A few notes about parking for the putting competition and the A Tier - for the putting competition please park at J&H Car Wash across the street from my office (1142 Peoria Street, Washington, IL 61571) for the putting competition on Thursday. There may be a few spots in the parking lot of my office - we have a big electronic sign that says "Courtyard Place" that scrolls various flashing electronic ads. On saturday for the finals, parking will be at a premium. We will have the grass lot open and people will be parking up and down the road. Parking is also available at the top of the park near hole 18. There will also be parking caddy corner to Northwood Park at Oakwood Park near the dog park. Get there early! We expect the finals to start sometime between 2:30 and 2:45, with Men's Advanced teeing off first. Pro Masters will follow ten minutes later, with Women's Pro ten minutes after that. Men's Pro will follow 20 minutes after the Women's Pro.
Remember that registration closes tomorrow night at 8:30PM! There will be no day of registration. Pairings and payout will be structured tomorrow night and posted at the putting competition on Thursday night.
For a quick update on the CTP prizes - we are happy to announce that we will have 54 CTP prizes, 3 long drive prizes, and 9 cash 50/50 prizes! The cost to get in this will be $5 and can be done at the putting competition or friday morning before the first round begins. We have structured the CTP's to mirror the amount of people in each division and have combined divisions where applicable. For instance, MPO will have their own CTP and will get three CTP's per round (9 total for the tournament). MA1 and MA2 will have their own CTP's and will get three CTP's per round, for a total of 9 for the tournament. Novice and Advanced Senior GrandMasters will have 2 CTP's per round for a total of 6 for the tournament. Women's Pro will have 1 CTP per round for a total of 3 for the tournament. Pro Masters and Pro Grand Masters will have 2 CTP's per round for a total of 6 during the tournament. MA3 will have 2 CTP's per round for a total of 6 during the tournament. Womens Advanced/Advanced GrandMasters will have 1 CTP per round for a total of 3 during the tournament. Intermediate/Recreation Women will have 1 CTP per round for a total of 3 during the tournament. Everyone will be eligible for the cash 50/50 hole and long drive contests.
As for the prizes, we will have 27 various ABC Discs to give away as prizes, 27 $10 Paragon Gift Certificates to give away as prizes, 3 various ABC discs for the long drive contest, and of course CASH for the 50/50 prizes. The ABC Bee-Line has been officially approved and a lot of people got to throw the new one at Washington to rave results (some 500+ foot bombs) so if we can get those in those could be the long drive winnings!
As promised, here are some of the raffle items. We haven't gotten the list from the Convention Bureau (they typically throw in some awesome stuff). The prices will be as follows:
1 Ticket for $5 4 Tickets for $10 12 Tickets for $20 40 Tickets for $50 100 Tickets for $100
Items: $150 Ty Dyed Merchandise; DGA Mach Lite Basket; 2 Discatcher Sport Baskets; Discatcher Traveler Basket; huk lab umbrella; huk long sleeve tee; Vibram shirt; Vibram Obex; Ledestone Metal Mini; 3 Innova Bags; 3 Discraft Bags; Threepack of ABC Discs; 2 Discraft Shirts; 2 Discraft Towels; McDonalds Giveaways; Cefcu Goodie Bag; Midstate Bag; Midstate Umbrella; Midstate Hoodie; Aces and Chains Discmania Discs; Maui Jim Sunglasses; Nice Pen set; Discraft Hoody; 3 Hotel Suite Giveaways; BWW Gift Certificates; Peoria Civic Chorale CD's; Ringling Brothers Tickets; and much more!! We expect to add a big chunk of items compliments of the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. They usually have some great items to throw in!
Additional players pack items include a Paragon Koozi, an Erie Koozi, a gift certificate for a free snack wrap from McDonalds, a bottle opener from Erie, a paper cutter from Erie, and Vitamin supplements from World of Vitamins!
We do still have spots left but make sure to get signed up soon. We still have AM players packs left (but not very many) so if you want to guarantee yourself a players pack you will want to get signed up this week. I will be at Bradley this weekend taking registrations/money as well.
