility in the best shape it has ever been. She is very excited about our event, and hope to partner more with them next year on the Disc Golf Monkey Tour.
Each year both the attendance and the support have improved. This is an exiting time as it is just al little before Christmas and is a perfect time to give back. Freedom's rest can use all kinds of things from household cleaning supplies, canned food, clothing, and everything in between. Of course money is always a great help, and we try to do raise as much as possible by selling mulligans and having a raffle. This year we have a basket, free pair of Keen shoes, back pack bag, discs and much more. If anyone has anything to add to the raffle please just bring what you have and set it on the raffle table or give to me. It can be anonymous or you/business can be recognized.
One of the cool things we do at this event is what we refer to as the Turkey Trott. We give hams and turkeys away to players in a contest. We also give one of each as needed for Freedoms Rest. The contest this year will give each player one free chance (throw) at a CTP to win one their choice of a pig or a bird. Players may acquire more chances by getting 3 birdies in a row (a Turkey) during the rounds. Each turkey gets a bonus throw. I am hoping that people will be generous and share their winnings of more than one each with others as they have in the past.
I hope to see as many of you as possible in Ozark for this year's TRUE Winter Blast!
This year's Lucky 13 was a memorable one. It started on Friday with a wet, cold, and windy doubles competition. As mentioned in a previous post there were 11 teams (6 pro and 5 am) that braved the nasty conditions. Jef Salkil & Billy Pendegrass took 1st in Am and the father son duos made up of the Presnell's and the Anderson's tied for 1st in Pro. Great job again, and you are all troopers for playing in that weather.
Saturday morning when I woke up and stepped outside it was colder than all the ice bowls this year. I'm pretty sure I whimpered a little about having to head out. All the precipitation was gone from Friday, but what was lacked in rain was more than made up for in wind. Half way through the 1st round I asked about how fast the winds were blowing. When it was looked up on the smart phone, apparently the people who take care of this were in another part of the country as they claimed the winds were 16 mph (I call bull crap)!
The wind is always a "thing" in Republic, but this wind was brutal. Never did it let up. Either it blew hard or harder. It shifted in directions from hole to hole causing mental melt down by many (me included). Seeing even a top player like Devan Owens struggle and verbally say that the course and conditions were tough and hearing him say, "I have no idea what to do here" multiple times was a bit of relief realizing it wasn't just me.
The pro division was a very tight race from beginning to end. Only two strokes separated 1st and 8th after the 1st round. The "hot" round was shared by Andrew Presnell and Drew Frost in The Intermediate Division (crazy good Drew). There was a bit of a surprise as Devan was 3 strokes back and last on the second card. In the second round Devan made some great birdies and minimized some of the mistakes he made in the first round. Having a 15' foot head win putt after a booming drive on 18 was a highlight, but his putt that face masked was less than desirable. That putt would have been the difference had Andrew's disc not found the concrete drainage ditch that was OB. Andrew's poor luck does not take away from his stellar and consistent play. Great job to Devan and Andrew for their 1st and 2nd place finishes! Congrats guys!
Tara Why was the only pro woman player. I'll try harder to get some more pro women for you to battle girl. Thanks for playing and enjoy your winnings!
The advanced Division was taken down by the young gun from Camdenton, River Flagg. He was down by a stroke to Joplin's Andrew Jinks and up by one over Jonathan Cook after the first round. Toby Rector made a come back and Alonzo's pair of consistent 55's were enough to get into the top 3. River shot a 53 allowing him a comfortable 5 stroke win (his score matched that of the 5th place pros). Very impressive River! Congratulations to River in the win and both Toby and Alonzo on your comebacks.
The Advanced women's division featured Sandy Leech, Christine West, and Mariah Flagg. The day was owned by Sandy as she took a three stroke lead over Christine and then picked up two more in the second round giving her a 5 stroke victory. Thank you girls for playing, and I hope we can continue to get more ladies playing! Congratulations Sandy!!
Advanced Masters was a good match up especially in the top two spots. JD went in with a one stroke lead over "The Preacher" Nick DeRosa. Nick's consistent play (what he has become known for) proved to be enough to claim the title with a pair of 59's. Great job Preacher!
The Intermediate field was dominated by Drew "the Dominator" Frost! As mentioned earlier, he tied the hot round with a 49! Great stuff kid!! The real battle in this division was between the one and only Bud Man (Brad Hilton) and the Westside Bomber (Blaise Horseman). Despite a 2 stroke lead by Brad, Blaise battled back only to give it up in the last 4 holes. Good battle boys, and a big shout out and Congratulations for Drew's dominating play!
The Intermediate Women's division was also a battle between Staci Healey and Michelle Goldsberry. Staci took the lead in the first round by two and added one more to her lead in the second round. If I know Michelle, this will make her want to play in the next one. Great job Staci!!
I did not hear a lot about the Recreational division, but judging by the scores, Sam Rowland won in a convincing manner. Both his rounds were the best in the field as he cruised to a four stroke win over Jeff S. Rounding out the top four were Zach Pirwitz in third and Ray Renner in 4th. Congratulations to all of you!
Our only Junior was Blake Pendegrass. He played all 36 holes and played with the big boys. He also happened to be the big winner in the EDGE raffle as he took home the Innova Discatcher Sport basket. This kid was all smiles when Chris Thompson's beautiful daughter drew his number. The basket couldn't have went to a better person! Congratulations Blake and thanks for playing despite a lack of competition. You will be competing in Rec in no time.
Before I conclude I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this Lucky 13 event! Jared Keeling (The head of the Parks and Rec) for installing the course and continued support of this tournament. The countless sponsors that continue through the years we couldn't do it with out you. Above all the players who despite some nasty weather continue to fill up this event! You guys Roc, Buzz, Bard, or whatever you throw!!
Last, $600 was raised in out first EDGE supported event! That is a huge kick off for the year! Thanks for supporting the future of our sport!!
See you soon!