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The KCFDC and the Blue Springs Parks and Rec are proud to present THE EASTERN FRONT Disc Golf Tournament. Young Park is the  metro's newest course and will have its first tournament on May 23rd.  This is a two round event.  Players pack includes a tournament stamped Limited Edition Crystal Challenger or Buzz, a 2 sided color tournament shirt, and a 8" Mr. Goodcents sub and drink(order for sandwiches will be taken when players check in on May 23rd).   In addition, there is a raffle for a Zune, XBOX 360, portable baskets, and disc golf gear.  All KCFDC members will receive one raffle ticket with entry.  Additional raffle tickets may be purchased.

Pre-registration is required.   There are two ways to register
1. Go to the link and  pay by using PAY PALL.  Look for the PAY PAL Button at the bottom of the Eastern Front tournament flyer. 
2. Or you may preregister at Disc Golf World. 

Come out and play a style of course that is unique in KC. Young park is woody, with great shot variety,  good elevation, three water holes, risk reward holes, fantastic tee signs,  huge concrete tees, and powder coated orange-blaze Mach V baskets.  More information can be found on the tournament flyer at

                                                              YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT!!!

General Banter / Fox Hill-NKC WORK DAY, 6-16-12!!!!
« on: April 10, 2010, 05:47:57 PM »
So the disc golf juniors courses are poping up out East, South, and eventually North.  The track of land at Fox Hill  looks good from an aerial image, but it has some serious water shed trenches.  unfortunately, the main runoff trench runs right down the middle of the land.   And that trench has some very dangerous parts.  After walking and walking and walking this past week, i think i figured out the best route and have 15 holes nailed down. The other three will be part of the shorter holes that the students will loop while playing in class.  The pe teacher wants to have six holes that his students could "loop" and can keep playing and are all visible.   

The grant writing process is under way and i am pushing for the use of the DEFORESTER!   So we are hoping to get that finacial  angle figured out becuase we want to work smarter, not harder.  We are going to need some type of bad boy machinery to go in and clean house because it is very similar to Young park(overgrown forest). 

As we get things on track I will post a work day.  There is no parks dept to depend on,so we will need some help.  This will be another  really fun woods course(two holes are open) with lots of trees.


The parks dept had a full operation going today.  One guy on the bigger tractor discing the ground, one on the seed spreader, and one running back and forth dropping backs of seed throughout the course.  The last bit of dirt work is being done tomorrow to build a mogul basket location.  With the super nice weather ahead this week, the course should have some ground cover for opening weekend.  A lot of grass/weeds are coming up  now, so it will look real nice after six weeks of growth. 

Really late notice, however if anyone wants to help tomorrow there will be folks working at Young.  Boyscouts are spreading mulch.   They are starting at 9:00am. 

And.... supposedly the seed will be going down tomorrow.  Better late than never.   

I need updated tee signs or nickels on basket so folks can identify where the baskets are.  However, i have the images, but i do not have the program to update them.  The course was designed so the shorter holes are 14,15,16,17,and 18. The pe teacher can see all students at all times on these holes.  All other holes give the course good balance and shot variety. 

Hole 5- same shot from the short pad, however now you just  have a longer putt through the window
8- is longer
12-is significantly harder, but a great hole. from the short pad it is one more (good)shot for the yutes.

18 holes is a long time for a kid to focus when there are three playgrounds throughout the course and  a couple great creeks  to mess around with.

I appreciate you all playing  it and bringing yutes cause that is why Sprint hooked us  up.

General Banter / Re: Should we pay to have professional disc golfers?
« on: April 08, 2010, 11:06:12 AM »

I think it should say Aurturo , Aurturo, Aurturo, with teepads.  I remembering seeing Hemmeline at several as well.     

How many 1000 rated golfers have you seen on work days?
LaRon, Arturo, CD to name 3

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Young Park Tourney- Sunday, May 23rd
« on: April 02, 2010, 01:43:09 PM »
They put tee signs in yesterday and today.  Really nice materials were used to construct the signs.  they used heavy duty dark green plastic for the post and they constructed framed signs a lexican cover beneath the frame. The design is sweet.  The top of the sign has a hinge on it that connects to the post.  the bottom of the sign has a bolt that runs through the front  of the sign and the bolt continues through the post and locks from the back.  there is a spot cut out in the post (below the sign)for a colored metal tab that hangs flush against the post.   the bolt on the front of the tee sign goes through colored metal tab.    this flat colored piece of metal can be removed by unlocking the lock from behind the post and pulling the bolt through the post.  Then the colored metal tab can be flipped showing another color when the basket is in different positions.  Hence, not having to wondering where the pin is.  On many courses you can see the basket, however, on a woods course it is nice to know where the basket is. 

Their great work is no surprise, because everything out there has been top notch up to this point.  I believe next Saturday local boyscout will be putting on a mulching party.  Then i have been told seeding will begin after that in the following weeks. 

I will keep folks informed of what is happening and will likely have  a couple work days to get things tiddy up before the kickoff weekend.


Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Young Park Tourney- Sunday, May 23rd
« on: April 01, 2010, 09:23:42 AM »
They will not be planting the baskets  :).  they will be planting flowers, bushes, shrubs, and putting down grass seed. 

Baskets will not be installed  until mid May.  We want the grass to take hold before it gets completely trampled. 

There will be a grand opening event on Sat, May 22nd.  You get a $5 dollar disc and if you finish your round and turn in your score card you will be eligible for raffle prizes.  This event is to promote the course and get newbies out playing.  Very similar relaxed format like Disc Golf Day.   More details coming soon about the grand opening event. 

Young Park - Blue Springs / Young Park Tourney- Sunday, May 23rd
« on: March 31, 2010, 04:00:10 PM »
Still working out most of the details for this tournament on Sunday, May 23rd. What i do know is that we are going to have a two round event at Young Park, which means NO TRAVELING!   Still working/coming up with a  name for the event so if you  got anything good i would like to hear it.  I like the "Eastern Front", which Palmer suggested.  This is a good name when/if we combine Lee's Summit, P hill or  Young Park next year.


General Banter / Re: PDGA Members- I need your help!
« on: March 30, 2010, 01:39:26 PM »
One point i forgot to make in my rant.  Mizzou has 25,000 students.  Each students pays an activity fee of, i don't know,  125 dollar.  maybe more or maybe less.  well to keep it simple let's say 100dollars.  the university is bringing in 2,500,000.

DO THEY REALLY NEED A MATCHING BASKETS PROGRAM?  UGGHH,  NO!   Not every college needs matching baskets.  However, most elementary, middle and high schools need them. 

General Banter / Re: PDGA Members- I need your help!
« on: March 30, 2010, 01:15:53 PM »
Jack, i would really like for you to push the obesity issue.  This would be an excellent platform for the PDGA to get behind.  The PDGA would be able to access more markets if they go  full throttle at being in the leader in promoting lifetime alternative fitness activities.  The PDGA could take a very aggressive role in promoting and sponsoring disc golf programs and grants for schools.  Having our professional organization behind a hot topic like obesity could propel into the national spotlight.  It was very difficult finding an education grant for building Yates.  Luckily we have a very generous corporation in KC that seriously supports education. Sprint was very generous in awarding me the  5K .  It was a stretch to make my grant allign with the SPRINT objectives for my grant.  I searched for months and could not find anything out there that would have worked to build a disc golf course.  In an issue of DGW, i took a jab at the matching baskets program.  Sure it sounds like a great program, but it is only offered to colleges.  Why?  because college kids will pump money back into the sport, which in turn may help fund the PDGA.  You got to build your fan base bigger, and offering disc golf at colleges is  a positive route, but not the only route.  We need to have a matching baskets program available to high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools.  Hypothetically, when a school applies for the matching baskets program, a local pdga member could quickly survey the land to see if it is suitable for a course, or just some holes.  If it is not suitable, then the PDGA does not waste its money.  You do not have to build courses at schools, just 4-5 holes is plenty for the pe teacher at the elementary level.  Middle and high school would need more holes becuase of increased class size.

College kids will look at disc golf as a hippie sport when they discover it in college. We need to introduce it early with trained professionals teaching the sport.  Not like the way i learned when i was at Mizzou playing beer golf.  I did not pick up a disc again until five years later.  Why, well because i was not taught how to throw or play properly. We need to reach further and reach with professionals and have the pdga behind it.  Why does NBA and NFL have such huge markets?  Well becuase every single town as little leagues that kids at the ages of 4 and up play.  Even if they drop out of sports by middle school, they still have had exposure and were taught by knowledgable folks and will continue to watch those sports the rest of their lives.

If you get elected, do you have a cabinet position for a health ambassdor? 


Swope / Re: Anybody want to play at 4:45????
« on: March 03, 2010, 01:13:17 PM »
 I will be out playing at 4:45 at Swope. So far it is two of us. PM if you are interested.


Rosedale / Re: Down Under Round today?
« on: February 22, 2010, 12:26:31 PM »
I will be there at 2 meeting Jon Robertson.

Brad, call me when you get there.

Rosedale / Down Under Round today?
« on: February 22, 2010, 11:39:59 AM »
Snow days are fantastic, especially for teachers.  Thank goodness for inclement weather.  However, i will be in school till July 4th this summer. :-[

Who wants to play today around 1 o'clock?

John Theiss
Teacher(best job in the world) 

Swope / Re: Anybody want to play about 3pm????
« on: February 18, 2010, 01:14:20 PM »
i can be there by 4:45  if you want to wait that long.  i went to swope last night and got a whole round in with Tony Duetel.  He showed up after about 20 minutes of me messing around so i guess we started a little after 5:00.  Tony hit the sweet spot on the chains on 7.  He  hit chains so solid that i could not believe his shot spit out.  

so if anyone can't make the earler round 3:30,  i will be there a little later i am down for a round.  

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