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Thoughts from the Disc Golf Station Open

Posted by Grant on 1/2/2015 to Disc Golf Tournaments

A week after the 2014 Disc Golf Station Open, I'm left with many disc golf related thoughts swirling in my head.  There were some firsts and some bests.  Here are my thoughts, observations, musings, and report from the event.  I've got plenty of stats and hole analysis for you toward the bottom.

1.  This was our highest attended event in 3 years of running our own tournaments with 122 players!  This was helped by number two below.

2.  This was our first time running a tournament on two courses.  We ran this event at North Park in Haltom City and Arcadia Park in Fort Worth.  All in all, it ran smoothly between courses.  My brother and assistant TD, Wallace, was of great help in helping this to all come off without a hitch.

3.  This was our first time working with LoveShack BBQ.  Sean and Maggie Clark provided lunch for everyone and it was delicious!


4.  We saw our largest and most competitive Open field ever.  We had 19 competitors in the MPO division for the first time ever and had high rated players from out of town as well as some of the local area's best.  A handful in MPO and MPM (Pro Masters) are also sponsored players.

5. It was completely awesome that Ginger Bowman won the CTP throwoff for the Ace Pot and took home $250 for one shot.  It's FUN to give people money!  The entire pot was $515, second and third closest got paid the rest.  Very cool!

6. We raised $244 of course funds for North Park (and area courses) by taking $2 from each entry.  This is an easy, efficient way to give back to the courses that are also seeing the most playing time.

7.  I'm honored to have the big turnout DESPITE the bad weather forecast.  Temperatures were in the mid forties at best, the air was damp, and we ONLY received a few light sprinkles throughout the competition. 

8.  I'm honored that four of my friends played that don't normally play disc golf tournaments, two of which don't normally even play disc golf.

9.  Hats off to Michael Kaufman who shot an amazing 46 (unofficially 1044 rated) on the shorts at North Park in the second round to come back and take the win from a very competitive Andrew Sewell.  Michael would have won the Open division by three strokes and Andrew would have been tied for the victory.  That's some stellar play from some of the area's best Am players.

10.  This was the largest PDGA event in the world that took place on the last weekend of 2014.  Ok, so I buried this one at number 10 because there were only 7 other sanctioned PDGA events on this weekend.  But ours was the biggest.  There was not one event, one TD, one company, one disc golf scene (in the world) that brought more players together than the Disc Golf Station Open did on the last weekend of 2014.

11.  I didn't know Zippo made hand warmers.  Thanks to Daniel Chenault for showing me this nifty little gadget. 

12.  It's colder to WATCH disc golf than it is to PLAY disc golf!

13. Disc Golf Station has the BEST selection of any disc golf promoter in the metroplex.  We work very hard to bring you a the best and most popular discs from a variety of manufacturers.  While some other promoters only carry certain manufacturer families (like Innova family or Trilogy), DGS carries Discraft, Millennium, HyzerBomb, Innova, Discmania, Westside, Latitude 64, Dynamic Discs, Prodiscus, Prodigy, and Vibram.  And our prices are cheap too.

14.  Y'all better get better...cause there are some up and coming Juniors that are honing their skills.  The Steppy brothers, Zane Letts, and Steven Phelps are going to be REALLY good as they develop.  I know that I wish I would have started playing when I was their age....maybe I'd be good by now!

15.  Numbers are fun.  Here are some highlights, then you can look at the rest for yourself.

  • The hardest hole at Arcadia was Hole 5 with an average score of 4.85.
  • The hardest hole at North Park was Hole 13 with an average score of 4.09.
  • The easiest hole at Arcadia was Hole 3 with an average score of 2.87.
  • The easiest hole at North Park was Hole 2 with an average score of 2.91.
  • No one in the tournament scored better than a 4 on Hole 5 at Arcadia.
  • No 2's were carded by anyone on Holes 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 16, or 17 at Arcadia.
  • No 2's were carded by anyone on Holes 1 or 13 at North Park.
  • Anthony Pugh was the only person with a 2 on Hole 12 at North Park.
  • Chris Cooper was the only person with a 2 on Hole 8 at Arcadia. 

