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General Banter / Cliff Drive Workdays 7/3-7/4-7/5
« on: June 29, 2008, 10:21:11 AM »
I am planning on heading out to Cliff drive over the next weekend to get ready to bring in bigger equipment to help us set up forms.  I am taking off Thursday, and off Friday, and Saturday.

I know its a holiday weekend, but if anyone wants to help, please let me know.

I have 5 weed sprayers, and at one point (possibly Wednesday afternoon, 4ish) I would love to play a round of the first 10 holes to help as the days progress.

Will hopefully get things moving the right direction on this course for the duration of its lifetime.

Please let me know if you can come help, even a couple of hours will help if you find time.

If you see anyone out and about, and at leagues, please spread the work!

Thanks,

Jack

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Cliff Drive / League Results 6/23-Happy Birthday Marley!!
« on: June 24, 2008, 12:06:55 PM »
On a beautiful evening, with holes #1-3 looking good, the rest of the course a little long, 9 came out to play.

John Chapman and Ted Keith shot hot rounds as they felt the need to take my tag #22, and stick me with #168, as Ted had to hold onto his #157 I believe:

John Chapman-56 --$10
Ted Keith-57 --$5
Kevin Hart-58 --$2
Jack Lowe-60
Caleb Walker-60
Rick R-62
Steve-68

Angie-80 --$5
Becky-86


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The WyCo thread started a comment section about ProII, what are some thoughts about all the divisions that the PDGA offers, and what do you think we should look at locally?

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Shawnee Mission / SM Park improvements to come!!
« on: June 19, 2008, 12:24:01 PM »
Dirk is still at a meeting with JCPRD, but overall they have been very responsive to the needs of the disc golf course area.

Here are a few highlights that came from our meeting.

1-First and FOREMOST, the course will be closed from July 2-7 fort he 4th of July event.  Most of the disc golf area is utilized for parking.  This was known for the entire duration of the project, so every year, plan on this course being closed. (period)  Realize that we are squatters, and partners with the parks, but it is their land, and to have a few days a year of disc golf taken away is not the worst thing that can happen.

2-They are aware of the HIGH GRASS, currently, unbeknownst to us is that the primary area is what is referred to as a “Hay Lease” area, and this may be the last year for the contract, but what that means (new term to me BTW) is that the area is groomed for hay, and then must be cleaned and taken care of prior to July 1 (before the 4th of July event) by the company that they contract out to.  That means that many of the TALL GRASS areas will be cleared within the next couple of weeks.

3-They admit complete fault in not understanding the mowing needs, and are aware, and have been working on remedies for this.  They have “driven” the layout, see the areas that need to be addressed and appear to have some insight as to how to make this work.  Extremely receptive and knowledgeable in the fact that the land needs to be more tailored to walking terrain, than it has in the past.  The basics of this statement in all honesty, is more of a communication gap, and just overall understanding of the disc golf area.  This is a new area to them, and they are not aware of what all the discs can do.  They will be working on creating more open “Landing Zones” that will shape smaller towards the tee, more open in the 150-300’ range, then smaller clearing back to the hole.  They will not be able to entire mow the fields, but this plan should allow minimal time to identify discs.  Targeted landing zones will help keep lost discs to a minimum.  This may not be the best answer, but it makes sense and should work.  I am looking forward to how it looks.

4-We need to work with them in regards to the Kite area.  The Kite area will not go away, and what we are looking to do is to move the tee pad to the South about 150’, from the current location and then keep a “non-mown” swath of grass between the kite area and the disc golf area for some safety.  This means that it will be a blind shot into the trees, but the mowing will be tailored with the “Landing Zones” so that you will have an idea (prior to T-signs) of where to throw.  This should alleviate some of the concerns, but again, letting the people know that you are throwing, and working “WITH” them is the best form of communication.  Remember, you may be at that particular location for 5-7 minutes, the kite flyers may be there all day.  I would feel entitled to the land if I was there all day, and someone just walked through, so show respect and courtesy (if you don’t have it, pretend!) to the other patrons and we should not have a problem.

