Recap of the 2012 Ozark Mountain Open

The 2012 Ozark Mountain Open was held April 7-8 and we had over 80 players and friends show up to camp and play these amazing and challenging courses.
We added a 3rd course to our land for 2012!!! The 18 hole, par 63, Spencer-Davis, was VERY well received, despite being an EXTREMELY demanding course both physically and mentally. This is one of the courses that you cannot let up on with tight tunnels, sloping hillsides, baskets on 15 foot high boulders and others on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Gasconade River.
In the Open division we had a three way fight for the top spot. Justin “Has Been” Bunnell took control of the Open division after throwing an insanely low 47 on Akita’s Run to lock up the top spot with a 169 for the tourney and Don Smith was nipping at his heels when he threw an amazing 52 on Spencer-Davis setting the course record. Smith finished with a 173 for the tourney while Bryan Johnson rounded out the top three with a 180. We even had Sarah Hokom, one of the top women pros in the world show up to give the guys a run for their money.
Roger Reyes held off Dave McCormack and a few other players in the Open Master’s division by throwing a solid 68 on Ozark Mountain. Roger finished with a 184 for the tourney with Dave McCormack at 189 and Tim Sullivan finishing at 191 to round out the top three.
The Advanced division was really competitive with Doug Buettger throwing a 191 to take the top spot, Christian Eck with 193, and Roman Karol rounding out the top three with a 196.
We had a great turnout for the Intermediate division and the top two battled it out until the end with Philip Green winning with a one stroke victory over Dominic Clark. Philip threw a 196 to Dom’s 197 which was a solid performance from both. Tim K. took third with a 208.
In the Recreational division, Andy Rhoder took the win with a 216, Brian B. finished second with 222, and Jordan T. rounded out the top three with a 231.
We look forward to seeing all of you at our Ozark Fall Harvest to play these three courses and improve on the 52 set by Don Smith at Spencer-Davis.

Results from the 2012 Ozark Mountain Open

The results from this year’s Ozark Mountain Open is here!! CLICK on the link to view and save the file. Thanks for all the great support and for all those who came out this past weekend to check out the new Spencer-Davis course!!!  Ozark Mountain Open 2012

Ozark Mountain Update: Easter Event

At the upcoming Ozark Mountain Open we will be having an Easter Mini Hunt!

Rumor is that Jesus will be there…

Columbia upsets St Louis 34 ½ to 28 ½!

The 18th annual Ryder cup which features the 12 best players from St. Louis and Columbia was contested on 2 very challenging disc golf courses in Vichy, Missouri on Saturday, October 29th.  This would be the first time this event would be held on a neutral site in 6 years.  For the first 11 years, this event was held in Foristell, Missouri, where Professional Greens Keeper Matt Seifert carved 9 challenging and beautiful holes out of 4.5 acres of trees on a gently rolling hillside.

Captains for this year’s event were Keith Amerson (Columbia) and David McCormack (St Louis). The first round format was best shot doubles, where 7 two-man teams competed against each other in match play style with three points per group at stake (one each for each of the front back and total) and 21 points all together. The round was played on the 8700ft par 72 Ozark Mountain course, which is regarded as one of the hardest courses in the world where the demand for throwing great shots starts at the hole one tee and does not let up until you putt out on the 18th green.

Columbia jumped out to a rather large lead, 13 ½ to 7 ½, even though several Columbia teams had never seen the course before. Unfortunately for St. Louis, some dude forgot when the event was held and made no plans to attend, which caused a major shuffling of the St. Louis teams. Luckily, Roger Reye’s son Tommy was there to fill the last spot, which I’m sure was a great experience for him, but not quite a replacement for that one dude who let the team down.

Down but certainly not out, St Louis was confident it would rebound during the head to head singles round, as now 42 total points were at stake. The event moved to the 5400ft par 54 Akita’s run course, which was recently re-worked on a few holes due to some logging and the course played a little easier than in the past.  When playing a par 3 style course, it can certainly become deuce or die, but on this particular course par can win any one of these holes. The per hole scoring spread on Akita’s Run makes this a great course for match play format.

This round featured several VERY close down to the wire matches as well as several lopsided ones and when all was said and done the singles round ended in a dead heat 21-21, giving the Columbia boys the cup in a 34 ½ to 28 ½ upset over the heavily favored St. Louis team.

