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General Banter / Re: I must apologize and clarify
« on: December 05, 2014, 12:36:00 AM »
I don't spend much time on this forum these days but this topic seems to have gotten quite a stir. So here are my thoughts on the subject.

The Kansas City disc golf community and the KCFDC have always supported and welcomed women golfers,  so I thought it was odd and the reason I investigated both sides of the "down under incident". Everything has been worked out and I'm happy that that has not changed.

But we need to keep the dialogue and communication open- we tend to be a little sensitive about this topic. Guys maybe you can be too when you find yourself in a situation like that. Are there jerks out there - YES. But they aren't limited to the disc golf course. Heck, read this forum and it won't take you long to find a jerk or 2  ;D  Mostly we are blessed to have a great group of guys here in KC that welcome us on the course and at events.

As for growing the sport, no matter who you are an advocate for: women, youth or disc golf in general it takes passion and action. Thanks Crispian for being passionate and wanting to take action.

All the support aside, it takes women to truly grow womens disc golf! 

I started the KC Disc Golf Divas several years ago after the torch was passed to me by Kristie and Tiffany, instigators of our original Girls Night Out back in the day :)  I recently ran across an old article about womens disc golf from the Summer 2003 Issue of Disc Golf World News magazine. I thought I'd share so I copied below the part that Kristie Svejda wrote about our womens group 11 years ago:



    Women’s League here in Kansas City began three years ago. I had been on a short disc golf tour in 1999 and had heard about women who started a women’s league in their hometowns. This sounded like a great idea at the time, so I placed it in the back of my mind and forgot about it until the next season. In 2000, I was playing a lot of disc golf, usually with men, and I started figuring out the details for a women's league. I made a few signs, put them up at our parks, and on that first night, I showed up along with a couple of other women. That year ended much like it began, with little success in the number of women players, but I was beginning to see how successful such a league could be if it caught on.
In 2001, I was a little discouraged about running a women’s league. I had dropped the $2.00 entry fee, and the signs in '01 read: "Ladies League" instead of "Women’s League." The biggest difference was that Ladies League now had a regular player. Tiffany would come to play every Thursday night, and since we were usually the only two girls, we came up with ideas on how to get more women to come out to play. Looking back on it, we must have looked crazy telling the women we would see playing with another group, "Come play with us on girls night." They would ask us about the details, and we would say something like. "You're looking at it. This is it." Thus, Ladies League began, and before long, we consistently had a full card.
By the end of 2001, we had conned a few women into coming out almost every week, and word was starting to get around. Almost every week, I would go to our regularly scheduled league nights and announce, "Tell your girlfriends or wives to come out to Rosedale on Thursday nights to play women’s league with us." Our league was starting to bloom, and we were having a blast watching it grow.
During 2002, the name "Ladies League" was dropped and replaced with "Girls' Night Out," and the league was running itself. Our turnout doubled to about eight, and by the end of the season, we had 15 women showing up to play on Thursday nights. The hardest part about watching the growth of our league was that we couldn’t all play on the same card anymore. We started splitting up in to two groups and eventually three.
So far, 2003 has been great. Everyone has filled a position of sorts in running Girls' Night Out. In addition to running the league this year, Annie has made scorecards for us and is always there with extra discs to loan or sell. Tiffany, our mother hen, watches over all the girls and was key in making the league successful. Rhonda, our marketing guru, not only made business cards for us to pass out to other women, but she is also working on a Girls' Night Out website. We even started a funny tradition of bringing snacks for after the round. Looking back to 2000, I would have never dreamed Girls' Night Out would be such a success in just three years.
My advice, if you want to start a Girls' Night Out in your hometown, is to make sure everyone is having a good time. Cut out all of the competition crap, and just take it easy for a night. Ask your friends and their friends to come out and play. If they don’t want to play all of the holes or quit during the round, that’s cool, because you're not trying to find the next champion, you're just hoping to be able to play disc golf with some cool chicks. Eventually, if your league works out like Kansas City’s has, more and more girls will start playing at the local events. Some will join the club; and sooner or later, they may join the PDGA; and voila, you have 15 new friends, and a women’s division at the next tournament.






And we're still growing. To some it may not look like we're much in numbers but travel to some other cities events and talk to other women out there and you'll find out they are jealous of how many women play in KC. The area we need to keep growing is the competitive side.

Competitive golf is not for everyone but one of the biggest impacts you can make ladies is to play more tournaments! Then and only then will the number of womens spots in events be raised. I can't count the number of tournaments I have played over the years where I was the only woman at the event so it's exciting to me to see womens divisions filling up! I like to think of it as growing pains.  Just another perspective.

I wasn't going to say anything about this publicly for awhile but since it was brought up....

I am planning a women's only tournament for May 2015 here in Kansas City. Nothing official just yet- it's still in planning stages.  It will be an annual event, but every other year also tie into the PDGA Womens Global event.

