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September 2008 Blog Posts (99)

My first tourny

I went to my first tourny yesterday, a secret tourny on a beach here in Humboldt county. I heard about it last minute from some golfers that I met out at the curtain, so I got a co-worker to cover for me so I could go up there for the day. It was a long drive folowed by a 4 mile hike in to try to get in by the 9:30 players meeting. It was an extremly fun event 2 rounds on a temp course on the beach, all driftwood targets with tape to mark it. Some holes were shooting off huge rock formations… Continue

Added by humchris on September 22, 2008 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Important, ace race and more

So, today I carpooled to the ace race.



We got there about an hour and a half early to get in some practice. I was the 35th guy out of 81 to sign in!



So, we get started practicing and I hit a metal right off the bat. And that got rid of all my luck :)



After that I had a whole bunch of close misses and such. And our last hole was a mini hole, and I made it in practice, but never in normal game.



Our TD explained to us an Idea he had. He stacked some… Continue

Added by Kyle Jacob Smalling on September 21, 2008 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Chick Plastic Review

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I went out to the football field to throw 150 plastic back to Diana and Kira, as well as some mid 160 stuff. Diana throws about 210 feet with good throws going 240. Kira throws about 240 with good throws going about 270.



150 Surge: I think this is the best distance disc in the 150 class. Kira got her best throw with… Continue

Added by Bruce Brakel on September 21, 2008 at 6:33pm — 2 Comments

way down to the bone

..I just can't even move, just spent the afternoon sleeping in the a/c. Not sure I can/will play tomorrow, really need that break. Too much activity and no time to let the muscles heal, it's getting painful again.



Grand Prairie, TX- Mountain Creek:There is no possible way to properly navigate this course without a map or a guide (map not in existence). The baskets are #'ed, but the tees are not. It claims to have cement tees, but I found no 'tees' just a walking path… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on September 21, 2008 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Mary Beth Doyle - 9/21/08 Update

A couple of weeks ago I attended the public meeting about the course at Cobblestone Farm. Only 7-8 disc golfers, plus the parks planner (Jeff Dehring), showed up. We talked about the current rough layout and people seemed pretty satisfied with it. One good news item is that the supervisor of the county work had seen the map also and thought it was okay.



Even better, Dehring had spoken with him about the likelihood of disc golfer "trails" in the wetland areas, even showing him some… Continue

Added by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on September 21, 2008 at 1:34pm — 5 Comments

Doing Good

So went to B.G today and threw with autumn who's going to be a world champ some day and has arm that most 9 years old could only dream about .

I went out started out pretty well and after 10 I was 7 under and from there missed a lot of birdies and stayed at 7 under

but a 7 under there is by far a PB for me and autumn finished 7 over by par which was very good and she olny used her stringray and aviar .

if i keep up this improvement doing the winter I'll be a threat in the spring… Continue

Added by John on September 20, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

I have DGRUS bumper stickers now, find me on the course for one

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The stickers are big, with white lettering on a green background, and there are a lot.



More confusion today. One of the courses I planned to play is no longer there. Luckily I was warned by a helpful local at Alex Clark. Someone had actually changed it online this time, I just don't check everything though I usually go by the book. But another course was all messed up for a tournament, improved by making 36 holes using the baskets from the old course. Problem was,… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on September 20, 2008 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Odd Merch

Kiralyn and I got up early and drove down to the Royal Oak Championship today. We did not play the tournament but we passed out flyers for the Flint Town Flyerz tournament next week and the Big D Doubles in October. We played nine holes at Starr-Jaycee [etymological origin of the expression "Starr par" by the way] before the TD showed up and then handed out flyers until registration closed. Then we played all 9 X 2 at Wagner.



On the way home it was garage sale day in Royal Oak. It is… Continue

Added by Bruce Brakel on September 20, 2008 at 2:35pm — No Comments

More disappointment, but expected

I didn't exactly have top courses planned today, trying to knock out a lot of short ones so I wasn't expecting anything great. Two were nice, 1 was unplayable and one was very confusing.



Got tires rotated (4/16" tread left) and new valve-stems because mine were recalled apparently.



Mesquite, TX- Porter:One of the nicest 9 hole beginner courses around. Cement tees, signs. The grass is practically ball golf quality, so your shots can roll away big. Hilly, with some… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on September 19, 2008 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Funny Girl

My daughter Kiralyn likes to make paper cranes. But what to do with them after you've made them? Her solution is to make paper cranes out of the junk mail that comes with pre-paid business reply envelopes and then send the cranes back with cheery notes for the people who open the business reply mail. Here's today's note:

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Dear Valued-Employee-ofChase-Bank-Services,



Thank you for devotedly opening… Continue

Added by Bruce Brakel on September 18, 2008 at 9:26pm — 6 Comments

quick stats

Courses:

476

Courses/day:

3.2

Days:

146

Gallons of gas:

962

MPG:

27

Miles Driven:

over 26,000

Miles/day:

178

$ spent approx (food, housing, gas, discs, car repair, everything):

12,000$

$/day:

82$




quick approximations

Added by Ben Calhoun on September 18, 2008 at 9:19pm — 2 Comments

Thanks!!

