3/5/12: Gateway Collegiate Classic Recap
Held March 3rd and 4th by the St. Louis Disc Golf Club, the 1st Annual Gateway Collegiate Classic was a resounding success! With two coveted spots in the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships up for grabs and the added allure of a Friday evening Doubles Event at the Crystal City Underground DGC, the chance to hone one’s skills on two of the area’s beautiful and challenging Courses and strengthen the team bonds that can be so important in the Collegiate Team format proved impossible to resist.
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…
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3/1/12: The St. Louis Disc Golf Club Matching Baskets Program
The STL Disc Golf Club, the River City Flyers, is proud to announce a matching baskets program for 2012: If any club, group, or municipality is ready to put a new disc golf course into the ground, the RCF will offer to supply half of the baskets for the course (5 for a 9 hole course; and 9 for an 18 hole course).
Other details of the program:
*The new course must be within 60 miles of St. Louis City
*Baskets must be put in within 3 months of the agreement (so as not to restrict other course possibilities)
*Baskets will not be turned over to the recipient until they are within 1 week of being put in the ground (some form of proof will be required)
*There are a maximum of 27 matching baskets available in 2012 for this program
*If the course is closed and not relocated, the RCF retains the right to the baskets (to put into a different course)
*RCF has the option to run, or help run, a tournament at the new course (to help generate interest in the sport – especially if no other club is involved). If the recipient is a municipality, we should be able to run tournaments at the course without any rental fees.
If you’re with an area Club exploring new course opportunities, a local Parks Dept. or other institution looking at putting in a DG course, or are a golfer with an idea for a new Course, this is your opportunity to pair with one of the largest Clubs in the country to get some baskets in the ground…let’s work together to grow the sport and pastime of Disc Golf in the St. Louis area!
2/11/12: Valentine’s Massacre Recap
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!
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2/3/12: Club/Board Meeting Scheduled for February 6th
It’s that time of the month again…
No, not that time of the month – it’s time for another Club Meeting! This coming Monday, February 6th, from 6 to 8pm @ Sky Music Lounge in Ballwin, the Club’s Board members will get together to hatch their nefarious plans for world domination. Or, alternately, to plan and discuss upcoming events and issues of import to the world of St. Louis-area Disc Golf. It’ll be one or the other- the only way to find out is to show up and make your voice be heard!
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1/30/12: The Dude Chronicles: Vol. 2 “Notes from the Underground”
The first installment of the “Dude Chronicles” found our hero, local Disc Golf evangelist Mark “The Dude” Dudenhoeffer, heading out to play a few new courses south of the St. Louis area. In our second chapter, The Dude goes where no golfer has ever gone before…Underground! Crystal City Underground, a 200+ acre former sand mine being turned into a sports & entertainment complex, has, due to the work of The Dude and his fellow frisbee-tarians, added a 9-Hole Disc Golf Course to their subterranean pleasure palace.
Our crack team of researchers has assured us that this is the world’s first underground Disc Golf Course, right here in our own backyard. In addition to golf, there are sand volleyball courts, air soft tournaments, beer and beverage sales on site, an underground lake featuring barge rides, and all sorts of other bells and whistles that make this a “must” for any local golf enthusiast. Many of the details are still in flux: additional lighting is being added, some holes will change their shape as things develop, and, currently, the complex is only open to golfers on Friday evenings from 7pm-Midnight, when the sand volleyball league also takes place. But even at this early stage in its development, The Underground is truly a “kid in the candy store” kind of experience.
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1/26/12: Monthly Letter from the RCF President (Jan. 2012)
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I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! We have had a very mild winter so far, with very little snow. We’ve had big crowds at all RCF Events from October forward – thanks for all of your participation, and thanks to all of our hard-working volunteers!
Here is a list of the many things we are working on, as well as general comments:
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1/18/12: Ice Bowl Series Update
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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!
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1/10/12: The St. Louis Disc Golf Club is on Facebook!
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In what is surely a sign of the impending apocalypse, the Club has now started an ‘Official’ Facebook Page. How did the Mayans know that all of this would be going down in 2012?!? It’s uncanny, really.
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