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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

Titanium!

Posted by Wallace on 5/7/2012 to Disc Reviews
Discraft just took it to the next level. Titanium is the newest line from Discraft; a best-of-both-worlds combination of Elite-Z and ESP.  More grip and durability than ever before.  Not to mention the discs are unique and B-U-tiful.  Check out some samples:

Compare to other Discraft Discs in your bag:

Titanium Comparison
Titanium Comparison


Currently released models are the Ti Buzzz and the Ti Stalker.  Other models to be run in Titanium Plastic and released in the coming months: Ti Force and Ti Nuke.  Throw Titanium!

Thank you wives!

Posted by Grant on 12/15/2011 to Grant's Corner
As I'm sitting at home, three days removed from the birth of my little girl, I'm mindful of the help and support that the Disc Golf Station wives have given us.  My wife, Chelsea, Clint's wife, Kelly, and Wallace's wife, Jenny have all been instrumental in helping Disc Golf Station take care of the day to day shipping of orders, the restocking of inventory, and the much needed help while we are at tournaments. 

My wife especially has taken a very large role in not only raising my son (and now daughter) but in making sure packages get shipped out on time each day.  Disc Golf Station is truly a family owned and operated business.  We're not a corporation and we don't have employees outside of family.  DGS is run by the Stanleys and the Hendersons.  I take pride in this!

I am looking forward to a time when my son (18 months old) can actually help with the store.  Right now, he loves it when we get restocking orders because his favorite thing in the whole world is to spread as many discs out all over the place as soon as possible.  On a recent tournament order, he removed and spread out over 20 discs in about 2 minutes.  "Thanks for your help little buddy," I said.  But honestly, I meant it.  He was helping in the only way he knew how.  He loves "fizz-bees" and that makes me excited.

Anyways, a big thank you to our supportive family here at Disc Golf Station, most of all to our wives that put up with the business and with us!

See ya on the course,

Grant

Top 5 Rock Albums for Disc Golf

Posted by Grant on 9/8/2011 to Grant's Corner
When playing solo rounds of disc golf, listening to music is a nice way to simultaneously relax and get pumped up to make that next great shot...or to refocus after that not-so-great toss.  This is also an excuse to brag about my highly refined taste of music and tell you about some of my favorite rock albums of all time. 


Here's my Top 5 Rock Albums for Disc Golf:

Disclaimer: This is my list.  If yours is different as surely it will be, feel free to post yours in the comments.

Honorable Mention: De-loused in the Comatorium - The Mars Volta, The Black Album - Metallica, Rage Against the Machine (self-titled) - Rage Against the Machine



5.  Between the Heart and the Synapse - The Receiving End of Sirens

The Receiving End of Sirens - Between the Heart and the Synapse

This one of the original and best post-hardcore/experimental bands you'll ever listen to.  The Receiving End of Sirens put together a masterpiece with "Between the Heart and the Synapse" featuring a favorite of mine, Casey Crescenzo on many of the lead vocals.  (Casey also shows up in this countdown a little later.)  There is not a weak track on this album but my favorites are "Planning a Prison Break," "The Evidence," and "This Armistice."  Youtube this stuff people!  Seriously, I can't say enough about the state of mind this album will put you in.  Highly melodic and catchy but never trite, you'll be singing this poetry long after the music stops.



4.  The Used (self-titled) - The Used

The Used - Self-titled Album

Wow!  What a debut album from the pioneers and perfectors of the screamo-but-not-emo genre.  "A Box Full of Sharp Objects" introduced me to the beautifully abrasive screaming and super high singing of lead singer Bert McCracken.  Just TRY to sing along for one song.  I bet you can't scream and sing back and forth like he does...but it's sure fun to try.  This album is full of songs for all energy levels...especially HIGH energy.  Every song is worth listening to, no need to skip around here.  "Poetic Tragedy" is a must.  Truly an incredible first effort from a band that is still around and still making good music.  But this is probably every fan's favorite album.



3.  Act II: The Meaning Of, And All Things Regarding Ms. Leading - The Dear Hunter
The Dear Hunter: Act II: The Meaning Of, And All Things Regarding Ms. Leading

The lead singer/creator of The Dear Hunter is Casey Crescenzo, formerly of The Receiving End of Sirens.  Casey needed an avenue to better express his creativity and explore a different story lyrically than would have fit with TREOS.  The end result: pretty much everything I love about TREOS but with a concept series of albums.  It's not possible to listen to this record and not get many different lyrics and melodies stuck in your head.  For days.  In a good way, not a Bruno Mars way.  If you've never heard of the Dear Hunter, listen to "Red Hands," "Where the Road Parts," and "Black Sandy Beaches."  If you don't like these songs, you probably don't understand great music and can go back to listening to Nickelback.  (Sorry folks, just speaking my mind...remember you can always make your own list)



2.  Sing the Sorrow - AFI

AFI - Sing the Sorrow Album Cover

I first started listening to AFI during my freshman year of college at Sam Houston State.  This became the anthem of that year and the years to follow.  It's one of the most fun albums to sing along with at the top of your lungs.  I have very fond memories of a car full of my best friends hollering it out to "Sing the Sorrow" driving down the highway.  There are great "band" vocals on this record that make it very easy to participate in the music rather than just listening.  Much of the lyrical content is dark, contemplative, and emo...but not lame.  This album has one of the best opening tracks ever with Miseria Cantare (The Beginning).  Davey Havok's hauntingly melodic vocals will keep you coming back for more.  The was my first AFI album, their previous two albums and following two are just as good and deserve your 15 bucks.



1.  Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Metallica - Ride the Lightning Album Cover

Song for song, this is my favorite Metallica album.  Picking a favorite Metallica album is like picking a favorite child though...you shouldn't do it because you love them all in their own way and for different reasons.  "Ride the Lightning" deals with the topic of death, each song explores different death experiences.  The standout song and fan favorite has to be "Fade to Black," a sad story about suicide that features one of my favorite guitar solos of all time.  This album was written and performed by many fans' favorite lineup of Lars, James, Kirk, and Cliff.  This 1984 masterpiece concludes with one of their best instrumentals "The Call of Ktulu." 



Like my list?  If not, comment with your own top 5!  It's harder than you might think to narrow it down.

See ya on the course (but I may not hear you...)

-Grant

Disc Golf Sign Language

Posted by Grant on 7/18/2011
There's been a great video going around the internet for a few weeks now on disc golf sign language produced by the Deaf Disc Golf Association.  This is a great way to communicate with deaf and NON-deaf disc golfers.  Those that hear know how annoying it can be when someone is talking while you're throwing or otherwise trying to concentrate.  If you learn a few of the signs, you can avoid being THAT guy.  Most of these signs work well when trying to communicate with someone on another fairway, it's certainly better than yelling at the top of your lungs to ask your buddy a question.

Check out the video:




See ya on the course (even if I can't hear ya!),

Grant