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Swope / Swope Spring Clean and Work Day March 31st 9:00 a.m.
« on: March 11, 2013, 10:13:50 PM »
The KCFDC is organizing a work day and clean up for this Sunday. Yes, it is St.Patrick's Day, I know. But I'm sure some of you would be willing to help with the bridges, the clubhouse, picking up fallen branches from the storm, trash, and replacing the plexiglass on the course marquee. Swope's good friend, Peter Engleman, has native plants to go in the OB gully areas. Mike Petrin has offered his saws, Pete has multiple tools he is bringing, but tools are always good. If anyone wants to work on the stairs to 14, we can get it going. Let me know what we need. So, it'll be a mixed bag for Sunday. The club will provide lunch and beverages for volunteers.  I hope to play a round as well if anyone wants to stick around after lunch.


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General Banter / One Day of Disc Golf- Budapest
« on: January 21, 2013, 06:16:39 PM »
Back in 2006, I played disc golf in Budapest while we were “home” visiting family. We try to go every couple years if possible. So, this was not my first time in BP; I lived there for four years during my twenties, and I was very active in freestyle Frisbee, ultimate, and tons of basketball during that time. I had tons of experience with the culture, extended family, had a business there, even spoke the language, but this was my first time to play disc golf in BP.

Beni met me at the station, and we boarded a northbound train to Hajogyari Island, which is a largely flat island north of central Pest and closer to the Buda side. We walked across the bridge and into the park, and met the other guys who had been waiting for us to arrive. They were Dani and Peter. We said hello and chatted about the U.S., Hungary, and disc golf. After a drink, it was time to get down to business. The baskets were stored in the same building as the snack shop and the old ladies serving coffee and szalami sandwiches gave the guys access. We played a temp course on a gorgeous summer day. I learned it was an American guy who had gotten these guys into disc golf. I was stoked to play and meet new players, but I also saw disc golf starting Hungary.

On December 29th, 2012 I had the opportunity to play an end-of-the-year tournament, called The Christmas Cup 2012, at Budapest’s first permanent disc golf course. Ten days earlier, upon arriving, I had contacted Dylan, Beni, and Dani via the Hungarian disc golf web page. All were great communicators via email, text, and phone and not only kept me in the loop, but also provided transportation via Beni from the banks of the Danube to the course up in the hills on the Buda side.

What a pleasure to see these guys again! As is typical for disc golf clubs everywhere, the guys who were playing golf then, are still playing golf now, and will most likely be for many years into the future. As Beni drove up to the course, I took in the beauty of the capital from the flat and industrial side of Pest and after crossing the Duna to the more pleasing and alluring green hills of Buda, and we chatted about disc golf and what’s happening with their club. The conversation covered the Austro- Hungarian Tour, of which there about ten, and some of the initial obstacles establishing courses for temporary tournament use. Struggles with course maintenance, course improvements such as bridges and tee pads, and conflicts with land owners all reminded me of home.

We arrived to the course, Spiritus; it is on built on a series of rolling hills leading up to the Buda Hills, and as we pulled in, I spied many players practicing and warming up. There were ten or fifteen players airing out their drives and getting in some last minute putting practice. At first glance, I was excited by how many people I see.

Beni and I arranged our bags before we left the car, I was pulling off my jacket as the sun was warming up fast, and he started to put on a Santa costume. He explained he was putting on the costume because he would get a point reduction from his score. I had a good laugh walking up with Beni-Santa only to discover another Santa as well as a Wizard turtle, an Arab, farmers, and others. As you can read via the link below the tournament had an exceptional rule. I can also see some teens and a mix of ultimate and canine disc enthusiasts who also enjoy disc golf. This was clearly a party and an opportunity to celebrate people and flying discs at the end of the year.