Remember that we will be having our putting competition on September 13th from 4PM to 8PM at 1142 Peoria Street in Washington, IL. You will be able to check in, get your pairings, pick up your players packs, buy some awesome merchandise at reduced prices, buy some unique discs (Eric McCabe Ti Wasps, Flyboy Aviation Rocs, Vibram Open Black/Red stamped discs, huk merchandise, and more), get some awesome free snacks, and compete in the putting competition.
In addition, the first 30 people at the putting competition that spend $40 will get a free disc from our sponsor ABC Discs! Remember that we will have special pricing on LIS stamped discs with cash sales, including $12 for Star Plastic and $11 for Champion plastic.
Greg and I are working at Morton this week to pour the last few concrete pads for the long tees that we will be using. At Morton and McNaughton we will be donating the pad you are playing with an L for long, S for short, and S/L (meaning that tee is for both the shorts and longs).
Also, check out the following link for our sweet trophies that we have for the A Tier and Series:
To address a few more questions - the ace fund is $5 and the 50/50 - CTP fund is $5. We will have nine 50/50 cash holes, 27 CTP prizes, and more! The $5 portion will also get you into the putting competition. You can pay for the ace fund and/or 50/50 - CTP funds at the putting competition or before you begin your first round.
Finally - some people have been asking about the final 9. This will take place at Morton and should start between 2PM and 2:30PM. MA1 will lead it off, followed by MPM, FPO, and MPO. Awards will follow that and payouts will be available at Morton during the afternoon. Get signed up today!
We are nearing 160 registrations for the A Tier. I will be taking registration money tonight at the Glow tournament and tomorrow at the ABC Discs Open.
I know of at least 10 more people signing up today and tomorrow so get signed up! We will leave paypal open until the tournament is full but the last day to register will be Wednesday September 12th at 7PM. Pairings will be finalized later that night and will be available at the putting competition the next day. Anyone dropping out of the tournament will receive a players pack. Remember that only the first 142 AMS are guaranteed a players pack so we only have around 30 guaranteed players packs left.
For an update on the CTP and 50/50 prizes: we will have 27 CTP prizes throughout the tournament and 9 Cash 50/50 holes. It is $5 total to get in the CTP fund (which includes the 50/50) and this also gets you into the putting competition where we will have some awesome prizes. You can pay for the CTP on Thursday at the Putting Competition or before you start your round Friday morning.
Also, some people have been asking for a clarification on the layout of the courses. If you are playing Morton Shorts, you will play the short concrete tees. If you are playing Mixed Morton Shorts, you will play Holes 4, 7, 8, 14, and 16 from the longs. Right now holes 4 and 7 have concrete and our intention is to get 8, 14, and 16 done in the next ten days. Even if we don't get the concrete poured on these long holes you will still play these holes from the longs.
As for McNaughton, this is more straightforward. If you are playing the Long Tees at McNaughton you will play the long tees....period. The only exception is that on hole 9, you will play the alternate long tee over the lake without a concrete tee. Hole number 9 is the only long tee that will not be used. If you are playing McNaughton shorts, you will play the ORIGINAL design. You will not play the "extra short" tees on hole 4, 7, 13, and 18. We will have this clearly marked with spray paint but if you are playing McNaughton Shorts you will play the Original McNaughton design, of which most people are familiar with.
Bradley will be very straightforward as there is only one set of tees. We will be slightly tweaking the basket locations and that will be finalized next week.
I will also be posting the raffle items later next week, but we have so many items that it takes more than three word documents to contain! We will have baskets, hats, bags, shirts, discs, umbrellas, huk chairs, hotel giveways, maui jim sunglasses....and more and more and more. When we say baskets we mean four baskets! When we say shirts we mean A LOT of shirts. We have a TON of stuff to raffle!
For a quick update on the tourney - please remember that only the first 142 AMS signed up and paid by August 31st get the extra LAT disc in their players packs. We have less than 40 players packs left and we expect a lot of registrations the next few days. Get signed up! Here is as picture to the LAT discs in the players packs:
Those Pains are amazing! Remember that you can pick up your players packs and your pairings at the Putting Competition on Thursday night. As you can see from the picture the LAT discs that we have are Havocs, Pains and Flows.
Also, we are happy to announce Aces and Chains as a hole sponsor for the tournament. Check out their website! What an awesome disc golf shop: http://www.acesandchains.com/
Pre-registration list has been updated - this event will fill!
