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« on: June 21, 2012, 10:34:57 AM »

Grant Winners


The Professional Disc Golf Association is pleased to announce the winning applicants for the June 2012 round of innovation grants.

Steve Mentrek: Disc Golf Clinics for Special Olympics Athletes - This project is geared towards introducing local Special Olympic athletes to the sport of disc golf. Through the use of local volunteers, we can create an inclusive opportunity for individuals with disabilities to see more of what their community has to offer.

Thor Batchelor: Trinity Lakes Disc Golf Course Handicap Accessibility Improvements - Trinity Links offers a blend of competitive sport and fun recreation for people of many ability levels. This year, a caring group of disc golf enthusiasts and a small army of volunteer carpenters began working to make the course 100% handicapped accessible. They are building accessible walkways and bridges near all ten holes that need them. They have completed five hole and expect to complete the rest this year.

Diane D. Nilan:  HEAR US! Disc Us! - HEAR US! Disc Us! connects kids without homes to a sport that will bring them joy for the rest of their lives! Disc Golf-loving members of HEAR US Inc., a national nonprofit organization giving voice and visibility to homeless children and youth, will team up with some of the Midwest's ardent disc golfers to share this sport with homeless kids. Instruction, playing time, prizes and refreshments included.

Adam S. Johnson:   YMCA Youth Disc Golf Program - Disc golf is like ball golf: only faster, healthier and more affordable. The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is offering disc golf as a youth sport this summer. Using YMCA core values participants will learn the basics of disc golf: throwing techniques, rules, respect for the environment and good sportsmanship.

Joey Duckett:  Azleway Eagles Disc Golf (AEDG) - Create a course at the Azleway's Boys Ranch, a home for troubled boys. Volunteers from the local disc golf club will help refurbish donated baskets and install them on the course and teach the boys how to play to fill their spare time with a healthy, productive activity.

The PDGA Innovation Grant Program was created to increase and promote the awareness of the sport of disc golf and the Professional Disc Golf Association. Applicants are encouraged to think outside of the box to develop innovative and unique programs which will promote the sport and increase participation. The PDGA office received fourteen applications for this round of grants. Each of the five recipients above will receive a grant in the amount of $500 to help fund their dream disc golf project. Nine other very worthy projects were reviewed and considered by the staff and Board of Directors. We wish to extend our most sincere thanks to everyone who submitted an application and we encourage you to apply again if you were not successful.

Applications for the next round of PDGA Innovation Grants are due on December 1, 2012, when five more grants in the amount of $500 will be awarded in mid December. The completed grant application along with additional requested information and any supporting documents you wish to include must be received by the PDGA office on or before December 1st.

For an application and additional information on the PDGA Innovation Grant Program please visit:

J-Town Disc Golf Club / J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting 05/14/12 5pm
« on: May 08, 2012, 09:38:34 AM »
J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting
05/14/12 5:00 PM-- Meeting #17

Good weather it will be at Channahon Community Park in an open pavilion
Bad Weather we will move it to McDonald's on Jefferson

1) Financials
2) Discontinuum Club Challenge (Recap)
3) Handicap Singles League
4) J-Town Invitational
5) Election Results
6) Discount for children's memberships.
7) Open Q&A

Anything to add please come on out to the meeting!

See you there

Leagues & Tourneys / Woman's Global Event-Channy-5/12/12
« on: April 05, 2012, 02:01:58 PM »
What: Woman’s Global presented by the J-Town Disc Golf Club a PDGA C-Tier Event
Where: Channahon Community Park, Channahon, IL
When: May 12,2012
     Global: $20 for pro, $15 for am (Pre-Reg Only)
     Local: $20 for pro, $15 for am (Cashless pre-reg)

from 8am-9am
Players Meeting 9:15
Tee off 9:30

Here is how it works:   First off this one is for the LADIES ONLY! Gentleman this is a great opportunity to caddy for your female friends, family, or loved ones and help introduce someone new to the game.   
The best way for me to describe this is two tournaments in one, Global and Local.  Players MUST sign up for both the local event and the global event to participate.  Each payout is determined by the event.  Locally we will pay out the top 45%+ in each division.  You can play in any division globally, but locally we need 3 to open a division please.  Globally the idea is that there will be enough for any and all age protected divisions.  Most info can be found at DiscGolf4Women.com
Any questions please ask.
Ray Hill (contact me): gratefuldad420atgmail.com or eight one five eight two three seven one six eight.

(Edited 5/11 to split local and global costs)

Courses / **Lockport CLOSED for repairs/ renovations** 3/13-3/26
« on: March 13, 2012, 10:23:02 AM »
Tom Mmmmmm asked me to post something letting everyone know that Lockport IS NOW CLOSED for repairs and spring clean up until (around) March 26

Please post something here or contact Tom Mmmmm/ (new daddy) Thor if you are interesting in giving a hand volunteering out there..


