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Suicide sucks.  I lost my son the day before Halloween in 2012, it's the reason I work hard to make this tournament successful.  One of his best friends took his life the year before.  It's impacted their entire social circle, and we were worried another mutual friend of theirs would take their life, too.

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is one of the most effective organizations around to help stop this.  I urge players to sign up for the tournament, we still need a lot of players.  All proceeds go to JCSPC, every last cent.  They will use the funding for their ASIST and other fantastic programs.

We're giving away A LOT of stuff, merchant support has been unbelievable.  What we need now is more players.  Remember, Thornfield, Saturday, June 18.  Registration starts at 8am.  Singles play, open tourney.

BTW, my avatar was the logo my son used to sign his art.

Just a reminder that in less 2 weeks, the Flippin' Sweet Memorial Disc Golf Tournament takes place at Thornfield Disc Golf Course. If you haven't played this course, this is a good shot a playing one of the fun and challenging gems in the area. The only way to play this course is by playing in a charity fundraiser, so come out June 18 and see if you can win this singles open tourney. To sign up:…/3rd_Annual_Flippin…/register

Many thanks to those from the group that have signed up. See you June 18!

We've put together a player pack to include:
Custom tournament Dynamic Disc Driver
Disc golf towel
Set of 4 Bic writing instruments that includes a Clic Stic retractable ball point pen, MarKing permanent marker (Bic's version of Sharpie), Brite Liner (highlighter), and a .7mm mechanical pencil
Best Rewards Bakery gift card for free gooey butter cake
Retractable ball point pen / highlighter combo  (Not sure how we cleaned up in the writing instrument department, but we did)

Stuff we're giving away during the tournament:
Garmin Vivofit fitness watch
Casio G-Shock watch
Nut Sac disc golf bag
4 Royals tickets
2 $25 Zarda BBQ gift certificates
5 Innova Champion drivers (don't know what they are, but I'm using one now, and it's really good)--from All Things Disc Golf
2 custom discs from Discfinity
2 Discfinity T-shirts
1 Infinite disc golf bag (looks like 10 disc capacity)
4 Schlitterbahn passes
8 $10 Gambino's Pizza gift cards
8 T-Bones tickets
2 T-Bones jerseys (like really good ones)
1 T-Bones batting helmet
1 T-Bones baseball cap (again, a nice one)
1 $50 Hereford House gift card
1 $25 Strouds gift card
A bunch of disc golf towels branded to various disc golf equipment makers.

People have been generous, but it doesn't mean much without players.  The next 25 players that sign up will be entered into a drawing for a pair of Royals tickets with a $25 Zarda BBQ gift card.

Thanks for looking this over, there's a lot of swag to be claimed at this tournament, plus, remember, it's singles play.

What:  3rd Annual Flippin' Sweet Memorial Disc Golf Tournament for the Prevention of Suicide.  ALL FUNDS GO TO THE JOHNSON COUNTY SUICIDE PREVENTION COALITION
When:  June 18, 2016  8am registration / 9am start
Where:  Thornfield Disc Golf Course, Stilwell, KS
Who:  Players who want to see a reduction is teen suicide and to enhance depression awareness.
Why:  Because the disc golf community thinks ahead and does preventative stuff
HOW:  Sign up

Wow!  Singles open tournament on Thornfield?  Don't see that very often.  This is two 18 hole rounds, one in the morning, one in the afternoon.  Great DD custom tourney disc, disc golf towel, and DOZENS of prizes.  Ace pool, multiple rings of fire.  Cool stuff like two Nut Sac disc golf bags:

Royals tickets, T-Bone tickets, Schlitterbahn ( ! ) tickets, custom discs sent to us to help support our fundraising for suicide prevention.  Seriously, merchants have donated so much stuff, there's a good chance you'll win a cool prize.

And, like last year, Miller Coors has stepped up with beer for your players, probably enough for 3-4 beers per player.  The traditional Miller Light / Coors Light will be there, but also Blue Moon, Redd's Apple Ale, Strong & Forge, and other tasty beverages.  We'll be serving treats in the morning, have lots of water and the new Under Armour drink that competes with Gatorade.  We should have a sponsor for koozies by it's pretty much a turn key deal.  $50 gets the rounds, the free disc and towel, lunch, a few beers, and everything in between.  We'll also have Cheatin' Craig doing our DJ work, so you know the tunes will be good. 

Where does the money go and what does it do?  Well, 100% of the proceeds go to the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition, which is a coalition of 170 organizations dedicated to the identification and treatment of suicidal individuals--I bet you don't hear about that very often.  They have two FANTASTIC programs that your player entry fee will pay for.  Let's talk about their ASIST program (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).  The coalition sponsors trainings of people in the community that encounter a lot of people each day, like teachers, clergy, guidance counselors, police officers, well you get the idea.  This training is for these people to recognize suicidal indicators in people, and guide them voluntarily into counseling and treatment.  It costs over $100/person to do this training, and the coalition recently lost their only funding through a grant.  Help us restore that funding, and get these ASIST trainees scattered throughout the community.  Your participation will actually make a difference.  Will your player fee pay for that high school teacher trained to recognize suicidal tendencies in a student who saves that student's life?