As promised, here is the information for the Putting Competition/Party on Thursday night. This is in addition to the Players Party on Friday Night at Goodfellas! The Putting Competition is sponsored by ABC Discs!
When: Thursday September 13th (day before the tournament begins) Where: Parking lot of Ledgestone Insurance in Washington, IL - the address is 1142 Peoria Street and its right on the main drag. There's a big electronic sign out front and its hard to miss! Time: The competition and fun will take place from 4PM to 8PM Format: Everyone will get two putts from 20 feet, two putts from 30 feet, and two putts from 40 feet. You get 1 point for each putt made from 20 feet, 2 points for each putt made from 30 feet, and 3 points for each putt made from 40 feet. Divisions: We will have four divisions - Pro Men, Pro Women, AM Men, and AM Women Prizes: There will be prizes for the winners of each division! Cost: The putting competition is free for the first try! You can have another shot at the putting competition for $3, with the proceeds going towards the series.
The putting competition won't be the only thing going on at this Thursday Night Shindig. The other special activities: -We will be selling LIS stamped merchandise for near cost. For example, we will have Champion/Z plastic on sale for $11 and Star/ESP plastic on sale for $12, with deals on all types of LIS stamped discs. This will be a one time offer for anyone to come buy cheap discs! -Gail Nettles will be baking her wonderful homemade chocolate chip cookies and those will be given away as well! -Players will be able to pick up their players packs! -Pairings for the first round will be posted -Devan Owens and Paige Pierce will be hanging out and signing autographs -We will have the Ruby Red Eric McCabe Ti Wasps available to the first ten people that show up and want to purchase one for $25 -We will also have a limited number of special Flyboy Aviation Gummy Rocs for sale for $25. Here is a link to a picture of the Gummy Roc:
Flyboy Aviation is the number one rated course in the world and these discs are only able to be purchased through the course owner himself (and the course is private) or through our tournament series. If you would like to get an Eric McCabe Ti Wasp or a Flyboy Gummy Roc just shoot me an email at email@example.com
Don't miss this fun event!
P.S. The SuperTour is rapidly filling - get signed up today!
We are pushing 110 registrations for this event. We have a limited number of spots and a limited number of players packs. As for the free discs in the players packs, I thought I would let everyone know what the discs are: you get a Dana Vicich Signed VP; your choice of a LAT Gold Line Flow, Havoc, or Pain; and your choice of a DGA Sparkle Hurricane, Tsunami, or Rogue. You have to sign up by August 31st to get the free LAT disc. The players packs now have a $115 value with no money coming out of the entry fee for the players packs. Also, we only have 5 Ti Wasps left and 5 Players Packs available to be bought for those that can't play. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in buying a players pack for $50 or an Eric McCabe Ruby Red Ti Wasp for $25! Remember that we are adding $10,000 to the pro purse as well!
P.S. We will announce the details of the putting competition by Tuesday of this week!
That's a Ti Wasp! We will have 20 of these bad boys for sale for $25 at the September SuperTour! The first ten people who email me at email@example.com can buy one of these and also the first ten people who show up at the Thursday Night Putting Competition/Players Party can purchase one (details on the party are forthcoming). This disc is amazing and comes straight from Eric McCabe.
Also, we still have a few players packs left for anyone interested in purchasing one who can't play in the event. $50 plus shipping will get you a players pack. Email me if you are interested! We get more additions to the players pack every day! Thanks to McDonald's for coming on board as a course sponsor!
Here's a quick update regarding the added cash for the Pro Purse at the A Tier. If you recall, we have raised over $7500 for the AM field in the way of a huge players pack with no money coming out of the entry fees for the players packs. On the pro side.....
If we have at least 4 Pro Women, we will add $500 cash to the Pro Women purse.
If we have at least 8 Pro Women, we will add $1000 cash to the Pro Women purse.
If we have at least 15 Pro Masters/Grand Masters, we will add $500 total cash to those purses and split the cash based on the percentage of players in each division.
If we have at least 25 total Pro Masters/Grand Masters, we will add $1000 total cash to those purses and split the cash based on the percentage of players in each division.