5-Upgrades, and other amenities are on the plans.  Cleaning up the areas that are riddled with downed trees, and shrubs, will be something that our workdays are scheduled for.  With your help, and the constant attention of the JCPRD, this is going to take shape into a nice area to play on.  This is the first year of the course, and we need to understand that this is some growing pains that go into that.

Overall we must realize that even though this is a large park, with resources that some of our others do not have, this is the first knowledge that this organization has with Disc Golf.  They have agreed to work with us, have been extremely receptive to the ideas brought forth, and are eager to make this work.  Unlike KCMO, and WyCO P&R where courses have existed for decades, this is a learning curve for them, and a relationship builder for us.  These things will take time, and together with good communication, and the volunteer efforts of us all we will make this a win-win situation.

I was very pleased, and excited by the meeting, and look forward to “tweaking” this course with Dirk and the JCPRD as we continue to move forward.  If you should have any questions or concerns, please remember to be tactful, cordial, and pleasant.  You not only represent yourself better, you implore the disc golf nation to make us all look like the great people that we are.

If you have any ideas, this is the place to share them.

I’ll let Dirk follow up if there is anything to add!

Thanks,

Jack

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Swope / Sun Burn Open July 6th-Kansas City C-Tier
« on: June 19, 2008, 09:42:06 AM »
Can we keep the pins short, or get them short for this event?  I really want us to be able to play through it in about 1:30 in tourney play  after playing Blue Valley, we need a rest.

Thanks,

Jack

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Tournaments / Sun Burn Open July 6th
« on: June 18, 2008, 03:23:37 PM »
Looking for something to do on Sunday after all the family holidays are done from the 4th?  Heading to KC to get some family time, and need an escape clause to throw some plastic at chains?  Look no further the Sun Burn Open is here again, and bring your Coppertone to protect your skin for this one!

Registration will be at Blue Valley Shelter by hole # 1 from 8-9
1st round will be ~9:30 (you know me!)


Entries will be as follows: (Ace fund will be optional $3 at day of event)

Entry Fees:

Open - $50
All other Pro divisions - $40
Advanced divisions - $30
Intermediate - $20
Recreational - $20
Novice - $20

(If you're not a current PDGA member, add the $10 single event fee to your registration.  If you plan on registering for the PDGA, or renewing, please arrive early!!)

Round 1 will possibly be 27 holes at Blue Valley, all 27, in the shortest configuration (sure, that’s only like 11,000 feet of golf).  We may alter Blue Valley slightly and will cover any alterations in the players meeting.  In the event that Blue Valley is altered it may switch to an 18 hole format to emulate possible World’s Semi-Finals layout for timing mechanics, yeah you can be a tester of the worlds courses if you are here.

Round 2 will be at Swope for with a shortened version to give everyone an ace run.  More importantly it is a PDGA event, and getting you more points to qualify for the Worlds in 2009 here in Kansas City. 

Thanks,

Jack

(Obviously contact me with any questions.)

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Cliff Drive / Cliff Drive-Bringing back Monday Night League!
« on: June 18, 2008, 12:48:58 PM »
Starting June 23rd (everyone say happy birthday to Marley for me (you can say it in your head as well!), and Susan Taylor, and Savannah Hartness) Leagues will once again resume on Monday Nights. Blue Valley will still have a league on the First Saturday of the Month.

League fees for standard mini's apply.  $5 league, $1 ace fund, $1 discount to current KCFDC members.

League will begin at 6:00, with last entries being accepted no later than 5:50.  If you are running late, please call my cell phone 913.485.5123 to confirm a spot.

With this endeavor the hope is to continue to see more play at Cliff Drive, and work on getting Tee pads within the next 2 months.  I will be tearing out the weeds and honeysuckle to "clean the course" primarily from 1-10.  I will be moving #10 to the long placement, and will be adding an additional hole on #15 (shorter behind BIG tree to South).

