Indoor Putting was a blast!

On Saturday we rented an indoor soccer arena and held an indoor putting tournament.

We sat up 4 stations for live play and 3 stations for practicing. Each station had 4 distances.
20′ = 1 pt
30′ = 3 pt
40′ = 6 pt
50′ = 10 pt.

The qualifying rounds were from 11:00- 3:00. players were required to throw 5 shots from each distance twice for a total of 40 throws over the 2 rounds ( 20 putts each rd). The total score gave each player their seeding for the bracket play. During bracket play the player with the better seed started the match by putting once and the higher seed then threw twice with players trading off 2 throws each time until the better seed had the last single throw of twenty, the higher score advanced. The interesting part was that during the bracket play, players could decide which distance ( and point value) to throw each shot from. I really liked this format as I watched players form different styles of strategy for either getting ahead or catching up. The distances and point values seemed perfect.

Justin Bunnell was the winner in the open and Josh Henson won am,, I’m hoping to run another very soon as well as use the area for other disc sports, like ultimate, guts, double disc court, accuracy and possible even a game called goaltimate ( or at least a version of that game).

Eraser Wizards

So we have been running a few different colors of eraser to add some variety.

Today We ran some of the original color but made these firmer then all of the other runs.
I’d say these are in between soft and medium ( just within the allowable flex for the pdga at 25 lbs before flexing in 1/2 of Half. ER-WIX
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Along with Eraser Wizards we made Voodoos and Warlocks. Get em before they’re gone!!!!

erasers

Disc Golf in in a blizzard

Today’s c tier at Sioux passage was reduced to one round because of the snow.

54 plays showed up despite the blizzard conditions and played one round to decide the winners.

Cant seem to get any results??????

Ozark Mountain Open 2013 is Almost Here!!!!

Ozark Mountain Open Flyer 2013

Ozark Mountain just 3 weekends away!!!!!

Ok, So it’s been a while since I’ve blogged here on the site.

We have lots going on this spring.

On March 30th theres a match play event at the NEW disc golf course in Florissant Mo ( Dunegant Park). Thiis course is a great place for match play, with the park style front nine and the links style back nine that features green-side bunkers as OB on 5 of the nine holes and a fairway bunker on the long par 5 17 ( which also has ob down the entire left hand side. There’s lots of risk reward on the back making course management very important!!.

Our annual Spring time camping and disc golf event at Ozark Mountain is only 3 weeknds away. Last Spring we installed a 3rd course at the Farm (Spencer-Davis, Par 63) to go along with the famous par 72 Ozark and the fun to play Akitas run. This new course allows climbs a giant hill and overlooks the Gasconade river. Having 3 courses allows us to play in 2 pools with no one having to wait for a players to finish a course.

No need to pre-register for Ozark as we have plenty of room for up to 144 players and lots of primitive camping!!! the Date for the Event is April 6th &7th with a noon start on saturday to allow players to drive in that morning or get some practice before tee time. ( printable flyer with directions here on the site.)

Gateway Disc Sports – Hosting an Ice Bowl at Willmore Park!

Gateway Disc Sports is hosting an Ice Bowl at Willmore Park!

The course has gone through some re-designs over the period of the last few months in order to meet the needs and concerns of the City of Saint Louis. The City of STL has been extremely pleased with our progress and willingness to cooperate thus far, so things are getting very close to being finalized. The re-design that will be used for this Ice Bowl will VERY closely resemble the final design that will be used for the permanent installation. Come on out and support this project and help out those in need while you are at it!

We would like to only use metal baskets for this event. If you own a metal basket, and are willing to let it be used, please contact Dave, Greg, or Justin at the Gateway Disc Sports shop to set up arrangements – (314)487-5204. We would like to try and round up as many baskets beforehand so we can get most of the course set up by ourselves. Anyone that gets a basket to us beforehand will receive a SPECIAL BONUS!

I have a flyer just about ready to go. As soon as Dave gives me the thumbs up, I will get it posted. In the meantime here are some generic details that are ready to go:

– $10/person
– $5 Super Pro available
– 10:30A Sign-In & 12:00P Start
– 1 round of 18 holes
– tons of CTPs (divisional & full-field)
– tons of additional prizes
– EVERYONE gets at least 1 throw to win a BULLSEYE BASKET!
– all proceeds benefit the STL Area Food Bank (added to Creve Coeur, JB, and White Birch efforts)

Clear the date, come on out and get your Willmore on!

GDS Ice Bowl Willmore Park 2013

Review Our Courses!

If you have played any courses designed and installed by David McCormack and Gateway Disc Sports, head on over to Disc Golf Course Review, sign up, and tell us how it was!! We’re always open to feed back and it helps us create better and more challenging course for your playing pleasure!! Thanks in advance fellow disc golfers!

2012 Holiday Stamped Wizards!!

We have 47 extra Holiday stamped discs!! These Wizards were stamped and shipped to our wholesale customers, and we have a couple dozen extra, so we are letting our retail customers in on it! They are $13 per disc and if interested, you can paypal your payment to david@gdstour.com, and in the description, add that this is specifically for the 2012 Holiday stamped discs!

