Ok, so I finally am getting to writing down some stuff that I thought I would start this past Monday. Well, this winter I decided to get out and play more winter dg. Since early January, 2010, I've been getting myself out onto the courses for both physical and mental health.
Physically, I've been recovering from throwing my back out last fall and finding that my sacrum and hips are and have been completely out of wack. So, with the help of a great chiropractor who also uses physical therapy on me, I am getting back into shape. Mentally, depression has been a losing battle since being laid off some time ago and being told everything under the sun other than, "You're hired".
Besides, I love this sport! There are too many benefits to being involved playing and promoting disc golf. A big mistake I made last year was taking myself out of the dg scene. Financially I could not continue being a part of my "home" league in Ann Arbor, A3 Disc, because I was laid off from my job there. And driving down from Flint (where I live) without a replacement job would have been too much in gas. But, realizing now, I should have stayed a member even if I could not get to every league night. I could have still contributed by staying on the club board and given input regardless. I still could have helped out at the occasional tournament. Hindsight...doesn't it just get you in the butt?
Well, now I'm starting to get my butt out there and re-joined the board. I plan on continuing to be a member of a great dg club that I believe in. There are tournaments that I really enjoy being a part of and will be helping out with this year. Hopefully, I can get down there on a few league nights and host some "side games" like I have done in the past. I am also going to get more involved with the local club here in Flint, the Flint Town Flyers. Not sure how much I will be able to offer at first, but, I want to at least get to know more of the local players.
Something else that I enjoy doing is taking out new players and getting them hooked. So far, two more have come into the fold, Eric and David. They are students of my wife at Southwestern Academy here in Flint. Eric, especially, has taken to wanting to play whenever he can. Even in the snow, Eric has enjoyed getting out to Goldenrod and Hollywoods, two of the local courses.
This past Sunday, Eric, David, my son Conor and I got out to Hollywoods DG Coarse for the first time this year. Thanks to talking to Mark Stephens of FTF, we found a parking spot near hole 6 that wouldn't get my van ticketed. There was only a couple of inches of snow along the fairways and the pads were mostly cleared off. The wind was down and not too cold (well, not too cold for us Michiganders..lol....we consider it balmy weather whenever the temp gets around mid thirties or warmer). We had a great round! Eric and David wanted to find out who was the better disc golfer. Conor had some great throws showing that he was focusing more on his game. Conor even had the best putts of the round by canning a 51 footer and then a nice 25 footer later in the round. Eric was having fun throwing his putter overhand a few times and doing quite well at it. That is until he skyrocketed one that got caught up in a tree about 40+'. Thankfully, David was able to get the disc out. Good thing too since both of them were borrowing my discs...lol...Anyhow, we all had a great time, especially when the dynamic duo got to rag on me.
Well, ta-ta for now everyone. Get out and throw!