‘Team play’ sets such a different tone to a disc golf event as pressure to perform for your city and team can make a 20 footer look like you have to send you disc through a mail slot in a door.

Celebrating a win as a team is also quite different than winning as a singles event, because sharing the spoils of a VICTORY with friends creates a sense of togetherness for a disc golf club and community, not to mention a rivalry with your cross- state or town club. Looking forward to next year and hoping the event will return to McCormack Farm, where plans are underway for a 3rd course called Spencer-Davis, it’s possible that this event could turn into a full weekend tourney.

Results from the 2011 Ozark Fall Harvest

The results from this year’s Ozark Fall Harvest is here!! CLICK on the link to view and save the PDF file. Thanks for all the great support and for all those who came out this past weekend!!!  Ozark Fall Harvest 2011

Ozark Fall Harvest – Course Changes




This summer we had some logging done on our farm where the 2 disc golf courses are located which created a lot of extra work for the crew.

We have made several trips down this fall to get it all cleaned up and ready for this weekend’s Ozark Fall Harvest.

The courses are looking good with the finish mowing going on today and tomorrow.

Come down early or show up on Saturday by 11:30 or so and take a shot at taming these beasts.

 

A few changes were made to Akita’s run:

A new hole one was installed, it’s a little putter shot straight down hill about 200 feet, a bit too steep and below an out-cropping of rocks for an ace run, but should be an easy bird if you know this type of shot.

After hole 8 (what used to be seven) that plays over the creek, we installed a 300 foot straight shot into a really tight green with the creek directly behind the pin, again another good chance at birdie before embarking on the next hole, an extreme up hill 190 footer sitting on a rock bluff, which is now hole 10 ( formerly 8-up). We added a new rope and cleared up the first part of the hole making it a bit easier to climb and reach the hole.

We had to remove the hole on the 25 foot bluff, so the next hole goes from its tee into the corner making it longer and the creek on the left will probably come into play a lot more now.

 

After the next hole, which goes over the creek twice to the pin by a big rock, we added a tight right to left up hill shot with a few fairway options and routes to the hole.

 

The only real change on Ozark is hole 15′s tee is now in the middle of the field and plays through a tight gap  for 270 feet and then cuts left pretty sharply for another 90 to the same green as before.

 

We also added a few astro turf tees, one on hole 9 and the other on hole 16, where the logger took a lot of trees out opening up the landing area and the remaining path to the elevated pin.

 

Most people will like the changes to the course as it certainly makes it play easier in spots.

I got through the front 9 at -5 under, making and eagle 3 on hole 8 over the water and had no bogies.

 

The back nine yesterday was a bit rougher on me as birdies were awfully hard to come by  ( just one on hole 16) card my first bogey on 12 and then tripled the new 15.

 

Weather is looking good for the weekend, hope to see lots of people camping and having a good time.

The Potosi Course Update – Back Nine

Back nine in Potosi will be going in by the end of the month. What a great 18 hole course; well maintained , nice grass and a creek that comes into play for a great experience on five holes. Theres also a lake on a few holes and a good mix of long and short holes. Only about an hour south of St. Louis at Hwy 21 & 8.

2011 Gateway Open Recap

This past Saturday we hosted the 20th annual Gateway Open at Foundation Park DGC in Centralia, Ilinois. I’d like to start off by saying this disc golf course plays as close to ball golf as a course can get. The course and park were in immaculate condition with the entire 18 holes cut down to 3-4”, virtually no sticks laying on the course and long, flat natural tee offs on every hole. The course played to a par 71 for both rounds. The first round was played from the short tees and the second round was played from the long tees; all par threes were set up in the short position and all other holes were set up in the long position for both rounds. Birdies were extremely hard to come by; you had to execute at least 2 good shots on every hole to score well. Making par after par on this course is actually a good thing and if you’re not making bogeys, I’d say you’re playing awfully well.

Brian Johnson had the low score both rounds, shooting a very respectable 64 from the short tees and a GREAT round of 65 from the long, for a total of 129. If I’m not mistaken, that 65 is a course record from the long tees. Justin Bunnell took second place with a score of 65-71=136, and Jerry Barklage at 47 years young took third with 2 -69′s and a total score of 138. Those three players were the only ones under part for the event.

Rob Nahlik won the Advanced division with a score of 73-77=150, and our own James “Ozzy” Osbourn took the Rec division with a score of 74-84=158.