Unfortunately I have to work this Saturday and attend a B-day party on Sunday, but plan on working out at the course over the weekend of the 28th.

Watch for more exciting information to follow. 

Ace Fund is currently $475, with 1/2 going to the player that hits it after club dues are paid for a year.

Looking forward to bringing back Monday night leagues to the center of the city.

Tell one, tell all, it will be great!!!!!
 ;D

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General Banter / Cliff Drive-Bringing back Monday Night League!
« on: June 18, 2008, 12:47:44 PM »
Starting June 23rd (everyone say happy birthday to Marley for me (you can say it in your head as well!), and Susan Taylor, and Savannah Hartness) Leagues will once again resume on Monday Nights. Blue Valley will still have a league on the First Saturday of the Month.

League fees for standard mini's apply.  $5 league, $1 ace fund, $1 discount to current KCFDC members.

League will begin at 6:00, with last entries being accepted no later than 5:50.  If you are running late, please call my cell phone 913.485.5123 to confirm a spot.

With this endeavor the hope is to continue to see more play at Cliff Drive, and work on getting Tee pads within the next 2 months.  I will be tearing out the weeds and honeysuckle to "clean the course" primarily from 1-10.  I will be moving #10 to the long placement, and will be adding an additional hole on #15 (shorter behind BIG tree to South).

Unfortunately I have to work this Saturday and attend a B-day party on Sunday, but plan on working out at the course over the weekend of the 28th.

Watch for more exciting information to follow. 

Ace Fund is currently $475, with 1/2 going to the player that hits it after club dues are paid for a year.

Looking forward to bringing back Monday night leagues to the center of the city.

Tell one, tell all, it will be great!!!!!
 ;D

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Club Archives / Next meeting July 14th Monday at River Market 8:00
« on: June 17, 2008, 01:50:58 PM »
The meeting last night got us off to the right track and we have chosen a name for the event:
2009 PDGA World Disc Golf Championships presented by.......(insert title sponsor here)
Many items were passed around for perusal, of which was a checklist for action items, many of which are a little further out, but many can be worked on now.

Some items of HOT importance are as follows:
Website-kcworlds.com
FAQ's-Started one page, getting all the hotel info ready to go live on website
Logo's-Still NEED MANY, looking for artists, come one, come all, don't be dissueded by non response.
Discs-want to have a logo on a disc to sell @ Worlds in K-zoo this year
World Record to be attempted by all after players meeting (more info as Guiness World records approves attempt)
Bag Tags-special limited run tags for sale somewhere in the $15-$20 range with a unique KC theme
Sponsorship Forms and suggestions

Tentative schedule set (TENTATIVE! THIS IS NOT GOING TO THE PRINTERS!)
Sat--Doubles (Possibly moved to Sunday and Saturday is final Course prep day)
Sun--Registration-Field Events (Meet and Greet Mingle event)
Mon--Registration-Players Meeting
Tue--Start Rounds, unsure of Evening
Wed--BIG SHUFFLE-FlyMart
Thu--PDGA Banquet
Fri--Last Rounds (Players Party)
Sat--Semis & Finals (Staff Party/Afterglow)

There are many items that are still needed to have your help on.  We need to have all of us step up and make this event run without a hitch, it only happens with your support.

Step up and make an impact on the greatest disc golf event ever.  Be a part of the talent, you know you want to be!!

Those in attendance:
Becky Stebbins
Angie Biondo
Rick Rothstein
Kevin Montgomery
James Hartness
Dan Cashen
Paul Klunnell
Chris Timko
Mike Spady
John Chapman
Jack Lowe

Thanks,

jack

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General Banter / Worlds Meeting tonight 6-16-08 @ 8pm @ River Market
« on: June 16, 2008, 09:32:00 AM »
A Reminder that the Meeting for rhe Worlds will be tonight from 8-9 at River Market Brewery, 5th and Walnut.