For instance, if we have 10 Pro Grand Masters and 15 Pro Masters, we will add $600 to the Pro Masters purse and $400 to the Pro Grand Masters purse.
This means there will be a minimum of $8000 added cash to the Men's Pro purse alone!
Do not wait to sign up for this event as this is only 33 days away! If you know you are playing in this event, please sign up as soon as you can so we can better plan for the event. We have to make plans for volunteers, food, merchandise, players packs, shirts, awards, etc. Its a big help to the LIS crew if you pre-register early so we would appreciate it! We have worked on this tournament for over 1 year so please support us!
Ledgestone Insurance and Plastic Addicts are happy to present the 2012 LIS: Ledgestone Insurance Championships Super Tour. This is the tournament we all have been waiting for. This will be the finale of the 2012 Ledgestone Insurance Series and will crown the champion of the series and the champion of the tournament. The payout is huge, the trophies are sick, the players pack is enormous, and more and more!
Added Cash to Pro Divisions: $10,000+ Donated Am Players Pack Cost: $7,500+
All in all, we have raised over $24,000 for the entire series. We have earmarked $2000 for the series winners, $2000 for the trophies (which are sweet!!!), $2000 for the players party, and $1500 for other expenses. The amateur players pack is 100% donated. No money will come out of the entry fee to pay for the amateur players pack. The pros will also get a free dinner at the Friday night players party. Ams can pick up their players pack at the players party only. The players pack will consist of the following for those that register by August 31st, 2012:
Metal Mini, Towel, Clipboard, Shirt, Dinner, LAT 64 disc, DGA Disc, Autographed Dana Vicich Vibram VP, and more! If you don't register by August 31st the LAT 64 disc will not be included.
The players party will be at Goodfellas in Pekin at approximately 7PM on Friday night. Everyone's dinner will be paid for! We will also be selling raffle tickets throughout the weekend and at the players party. The raffle will be huge. Here's a small sample of what will be in the raffle: Baskets, Bags, Discs, Autographed materials, Gift Certificates, Maui Jim sunglasses, hotel giveaways, shirts, and more!
At this point in time we are targeting this setup for the amount of players: MPO - 72 players Other Pros - 40 MA1 - 50 All Other AMS - 90
Play will begin Friday at 10AM for the MPO division and 9:30AM for the other flights. The second round will start approximately 1 hour after the last card is in from the first round with ample time for travel between courses. Here is the order of the courses:
MPO - McNaughton Shorts, McNaughton Longs, Morton Shorts/Longs MAI and All Other Pros - Bradley, Morton, McNaughton All Other Ams - Morton, Bradley, Bradley
The following divisions will have a final 9 at Morton on Saturday afternoon: MPO, MA1, MPM, FPO
This is the finale of the Ledgestone Insurance Series. Double points will be awarded and we will crown Series Champions for all divisions on Saturday afternoon. You must be a PDGA member to play in this event.
Sponsors: Ledgestone Insurance, Plastic Addicts, Erie Insurance, Scheels, PACVB, Village of Morton, Paragon, Falling Putt, Goodfellas, Washington Community Bank, Huk Lab, ABC Discs, World of Vitamins, Innova, Discraft, Gateway
Entry costs: Pro Divisions: $90 All Advanced Divisions: $60 All Other Divisions: $50
We know you have been waiting for it, and so here it is. This will be the second biggest event of the Series and will involve the most holes played for any single tournament of the Ledgestone Insurance Series. Here are the awesome details:
When: Saturday, August 11th Time: Players Meeting at 7AM and Teeoff at 7:30AM Courses: 4 rounds of 18 holes each, with the following courses used - Eureka, Morton, ICC, and Washington (in that order) What: This "Frenzy" tournament will require a full day of disc golf. Four sanctioned rounds in one day throughout Central Illinois will be the challenge! This will be a PDGA B tier and will be pre-registration only. At this time we are only allowing 72 players. If we get more than 60 players signed up we will divide Pro/Adv and All Other Division into different course orders to accommodate more people and a shorter day. If that happens the Pro/Adv would play the same courses but play them in reverse. Players Pack: All AM's will receive a Blizzard Champion disc. Also, the first 25 AM's to pre-register will get a DX Aviar. Added Money: We will add at least $500 to the Pro Divisions. Lunch: Goodfellas will be providing a box lunch with gondola, chips and a cookies for $7. We can take orders before the tournament or before the first round and have them at the second course. Series Structure: This event will afford double points as this is a PDGA B Tier. Non PDGA members will need to pay an extra $10.