As we walked on to the course, I noticed it is a series of imposing terraced hills with broad and varied terrain. Clusters of trees and bushes pock mark the hill side. The course is played over three of these hills, each one rising over the city below. The terraced areas are sloping and the elevation on the hills affects each shot. Every time I looked up, I took in the vista below me. It was an unusually beautiful day, the frost was melting away where not in the shadows, the sun was shining, and I was excited to play. I might have been more excited than anyone there as I had every experience and a hundred more when I lived there. I went there knowing nothing and left smelling like roses. I was so glad to be there playing in disc golf tournament.
 
A couple of lovely ladies offered foralt bor (mulled wine with cinnamon, clove, apple and orange) and homemadepalinka, the national drink made of distilled fruit (usually plum, apricot, or pear). Think very strong fruit brandy. With the fun of the costumes and the addition of libations before noon, there was a jolly mood. Yet, we were still there to play golf. The TD called us in and after a rundown of announcements, of which I missed, and rules for the day, we were sent out for a shotgun start at 11:15.

I was starting on hole twelve on a card with Dani, Krisztian, and Laszlo. Dani had been my primary contact, and I was stoked to play with him. We had played that round back in 2006. As we played, we talked about the course, how he got the land secured, baskets in the ground (locally made), and fund raising efforts. These guys are clearly the foundation of disc golf in BP. Traveling always gives me perspective and this was no exception. As a board member for the KCFDC, I am involved with a large volunteer organization with a thirty year history. It was a tremendous contrast appreciating the first permanent course in Budapest. What a pleasure it was.

Dani explained the hills are made of clay and some areas were back filled with the ruins of buildings from the Second World War. Thus, and luckily the area has little possibility for development.  The area also incorporates limited BMX trail/track, and some pedestrian foot traffic on trails. The holes range from about 45 to 140 meters in length (145 to 450 feet) with a variety of uphill, downhill, and sloping shots on a variety of greens with some ace runs mixed with long accurate shots to tight greens. This is all done with seven baskets with two pads each making fourteen holes. There is plenty of land and to expand the course into eighteen or more. The baskets are locally made and greatly reduce the costs for a small club. A few keys members donated the funds to build their baskets, which are regulation size with two sets of chains.

As the sun and spirits warmed us, I felt the hills more and more. We were clearing having fun as much as competition and threw one of the “ace run” holes twice, just for fun. The views were incredible and the camaraderie even better. I felt that familiar Hungarian hospitality just as I had hoped.

Hungarian disc golf web page

http://www.disc-golf.hu/index.php?pageid=100&lang=2

Results and description of the tourney

http://www.disc-golf.hu/home-45@2

Hungarian Frisbee Association- no English link,sorry.

http://www.frizbi.hu/


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Found and Lost / Lost CE Valk- Clear 2nd Run John Chapman on back.
« on: October 21, 2012, 10:41:56 PM »
Yep. I lost this disc either at Rosedale or Swope. Has Chappy's name in the back, bought it from him. If anyone knows anything, I'd love to get this disc back, but being CE I doubt I will see it again. Fingers crossed.

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Swope / Swope Glow 2012
« on: October 01, 2012, 10:45:31 PM »
So, we're back to day/glow random draw doubles for the fall and winter seasons. See Fred F. to sign up. 6:00 start.

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Tournaments / Roc vs Buzzz - Swope Park - 9-22-12
« on: August 29, 2012, 11:16:13 PM »
I thought of running this event years ago and wondered why I had never played in one. Well, I may not play in this one, but I am going to do my best at putting on a great event for all the players.

Roc vs Buzzz

September 22, 2012

Swope Park Disc Golf Course

Presented by The Kansas City Flying Disc Club, West Plaza Tomato Company, Disc Golf World, and Dynamic Discs.

Entry fee: $25.00

Check in from 8:00 to 8:30. Player’s meeting at 8:50. Tee off at 9:00.
 
Ace Fund is optional at $5.00 and payable cash only on the day of the event. In the event of no aces, a CTP will determine top three pay out spots at 50%, 25%, and 25%.

Players Pack: One custom KC Pro Roc (Rancho) and one custom Z Buzzz, lunch, beverages and a great time. There will be many opportunities for schwag (discs, clothing, and a basket) between CTPs and Ring of Fire competitions.