Arcadia Park - Concretes (Based off of the 2014 Disc Golf Station Open scores)

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Total

Average

3.46

3.25

2.87

3.99

4.85

4.35

3.22

3.67

3.98

3.44

3.55

3.53

3.13

3.21

3.34

4.46

4.14

3.37

65.82

Most Often

3

3

3

4

4

4

3

3

4

3

3

3

3

3

3

4

4

3

63

High Score

6

6

4

6

8

9

6

6

6

6

6

6

5

7

6

7

6

6

96

Low Score

2

2

2

3

4

3

2

2

3

2

3

2

2

2

2

3

3

2

51

Holes Listed from Hardest to Easiest

5

16

6

17

4

9

8

11

12

1

10

18

15

2

7

14

13

3

4.85

4.46

4.35

4.14

3.99

3.98

3.67

3.55

3.53

3.46

3.44

3.37

3.34

3.25

3.22

3.21

3.13

2.87

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Park - Shorts (Based off of the 2014 Disc Golf Station Open scores)

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Total

Average

3.85

2.91

3.12

3.16

3.14

3.68

3.15

3.70

3.23

3.25

3.31

3.61

4.09

3.10

3.19

3.10

3.81

3.40

60.81

Most Often

4

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

4

4

3

3

3

4

3

63

High Score

6

5

5

6

6

7

6

6

7

5

6

6

6

6

5

5

6

6

82

Low Score

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

3

2

2

2

2

2

46

Holes Listed from Hardest to Easiest

13

1

17

8

6

12

18

11

10

9

15

4

7

5

3

14

16

2

4.09

3.85

3.81

3.70

3.68

3.61

3.40

3.31

3.25

3.23

3.19

3.16

3.15

3.14

3.12

3.10

3.10

2.91


Hope to see you guys and gals at Disc Golf Station Tournaments in 2015.  See ya on the course!


Grant Stanley

Texas High School Disc Golf Championships

Posted by Grant on 5/9/2011 to Disc Golf Tournaments
If you don't live in Texas you may not understand the emphasis placed on high school sports.  Of course, in Texas, football is king and will continue to reign for years to come with no end in sight.  Winning a state title (in any sport) is a huge accomplishment in Texas, the second most populated state in the Union.  The pride of such an achievement will follow a person for a lifetime.
 
Disc Golf is not currently organized by the athletic/academic/activity organizing body of Texas, the UIL, or the University Interscholastic League.  High school students do not have the option to play disc golf "for" their high school...until now!UIL Disc Golf!
 
Tournament Director Matt Ryan started the Texas High School Disc Golf Championships for this very purpose.  The tournament (a PDGA sanctioned, C-Tier event) is this weekend, May 13-14th at Coleman Park Disc Golf Course in Brownfield, TX.  While students won't be competing for a UIL state championship, they are competing for bragging rights of Individual State Champ as well as the team title.
 
Here's how it works:
 
Friday: Meet and Greet, Practice rounds welcome
Saturday: Two rounds of 18, lunch provided in between.  Girls play from short tees, boys from longs.
 
Scoring:
 
Individual Championship:
 
Medals will be awarded to the top 5 overall lowest score totals for boys and girls. 
 
Team Championship:
 
High school teams will consist of a minimum of 5 players and up to 10 players.  The lowest 5 score totals for the day will be combined for each team.  Lowest total stroke count will win you the Texas High School Team Championship Trophy!
 
For more details, contact Matt Ryan.  Here's the flyer and entry form: http://web.me.com/matthewtryan/Site/TexasHSDGC.html
 
Will Disc Golf ever make it into the high schools?
 
All of this got me thinking....if disc golf were offered at my high school, would I have played?  What would that have looked like?  It's fun to think about.  I think it would be so awesome if we got disc golf in our schools.  It's safer than almost every other sport and FAR less expensive. 
 
In an era of waning state funding, disc golf could be an alternative.  Will it happen...well, probably not.  Can it happen? Absolutely!  But it will take A LOT of information to be presented to the right people. 
 
The Texas High School Disc Golf Championships is a step in the right direction in getting disc golf integrated in Texas schools.  It's not the end goal but rather progress made in expanding this great sport and making it more accessible to more people, especially the youth!
 
See ya on the course,
 
Grant

San Antonio Disc Club Members improve McClain Disc Golf Course

Posted by Wallace on 3/7/2011 to Disc Golf Courses
A sunny Sunday morning in February brought a baker's dozen club members from the San Antonio Disc Club to the McClain Disc Golf Course.  However these guys (and gals) set aside their morning to work at the course before enjoying it with their discs.  Hosted by Mr. Fly Ink, Dave Wimer, the crews set out to pick up trash on the course as well as to prepare select holes for upcoming additions.  Highlights from their efforts include new tee placements on hole 7, 13 and 18, and new pin placements on 8, 16, and 17.  For those not familiar with this course, it is the premier course in San Antonio and is home to many briars, brambles and other blood thirsty off-the-fairway obstacles.  These were especially fun to remove.  Glad I wore jeans! 
 