Last but not least, Doug Bickell took the Bullseye basket prize by winning a Ring of Fire competition with a Wizard after qualifying on an accuracy shot using a Slayer. Way to go, Doug! Congratulations to you and all the division winners.

Results are below:

Open Division Payout
Bryan Johnson 64 65 129 $200
Justin Bunnell 65 71 136 $140
Jerry Barklage 69 69 138 $100
Aaron Walther 68 76 144 $80
John Ruvalcaba 66 79 145 $60
Tom Murdick 72 75 147 $40
Roger Reyes 73 74 147
Tim Lewis 73 75 148
Greg Doh 73 77 150
Doug Bickell 70 80 150
Matt Wellman 77 74 151
David McCormack 76 76 152
Dave Dick 80 85 165
Jay Baird 83 90 173
Advanced Division Payout
Rob Nahlik 73 77 150 $60
Dave Rudibaugh 76 81 157 $40
Butch Apfel 78 83 161 $20
Eric Fussell 84 81 165
Jeff McClusky 76 89 165
Tony Devoto 80 93 173
Rec Division Payout
“Ozzy” 74 84 158 $60
Steve Bevel 80 88 168 $40
Greg Van Horn 81 87 168 $20
Drew Weyenberg 95 109 194
Tony Nasser 106 111 217
Danny McLean 83 DNF

Justin’s Mid-America Open Recap

Last weekend I traveled the 99 miles west to Columbia, MO for the Mid America Open, which I believe was my first PDGA tourney in 3 years other than the Gateway or Ozark Mountain Opens. The Men’s Pro division turnout was pretty weak with only 9 players, but three were 1000-rated pros and a few others were Columbians who knew the courses really well, so I knew this would be a tough event to win.

During the first round at Indian Hills I played with Fred Garver and Jake Bowen, both of whom I hadn’t seen in a long time. Since I hadn’t played that course in years or much disc golf period, my score suffered; I struggled and shot a 58. Many of the pin placements were tougher to get to than I remember and some I had not seen before at all. Fred ended up shooting the hot round in Open with a 52, which was pretty solid. He made a lot of jump putts and all of his testers for par.

Gateway Disc Sports has supported Fred Garver with discs and apparel for many years and this weekend Fred put those discs to good use. Fred threw “E” Warriors and “E” Scouts for most of his mid range shots with many parked right under the basket. He also made nearly everything inside 40’ with his trusty array of Wizards. It was obvious from the start that he was there to take nothing less than first. The only good thing about the first round for me was that I was only 6 shots out of first place, but little did I know that would be the closest I got.

Fred went on to shoot the best score in the second round, giving him a six-stroke lead after day one. I sat in fourth place, eight strokes back. After a better day two, I was sitting in third place going into the final nine, 1 back of Ken Franks and five ahead of Bryan Johnson. Fred again had the low score and cruised down victory lane to win the 27th annual Mid America Open by twelve strokes. I can honestly say that even on my best day I probably wouldn’t have beaten him. The crowd was behind him and he never let off the gas, hitting big putts and playing really solid golf all weekend. Hats off to Fred, he played great! As for me, I’m happy with second place; I didn’t really think I was going to take first because I’ve played maybe 20 rounds in the last two years. During the final nine I threw some great shots, some big drives, and made some solid putts with my own trusty Wizards, one of which I’ve had in my bag for nearly ten years. During the final nine I realized I had forgotten how it felt to perform in front of a crowd and how it felt when the crowd reacts to a great shot; it was awesome!

All in all, I had a great time seeing my old friends and meeting new ones, shooting some okay golf and discovering my love for competing in disc golf all over again. Keith Amerson, George Smith, and Mark Ehlert of the Columbia Disc Golf Club do such a great job of running this event and Gateway is happy to be a proud supporter of their club.

On a related note, Fred has been working hard on his course at Garverland and plans are under way to get Titan Portable targets out there soon. If you’re coming through Columbia in the near future, make sure you call Fred and set up a time to stop by his place and play his killer disc golf course.

–Justin Bunnell

David McCormack is Interviewed by The Maryland Heights Patch

Local Disc Golf Legend Making National Impact

Former elite disc golf player David McCormack is a key player in course design around St. Louis and the Midwest.

David McCormack spends his days working in disc golf.