Tournament will run as follows:

You must throw a Rancho Roc (Rancho Cucamonga mold) or a Buzz (no SS), depending on your team affiliation, from the tee on each hole. You are only allowed to throw your team’s disc and only one putter of your choice. You may not throw your putter from the tee. Layout will be long and short with lots of OB and mandos on a twenty-seven hole course.

The idea is simple. Many of us have thrown both discs over the years but have grown to favor one over the other. Players register as Team Roc or Team Buzz and then all fifty-four players on each team play against each other for the right to be called champions. The winning team will be determined by stroke play and point play, and that team will receive a Roc vs Buzzz custom color mini.

First round cards will be two Roc players and two Buzzz players. Second round cards will be stacked with two Roc and two Buzzz players by first round score. However, in addition to strokes, players will also play for points on each card. If you win the card, you win four points for your team. If you are second on the card, then three points. Third, two. And one, one. The point system makes the first and the last card equally competitive for each team, and may also help to break the many anticipated ties.
The top two players on each team will play a final nine holes for a cash payout to the top four players.

I hope to create a fun sense of rivalry and camaraderie for everyone involved. Thanks to the KCFDC, DGW, DD, and West Plaza Tomato, as well the many volunteers who keep Swope and the KCFDC looking good.

Online registration to follow.

Online registration now available at

http://kcfdc.org/ai1ec_event/roc-vs-buzz/?instance_id=22991

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Found and Lost / Lost Yellow Champ Beast- 11th RAC Stamp
« on: December 23, 2011, 05:41:34 PM »
I was playing w Andrea Thursday and left it on 9 at Rosie.
My name is  in the rim (faded) as is the number. If you find, please return. Reward.

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Tournaments / KAN U WYCO - Saturday, March 17th
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:06:27 PM »
All,
The KCFDC is accepting proposals for the 2012 KAN U WYCO. A number of individuals have expressed interest in running the event, while the usual suspects have not.

The KCFDC would very much like to be the sponsor of the event. The tournament will be March 17th. Yes, it is St. Patrick's Day. Interested in running the first local PDGA event of the year to kick start the season? 

Interested? Send a proposal with details concerning how much money you will need if any, what the return to the club will be, player's packs for Am and Pro players, any other perks for players and any additional info to any current BoD member and we will, hopefully, make a decision at the January 11th meeting, which all are invited to attend per usual.

Thanks!

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Tournaments / Ice Bowl Chili Contest- Organizer and Volunteers Needed!
« on: December 16, 2011, 05:25:16 PM »
The KCFDC is looking for a volunteer to run the food portion of the Ice Bowl on Sunday Jan 29th.

Your responsibilities would include running the chili contest: labeling crocks and pots for judges, organizing the judges/judging, making sure all entries have power (generator- if you have one great, or you know someone- the generator should be large as in industrial), and helping to put out condiments, drinks, plasticware, plates, bowls and napkins all of which is provided by the club. Additionally, anyone who can conjure up some form of sponsorship would be great, either in merchandise, of any type, or gift certificates, etc.

We are also looking for a beer sponsor if you have an in with any local or national brewers.

If interested, please contact me via this board, and I will coordinate with Rick and the club.

Thank you KCFDC community!

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General Banter / Glow tonight
« on: November 18, 2011, 02:04:17 PM »
We got a group playing glow at Rose tonight tee off 6ish. Down Under is most likely. Playing for fun, not cash.

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General Banter / FORE!
« on: October 31, 2011, 09:35:05 PM »
I went out to Rosedale after work today to practice a little and after talking to some fellow golfers, Bert, Steve Hostetler and crew, I teed off on number one. Big surprise when I see two people off on the right side near the basket. I hit someone. Crap! My first thought was where the hell did they come from. They were looking for a disc that had gone down the hill on the right. It was a couple. The guy was pissed (for good reason). I went up to them and profusely apologized  and explained I did not see them at all and wouldn't have thrown had I known they were there. They were cool about it after that. She even said it was a "frisbee course" and it happens. I explained that no it shouldn't happen.
My point? Don't know that I have one, but I have always been very aware of the dangers of a flying disc. I felt so bad for hitting someone. Of course, it was an accident. But maybe next time on the tee pad, I'll look and look again.