And guys...
I'll need volunteers to help with the event- because most of the ladies will be playing - I hope :)

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Swope / Re: Disc return
« on: June 19, 2014, 06:11:19 AM »
The return will be cleaned out today.  The discs will be close to the check in table at the pavilion.

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Leagues / 2014 Womens Leagues
« on: April 28, 2014, 03:24:12 PM »

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Disc Golf Topics for Women / 2014 Womens Leagues
« on: April 28, 2014, 03:21:48 PM »

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Tournaments / Re: ICE BOWL 2014 - January 25th and 26th
« on: January 24, 2014, 10:17:33 PM »

    Some important final details about Ice Bowl weekend:

    We will be setup for check-in or day of registration at 8 am.
    If you are pre-registered and playing afternoon round, please make sure you check-in by 12:30 pm.

    Unlimited mulligans are for sale to be used during the first round only. Their use is highly encouraged as all mulligan proceeds go to our charities. In fact, we challenge you to buy an Ice Bowl Championship!

    1 round and a final nine will be played during the weekend.
    WHEN you play that first full round is up to you. You choose your group and choose to play either Saturday or Sunday.

    You have 3 Tee Time options for Saturday:
    (if you pre-registered, you chose a time)

    1. Up Top at 9 am - Shotgun start
    2. Up Top at 1 pm - Shotgun start
    3. Down Under 8am – 3pm: Flex start

    .... or instead of playing Saturday, you can play your 1 round on Sunday.

    You need to post an 18-hole score on either of Rosedale Park’s courses to qualify to play the nine-hole final round.

    Final 9 on Sunday
    Sunday, 8am – 10 am: Flex start: Top or Down Under

    Also on Sunday:
    Chili contest and chili potluck lunch
    Beer and music
    CTP and Mini Golf
    Raffle

    Come out for the fun and festivities on Sunday- whether you're playing or not. Hang out for an hour or all day.

    Remember this event is all about supporting our charities- Harvesters and Bishop Sullivan Center- and to have fun with our disc golf family!



We broke last year's record for Ice Bowl pre-registrations - 234.

Now let's break our record for donations to our charities!

The KCFDC has set its charitable goal high this year—$10K for our historic beneficiaries: Bishop Sullivan Center's Saint James Place Food Pantry and Harvesters: the Community Food Network.

To give us a chance to reach this goal, please download the Sponsorship Form and the Pledge Sheet.
http://www.icebowlhq.com/docs/kcib14sponsor.pdf
http://www.icebowlhq.com/docs/kcpledgesheet.pdf


The Sponsorship Form is four pages long: the first page describes the mission, pages two and three include the sponsorship options and a sponsor agreement, and page four offers a brief description of the KCFDC and of disc golf.

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Water Works / Re: September 21-Work Day
« on: August 27, 2013, 07:37:21 PM »

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Ladies: Monday night June 10th 6 PM at Rosedale will be a special Girls Night Out with 2012 Women's World Champ- Sarah Hokom (and possibly 2011 Women's World Champ - Paige Peirce) doing a free clinic and ring of fire, followed by a 9 hole round of doubles.

This will be a super fun night- hope you can all make it out. Help spread the word!

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We are making the final push to have the courses looking great for our out of town guests and next weekend’s Kansas City Wide Open.  Any amount of time you can give will be appreciated whether is an hour or or several hours.  There are little things that you can do like tee signs, putting up new flags or paint OB lines, help spread mulch.  How about doing some weed whacking or clearing a pile of debris?

It’s all happening this weekend: Saturday June 8 at Rosedale or Water Works and Sunday June 9 at Swope.

The KCFDC will bring lunch and beer for all volunteers!

Saturday June 8  @ Water Works

    Weed and mulch peace sign on #4
    Clean out trenches on #5
    Clean up fairway #9
    Remove downed limbs
    Rake out drainage beds
    Replace flags
    Paint O.B. lines
    Stain marquee and map

Please bring gloves, rakes,  shovels, hoes, chainsaw if you have them.
Larry Childers from the Briar Cliff Community Alliance will also be in attendance at Waterworks.  There are quite a few improvements being spoken of for Waterworks.  Please introduce yourself and let Larry know how much you enjoy the park if you have a chance!
 
Contact: Ben Crosby

 
Saturday June 8  @ Rosedale

It’s a Weed Wacking Party at Rosedale!

Please bring Weed Wackers, gas and string. We’ll be starting at 8:30 am.  A few people will also be spreading dust in front of a few tee pads and we will have the shovels and buckets for that task. Out of Bounds Lines will be marked that day also.

Click here for the full Weed Wacking Party Plan

Contact: Mike Petrin or Pete Cashen.

 
Saturday June 8 @ Blue Valley

Contact: Jack Lowe

 
Sunday June 9  @ Swope

9 am to 12 pm

Course is looking good but still lots of mulching to do and painting OB lines. Bring gloves, rakes, shovels and trucks to haul mulch if you have them. Be first to check out Swope Gold!