J-Town Disc Golf Club / J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting 03/12/12 5pm
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:57:42 PM »
J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting
03/12/12 5:00 PM-- Meeting #16

McDonald's on Jefferson in Shorewood. 

1) Financial Report

2) Ice Bowl (recap)

3) Discontinuum Club Challenge

4) Handicap Singles League (Tuesday Night Frank and Bean's)
  A) PDGA Sanctioned?

5) J-Town Invitational

6) Club Name on Tournaments
  A) Woman's Global Tournament
  B) Mokena Tournament

7) Elections
  A) Timeline
  B) Nominations

8 ) Course Projects

Open Q&A

Hope to see some members in attendance!


J-Town Disc Golf Club / JTown Disc Golf Club Meeting 01/09/12
« on: January 01, 2012, 05:47:06 PM »
J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting
01/09/12 5:00 PM-- Meeting #15

McDonald's on Jefferson in Shorewood. 

1) Financial Report

2) Club Challenge vs. Fox Valley (recap)

3) 2012 J-Town Tag distribution (recap)

4) Clothing Sales

5) Ice Bowl

6) Open Q&A

If you would like to add anything, please reply to the thread below or contact an officer with your input.  If you are reading this I hope to see you at the meeting!


J-Town Disc Golf Club / JTown Club Merch!! (First Run)
« on: December 27, 2011, 10:43:41 PM »
The club now has some sweet new gear for you to display your support.  Basically we have 2 colors, think Bears/ Illini blue and orange, and the logo is what you see in the header above.  The logo is another great design by Mike Kursell, huge THANKS for another great contribution to the club.  Everything but the crew neck tee's and the long sleeve tee's are embroidered.  Tee's are screen printed. I have all the merch at my house and if you want to grab something for yourself or a loved one please get a hold of me.. Text, private message, email, or give me a call.  My cell is 8158237168 email is gratefuldad420atgmaildotcom.  If paypal is easier I can do that.  If you need it to be shipped UPS I can do that too, rates will vary depending on the weight.  I plan to play most winter league so you can also meet me there.  But please make arrangements, these are far too bulky to have everything on me all the time.     

We don't have a ton of stuff so act fast before its all sold out.  I will keep the thread as updated as possible so you know what sizes are still available.....

   Beanie (Magic Apparel Group) $13* Navy/ Orange
   Dri-Fit Polo (Nike Golf) $30* Navy/ Orange M, L, or XL
   Dri-Fit Polo (Nike Golf) - 2XL $31* Navy/ Orange
   Hoodie (Champion) $30* Navy Only L, XL
   Hoodie (Champion) - 2XL $32* Navy Only
   Zip Hoodie (Gildan) $32* Navy Only L, XL
   Zip Hoodie (Gildan) – 2XL $34* Navy Only
   Zip Hoodie (Champion) $36* Navy Only L, XL
   Zip Hoodie (Champion) – 2XL $40* Navy Only
   Dri-Fit Crew Tee (A4) $15 Navy/ Orange M, L, XL, or 2XL
   Long Sleeve Tee (Gildan) $15 Navy/ Orange M, L, XL or 2XL

* next to the price indicates embroidered

J-Town Disc Golf Club / JTown Disc Golf Club Meeting 11/14/11 5pm
« on: November 07, 2011, 11:08:56 AM »
J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting
11/14/11 5:00 PM-- Meeting #14

McDonald's on Jefferson in Shorewood. 

1) Financial Report

2) Handicap League (recap)

3) J-Town logo on club merchandise

4) Club Challenge vs. Fox Valley

5) Ice Bowl
Ice Bowl merchandise winnings from 2011 and what to do what them

6) Open Q&A

if you would like to add anything, please reply to the thread below or contact an officer with your input. 


Shoot The Breeze / Congrats on another trip around the sun Frankie!
« on: September 13, 2011, 11:59:20 AM »
Happy Birthday!!!!!  :D ;D

Does the alcohol taste better now that you are of legal age?

J-Town Disc Golf Club / JTown Disc Golf Club Meeting 09/12/11 5pm
« on: September 09, 2011, 02:39:28 PM »
J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting
09/12/11 5:00 PM-- Meeting #13

If the weather is decent we will have it at Channahon Community Park.  If not-so-much then back to McDonald's on Jefferson in Shorewood.  I will edit the post as soon as a place is finalized. 

1) Financial Report

2) Frank and Bean's Trophy talk

3) Club Logo

4) Club Shirts

5) Member Course Projects

6) Open Q&A

Click here for full story:


During the 2010 PDGA Professional World Championships is Lemon Lake, Illinois, we noticed a young lady who was caddying one of the Grandmasters players, as if they were doing her a favor by letting her be part of the group.

Later that week, she caught our eye, but this time it was with a camera in her hands, steadying up in a great posture that clearly indicated she knew what she was doing.

Lauren Lakeberg showed us some of pictures from that Lemon Lake Worlds, and we knew that, to properly report on the events that we were broadcasting live, it would be essential to have some still photography to augment our video efforts.

