The 7th Annual St. Louis Open PDGA A-Tier was held this past weekend (5.5 & 5.6) at four St. Louis-area Courses and was, by nearly any measure, a success- 200+ golfers from 16 different states playing 54 or more holes on 3 courses each over 2 days, all vying to be #1 in their respective divisions. A Saturday night player’s party including great Cinco de Mayo fare and an informative free Clinic from 3 of the Non Stop Disc Golf Pros. A player’s pack with discs and swag galore, a full color Handbook, and a tourney stamped shirt. Hundreds of spectators of all ages lining the fairways as the Final 9′s came to their conclusion, and the 2012 STLO Champions were crowned.
The STLDGC is proud to have been a part of such an event, and as TD Dave West (#752) says in an article penned for PDGA.com, “This is disc golf at its best, and our young pros are doing a great job of representing and promoting the sport. Thanks to our volunteers and 3 neighboring clubs who helped with the event. Come join us next year for the 8th annual STL Open!”
Check out the Photo Slideshow below and click on a pic to see it here on the Club Website, or follow the links beneath the slideshow to go to all of the weekend’s full size photos.
The St. Louis Open- the area’s premier PDGA event- is this coming weekend! Check out the player’s pack items listed below, head to our Courses page to check out the tracks you’ll be playing, and follow the links for more information and to Pre-Register…
The March C-Tiers were 3/24 & 25 and, with a full field of golfers each day and beautiful weather throughout, the events offered a great chance to hone one’s competitive mettle and enjoy four PDGA sanctioned rounds on two of the St. Louis-area’s premier Courses. Follow the links below for more info, and to check out the Photos from Sunday @ Endicott!
With representatives from schools as far-flung as Mississippi State, Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Alabama – and as home grown as Lindenwood University and St. Louis Community Colleges – the 22 Team Gateway Classic was the 2nd-largest Collegiate Team event ever. School spirit was evident as players decked themselves out in team jerseys, joined in rousing cheers, and gave each other pep talks and much needed moral support after a rough throw or a missed putt. The camaraderie and class exhibited throughout the weekend by the competitors is both to be commended, and looked upon as a harbinger of good things to come as Collegiate Team disc golf grows!
Saturday’s action saw 2 rounds of singles play at Jefferson Barracks Park, and the eventual Champions jumped out to an early, and ultimately insurmountable, lead on a cold and blustery day…
After awaking to a crisp morning with a fine dusting of snow on the ground, only one thought was on the mind of the Valentine’s Massacre event staff and volunteers- “Why, oh why, did we use white paint to mark the OB lines?” After seeing that the previous week’s work on the layout was rendered invisible by the snow cover, folks fanned out to quickly re-mark the various OB lines, islands, drop zones, and etc. in yellow…and, yes- despite what it may have looked like, you can rest assured that all of that “yellow snow” was produced with paint!
As the first round began, it became clear that the all-new “Massacre Layout” wasn’t going to be the only thing taking a toll on players’ scores and psyches- the whipping winds and frigid February temps added to the challenge of having a “hot round”, in all senses of the term. Some navigated the track better than others, of course, and during the lunch break the AM field was broken into 3 flights, the cards re-shuffled, and the competitors sent back into battle to see who could put together two quality rounds and come out on top.
The burning question was whether Pro Division 1st-round leader Nate Speer could hold on to claim his first win in an RCF Pro/Cash Division. As you can tell from his expression in the picture to the right, he did, coming away with a commanding 5 stroke victory and what would be an impressive two round total in any conditions on this layout (56/57- 113)…congratulations on the big win, Nate!
The first Two of the St. Louis Area’s 5 Total Ice Bowl Series Events are in the books! Both the Creve Coeur and Jefferson Barracks installments were quite the success…here’s a look at the numbers, and the action coming up:
92 golfers played the Creve Coeur event in balmy, 50+ degree conditions, with 79 making it out to JB this past weekend in the snow!
The Creve Coeur Event raised $1,313 and 430 lbs. of food for donation to the St. Louis Area Foodbank- the 430lbs. is a single-event record for an Ice Bowl donation in the St. Louis-Area!
The JB Ice Bowl raised $467 and 240 lbs. of food, bringing the current Series-totals to $1,780 and 670 lbs. of food…we’re well on our way to breaking the 1,000lb. mark for food donations for the Series and setting a new record for the St. Louis Area!
The Holly Daze Tournament went down on the 10th of December…if you missed it (or maybe you just need a little help to remember it!) here’s a by-the-numbers breakdown of the fun:
70, 22, 36, 2, 15k, 40, 5, 0
70 golfers showed up for the 22nd installment of the Holly Daze, held this year at Sioux Passage- 36 holes in 2 rounds covering over 15,000 feet of golf across the signature hills and valleys of one of St. Louis’ finest courses. Layer-shedding 40-plus degree temperatures; a tasty $5 hot lunch on-site; and Zero – the number of Cali’s Neil needed to finish the Putter Challenge sidegame! The legendary Santa Laker made an appearance in his perfectly placed (and fully stocked!) LakerLand encampment near hole 4, and both the tree and Santa were loaded with presents…
11/29/11: Nikko Shoots “Lights Out” @ the Turkey Toss
Brad Stone caught up with St. Louis’ own Nikko Locastro after he won the 21st Annual Turkey Toss at JB by shooting a 107 for 44 holes (i’ll do the math for you- that’s really good!)…including an ace on hole #11B. We may have some more video snippets and photos coming soon, so check back.