1. Galesburg – March 10th - “Random Draw Dubs Fundraiser” – Nate Heinold TD 2. Pontiac – April 7th - “Swinging Bridge Open” C Tier – Dana Vicich TD 3. Pekin – April 14th - “McNaughton Triples Fundraiser” – Nate Heinold TD 4. Springfield AM Only Super Tour – April 28th – “Illinois 72 AMS” – Miles/Noah TD 5. Morton New Design Dubs – May 5th – Ten Year Tourney – Nate Heinold TD 6. Rockford (Anna Page) – May 12th – “Plastic Addicts Classic” C Tier – Scott Franke TD 7. Bloomington (Maxwell) – May 19th - "Paragon Open" C Tier – Miles Parkhill TD 8. Washington Cherry Festival – June 2nd – Unsanctioned – Greg Nettles TD 9. Morton - June 9th - "Illinois Amateur Championships" Am Only B Tier – Wilbur Wallis TD 10. Baker Park, Kewanee – June 30th "Title to be decided" C Tier - Wes Jacobson TD 11. McNasty Triples - July 7th Unsanctioned - Johnnie Harrison TD 12. Eureka – August 4th - "Plastic Addicts Safari" C Tier - Greg Nettles TD 13. Ledgestone Insurance Frenzy B Tier – August 11th – 4 Courses in 1 Day – Nate Heinold TD 14. Canton Doubles Tournament - August 18th - Johnnie Harrison TD 15. Washington - August 25th - "Washington Community Bank Classic" C Tier - Jarrod Nettles TD 16. Manito Glo Popcorn Festival - August 31st - Friday Night Tournament - 12 Hole Design (three rounds of 12 holes, including two glo rounds) - Johnnie Harrison/Nate Heinold TD 17. Bradley– September 8th - "Erie Insurance Open" C Tier – Doug Payne TD 18. Ledgestone Insurance Championships Super Tour – September 14/15th - Johnnie Harrison/Nate Heinold CO-TD's (This Super Tour will utilize Morton/McNaughton for rounds 1 and 2 and split rounds for different divisions for round 3)
Come down and play the 2012 Illinois Amatuer Championships presented by Huk Lab this weekend at Morton. Pre-registration is at the following link:
B-Tier Note price change, all advanced divisions will be paying the same price $45 Advanced Division: Men & Women, Adv.Master, Adv. Grandmaster & Adv. Senior Grandmaster $35 Intermediate, Recreational, Novice $35 Junior 16 and under
Minimum 3 players per division for age protected, women, and juniors. Non-current PDGA members will pay an extra $10 fee
P.S. The weather looks great for this event. See you there! Remember that you get double points for the Ledgestone Insurance Series. The top series players will get amazing trophies and cash and merchandise money. More than $2000 is committed to the series payout, which doesn't include the expense of the trophies.
Ledgestone Insurance is proud to announce the 2012 Ledgestone Insurance Series. With major sponsors Erie Insurance, Paragon, Plastic Addicts, Washington Community Bank, Goodfellas and Ledgestone Insurance we are excited to announce that the September Super Tour should be the largest tournament in the history of the state in terms of added cash. We will be adding more than $10,000 cash to the Pro Division and the AM player pack will be worth over $90 per player and will be 100% donated and no money will come out of the entry fee to pay for the players packs!