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Barter Town / New, barely used and used discs for sale/trade
« on: June 26, 2011, 06:37:06 PM »
I am interested in trading or selling these discs. If you are looking to trade, I am very interested in all Flex plastic, Buzzes, Pro Wraiths, Surge SS, Nuke SS, and old Evolution and $$$ Wizards. If you would like to buy, make an offer. Good deals for multiple discs. Know an organization that can use used discs? I will donate. 816 510 0510.
Thanks, Eric

Brand new discs

170 Blue Champ Orc –24th Mid America Stamp
176 Red EP Apache Gateway- 2009 Worlds Stamp
146 Blue Lightning #4 Driver
169 White First Run Drone- Pro D plastic
180 Grey DX Rancho Roc - 25th Wide Open Stamp
172 Crystal Stalker
170 Blue DX Aviar- Disc Golf Day Peace Stamp
175 White Voodoo- FLHW Stamp
174 Light Blue Pro D Rattler
171 Yellow Champ Wraith – Ice Bowl Stamp
176 White Squall – FLHW Stamp
173 Blue Money Putter

Nearly new, as in thrown only once or thrice

172 Blue Soft Voodoo – WYCO Stamp
174 Orange Elite Z MRV
172 Orange First Run D Drone
173 Yellow Champ Boss – 09 Ice Bowl Stamp
169 Neon Yellow Avenger – 08 Ice Bowl Stamp

Thrown more so but still “newish”

177 Clear Champ Classic Roc
175 Blue DX Aviar - 07 Lion’s Den Stamp
166 Red DX Rancho Roc – Mid America
177 Light Neon Green Star Aviar
170 White JK Pro  Aviar X
175 Blue DX Valkyrie
170 Rainbow US – 1 Pro Style Putter
174 Green Champ Aviar
172 Magenta DX Tee Rex
2 -175 Super Glow Wizards
175 Orange Star Wraith



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Found and Lost / Orange Limited Edition Halloween Buzz
« on: April 19, 2011, 08:39:02 PM »
Orange Limited Edition Halloween Buzz
It must have fallen out of my bag around 11 or 12 at Cliff. If anybody finds  it, please return. Thanks. E

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Hey all,
Back in KC and gotta get out and throw. I'll be at Rosie at 2:30 up or down I don't care. My home page says it is 19 degrees F, so if interested I'll see ya there. So far Tim Becks and I are in ...
Eric

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General Banter / Discgolf in Budapest
« on: December 24, 2009, 05:29:28 AM »
Hey KC golfers!
I am super happy to report there is permanent DG in Hungary now. Actually the sport is growing like mad in Central Europe. the last time I was here there was only one temp course on an island in the Danube. Now they have a club, tourneys, they are on the Austro Hungarian tour and it seems to be taking off  :D
I don't recommend coming here in the winter but a summer trip and you would not be disaappointed. There is a lot more to do than just golf, but hey we have to play golf too, right?
Here is the  their page in  English

http://www.disc-golf.hu/index.php?pageid=100&lang=2

Check it out. It is the beginnings of the sport in Eastern Europe, gotta love it!

Report from abroad, over and out!
Eric

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General Banter / Stolen Mach Lite portable Sep. 19 at Swope
« on: September 21, 2009, 05:33:31 PM »
Reposting this from another board hoping to hear something through the grapevine.

Someone stole my blue and white Mach Lite portable from the picnic table shot shortly after the Ace Race. Pretty much a only a total DB would do this, so if you hear of anything or see one posted somewhere for sale w/o carrying case and flag, please let me know. I have had some luck recovering stolen items before. Karma can be instant, or it can take some time.
Thanks,
Eric 816 510 0510

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