The coalition also does suicide awareness programs across high schools in Johnson County, where there is a disturbing number of teen suicides.  HELP US SLOW OR STOP THIS.

Your money will be well spent.  None of it will be for any salaries or overhead, it will just fund those programs to help stop this problem.



I wish to thank all of the players, volunteers, sponsors, and especially Bill Stueck, for a very successful and fun tournament Saturday.  The tournament was a blast, everyone seemed to enjoy the play and atmosphere, and it came off very well.  Again, thank you for all of your support.

I'm sorry about the sexist implication of the facebook post, but we are seriously trying to get players, and several people who volunteer are involved.  It was not meant to be offensive, and apologize to those who found it to be that way.

Question on categories--there are 3, beginner, intermediate, and experienced, which is intended to primarily get people with comparable skills in each flight.  The trophies will go to the top 3 finishers, regardless of category.

Thanks for the questions, and I will do my best to answer them when I get a chance.  I not only volunteer to organize this tournament, but also serve as a volunteer guardian and conservator for indigent elderly people, and had to get an estate accounting mailed to probate court last night--timing was not good, I'm trying to keep a state agency from seizing my wards assets--it was not anticipated this would become an issue before the tourney.  Now that I've got that done, I'll try to keep up with questions on the board.  Thanks for your patience.

Ok, registration starts at 8am, shotgun start at 9am.  An hour break for lunch, and I think that hour is from the time the last flight comes in from the first round.   

Prizes--there are trophies for top 3 finishers, but not cash prizes.  I think there are gift cards to go with the trophies.  There are A  LOT of gift cards, tickets, etc. to give away, I know we'll give some of that away on the ring of fire.  Can't remember which holes, but there will be prizes (most likely gift cards, T-Bones, Royals tickets, etc.)  for longest drive, and closest to the pin. 

We are set on volunteers to register, hand out beer, etc.  So you don't have to show up at 8am, but we are pretty set on the 9am start so we can finish around 4pm.

Thanks for the questions, I'll come back and check for additional questions.

    Ok, we're coming down to the wire, and the tournament is in need of players to fill player slots.  We've got TONS of prizes for players, lots of beer and food for lunch.  Weather Saturday will be PERFECT. 

    Flippin' Sweet is about the only tournament this coming weekend, and it's a great time on a great course.  Come on out and play two rounds at Thornfield Saturday.  All players will get a new disc, a goodie bag with freebies and discounts, beer (if 21 or over), lunch, and be eligible for cool prizes:

    Gift cards
    Royals / T-Bones tickets
    Other giveaways[/li]

More info:

Sign up:

We need help in filling our player slots, we've sold out our hole sponsorships, but we still need players.  It's for a great cause, and it's a great tournament.

And thanks to the many people who have signed up and supported this great cause and event.

Hey, a big shout out to Miller Coors and Midwest Distributors for providing tasty Miller Coors products for the tournament. Registered players 21 and older will get free beer!
Coors Light
Miller Light
Blue Moon
Redd's Apple Ale
Leinie's Summer Shandy
Strong & Forge
Sign up. You'll not only get a full day of some of the most disc golf available, but get lunch, beverages, and great Miller Coors products!

The tourneys at Thornfield are predominantly scrambles....Flippin' Sweet started with individual scoring, and will stay that way.

How many tourneys have individual scoring?  Yeah, it slows play down a little, but much more play per individual than a scramble. 

Great news!  Miller Coors has signed on as a sponsor for this year's Flippin' Sweet Disc Golf Tournament.  They will be providing Coors, Coors Light, Blue Moon, Miller Light, Redd's Apple Ale, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, and Smith & Forge.  Tournament players will get coupons for several servings.

A big thank you to Miller Coors for sponsoring such a worthy cause.

Hey!  The 2nd annual Flippin’ Sweet disc golf tournament, a charity tournament to raise funds for the prevention of teen suicide, and teen depression awareness through the Tom Karlin Foundation is going to be held:
When:  June 27, 2014
Where:  Thornfield Disc Golf Course, Stilwell, Kansas (one of the top courses in the country)
What:  Two 18 hole rounds of disc golf, individual scoring.  One round on pro tees, one played on the amateur tees.  Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  Shotgun start.
Extra:  Free commemorative disc golf disc, lunch, goody bag, beer for players over 21, beverages, ring of fire.
How:  Sign up at the Tom Karlin Foundation web site
Like us on Facebook:

Sign up!  This tournament if for a great cause, and is a memorial tournament for Tom Karlin and Grant Gottschalk, two teens who took their lives within a year of each other.  The proceeds will be used by the Tom Karlin Foundation to work to reduce teen suicides, and for depression awareness.

Shawnee Mission / Path between 4th basket and 5th tee
« on: May 16, 2012, 03:46:19 PM »
Has been overlaid with gravel, and then with mulch.  Should be much easier to get between 4th basket and 5th tee after a rain, and when it's dry, the roots that stuck through the soil won't be so noticeable.

Found and Lost / Re: Found Innova KC Star Wraith - Rosedale
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