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Just a heads up that the 5th Annual Flippin' Sweet Memorial Disc Golf Tournament will be held June 23 at the Thornfield disc golf course in Stilwell.  Wow!  Many thanks to you that have supported the tournament--the proceeds go to the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition.  Last year, our proceeds help fund:
--A suicide awareness initiative in school districts across Johnson county
--Screening of the film The S Word.  This film documents the "why" of suicide from suicide survivors perspective, which in really not a commercially viable film.  But it DID talk about why people try to take their own lives--who better to explain that than someone who tried but survived?  Anyway, it was a valuable contribution that players in Flippin' Sweet made possible.
--The coalition is conducting ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) classes that are directed towards high social contact individuals (clergy, teachers, counselors, police, etc.) that train them to identify suicidal individuals and steer them to counseling and treatment before they harm themselves.

Anyway, the funds from this are put to good use, all we do as organizers is put on the tournament, make it an enjoyable experience for the players, and turn the money over to the coalition so they can do their amazing work. 

When:  June 23, 2018
Where:  Thornfield disc golf course
Why:  Raise funds for suicide prevention (and depression awareness!)
How:  Register at

You can contact me at if  you have any questions, I'd love to hear from you.

Again, THANK YOU for all of your past support.  Here's to a beautiful, sunny Saturday on June 23 where you can enjoy an awesome course (Thornfield) for the benefit of a great cause!

By the way, our beer sponsor this year is Martin City Brewing Company, who is providing pretty good quantities of their fine product for players 21 and over to enjoy.  We're looking at pulled pork and sides for lunch, and, as usual, a LOT of discs to be given away in putting contests and rings of fire.

Greetings, all, just wanted to get the work out that the 4th annual Flippin' Sweet Memorial Disc Golf Tournament is being held at the Thornfield ( disc golf course in south Overland Park.  If you haven't played this course, you'll want to work this course into your rotation.  The course is only available to play when you participate in a charity fundraiser--and the Flippin' Sweet tournament is a great opportunity.

This year, all players receive TWO discs in their player packs--an entry-level midrange or putter from Dynamic Discs, and a Discraft Thrasher.  All players also get other freebies in the player pack, like coupons for free food, etc. 

Flippin' Sweet Memorial Disc Golf Tournament is a suicide prevention fundraiser, and all proceeds to the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition, which is an aggregate of 173 organizations in the metro area working to prevent suicide, and to raise awareness of depression that leads to suicide.  It's a very worthy cause, and provides about 80 to 90 percent of funding for the coalition.  Your participation is what makes this whole thing work.

When:  Saturday, June 24.  Sign-in begins at 8:30am
Where:  Thornfield Disc Golf Course, 6701  W. 167th St., Overland Park
Why:  Fundraiser for suicide prevention
How:  Register at the Flippin' Sweet web  (

Flippin' Sweet has a facebook page as well,

The tournament is being sponsored by a lot of businesses and merchants, and they've provided A LOT of prizes for giveaways for the Ring of Fire and other activities at the tournament.  Miller-Coors is again a sponsor, and if you've attended in the past, you know we get plenty of beer for players. 

Registration includes two rounds of disc golf--singles play in the morning, doubles play in the afternoon.  It also includes lunch, snacks, the whole thing.  If you know anyone that's played the Flippin' Sweet tournament, then you know that the event is a blast. 

General Banter / Mentoring new players...
« on: November 09, 2016, 04:59:23 PM »
Many of you are aware that the annual Flippin' Sweet Memorial Disc Golf Tournament is a fundraising vehicle for suicide awareness and prevention efforts.  Our group is currently reaching out to at-risk teens and veterans to offer them the opportunity to learn how to play disc golf as a means of developing skills in the game, and a chance to play a fun, outdoor sport.  We think that disc golf offers much in the way of stress relief, relaxation, and a chance to get outdoors with others.

Tomorrow night, 7pm, we are meeting at the Lackman Library in Lenexa (15345 87th Parkway--behind ANB Bank on 87th St between Lackman and Maurer) to develop more specific ideas of how we want to approach this effort.  Our goal is to have some mentoring sessions in place by mid-March so that we can begin instruction in disc golf play, and guidance on equipment, courses, etc.  This is all very new to us, and believe that there are those in the disc golf community that would be supportive of this effort in terms of providing some basic instruction to aspiring new players. 

If this is of interest to you, please try to come to the meeting tomorrow--it will only last an hour, and we are hoping that players that are willing to help get new participants into the sport can show up and contribute their ideas.  If you have any questions, please give me a call:
Tom Gottschalk   913-948-2242.

Hope to see some of you there.

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.



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 / Found Innova KC Star Wraith - Rosedale
« on: September 06, 2010, 08:25:36 AM »
Marked "Gibson #13876".  Orange 170g

Shawnee Mission / League Play
« on: March 08, 2010, 11:06:43 AM »
OK, it's understood this may be addressed elsewhere, but in the event that I'm too unobservant to have noticed, when will league play resume for spring 2010?  What evening and time of play will be used?

Shawnee Mission / How can we improve course maintenance?
« on: June 10, 2008, 10:04:59 PM »
Feedback indicates that members are not impressed with JCPRD's maintenance of the Shawnee Mission Park course.  In defense of JCPRD, you have to admit that the amount of rainfall has made their mowing schedule difficult, to say the least.

What if someone offered to go with a park worker to mow the course?  I played today, and the fairway on 11 wasn't even mowed, and has not been touched the last couple of mowing cycles.  A guy with his grandson were losing discs in the rough off other fairways--it was not a pretty picture as the granddad was complaining about the use of his tax $$.  I'd be willing to go with a JCPRD staff member on a mower and show them the fairways and areas that need to be mowed.  Right now, the mowing is divided among several staff members, some who obviously DON'T KNOW the course.  Can the course be assigned to a single staff mower who would know the fairways and areas that need to be cut?  The heavy use of this course justifies increased mowing an maintenance of the course.

I lost a very nice tie-dye design 2008 Ice Bowl Innova driver on the 2nd hole at Shawnee Mission Park.  My drive sliced to the right side of the fairway into the brush by the creek about halfway down the fairway.  Looking and looking did not work, I simply couldn't find it.  It was marked with my name and address if you find it, and has my telephone number.  I'll drive to come pick it up, or if you want to leave it at the park lost and found, I can produce ID to claim it.


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