The meetings will start to get a little more involved as we move forward.

Please plan on attending if you want to help make a difference in the 2009 Worlds.

If you plan on playing, that is fine, we can use help up to the event as well, and more people will only help us with our pursuit to WOW everyone here in KC next year!!

Jack
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Jack Lowe
Vice President-KCFDC
Tournament Director 2009 Pro Worlds
http://www.KCFDC.org
http://www.PDGA.com
816.231.3622-H
913.485.5123-C
"Disc Golf-
Like ball golf, only faster,
cheaper, and healthier!"

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Club Archives / Worlds Meeting tonight 6-16-08 @ 8pm @ River Market
« on: June 16, 2008, 09:31:39 AM »
A Reminder that the Meeting for rhe Worlds will be tonight from 8-9 at River Market Brewery, 5th and Walnut.

The meetings will start to get a little more involved as we move forward.

Please plan on attending if you want to help make a difference in the 2009 Worlds.

If you plan on playing, that is fine, we can use help up to the event as well, and more people will only help us with our pursuit to WOW everyone here in KC next year!!

Jack
--
===o {>[]----

Jack Lowe
Vice President-KCFDC
Tournament Director 2009 Pro Worlds
http://www.KCFDC.org
http://www.PDGA.com
816.231.3622-H
913.485.5123-C
"Disc Golf-
Like ball golf, only faster,
cheaper, and healthier!"

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Club Archives / Photos?
« on: June 10, 2008, 10:10:11 AM »
I am looking for a photo of Rico playing here this weekend, anyone have one?

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Club Archives / Tee Times Are up for Satruday
« on: June 06, 2008, 09:53:52 PM »
 Tee times are up.  They changed slghtly after cleaning them up had a few bad time slots, NO ONE got an earlier time frame, and nothing is less than 15 minutes difference.

I do apologize, and what fun it was to watch.  Good luck to everyone tomorrow.

http://www.pdga.com/tournament/tournament_results.php?TournID=7287

Jack

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Blue Valley / Free Pro Clinic Thursday at Blue Valley
« on: June 03, 2008, 01:34:18 PM »
75 folks enjoyed a great pro clinic up in Minnesota.

The PDGA, National Tour and the Touring Players present:

The National Tour Clinic Series

Blue Valley Disc Golf Course
5:00--7:00 pm
Thursday, June 5th

Instructors from Innova, Discraft and Gateway discs:

Brian Schweberger (Thumbers, Forehands and Rollers, oh my!)
Cale Leiviska (Driving on a Rope)
Eric McCabe (Putting to Win)
Justin Bunnell (Approaching Success)

Jay Reading will be hosting this free to the public instructional clinic for all levels of disc golfer. Come learn from the Pros. Non-Tournament attendees will receive a spectator raffle ticket for a chance at some sweet gear from Innova Champion Discs!

--------------------
Help Change the World!
Teach a kid to Putt.
The Educational Disc Golf Experience

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Club Archives / Free Pro Clinic Thursday at Blue Valley
« on: June 03, 2008, 01:33:50 PM »
75 folks enjoyed a great pro clinic up in Minnesota.

The PDGA, National Tour and the Touring Players present:

The National Tour Clinic Series

Blue Valley Disc Golf Course
5:00--7:00 pm
Thursday, June 5th

Instructors from Innova, Discraft and Gateway discs:

Brian Schweberger (Thumbers, Forehands and Rollers, oh my!)
Cale Leiviska (Driving on a Rope)
Eric McCabe (Putting to Win)
Justin Bunnell (Approaching Success)

Jay Reading will be hosting this free to the public instructional clinic for all levels of disc golfer. Come learn from the Pros. Non-Tournament attendees will receive a spectator raffle ticket for a chance at some sweet gear from Innova Champion Discs!

--------------------
Help Change the World!
Teach a kid to Putt.
The Educational Disc Golf Experience

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