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Today was the big day. The biggest day of my road trip, the biggest of my disc golf history. It finally came time for the 1,000th course, and I couldn't wait to get it done.

I got to the IDGC around 8:30, and me and my dad went right out to play the back 9 at WR Jackson for warm-up. I was not happy with my shooting in warm-up, which left me nervous on tee #1 for the round later. After hanging out in the IDGC for awhile, doing some quick interviews, 11:00 rolled around and we headed off to play, followed by a small gallery, and a videocamera. Thanks, Johhny B Botamer for filming it. Stan McDaniel (who I was just watching in the Clash At Renny Gold movie) came down from Charlotte to see this! His attempts to putt with an arrow (not Aerobie, but the thing you shoot from a bow) were unsuccessful.

Scores: Hos- 65
Me-67
Terry- 68

Record- 61 (Jason, a few days ago)

The round went done well, a bit cold perhaps beyond a bit cold to Hosfeld as he had to continually flex his hands just to grip the disc. I am doubting I will 'survive' winter disc golf back home myself as I contemplate southern places to live and work. He won, of course, but by 2 strokes, both of which I lost on the very first hole. My dad stayed freakishly close at just 1 stroke behind, which I had to save on the last hole by throwing a 110' uphill sidearm sharp upshot over a bush. It's a course for short-medium straight shots up tunnels, having an arm is not advantage whatsoever. Tough- one of the toughest in the world, with par 4's and 5's everywhere. Steep hills, creek beds, tight woods.

Afterwards, me and my dad went to Patriot's to play 1001. Gregg has already played it and has to design a mini-disc course at the IDGC, which is pretty sweet.

Good luck at the Player's Cup with that new Boss!

1,000th: Appling, GA- Jim Warner Memorial: Fitting to wear my Discraft polo, designed by Discraft and with Chainstar baskets. It may end up being the most favorited of the 3 courses here when complete. Long, but without many chances to throw far as it's entirely tightly wooded. Many straight or slight fade tunnels. 900+
par -5 UPHILL massive hole. Several other par-5's. Barely and chances to park a hole but for the nice straight over a valley shot. Hilly, physically demanding. Leaf-covered forest floor is serene, views of lake. No tees/signs/length/par even known yet!

1001: Grovetown, GA- Patriot's:It's tough to navigate without mostly missing signs and a new layout. Map is online so GET IT! We rolled up and found a lawyer from out of town happened to be there so we joined him. He's relatively new, but hooked on it and plays here when in town. Cement tees, well maintained. Mostly flows around a park in the fringe woods and grass. Many really tight shots, some unfair fairways. A creek in play, several small hills. A 750' wide, open tunnel. Fun, some re-design needed but a serious challenge and tougher than it looks!

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Comment by Murph on November 19, 2008 at 12:52pm
Congrats on your historic day Ben
Comment by Bogeyman on November 19, 2008 at 9:23am
Ben, congrats on making the 1000th., it's been fun following you around the USA! :)
Comment by Jack Davis on November 19, 2008 at 9:17am
GO BEN! Good job man! And this is a GREAT day for disc golf
Comment by DiscGolfFlyMart.com on November 18, 2008 at 11:46pm
Congrats!!
Comment by eric beich on November 18, 2008 at 11:01pm
I gotta laugh at the way Ben describes it. The Pirate almost made the day!!!!

Grats again to all involved. it was a great day for disc golf !!
Comment by Dennis "Dendog" Gordon on November 18, 2008 at 9:23pm
Congrats to all but especially for "The Pirate" 'cause all us "OLD" guys stick together, huh Terry!
Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on November 18, 2008 at 9:02pm
Fun day. The lawyer we met at Patriots is actually a "circuit judge" who sometimes plays in the area when his court ends early on a week day. Got to say it was the very first time I met a judge on a course.

Disagree with Ben on Jim Warner Memorial. If I could throw a bit further I would have crushed :) he and Greg. I think distance does matter on that course, but certainly not like in an open field.
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on November 18, 2008 at 7:39pm
"freakishly Close" .....Terry 'bout whoooooopppped ya both! The Dark Horse! LMAO!!!
Comment by humchris on November 18, 2008 at 7:25pm
Congrads Ben!!! 1K1! You the man!

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