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Winter Leagues / 12:30 saturday DU leagues...
« on: September 22, 2011, 08:18:29 AM »
I'm ready for this league to start!!

 Anyone have a date for this?

  Is Jay Ravard going to run it again?

General Banter / Ranger Dubs at Old Pike tomorrow
« on: September 19, 2011, 07:24:12 PM »
We will be re-taping the keg of New Belgium Ranger, for leagues tomorrow...

 Norml League starts at 6, but we're thinking bout firing up the beer bout 3-3:30 and getting a pre round in...

 I have to return everything to its home wednesday morning, So come on out and help us get rid of the 120 pints that are left!!!

General Banter / Any saturday leagues?
« on: August 13, 2011, 10:24:23 AM »

Tournaments / Lets Camp!
« on: July 27, 2011, 09:00:30 PM »
Please let me know your thought...


Tournaments / First ANnuALl Tank Putting Contest Results
« on: June 14, 2011, 04:47:17 PM »
We had 26 great people attempt their fate at the Frank the TanK Putting contest, sponsored by Tower Tavern.

 It was a beautiful evening with temps in the high 70's, low 80's

 There was 6 putting stations set up, with 12 total putts.
    Replicating the 1-6 pin in bowling, with front 3 worth 1 point each( approx 26 feet), second row, 2 points each( approx 36 feet) and the 1 pin being from 42ish feet, with an elevation of approx. +6. worth 3 points, per make. Each station had 2 putters, with a perfect score of 20

 The Finals included:
 HalBaby Kurz          14
 Garrett Gurthie       14
 Eric McCabe            13
 Philo Braithawait      12
 Dutch Napier           12
 TanK                      12

 In the end, I was Crowned the putting champion, but more importantly, we raised $126 for Joplin Tornado Relief fund. I am Donating in the name of KCFDC and the KCWO.

 I took a hand full of disc out of my stock as prizes and was honored enough to have have a few donation. 3 time US distance champion, GG, donated 2 champ tee birds, our current world champ Emac donated 2, 2011 autographed "Tour across America" discs. Avery donated a signed disc golf card on top of the free gourmet pizzas and beers.

 First round, I played with a gentlemen who had a very tough 13 holes and decided he had enough. Regardless of Nate Doss and I's encouragement to continue, he decided it was best that he just quit. I later found out he was from Joplin and lost everything he owned and was looking for a refuge from the mayhem.

 In an attempt to draw as much moneyto the event I felt obligated to donate a 2006 USDGC Roc in a raffle. The raffle was won by G-Money Gary Harvey.

 Just in reliving this moment in my head, I wanna donate another $20, to bring us to a total of $146.00, to disc golfers that reside in the affected area.

 Thanks to Jack Lowe, our fearless TD, for making the largest donantion of the evening, too bad your putts looked like an octopus falling of a tree...:~)

 Thanks for everyone that supported Tower Tavern and our continuous reach out to the betterment of our community...

 Another great Wide Open....

 Cheers to 30!!!!

General Banter / A disc golfer Mechanic
« on: May 23, 2011, 07:27:34 AM »
I need my Harmonic Balancer changed in my car. I have a good mechanic, but I like to give all my work to Disc Golfers first. If you know how to do it, PM me please...

General Banter / Can You paint?
« on: April 28, 2011, 08:49:01 AM »
If you can paint and willing to work today, I could use you....!

 Must be comfortable with a brush in your hand and do good work...

 Holla atcho boi


Found and Lost / Lost 2007 Memorial Frisbee..
« on: April 06, 2011, 10:19:14 AM »
It was misplaced at the fuzzy pony... If you seen it or have it, please let me know...


Found and Lost / Lost green Eco Proto "poppy top" excal
« on: March 20, 2011, 08:25:49 AM »
Its has the star stamp and probably says "Team Innova #25447"

 reward for its return...

General Banter / An eve's eve loafing day
« on: December 30, 2010, 08:49:29 AM »
A few buddy's (Jason Duden and Rusty Channon) are coming down from Des Moines for a 10 o'clock round at Cliff... followed by rosie top and bottom..

