The year 2007 saw a slight decrease in the number of tournaments I was able to compete in but included the installation of another course in my area, running two tournaments, and my first disc golf vacation.
The year started with finishing up work on the Prairie Disc Golf Course in Thornton, Iowa. We got everything finished in time for the grand opening that was held on June 3. This fell on the same day as the Story City Skunk River Open that I had competed in last year. The grand opening went well and the course has been very well received.
The next event was the Coulter Fun Day Classic that I ran on June 30 in Coulter, Iowa. We ended up with 14 people participating in this years event and 13 of them signed up for the Intermediate division. I ended up in a tie for 4th place shooting a 53 (-1) which I was kind of disappointed with on my home course.
Next I was asked to run a tournament on the new course in Thornton in conjunction with their annual Big Days celebration. We had a turnout of 23 people which I thought was great for a tournament in this area and on a brand new course. The tournament was held on July 14 which ended up being the same day as the Iowa Games which is one of my favorite events to participate in. I signed up for the Advanced division at the Big Days tournament along with four other players and I ended up in last place out of those four and shot a 60 (+6). Another disappointing finish but I also think it's harder to shoot well at events that you are also running.
The next events I was planning on competing in were the Northwood Random Doubles Tournament in Northwood and the Rusty's Classic in Indianola, Iowa. The tournament in Northwood ended up being cancelled due to rain and I didn't feel like financially I could justify a trip to Indianola with the ever-rising cost of gasoline.
My next tournament was the Riverfest Tournament in Humboldt, Iowa. This was the second year for this tournament and I have participated both years. This is a fun tournament on a fun course that will be expanding from 9-holes to 18-holes by next years tournament. I signed up for the Advanced division again and shot a 52 (-2) but still ended up out of the cash. I was happier with my play but I still know I could have shot better.
After only being able to play in a limited number of tournaments this year, I was really excited when a friend of mine had the idea to head north to the Twin Cities on a 4-day disc golf road trip. On day one we played the Northwood DGC in Northwood, Iowa; the 27-hole Todd Park in Austin, Minnesota; and Lakewood Hills in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. On day two we played C.P. Adams Park in Hastings, Minnesota; Oakwood Park in Cottage Grove, Minnesota; and one of the most well-known courses in the Twin Cities, Kaposia Park in South St. Paul. Days three and four called for rain and some sore arms but we ended up playing Acorn Park in Roseville and Hiland Ski & Snowboard Area in Bloomington before heading for home.
What does the year 2008 have in store for me in terms of disc golf? I am hoping to continue to improve my level of play along with running more local tournaments as well as being able to compete in other events in my surrounding area. No matter what happens, I'm looking forward to another great year playing this great sport of ours.