The day was not solely about the work.  Where there is a basket, there will be discin.  The crew finished the beautification and renovations by noon and were flipping for partners with a $5 buy in.   Here are some action shots from the guys.
 
Austin playing hole 16
 
Austin playing Hole 16
 
Jason and Justin teeing off on 16 and 8
 
Jason drives Hole 16Justin throwing tee shot on Hole 8
 
 
And last but not least,  Raul, the king of the thumbers (and tomahawks) watches his Elite-Z Flick sail high above the trees crashing down inside the 10m circle nearly 300' away
 
Raul throwing thumbers
 
A few hours of manual labor, time spent making the course better (and more challenging), friendships starting among club members new and old, and a tight random draw doubles match (Yeah Wimer and I took it :-o ) made this San Antonio Disc Club workday a success.  The Alamo Disc Series heats up again April 16 in Boerne at the Boerne City Lake Disc Golf Course for The Hill Country Throwdown.  Sign up at http://www.discgolfstation.com/2011-Hill-Country-Throwdown-Registration_p_3350.html and bring your skills. 
 
In closing, your local club NEEDS you!  Get out there and spend a morning...or day...improving the course you love to play.  Most parks and rec departments don't provide adequate course maintenance to keep the course at your desired standard of excellence.  Giving a little of your time makes a difference for everybody in your area.  Your local disc golf community thanks you!
 
 

BMO 2010 is now in the books!

Posted by Grant on 10/12/2010 to Disc Golf Tournaments
The 2010 Bryan McClain Open was a huge success.  Great weather and people (almost 80 competitors) made the tough McClain course a perfect way to spend a Saturday in San Antonio.  With temperatures mostly in the 70s and topping out in the low 80s, you couldn't ask for more, especially when compared to the mudfest from last year's BMO. 
 
Congrats to Lisle Updike for edging out Phil Morgan in the Open Men's and to Danielle Vargas for another victory in the Open Women's Division.  Lisle posted two 1000+ rated rounds to finish at 6 under par on a challenging, heavily wooded course. 
 
Jerry Perez took the Masters Division win over Anthony Pugh while Ernie Hernandez took a one-stroke victory over Wayne Dillen in the Advanced Masters Division.  Kristina Gold, Terri Ordner, and Mary Castillo notched wins in the Advanced, Intermediate, and Rec. Women's Divisions respectively. 
 
The Advanced Men's Competition saw an exciting playoff win by Scott Hougland over Brandon Tull.  Both finished the 36-hole tourney in an impressive 106 strokes (2 under par).  Scott also posted the hot round of the 2010 BMO in the first round with a 49, unofficially a 1024 rated round.  Boo-yah!
 
Kris Hartley won the Intermediate Men's Division decisively over Raul Originales whereas Dave Wimer won a closer contest over James Teninty in Rec. Mens.
 
Can't wait to play Oh Say Can UC next month at Universal City Park in Universal City.
 
Thanks SADC for another great tourney and for everyone that stopped by the Disc Golf Station tent to chat, purchase, and/or touch our discs. 
 
See ya on the course,
 
Grant

Bryan McClain Open Coming up October 9th

Posted by Grant on 9/19/2010 to Disc Golf Tournaments
Get signed up for the 2010 Bryan McClain Open at McClain Park in San Antonio, a part of the 2010 Alamo Disc Series sponsored by www.DiscGolfStation.com.  The "BMO" is a fun-filled, one-day "C" Tier disc golf tournament that promises strong competition from the locals and some out of towners too.  The course is undergoing improvements thanks to the good folks in the San Antonio Disc Club and the local disc golf community.  These guys have put in many hours to McClain to make it as good as possible for the tourney. 
 
Disc Golf Station will be at the BMO with discs and equipment available for purchase.  I haven't played more than 2 rounds in a week in months thanks to the little man that now lives at my house but I plan on doing well myself in the Intermediate division.  I'm hoping the heavily wooded fairways will keep everyone else in check while I play smart and play for 3s.  There are only a few birdie runs (from the concrete tees) in my opinion, I will go after those but everything else is par golf/avoid the bogey kind of golf. 
 
Get signed up over at www.titledisc.com.  Players packs (including a Stash-Mini from Disc Golf Station for the first 50 people) will be available only for pre-registered players.  Can't wait to see all the San Antonio peeps again! 
 
See ya on the course (and at the BMO!),
 
Grant