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Flippin' Sweet will have quite a few things going on tournament day, June 23:
--Martin City Brewery will be providing their tasty beverages to players 21 years old and older
--All players will receive a Dynamic Disc in lucid plastic
--Lots of rings of fire and putting contests, with prizes
--Smoked pulled pork sandwiches, with pork smoked by a big-time barbecue contest competitor
--Tons of snacks and drinks

We still need lots of players to come out to Thornfield to participate in this tournament, so if you can play, please sign up!

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.

We are at the final week before Flippin' Sweet is played for its 4th year.  This fundraiser for suicide prevention has only sold 52 player slots--we have room for another 38 players!  Please sign up and play, the tournament is a blast to play, and the players will get a very generous player pack (2 discs, cards for a free pizza, haircut, chicken sandwich, and other stuff). 

Saturday is the tournament, go to to sign up and help us fill out the remaining player slots.

Hi, all;

Just a quick update on the tournament--Flippin' Sweet has secured sponsorship from Boulevard Brewing, who will be providing the tournament with several cases of their tasty product.  We don't know what mix of brews Boulevard will be providing, but everyone knows that all of Boulevard's products are really good. 

Also, we got our Discraft Thrasher discs in, and they fly and look awesome! Players will get a Thrasher plus a Dynamic Disc putter or approach disc.

Sign up now at

We're looking forward to see you at this great fundraiser for suicide prevention!

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 / Re: Mentoring new players...
« on: February 15, 2017, 04:07:07 PM »
Just a quick note, as we move forward in the mentoring program, we need a structured approach to instruction in the game of disc golf.  Some people have mentioned EDGE, and my question is whether anyone has a copy of that for us to evaluate?

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.

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.

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