General Banter / A Good Walk Defined...
« on: December 01, 2010, 08:45:51 AM »
A Good Walk Defined:  Research Study on Disc Golf Yields Intriguing Findings
Justin Menickelli, Ph.D.

As a nation, we simply do not walk very much.  We tend to watch TV, drive our cars and sit at our computers.  When we choose to walk rather than sit, we burn more calories and our hearts have to work a bit harder.  If we keep walking, our bodies adapt to this kind of good stress and we become physically fitter. Ideally, a person should walk around 10,000 steps a day to maintain a healthy level of fitness.

With support from the PDGA, the first nation-wide research study to examine disc golf and physical activity is complete.  We talked with people playing sanctioned tournaments, weekly doubles events and casual rounds.  Our main goal was to discover just how much folks walk while playing a round of disc golf.  We clipped pedometers on 257 men and 156 women playing 8,029 holes of disc golf on 38 different courses.  We found out that every time a person ventures outside to play disc golf, they take an average of 6064 steps; well on their way to reaching 10,000 steps.  We were also interested if gender, age or score influenced the average number of steps folks walked while playing.  Along the way, we travelled to eight different states, asked a lot of questions and learned a lot about the great sport of disc golf.

We ran some fancy-schmancy statistical analyses on the data we collected and discovered that women walked about 60 fewer steps per hole than men on the same course, from the same tees (regardless of their age or score).  On an 18-hole course, that amounts to a whopping 1,080 less steps.  Because men typically take longer strides, we anticipated the exact opposite.  Equally as interesting, for every year older (regardless of their gender or score) people walked about ten less steps per 18-hole round.  So, if you are 50 years old, then you will likely walk about 300 less steps than a 20-year old on the same 18-hole course.  Why?  Perhaps both women and older players spend more time in the fairway and less time wandering around.  For me, adages like “older and wiser” and “the women are smarter” come to mind.  Score also proved to be a variable that had an influence on steps.

Each additional throw a person took resulted in just under four additional steps per hole, regardless of their age or gender.  Missed your twenty foot birdie putt?  At least you are getting more exercise.  As is the case in nearly every sport, the more skilled you are the less the physical workload.  If you want a serious workout, play the Harold Duval designed Ashe County Park course located deep in the mountains of North Carolina.  Folks playing the long tees averaged nearly 9000 steps per 18-hole round.  That fact, combined with the severe elevation changes, likely make it one of the most physically demanding courses in the country.  In addition to collecting step counts, we ask folks a lot of questions and some of the answers surprised us.

A lot of people we talked with preferred to play casual rounds and local doubles events rather than sanctioned tournaments.  Most folks could not name more than one touring professional and many were not members of the PDGA.  When we asked people their PDGA number, we got a similar response; “I might play in one or two tournaments a year…for me, it is just not worth joining.”  Of course, for many of us, being part of an organization means more than the bottom line.  Family obligations keep me from playing more than a handful of sanctioned tournaments a year, however, I do like to check out my tournament statistics (as bad as they are).  I really enjoy reading DiscGolfer magazine each month and being an active member somehow makes me feel like I am part of something bigger.

Perhaps just as important is what we did not investigate.  We did not take elevation change into account (walking up hill is undoubtedly more strenuous than walking on a flat surface), or examine how much time people spent in their target heart rate zone while playing.  Pedometers are relatively inexpensive and wearing one is pretty unobtrusive.  Altimeters and heart rate monitors cost plenty and may limit the size of the subject pool.  Future studies should consider investigating these factors.

This study’s findings suggested that playing disc golf is a great way to be physically active and that age, gender and score may have a significant impact on the amount of physical activity people get while playing.  Of course, disc golf is about more than simply walking.  For many of us, playing disc golf is an ideal combination of fun and competitive spirit.  Mark Twain supposedly once called ball golf “a good walk spoiled.”  As someone who enjoys the excitement and challenge of disc golf, I like to think of it as “a good walk defined.”

General Banter / Loafing in Atchison
« on: November 04, 2010, 08:57:25 AM »
we are heading there for a round or 2... Who else has the huevos to participate?


 Keep an eye on Missouri and Kansas's finest. Good luck to everyone representing!!!!

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