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!

Scores from the 2012 Ozark Fall Harvest

Here are the scores from the 2012 Ozark Fall Harvest!! Click HERE or on the picture for a downloadable PDF version.

2012 Ozark Fall Harvest Recap

As the weekend approached, a Canadian Cold Front descended upon the Midwest and took away all of the beautiful 80+ degree weather we had been enjoying all week long. There were some concerns that this might deter some golfers from wanting to make the trek to Vichy. Any concerns were quickly squashed, as tournament central quickly became a madhouse on Saturday morning with 88 people registering for the event. This was, by far, the best turnout that the property has seen since the old PDGA sanctioned days. Cold weather just isn’t enough to scare anyone away from this epic disc golf facility! That said, all of the campers were rewarded with some perfect mid 50s disc golf weather in the afternoons, which was more than enough to melt away any bad memories about frozen toes and fingers from the morning.

Saturday‘s play started with everyone playing the Ozark Mountain (Par 72) layout. There were 5-somes on just about every hole, so play was a little bit slow. The extra set of eyes certainly came in handy, however, when a disc would slide up under the leaves or hide itself in one of the many nooks and crannies that OM is so famous for. The last card in finished right before dark thankfully. The hot score for the round came from Nikko Locastro, carding a course record 59! Everyone then ramped up for the evening festivities which included a visit from The Public House Brewery (serving a delicious stout and unfiltered wheat) and a late night glow round. Music and the sound of fun being had could be heard late into the night!

Sunday morning started off with temperatures hovering right around 30 degrees. There was a hard frost on the ground and everyone’s gear. After everyone dragged themselves out of their tents, opened up some Hot Hands, and defrosted their plastic, it was time to get golfing. The Open Pro, Open Masters and Advanced divisions started out on Spencer-Davis (Par 63). The Advanced Masters, Intermediate, Recreational, and Women’s divisions all started off on Akita’s Run (Par 54). The frost quickly vanished and the temperatures started to rise. After a while, there were multiple jackets strung up in trees in most of the “junction” areas as the temperatures once again climbed up to around 50 degrees by noon. In the afternoon, the pools switched courses and enjoyed an absolutely perfect round weather wise…not a cloud in the sky and nothing but beautiful vistas and fairways to look at! The hot score at Spencer-Davis was shot by Gateway’s own Justin Bunnell, shooting a 58. The hot score at Akita’s Run was shot by Nikko, tying the course record with a 44!

After all of the competition wrapped up, everyone collected their prizes, packed up and headed on home. I am sure some life-long memories were had by all! I personally heard many people giving the property their praises and swearing that they will be back next Spring.

A big “THANKS” goes out to Dave Mac, his family, and all of the volunteers for setting the courses up and providing such an awesome venue for us disc golfers. It is quite the privilege to get to play these courses and enjoy their hospitality.

See everyone next time!

P.S.
We’ll be adding the tournament scores as soon as possible!

 

THE OZARK MOUNTAIN COURSES WILL NOT BE PLAYABLE UNTIL AFTER NOVEMBER 26TH DUE TO FIREARMS DEER SEASON.

IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN PLAYING ANYTIME AFTER NOVEMBER 26TH, PLEASE CONTACT DAVID DIRECTLY AT 314.303.1488

Ozark Mountain Open Disc Golf Tournament Trailers

Check out these videos of the 2008 Ozark Mountain Open in Vichy, MO. The course being played in the videos is Ozark Mountain .Check out the course and leave a comment.

Don’t forget the 2012 Ozark Fall Harvest is this weekend: October 27th & 28th!!

2012 ST. LOUIS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS

What a GREAT day to run the St. Louis Am Championships! It was a little windy, but the high of 78 degrees on Saturday made it very tolerable. The format was first round from the red tees and second round from the blue tees. With 80% of the pins being in the short positions, everyone was licking their chops to shoot a low score. The 1st round hot score was from our very own John Manion, shooting a 57! In the 2nd round there was a lot of movement on the leaderboard. The hot round was shot by Mason North with a 60! This is a scorching score from the blues and ended up catapulting him from 6th to the winners circle in the Advanced division. He received a Bullseye basket for his efforts. All and all, we had 43 Am’s show up and we gave away A LOT of awesome CTP’s and Ring-of-Fire prizes. Thanks to everyone who participated and we look forward to running more GDS events in the future. Results are attached…

Deer Creek Disc Golf Complex – Coming Soon!

Deer Creek Disc Golf Complex in House Springs, Missouri is under construction!
Currently, 18 holes on the “WHITE” course are in but the course is still being cleared out and is not yet open to the public.
This is the first of 3 pay to play course at this site. This “white course” is very similar to our Akita’s Run course in Vichy, Missouri with lots of cool tunnel shots, pin placements and elevation changes. All holes on this course are par 3 and range from 180-350 feet. Don’t let the short distances fool you, this is a challenging course that is very fun to play.
There will be 2 sets of tees on this course, it combines tight technical holes and open shots in and around the old, dry lake with the 18th hole over an actual pond.
The cost to play is still being determined (most likely $3-$5 per round). If you would like to check out the course for free, or help with the course clean out,contact David at 314-303-1488 to arrange a time.

Pictures from the 2012 PDGA Disc Golf World Championships in Charlotte, NC

21st Gateway Open – This Weekend!! – Hotel Info

The 21st Gateway Open is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 19,20th, so act fast to reserve your rooms at a hotel near the course.

If you need reservations for a hotel, we found two cheaper rates in the area:

Super 8 - $70 for two bed/person room per night
Valley Creek Dr
Farmington, MO 63640
(573) 786-0344
less than 5 minutes from Engler Park

Super 8 – $55 for two bed/person room per night
Northwood Dr
Bonne Terre, MO
(573) 358-5888
about 25 minutes from Engler Park

21st Annual Gateway Open

Come out Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th and play at the 21th Annual Gateway Open!

This 54-hole event is open to everyone and takes place at the Engler Park Disc Golf Course in Farmington, Missouri. Registration is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. and the players’ meeting is at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.

More details are on the flyer available here.