For over 30 years, the Creve Coeur resident has remained an active influence in the sport, from his youth as a world-ranked professional to his company that today boasts some of the sport’s elite apparel. Along the way, his “hobby” as a course designer has produced over 37 courses and spread a reputation out of the Midwest and onto the rest of the nation.

It is a job that fills his days with countless tasks, from tracking the performances of his sponsored professionals, to coordinating with park directors for the next course installation, to blogging about the current state and future direction of disc golf.

Yet, of all the places McCormack could go when he needs some time away from work, he goes golfing.

With a ball.

“I can bring some of the same things I love about disc golf into ball golf,” McCormack said. “I’d say it’s fairly challenging, and the margin for error is quite a bit different. And that’s it, too; ball golf is different. I started playing disc golf when I was a little kid, so that just comes really natural to me.

“Now, disc golf doesn’t offer me that escape. Every time I go out to a park, I see something that reminds me of actual work.”

It’s the ultimate sacrifice. For over 30 years, hundreds of thousands around the Midwest—perhaps even you, if you’ve ever set foot on one numerous St. Louis’ courses—have taken an escape because of one man’s work. McCormack’s impact on disc golf, a sport that swaps balls for Frisbees and holes for chain baskets, is felt in nearly every facet of the game today.

That’s not to say there wasn’t some play time mixed in along the way. For awhile, play time is all there was to disc golf. McCormack and a Frisbee became familiar with the trash cans around the St. Thomas More church in Bel Ridge as a second grader, but his first design as a 12-year-old was a par-two object course around his house, and that is what kicked off the legend. Nine trees and signs eventually spilled beyond the neighbors’ yards, and then grew to the small neighborhood block. Then 18 objects were marked around the big block.

When Missouri’s first disc golf course hit St. Louis in 1979—Hazelwood’s White Birch Park, designed by the “Father of Disc Golf” Ed Headrick and featuring the now-traditional chain baskets—the only obstacle 15-year-old McCormack couldn’t throw a Frisbee around was how to cover eight miles on two wheels.

There began Endicott Park in St. John, providing hundreds of targets and just a bike ride away. Officially established in 1996 and considered one of the backbone courses of St. Louis, Endicott unofficially began in 1980 with a can of spray paint and 18 special trees.

“We were used to throwing down six of my neighbor’s yards at a time, par fours,” McCormack said. “Then we started taking our bikes up (to Endicott) and playing around with a lot longer shots, with a lot of power, throwing to where we couldn’t see. We spray painted lines on trees with pruning sealer for ‘holes,’ at about the same heights as the baskets were in Hazelwood.”

Already crushing maximum distance with his arm, a driver’s license took care of the rest. McCormack began to abuse White Birch three rounds at a time, as well as ranging out regionally to courses such as Albert Oakland Park in Columbia. By 1989, he had played 200 courses nationwide and won more than 25 tournaments in the fledgling Professional Disc Golf Association. Continued success on road trips to all corners of the U.S., sometimes for prize offerings of just $500, ultimately led to McCormack being a top-10 disc golfer in the world rankings.

His eventual retirement as a pro became a seed for the sport, branching out in several directions. While he toured, Gateway Disc Sports had spawned out of the trunk of his car, credited as the first company to market a durable disc golf bag toward professional players. Made out of material bought from the Federal Bag Company on Cherokee St., the bags are now a common accessory in the game today.

Gateway eventually expanded into golf discs, gaining worldwide professional acceptance with a straight-flying putter, the Wizard.

But McCormack’s lore grew exponentially from his unrivaled course design. Influence from his professional days landed his first funded blueprint in 1993: acreage from Schroeder Park in Manchester and 18 baskets supplied by Discraft. Soon after, Sunset Hills and Ellisville followed suit and sought McCormack’s advice, producing the Watson Trail and Bluebird Park courses.

McCormack designs are now found all over the Midwest and as far as Pennsylvania and Georgia, but St. Louis has remained a natural epicenter. Courses such as Jefferson Barracks in Mehlville, Sioux Passage in Florissant and Endicott have become nationally respected courses, and more are on the way. McCormack is currently hatching an 18-hole course in Bridgeton’s Carrollton Park.

“My job has been to create recreation,” McCormack said. “To help people escape from reality for two hours, to generate some camaraderie with friends.

“My biggest thrill is going back to a course that I designed and seeing a new path in between some basket and the next tee pad. I know how that path was created, and when I come there and see that usage, that’s a personal gratification I take every time.”