This year is just about in the books and it's been a crazy one. Just like the previous 3 or 4 years I enjoyed traveling to play disc golf as well as promoting it. There are some obvious highlights that come to mind that mix in with the same fun I have year after year at events.
Playing with my good buddy, Mike Schwieger, is always a blast and we started the year off right by repeating as champions for the Random Beaver Round Up event I host.
We went onto play well in the Madtown Throwdown as well as the Big Chill but we couldn't pull off any victories at those. Later in February we did manage to regain our title at the Ice Bowl event held in Green Bay.
I love playing in Larry LaBond's Cracked Plastic Classic in Kalamazoo. Like a late Christmas present I handed over the win to Geoff Bennett. I had a good lead but didn't get it done at the end of the day. After February passed you immediately shift the mindset to The Memorial.
4 or 5 days in Scottsdale during the first week of March is always going to be a good time and this year was no different. Pictured are Tommy Turner
and Jonny V looking for some discs at Fountain Hills.
At the end of March I had the pleasure of returning to the Bowling Green Am Weekend
for a record setting attendance. Also, I debuted my first new product on the market which is the first ever Disc Golf Bobble Heads!
These guys are about 8 inches tall, hand painted, and made of heavy clay composite. They are not cheap, plastic, toys you get from Burger King. Once we sell out of the first set we'll move onto some of your other favorite players so get yours today.
April is usually the host month of the Wisconsin Tour Warm Up. Mike Schwieger and I battled out shot for shot during the second round but when it was all said and done I missed my 20 foot birdie on the last hole and he got me by one. I also went to the PDGA Summit and the Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic head at the PDGA Headquarters in Columbia County, GA
. I met a ton of amazing people and had a great time being part of the Grand Opening for the PDGA Headquarters. Here is a picture of myself with (then) PDGA Marketing Director, John Duesler.
The Greater Milwaukee Open was a 2 day B-tier this year which featured 4 courses in Milwaukee County. This was the first time I ever sat out while running this event and it was tough to do. It was truly an Am Worlds Warm Up event so I was preparing for that more than anything else. It ran flawlessly with over 180 competitors.
The Fox Valley Open, Pickle Open, and Jonny V's wedding consumed my month of June. As always, I helped behind the scenes at both of those events and karma came to me and blessed me with good play at both of them. The Pickle Open is always one of the most fun events of the year.
Then the month of July hit! I played very well at the Manitowalk in the Park taking 3rd for the 2nd year in a row. Losing to Schultz and Warren isn't such a bad thing. That was just days before the hit of the 2007 Amateur Disc Golf World Championships.
The Am Worlds had nearly 550 competitors from 14 countries and what an amazing time it was. I could write for hours about the event itself. However, I'll just say thanks to all of the staff, workers, sponsors, and volunteers for making it all happen. Also, thanks to all of the participants for traveling from all over the World to be a part of this event. Being the TD was an undertaking of a lifetime and I'm eternally grateful and glad I did it.
Just hours after I handed out the prizes for the Am Worlds
I jumped in a car and headed 6 hours north to the Pro Worlds. There I had the pleasure of playing on the same card as guys like Josh Anthon, Jay Reading, Robbie Bratten, Eric McCabe, Christian Sandstrom, Markus Kallstrom, Mike Moser, and Ken Climo. It was a fun week and I was very happy to finish T36th.
I couldn't three-peat at the Discontinuum Club Challenge in the middle of August but I certainly had a great time attending that event. Congrats to Tom Schodtler
for playing very well.
September rolled around and I was back in the heart of busy season. I was hosting disc golf for the Wisconsin Senior Olympics for a second year, I started teaching my one credit college disc golf class, and we had tournaments just about every weekend of the month.
The Northwoods Open at Sandy Point Resort
is truly the best place on earth to be for a disc golf event. Our entire group had a great time up there as we always do. I couldn't repeat the magic from the previous year but it was still a great time. A few weeks later Mike Schwieger and I finally brought home the Triple Double Trouble Title that had evaded us for the past 5 or 6 years. Now that we have that title it feels like we have been successful at all of the WI based doubles events.
I was off to a PDGA Marshal at the US Women's Nationals event for the 3rd year in a row at the end of September. Mom and Old Man (and Jenny) were crucial to the success of the Am Worlds just a few months prior and I love working a tournament scene with all of them. Congrats to the entire Peoria Club for a very successful run as the host for the USWDGC
I drove straight from Peoria to Chicago so I could jump on a plane with John Knudson and head to the most amazing event on the planet, the USDGC. Of course we had to jump out on the highway and take the obligatory picture in front of road sign.
I played well during the first and third rounds but mentally went 'adrift' around hole 14 of the second round. It didn't matter too much that I didn't play well because just being there is what counts. The players, the staff, the time, energy and effort are all what makes it the USDGC. During one of the days we had fun digging threw boxes and hand selecting stuff at the Innova warehouse. Membership has it's privileges.
In late October we had a fun time playing in Jason Rose's
sanctioned event in North-Central Illinois. Thanks again Jason for putting on a good show. We also hit up the Chicago night life that night which was a blast because it was Halloween.
November was really big because of my marriage. Some are still in disbelief that I finally pulled the trigger but I couldn't be happier with my wonderful wife. Have you been paying attention to the blog thus far? She's put up with all of my travels, supported my dreams, and helps out wherever she can.
Shortly after Thanksgiving I ran the 2nd annual Cold Turkey Event at UW Parkside. We didn't have 60 degree weather so there was no sell out but it was still well attended. Congrats to our good buddy, Johnny Rumble who stepped up from masters to take home an Open win.
December just had me doing the holiday stuff as well as playing Dretzka's new winter course. Earlier this year Dretzka expanded to a permanent 27 hole course. In order for us to give it rest, Mark the Shark Peterson created an entirely new 24 hole course. These 24 holes are 100% unique from the 27 we play during the 'summer' months. Thank you Shark for your continued efforts.
That wraps up 2007 for me. Please remember that this is the VERY abridged version. I played about 20 other events that I didn't mention on here. I also ran countless demonstrations, classes, and leagues. I promoted disc golf at a variety of outings, shows, and meetings and I did it in the best positive way that I could. Thank you for your personal support as well as your support to my company, Lifetime Disc Sports, LLC.