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General Banter / Re: Cooper Arnold--Apology and thanks
« on: October 19, 2016, 12:43:58 PM »
Coop, congrats on a great weekend of golf.   Great to see you winning back to back.

Tournaments / Re: Kansas City Juniors Open- Oct 1st, 2016
« on: September 17, 2016, 03:48:46 PM »
Disc Golf World has graciously donated swag which will go towards the raffle, CTP, and ROF.  Plus to sweeten up the players packs, they added coupons for each youth competitor to redeem at their new location in the north land.

Sweet players pack again this year.  Thanks DGW, Innova, PDGA, and DD. 

Tournaments / Re: Kansas City Juniors Open- Oct 1st, 2016
« on: September 16, 2016, 12:40:36 PM »
Things are shaping up nicely.  DD, Innova, PDGA, and Mavericks have contributed sweet swag.

We have  DD baskets for 1st place in each division.

Niice prices coming in as well for CTP, ROF, and the raffle.

Tournaments / Kansas City Juniors Open- Oct 1st, 2016
« on: September 02, 2016, 10:11:58 AM »
KC Juniors Open-Oct 1st at Fox Hill

Here is an old post from last year.  Price is $10 for Singles and $15 for Doubles. 

For those folks that are new to disc golf, this event is not geared for just the competitive golfer.  I had someone ask me what this event is all about and I wanted folks to know that we are providing an opportunity for kids to play tournament golf  that is geared exclusively for juniors, but any skill level is encouraged to play.  You have to start somewhere and this is the event for your kids.  With 5 different age divisions and the top 3 in each division prizing out, your chances to prize out are promising.  Plus all players will win something disc golf related from the raffle.  So  here is the scoop. Where else can you play in an event that you receive a tourney disc, a lunch, raffle ticket,  ROF (in the past we hooked it up here as well), CTP, and a chance to prize out all for the price a $10 entry fee?  Sounds crazy, but with the help of many great sponsors we are able to pull off an exceptional players pack for a super low price.  We want to thank our sponsors Dynamic Discs, KCFDC and Innova for making this event be so special.  Our goal is to keep the price affordable  in order to attract juniors that might have only played in PE at school or occasionally with dad. 

Most importantly, a majority of the event proceeds are donated to United Way.  Bill Lentz, the Fox Hill pe teacher and tourney co-director's goal every year is to raise $300 for United Way.  Fox Hill has hosted a Frisbee tournament and disc golf event in KC for numerous years and we hope to continue  growing this event and raising money for United Way. The flyer states that is  the 3rd annual KC Juniors Open, but this event started as a frisbee  and hula hoop event fundraiser for United Way is one of the longest frisbee events in KC's rich history going steady for 25 years.

 25 years later ...

Here is a little history of Fox Hill disc golf and the doubles event.  Fox Hill's first PE teacher was Coach Duane Hall.  He started up a disc golf double tournament 22 years, back in 1991.  Coach Hall brought the event to Fox Hill from his former school, so the exact number of years is not known at this point.  Every year the event has raised funds for United Way.  The event has always cost $10 with all proceeds going to United Way.  It is believed that this event has raised between $5,000-$8,000 dollars over the last 22 years.  Coach Hall used the resources that he had available in supply closet, like so many PE teachers.  He made targets using cones, hula hoops, and homemade PVC flagsticks. 

Enter Coach Bill Lentz in  1995.  Bill picked up the tradition and continued to promote disc sports, disc golf, and ran the doubles event.  Folks have attended this event over the years to spend quality family time together, get some exercise, and raise funds for United Way.  Players did not complain about the types of baskets, the players pack, or the course set up.  They were simply out to have fun and huck some plastic.

Bill and I have been friends since we met at the Missouri Cupstacking Championship 11 years ago and he contacted me several years back about getting a disc golf course.  When we walked the land for the first time, I did not want to tell him how expensive it was going to be to clear all that land, grade it, seed it, spray it etc, but he remained optimistic.  Several years later, much to my amazement, Bill made Fox Hill a reality.  With thousand of dollars donated, thousands in machinery hours donated, thousand in time given by Messengers lawn care workers, Eagle Scout projects planned and finished, KCFDC work days,  Steve Dresser  running his skid, we now have  a real course to continue the legacy of Coach Duane Hall's doubles event.

Fox Hill Doubles will now be held for the 25th year and Kansas City will be getting a quality Juniors event that will coincide with the longest running doubles event in Kansas City.  Don't miss out....... come out and join us for a fun filled family day of disc sports at the Kansas City Juniors Open...

General Banter / Re: leagues for kids
« on: August 19, 2016, 08:53:54 AM »
There will be another kids tourney this fall at Fox Hill Elementary.  The event is called Kansas City Juniors Open.  This is not a league, but a chance for kids to come out and play against each other.  It is very casual and geared towards being super affordable, lots of giveaways and good player pack, introducing new kids to the game, and family fun.

We are working on the dates now and hoping to get info out in the next couple weeks.