2012 Ryder Cup Recap

This year’s Ryder Cup was held in Columbia, MO, at the Albert Oakland Back Course (Round 1) and Indian Hills (Round 2) disc golf courses.  The first round format was Best Shot Doubles Match Play and the second round format was Heads-Up Singles Match Play.  The weather could not have been any better, as temperatures started out around 55 degrees and maxed out around 75 degrees at mid-day.  Awesome stuff!

Right around 9AM, both teams assembled near the parking lot and exchanged pleasantries before the competition ramped up.  Dave McCormack provided some sweet custom stamped Eraser Wizards for everybody…thank you Dave!  I know for a fact that I saw a few people putting the discs directly into their bags after they gave them a few flexes.  Sometimes a commemorative disc just feels too good in your hands to hang it up on the wall!

Keith Amerson/Mark Ehlert (Columbia Co-Captains) and Justin Bunnell (STL Captain) then got down to the task of setting up the morning matches.  The visiting team always throws out the first selection, so Justin jumped in head first, putting up Bryan Johnson & Zach Williams.  Columbia countered with Phil Bates & Daniel Buttner.  After this, it went back and forth until all of the teams were set (see the attached Excel spreadsheet).  Everyone headed out to their holes and the competition was underway.

After the round was completed, there seemed to be a bunch of long faces on both sides.  As you can see from the results, pretty much either you swept the other team or the other team swept you.  I can tell you personally that Francis and I had our hands full from the very first hole, as Mark Ehlert and Aaron Mooney birdied the first 6 holes and ended up double digit under par (-12?) when it was all said and done…very humbling I must admit!  As desperate as it may have seemed, the teams were only separated by 3 points after Round 1 was in the books.  After some friendly “ribbing” from teammates and competition alike, it was time to move on to Indian Hills for Round 2.

Once again, Keith/Mark and Justin got down to the task of setting up the afternoon singles matches.  Justin started off by throwing out one of his top seeds, Bryan Johnson.  They countered with their top seed, Fred Garver.  After this it went back and forth until all of the matches were set (see the attached Excel spreadsheet).  Everyone headed out and got down to the task of securing their team’s lead or making the comeback a reality.

The tight fairways and blind shots at Indian Hills certainly served as an evening factor for the out of town STL players.  This course is one of those that can make a local player look like a first timer any time you play it…sometimes the trees just won’t get out of the way!  Taking a look at the results, you would have to assume that STL had a little bit better luck at avoiding the trees and tough lies.  STL made the comeback by posting some solid play up and down the board for the most part.

The 2012 Ryder Cup proved to be an awesome competition that provided plenty of drama and knee-knocking situations.  Although I didn’t personally play my best this year, I felt like the competition was ready to go 100% from the first hole of the day…if you were going to take any points home this year, you were going to have to earn them.  This is exactly what a Ryder Cup competition should be all about!

A BIG “THANKS” goes out to the Columbia team for providing the venues, Dave Mac for providing the commemorative discs, and both teams Captains for making this year’s competition such a memorable one!   I always enjoy meeting new people and making some friendships at the Ryder Cup, and this year was no exception.  Columbia once again proved that I need to make it out there more often for some disc golfing!

Next year’s St. Louis captain will be Jerry Barklage.

Hope to see you all next time!

 

 

2012 Ryder Cup — 11/10/12 — Columbia, MO

Round 1 doubles — Oakland Back
Visitors Hosts
Bryan J / Zach W

2.5

0.5

Pil B / Daniel B
Justin B / Dave M

3

0

Jerome D / Keith A
Aaron W / Gary S

0

3

Jake S / Roy S
Jimmy M / Chris G

3

0

Shawn K / Fred G
Robo / Tim L

2

1

Tony D / Jerrad C
Justin W / Roger R

0

3

Rusty M / Jason S
Francis A / Greg D

0

3

Mark E / Aaron M
Jerry B / Tim S

0

3

Adam M / Grant H
Total Round 1

10.5

13.5

Total Round 1
Round 2 singles — Indian Hills
Bryan Johnson

3

0

Fred Garver
Justin Workman

2.5

0.5

Daniell Buttner
Justin Bunnell

3

0

Rusty McGrath
Chris Gore

1

2

Jason Stone
Aaron Walters

3

0

Jake Squires
Jimmy M

0

3

Phil Bates
Gary Saurez

2.5

0.5

Roy Skeen
Roger Reyes

1.5

1.5

Adam Morrison
Zach Williams

1.5

1.5

Grant Hughes
Robo

3

0

Jerrad Chaney
Tim Lewis

1

2

Tony Drennan
Jerry Barkledge

0

3

Aaron Mooney
Dave McCormack

2

1

Mark Ehlert
Greg Doh

1.5

1.5

Jerome Dubinski
Francis A

2.5

0.5

Shawn Kelsay
Tim Sullivan

0

3

Keith Amerson
Total Round 2

28

20

Total Round 2
Total for Event

38.5

33.5

Total for Event

 

Pictures from Willmore Park

Check out these pictures that were taken this weekend at the NEW Willmore Park Disc Golf Course in St. Louis!