Contact: Eric Kolkmeier

 
Additional Volunteer Opportunities: http://kcfdc.org/kcwo-volunteers-needed

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Join us at Swope Disc Golf Course today to watch the Top Pro Men and Women in the final 9 of Grip EQ Presents the Kansas City Wide Open.

Round 4 Tee off at 9:30 am
Final 9 at 2 pm
Awards Ceremony at 4 pm

Live Scoring: http://www.pdga.com/tournament/live.php?TournID=14323&Div=MPO

Latest Updates on other Pools:
C Pool Adv Men division: The C pool round from Rosedale has been removed from the records. They are playing their last round at Water Works this morning.

B Pool Round 4 at Rosedale has been moved to 11:30 am at Water Works (due to downed power line)



SCHEDULE:

NT-Open Men and Women
Friday-WW @ 9 AM  &  Rosie @ 1 PM
Saturday-BV@ 11 AM
Sunday-Swope @ 9:30
Final Nine @ 2:00


A Tier- B Pool and C Pool
B Pool-Age Based and Adv Women

Friday-BV @ 8 AM
Saturday-WW @ 8 AM & Swope @ 1 PM
Sunday-Rosie @ 8 AM
Awards Sunday at Swope at 1 PM

C Pool-ADV Men
Friday-BV @ 1 PM
Saturday-Swope @ 8 AM & Rosie @ 2 PM
Sunday-WW @ 8 AM
Awards Sunday at Swope at 1 PM

C Tier-D Pool
Saturday Check in @ 7 AM @ Rosedale
Round 1 @ Rosedale @ 8 AM
Round 2 @ WaterWorks @ 2 PM
Awards Sunday at Swope at 1 PM




You can still experience the excitement of KCWO without playing!
Volunteers are an important of any event, help us run a smooth event and represent our city! It's a great way to be a part of the most exciting disc golf action in KC all year.
(The volunteer party after the event is pretty awesome too)
For volunteer opportunities, please visit: http://kcfdc.org/kcwo-volunteers-needed


Sponsorship Opportunities:

We are seeking sponsorship support from both the Kansas City area and the disc golf business communities. It’s our goal to make each player’s trip to Kansas City as memorable as possible and to present the Wide Open as professionally as possible. While we’re seeking cash sponsorship, there are a number of products or services that we’d be pleased to receive in lieu of cash. Sponsorship money will be used to defray our infrastructure and advertising expenses, to augment the professional prize purse, and to enhance the players visit to the Kansas City metropolitan area. The sponsorship levels, which start from $30, are listed within our brochure which you can download and view here: http://kcwideopen.com/_media/2013_wide_open_sponsorship_form.pdf

While we are primarily seeking sponsorship for this years event, we are interested in finding partners who might be interested in staying with us through 2013 and beyond. If none of these options fit your needs, we’re happy and willing to work with you to find a mutually beneficial level of sponsorship.
Read More: http://kcwideopen.com/sponsorship.html

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General Banter / Re: Forum/Website Virus/Malicious Code
« on: May 02, 2013, 10:04:07 AM »
Update: Google has officially given us the all clear.
We appreciate everyone's understanding and patience as we worked through this.

Rhonda Crosby
KCFDC Technology Officer

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General Banter / Re: Disc Golf IQ
« on: April 18, 2013, 09:17:25 AM »
Near hole 1 practice basket

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Tournaments / Re: Disc Golf Day!!!!
« on: April 17, 2013, 03:53:43 PM »

Join Us For Some Peace, Disc Golf Love & Sunshine!
Sunday May 5 2013
CINCO de MAYO
Swope Park Disc Golf Course


Raise funds for the KC Wide Open Tournament. Promote our sport in the community. All ages - All skill levels welcomed. Bring someone new out to play!

DJ, Beer provided by Tall Grass, Taco Bar provided by KCFDC Board of Directors.

Schedule for the Day:

10:00 - 4:00:
Pick your group - pick your time for casual play all day.
Enter your scorecard in the drawing for a Traveler DISCatcher.

11:30 - 2:00:
Taco Bar - bring a side item like tortilla chips or your favorite dip

1:00 - 3:00:
Ring of Fire
Frisbee demonstrations
Putting contest & other goofy games

DOWNLOAD KC Disc Golf Day Registration Form HERE: http://kcfdc.org/docs/2013DiscGolfDayRegistrationForm.pdf
Bring this form event day or, pre-pay at Disc Golf World or Dynamic Discs.

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General Banter / Re: Disc Golf IQ
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:01:09 AM »
Tracy - He's there at 5 but is usually out there til dark so come out when you can.

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General Banter / Re: Disc Golf IQ
« on: April 17, 2013, 09:23:33 AM »
KC has no pros. No one practices here. I told LaRon that just the other day. No one has a practice regiment.

Speaking of LaRon, he has stepped up and has been out at Rosedale every Monday night at 5 to work with anyone willing to put in the time to practice. Come out if you can but be ready to work. There is a regiment he will teach you.

He is a great coach/mentor - in fact he was Eric McCabes. So far I have been shocked that more people have not come out to take advantage of this opportunity.


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