The full schedule is as follows:
1. Galesburg – March 10th - “Random Draw Dubs Fundraiser” – Nate Heinold TD 2. Pontiac – April 7th - “Swinging Bridge Open” C Tier – Dana Vicich TD 3. Pekin – April 14th - “McNaughton Triples Fundraiser” – Nate Heinold TD 4. Springfield AM Only Super Tour – April 28th – “Illinois 72 AMS” – Miles/Noah TD 5. Morton New Design Dubs – May 5th – Ten Year Tourney – Nate Heinold TD 6. Rockford (Anna Page) – May 12th – “Plastic Addicts Classic” C Tier – Scott Franke TD 7. Bloomington (Maxwell) – May 19th - "Paragon Open" C Tier – Miles Parkhill TD 8. Washington Cherry Festival – June 2nd – Unsanctioned – Greg Nettles TD 9. Morton - June 9th - "Illinois Amateur Championships" Am Only B Tier – Wilbur Wallis TD 10. Baker Park, Kewanee – June 30th "Title to be decided" C Tier - Wes Jacobson TD 11. McNasty Triples - July 7th Unsanctioned - Johnnie Harrison TD 12. Eureka – August 4th - "Plastic Addicts Safari" C Tier - Greg Nettles TD 13. Ledgestone Insurance Frenzy B Tier – August 11th – 4 Courses in 1 Day – Nate Heinold TD 14. Canton Doubles Tournament - August 19th - Johnnie Harrison TD 15. Washington - August 25th - "Washington Community Bank Classic" C Tier - Jarrod Nettles TD 16. Manito Glo Popcorn Festival - August 31st - Friday Night Tournament - 12 Hole Design (three rounds of 12 holes, including two glo rounds) - Johnnie Harrison/Nate Heinold TD 17. Bradley– September 8th - "Erie Insurance Open" C Tier – Doug Payne TD 18. Ledgestone Insurance Championships Super Tour – September 14/15th - Johnnie Harrison/Nate Heinold CO-TD's (This Super Tour will utilize Morton/McNaughton for rounds 1 and 2 and split rounds for different divisions for round 3)
The doubles and triples tournaments will not count towards the series in terms of the points structure. Unsanctioned events, including the Cherry Fest and the Glo Popcorn Festival Tournament will count towards the series. Here is the points structure:
Points System for the Series C-Tier – 5 points for everyone you beat and 5 points for showing up (first place gets an additional 10 points, while second place gets an additional 5 points) A/B-Tier – 10 points for everyone you beat and 10 points for showing up (first place gets an additional 15 points, while second place gets an additional 10 points)
Prizes for the Series Men’s Pro – Top Pro is guaranteed $450 cash for winning the series (second place will get $200 cash) Men’s Advanced – Top Advanced player is guaranteed at least $300 in merchandise money Men’s Intermediate – Top Intermediate player is guaranteed at least $150 in merchandise money NOTE: These are the only guaranteed divisions to get a prize – the payout for other divisions and the series structure will be determined based on the number of players in each division
The points system is simple - you get points in the division you play in and you can't move those points around. If you want to play Masters one tournament and Advanced another tournament, those points will count in the Masters and Advanced divisions respectively.
We will have more information on the Facebook page of Plastic Addicts and will have information sent out via email as well. In addition, information will be posted on http://www.illinoisdiscolf.com
We are still looking for a few large sponsors so if you know of anyone that is interested please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It's getting full....at the pace it is filling, we will be full within a week. I have had a handful of signups the last two days and some more emails with people telling me they plan on playing. Also, I have had numerous more people say on Facebook they will be playing. I would encourage everyone that your spot isn't reserved without signing up....so do it soon! It's getting full.
We have added a couple more sponsors and items to the 50/50:
-Thanks to the Peoria Frisbee Club for being a sponsor! -ABC Discs and Dan Pastore have come on as a sponsor -Springhill Suites in Peoria have come on as a sponsor -Lakeview Musuem in Peoria has come on a a sponsor
I also wanted to introduce this little nugget - the top 3 finishers in Pro, Advanced, and Intermediate will each receive a free Distance Doctor! This disc MSRP's for $35 and my tournament is the first tournament to feature this awesome disc. And the top three finishers in these divisions will be getting one free, and we'll give away two more at the Lunch CTP contest!
Also, just to remind people and clarify the payouts - we are adding money to other divisions besides the Pro division. Also, any advanced that doesn't place gets $20 back in merchandise money and any pro that doesn't place gets all of their entry fee paid back in merchandise money ($45). In addition, pros get a players pack and a piece of the CTP's. I had an email complaint about pros getting a players pack and that reducing the payout. While I understand the criticism and this does indeed reduce what could have been an even larger pro payout, I wanted to encourage some people to play up by getting their money back in merchandise if they didn't place. Most importantly....its my tournament!