Blog #2 Thursday



For telling me about the 3 new courses in Mesquite, Bill Burns. Saved the day. The 2 I played so far are pretty awesome. Someone has done a lot of work and was given lots of $$$ to put these courses in. 3 new courses with tees and signs in one city that had 0, in one year!



Have not planned tomorrow yet..looks like the remaining one in Mesquite, Crawford Memorial, then some to the North of Dallas.



Round #4 Thursday-



Mesquite, TX-… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on September 18, 2008 at 7:58pm — No Comments

The day's not over

More disappointment today, but this time because the course WAS so great and amazing, yet too much ivy to play all of it and enjoy it as much as it otherwise would be.

I just learned the course I was gonna play tonight is unplayable right now, and I'm staying right by it. Luckily I also learned of three new courses 10 miles away, so I will head out after this to hit 1-2 of them.



Athens, TX- Cain:Hard to find #1 if you follow signs for the park in town and don't go to the… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on September 18, 2008 at 5:10pm — 2 Comments

The boss

So I heard of the new disc that innova is releasing on oct 6 called The Boss .

They Claim It's a faster xcailber With a speed rating of 13 making it faster and longer than both the xcailber and destroyer .

I throw my destroyers fine but never throw the xcailber that I had much because I lost it after a couple of weeks and found the champion destroyer turns like the xcailber but I'm looking foward to this discs release .

Im sure it wont be that much of a step away from my… Continue

Added by John on September 17, 2008 at 10:28pm — 2 Comments

Karma or Dharma—Either Way, What a Coincidence!

So, this morning we did the random thing on the tosses for yesterday's Ring of Fire. A fellow named Eric Sears won, so we added his name to the list of people Sheila was going to mail discs out to today. (She mailed out 6 today.)



Then Sheila instant-messages me in the afternoon that we had just gotten a package at home from . . . Eric Sears!



It turns out that Eric had found a disc that Ben had lost on his current trip around the United States and mailed it to us in Ann… Continue

Added by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on September 17, 2008 at 8:32pm — 8 Comments

Take these with a grain of salt

Today was a highly disappointing day. I still do not understand why Texas gets such great reviews and talk-up. I've played near half the courses here now, and am just not that impressed on an overall scale. Sure there are a few killer courses I'd die to have back home, but so many are *poorly marked, *bad tees, *insane poison ivy to the point I can't even play it, *blind shots w/low ceilings, shots over huge rough and tree line, *lost disc potential in mucky water full of poisonous snakes,… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on September 17, 2008 at 7:26pm — 1 Comment

aviar

So I've played the last couple of days doing about the same .
I'm learning how to throw my aviars better on drives and half the holes in bryan I now only use a putter or mid and rarely pull out a driver and i seem to have a lot more control now that i'm doing this .
anyways thats all for now

Added by John on September 16, 2008 at 10:46pm — 6 Comments

Doubles...not much else...

I hadn't blogged in a while, so, I thought I'd add this for the 1 or 2 people who read my blogs.



Today was our usual doubles. I was partnered with the only girl in our club/league.



She throws about like me, same distance, except she is more s-curvy, and I putt different.



Speaking of putts, they were on fire!



I was slammin' the chains like my life depended on it!



My drives on the other hand, were a mixed variety. I had a few shots that were… Continue

Added by Kyle Jacob Smalling on September 16, 2008 at 10:11pm — 3 Comments

WhACkO Texas

I did it again..went to another course I had already played, Woodway in Waco TX. Last time I must have not crossed it off in the guide, it happens. I instantly recognized it upon turning into the park, with it's distinct tee signs and lakeside views. Since it was 7:30, and I remember it had low ceiling fairways, I skipped it this time and went straight to Nacogdoches. I didn't throw until 11:30.

The first course there was pretty badly damaged in the path of the storm, I wasn't expecting… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on September 16, 2008 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Amateur Disc Golf Association

Just wanted to see if anyone else feels there is a need for an Amateur Disc Golf Association. It’s my opinion that the PDGA does not care about its amateur members. There are far more amateur members than pro members, but it seems most of the PDGA resources and time goes toward the Pro side.
Should we start our own governing body to sanction only amateur tournaments?
What would this do to the PDGA?
Discuss…..

Added by Justin Gregg on September 16, 2008 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

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