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Photos from FTL
« on: June 20, 2016, 04:54:05 PM »
That is the fattest Hackberry i have ever seen.  All the hackberries that i see are usually in the woods and are  usually long and limb out towards the top, not the bottom like that.  The owners told me that they have had numerous generational tree forts come and go.

30 hours of volunteer work by:
Brain Sweezy
Nate Zier
Greg Matton
Tyler Matton
Kevin Weiss
Charles Byrd
Scott Murphy
Husker Ben

With a fresh mow that was LONG over due, and major trimming, the course looks much better.  Thanks to Kevin and Tyler for allowing us to use their trucks for hauling out debris.  I was able to get out there early and trim out a bunch so our army of workers had plenty to pull and stack in the trucks and we were able to work effectively as a team and accomplish a lot.  Everyone worked really hard.  I hope to get out this summer and get back to spraying the edges to keep things knocked down.

Thanks KCFDC for the drinks and stump killer.  Biggest work day that we have ever had out there on a night that folks could have chosen to play numerous courses or leagues or just stay home in the AC.  Thanks everyone.  The course needed it badly.

Work day is on.

I got my saws ready and took them apart, cleaned the air filters, chains  sharpened, and are razor sharp ready to cut.

Back sprayer is loaded up

2 containers of Tordon

2 loppers

Gatorades and water and Nate is grabbing adult beverages

1 chain saw, 1 telescoping pole chainsaw, 1 pole  hand saw

2 rakes

Bring yourselves.  We go the gear.  We need some more mules. 


I sent several folks a text message who expressed interest in a work day.  I know that week days might seem weird to have a work day but a couple folks already agreed to this night and 3 of us is a good start.  I hope to push back fairways, raise ceilings, and maybe some spraying. It really needs some love and it would be nice to get it looking good for the rest of the summer. 

Cold drinks provided by the club. 


PM if you have any questions.  We could likely move some baskets for Joe as well.

Tournaments / Re: Disc Golf Day 2016 - May 28 @ Swope Park
« on: May 28, 2016, 08:21:34 PM »
Great job Nate and KCFDC team!

Thanks for a great event. The weather was beautiful.   The shirts looked fantastic again.  Last several years they have been spot on.  BBQ lunch was delicious and beer was cold, tasty and plentiful. 

Thanks everyone for donating your time and energy and providing such a wonderful day of disc golf adventures.  My daughter had a great time and we saw numerous  kids running around grinning from ear to ear. 

First class job everyone!


Young Park - Blue Springs / moved baskets
« on: May 22, 2016, 08:36:26 PM »
I moved....

I really hope to get out there once school gets out and push back the fairways, raise the ceilings,  and spray for ivy/honeysuckle/russian olive/multiflora rosa.

Please let me know if you are interested in helping.  Wilbur looks very shaggy and needs some serious love.  I do not have the time like i used to give and the course is clearly showing it. I need help please and thanks.

Tournaments / Re: 2016 Kansas City Wide Open - May 6-8, 2016
« on: May 09, 2016, 12:37:41 PM »
I was following Will, JohnE, Nate and Uli on Sunday.  I was impressed with how Will was able to handle his emotions.  He completely lost his putt.  Several airballs from 15-20 foot and even a 6-10.  It was obvious that his world felt like it was caving in but he was able to stay calm and act as a professional.  There are so many other players that immediately look to blame others and make excuses.  I heard several pros blaming others when they need to suck it up and act professional.

 It really says a lot about his character and others on his card gained some strokes that round and ended up taking home some good money.  No card wants to have Debbie downer and kill the mood. 

Young Park - Blue Springs / League -Tuesday, April 5th at 6pm
« on: March 30, 2016, 02:19:06 PM »
Joe Mangiarancina will be running league this year.

Starts this Tuesday at 6pm.   

Thanks for running league.  I will be bringing plenty of  adult beverages to share  to kick start the first league.

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Will Young have a spring cleanup day?
« on: March 30, 2016, 02:15:35 PM »
I had a meeting with parks and rec today.  I brought some recommendations for some minor fixes and more complex fixes.  They are still hoping to get to the CUA... i was told that they are trying to get several things done and they have not forgot about it.

I have  a list of things that i will submit to them.  They will get to the easier things first.  some of the more difficult things will have to be this fall/winter.

Good meeting. 

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Will Young have a spring cleanup day?
« on: March 20, 2016, 02:20:41 PM »
Building upon Dougie Fresh's hard work, three of us got a good amount of work done.  Showmedoug and his dog Mini, Scott Murphy, and myself knocked out the hillside on AA.  It looks a lot better.  I have been waiting for years for the county to make an effort to clean that but not much has happened.

As a  collective group we have 7 1/2 hours  on that side of the park and there were close to 10 bags of trash( most came from other side of the fence which is not park property).

I have a meeting set up at the  park in a week in hopes of fixing some issues, new pins on 6,15,17, and moving/pouring a couple tee pads.

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