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I'm finally back in town for a bit and still recovering from worlds. I must say, it is an endurance test at Worlds! I played league back home the Tuesday after Worlds ended, and my mind and body was far from disc golf, although I did manage to post a decent 850s unofficial round.

My best memory by far was the mini golf course that Coach Dave set up at our campground. There were only a handful of sites that contained disc golfers, but Mona was all about us putting up the course. There were quite a few kids around that knew nothing about disc golf or mini golf when the week began, and by the time it was over, they all owned at least one disc. Mona (who owns Shady Bend Campground in Augusta, MI) was so happy to have us around. When we were getting ready to leave, she was in tears because two of our mini baskets and Razor Rays DiscCatcher Sport was stolen overnight. We gave her a few Worlds goodies and reassured her it wasn't her fault. We told her we had a great time and appreciated her hospitality. She continued to cry as she told thanked us for the mini course. She told us that she was so happy to see the kids "just be kids and drop their video games, play mini golf, and just run around!" As we were checking out, a group of kids came up to us and asked us for autographs. Many of them had bought discs for cheap from other disc golfers at the campground. One of the girls said she didn't have a disc, so I went to the truck and pulled out a brand new DX Roc for her. Her eyes lit up. I signed it and wrote a few disc golf websites in there so she could get more info on the sport. I also put my cell number in it and told her she could call me any time.

These kids were acting like we were heroes. It made us feel so great, but even better, we got to spread our love for disc golf to some new kids!

Other memories were numerous. In my first Worlds, I took 21st out of 39 Advanced Am women. I did this while playing the first few holes of my last round with borrowed discs due to too much partying on someone elses part (my discs were in their vehicle and they didn't turn up at the campsite in the morning). A fellow Minnesotan, Alan Hansen Begg, went out of his way to lend me discs and get me to my course. I carried the stressed out and frustrated attitude throughout the whole round, and ended up one stroke out of cashing. Had I controlled my attitude, I would have cashed. I know it. I also caddied for Alan that day as well as for the Women's World Champion, Ms. Valerie Jenkins!

I met some awesome people from New Zealand, Oregon, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, New York, Colorado, Idaho, Oklahoma, and many other places. I had a lot of fun in many of my rounds playing with a lot of fun women. Credit goes to Anne Lewis, Maureen Mcerlean, Leslie Charles, Dawn Pengelly, and Susie Jones for many awesome memories. Probably my favorite was when Maureen was putting an uphill shot. I was over the crest of the hill and had my headphones in, but saw her stand up and motion for me to move while she was talking (or so I thought). I took the headphones out, said sorry, and moved as she said "Get out of the way, little chipmunk." I responded "Oh thanks, I'll take that as a compliment." Everyone proceeded to laugh so hard that Maureen could barely gather herself to putt.

The fly-mart was a lot of fun. I was able to connect with some friends from Ohio. The Players Party at Bells Eccentric Cafe was a lot of fun- even while being the designated driver. Below is a picture of Trina (from our campground) entertaining the crowd with some other guy.

The next picture is of myself, Kris Zahm (Team Over the Top owner), and Coach Dave reppin for TOT.

Also, I cashed in the glo round. Again, I played this with a borrowed Rogue, Spider, and Aviar. I carry none of these discs in my bag. I didn't even get two hours of sleep before having to return to Coldbrook in the morning to help with the Pro Women's semi-final, but it was totally worth it! My friend Coach Dave was Assistant Course Director over at Coldbrook, and he wanted to be there by 6am. Glo round went from about 10pm until 2:30, we got back to the camp ground at about 3, and I slept until 5am. Saturday was a LONG day for me, but it was all worth it. So many memories were made.

I could write for a long time about the memories from Worlds. Maybe I will have to post bits and pieces until I get it all out. This is just a brief overview of my first Worlds experience.

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Comment by Bill on August 28, 2008 at 3:56pm
soooo jealous-- except for the lack of sleep parts, perhaps see you in KC next year?
Comment by Ken Long on August 26, 2008 at 8:19am
I'm glad you had a great time at The Worlds. From the pic's...you're not lyin.
I also had a great time at The Worlds.
All my memories were from behind the scenes volunteering at Begg Park and Fort Custer. Also putting the player packs together etc. I missed the Fly Mart, the Player Party, the Dinner and the Finals at Timber Ridge. As I am 61 those events didn't excite me to much. My glory days were as a triathlete waaaay back in the 80's. It looks like you travel around alot via disc golf. I just recently got back from the Massachusetts area and played at a course in Easton Mass. If you are ever in that area look up Borderlands disc golf course. It is located at Borderlands State Park. You won't be disappointed. The best to you and your disc golf life.
Ken Long

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