Disc Golf = Life Sport

Disc Golf is now more popular than even with no signs of it slowing down.
The PDGA has done such a great job of providing an outlet for the competitive adult disc golfer. The collegiate championships will certainly grow the sport at the college level, but not much has been done nationally to create more play among kids under 16.

A few years back myself and other members of our club here in ST Louis, wanted to run more events geared for kids, but the board at the time wasn’t quite sure if bringing kids out to our events was a good idea. Disc golf has been long known for its counter culture side and ” extra curricular activities” that have become the norm. We actually had a vote about trying to attract kids under 16 to play at our events. At the time, the consensus was that our members didn’t want to give up their behavior in favor of more kids playing at our events. There was an effort made to run JR only events, but unfortunately after a few low turnouts the direction was abandoned.

Over the last 10 years there has been a 30% drop in JR play in Ball golf, but more recently the number of kids playing golf has risen and is now on a huge increase as high school and jr golf is more popular than ever,, especially amongst girls.
The PGA has several programs including First TEE and the Drive, Chip and putt competition ( based on the NFL’s punt, pass and kick) and these programs are churning out the young golfers of the future.

Yes we ( disc golf) does have the E.D.G.E. program, but after a closer look this program appears to be more of a marketing program for one particular company. Ive tried on several occasions to donate 500 discs to the program, but my efforts were not welcome.

I feel its time for the pdga or maybe a new group of promoters to spend the time energy and money that is necessary to establish JR disc golf as part of the sport.

I’m writing this blog to start the discussion as whether or not the current organized entities in the sport are ready to do whats necessary to allow kids to play WITH us or is a separate JR disc golf the only way this will work?

Please repost this article on your local club message board or share with your friends on Facebook and twitter and go to our website and vote on what you think is the best direction to head today.

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Deer Creek Disc Golf Event April 21st!!

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An article on the health benefits of playing disc golf. ( by Lily McCann)

Discussing Health: A Fun Way to Stay Fit

Disc golf is going from strength to strength, not only here in the United States, but across the world. Disc golf courses have been opened in countries like France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Iceland, Peru, Mexico, and many more across the planet. While the U.S. still leads the pack when it comes to the amount of courses it has, there is no denying its growing international popularity. This year’s Disc Golf European Open is expected to attract record numbers of players at spectators from both North America and Europe. It is a fun sport that provides a surprisingly high level workout when played, something that is often overlooked by people who take part in the sport on a purely recreational basis. For those of you that are unaware of the health benefits that disc golf can offer, read on to find out more.

Navigating the Course

In a similar way to golf, disc golf is a sport that is played over a large area of terrain. Often the terrain of courses can be hilly, or perhaps they are located in wooded areas. Walking around from hole to hole takes time, and also burns lots of calories. Walking up and down hills, negotiating obstacles in the woods, and looking around to find your disc is great exercise. Every disc golf course is different, with some being larger than others, so the more challenging the course the longer you expect to walk. At a large course you could end up walking somewhere in the region of 3 to 4 miles throughout the entire 18 holes. Just walking around the course provides a great workout in itself, but when combined with the effort required to throw the disc the workout gets even better.

Throwing the Disc

While you may think that not that much exertion goes into throwing a lightweight disc into the air, think again. Ok, so it is not like you are throwing a shot-put, but provides a good workout just by itself. To put it into a little bit of context, it has been measured that someone who weighs 200 pounds will burn somewhere in the region of 550 calories just by throwing a disc around while playing disc golf for 2 hours.

When you put together the walking around and the throwing the disc involved in playing a round of disc golf, it is very likely that you will burn over 900 calories in the process. When the recommended number of calories in 2500 for men and 2000 for women, a simple subtraction reveals that you could burn off a nice chunk of your calorie intake just by playing disc golf for a couple of hours.

A Cheap Way to Keep Fit

Along with all the health benefits that playing disc golf provides, there is also the added bonus of it being a very inexpensive sport. The only specialised piece of equipment you really need to play it is a golf disc, and these can be bought for as little as $10. When visiting a course you may have to pay somewhere between $5 and $10 for 18 holes, and more often than not a free rental disc will be provided. You don’t need any other special clothing, equipment, or training to start playing, just simply find your nearest course and get started.

Improving and Expanding Facilities

As the popularity of disc golf grows, so does the need for more courses around the country. As you can see the health benefits it provides are impressive, and the inexpensive and accessible nature of the sport means it really is suitable for everyone. There is no denying the increasing obesity problem that America is dealing with, and the factors are not just down to too much salt and fat in our diets. Regular exercise is just as important and a balanced healthy diet, and disc golf provides an excellent way for people of any age to stay fit and spend time outdoors. Disc golf courses have the potential to provide years of sustainable recreation with just a little maintenance needed, at a very low cost. What’s more, disc golf courses have very little impact on the nature that surrounds them. Improving, expanding, and installing new disc golf courses in parks and recreational areas across America can only be a good thing.

Match Play Madness Switched to Indoor Putting Championships Mar. 30th!!!

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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!!!!

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Ozark Mountain Open 2013 is Almost Here!!!!

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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!

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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