We brought Lauren down to Rock Hill, South Carolina for the 2010 United States Disc Golf Championships and were quick to realize that her work ethic, her creativity, and her talents would be a great fit for DiscGolfPlanet.tv. Indeed, we now consider Lauren our staff photographer.

Check Out Some of Lauren’s Work for DiscGolfPlanet.tv Here.
Lauren was kind enough to share with us some of the top tips at photographing disc golf. Here is what she had to say.
TIPS FROM DiscGolfPlanet.TV Staff Photographer, Lauren Lakeberg:
1. Respect the players! This is my number one rule above all. If you have respect for
the players they will respect you which will ultimately allow you to get into position
for those “money shots”.

2. Always be prepared: since I never really know how long I am going to be out in the
field it is important to always be prepared. I always make sure I have plenty of water,
a snack, extra batteries, lens wipes, etc. On really sunny days I like to use a circular
polarizer to make the sky a little darker, that way the photos won’t look like they are
washed-out from the sun-bleached sky.

3. Timing is everything, and this goes along with having respect for the players. There
any many players that get annoyed if you snap the shutter to quickly before the disc
is released; there are two ways to get around this, one get a long zoom lens so that
you don’t have to be so close to them and two, since I have been photographing the
professional players now for three years I have learned to recognize which players
can block out distraction more which allows me to be a little bit more aggressive
when they are up.

Timing also applies to being at the right place at the right time, I was lucky enough
to get Avery Jenkins’ winning putt at the 2009 World Championships in Kansas City.
At that time I had never been published and DGPTV didn’t even know who I was,
I was just a regular Joe in the field with a passion for disc golf and photography.
When push came to shove, on the fifth hole of the sudden death playoff (with Josh
Anthon) I remember having to belly flop my way into a spot in the crowd and it
paid off because no one else was able to capture the sequence like I did from the
point that Jenkins released the disc to the sudden burst of emotion, it was an exciting
moment and I landed my first publication in DiscGolfer Magazine. A moment
like that is hard to come by, especially because in the history of disc golf’s world
championships there has only been one other playoff and that was in 1987 when
Gregg Hosfeld won. My only advice for a situation like that is to be ready and trust
your gut.

4. Trust yourself and if you see an opportunity to shoot something do it, because if you
don’t you will regret it forever. I also recommend practicing taking pictures of your
friends playing that way you can learn what works for you and what does not.

Canon 5D
Canon 7D
Canon Rebel XT
Canon Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Autofocus
Tamaron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC Autofocus Lens
Nixon FM2 (film camera)

Thanks Lauren. Your work has definitely helped enhance our sport’s image!


Camera Equipment, Disc Golf Photography, Lauren Lakeberg, Shooting Tips

J-Town Disc Golf Club / J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting 05.09.11
« on: May 03, 2011, 10:14:10 PM »
J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting
03/14/11 5:00 PM-- Meeting #11

If the weather is decent we will have it at Channahon Community Park.  If not-so-much then back to McDonald's on Jefferson in Shorewood.  I will edit the post as soon as a place is finalized.  


Members in Attendance:

1)  Financial Report

2)  Club Vice President Position

3)  Handicap League Review

4)  Purchasing of a Laptop for league business

5)  Course Improvements

6)  Club Merchandise Purchases

7)  Club Tournament 5/30/11

8 )  Open Q&A

J-Town Disc Golf Club / J-Town Disc Golf Club Board Nominations
« on: March 14, 2011, 08:32:43 PM »
At this time the J-Town Disc Golf Club is now accepting nominations for the Board Member positions. 

Please take this time to nominate a J-Town Disc Golf club member for the following positions. 

Member Advocate

Individual Board position descriptions are listed below:

1.   President
a.   The President shall chair meetings and special sessions of the Board of Directors. The Secretary and Treasurer shall report to the President. The President participates in the nominating of, and approves, all Staff nominations.
b.   The President is responsible for maintaining positive relationships with Club sponsors, local players, and other disc golf organizations.  President checks and confirms all public communications (monthly newsletters, club flyers, press releases, etc.) before release.
c.   The President shall have access to the Club’s bank account(s) and other investments, if any, with the expressed approval of the Treasurer.

2.   Vice-President
a.   The Vice President shall chair the Staff-based Operations Team, acting as team leader.
b.   The Vice President is responsible for maintaining positive relationships with Club sponsors, local players, and other disc golf organizations. The Vice President shall assist the President as needed.
c.   Any teams or committees created by the Board of Directors shall be managed by the Vice President (or by a delegate appointed by the Vice President if approved by the rest of the Board).
d.   In the event of the President’s absence, the Vice President shall chair Club meetings.

3.   Secretary
a.   The Secretary shall be responsible for much of the communication of information within the structure of the Club. 
b.   The Secretary shall record and disseminate the agenda, minutes, and notes from monthly and other Club meetings. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to respond to public inquiries, answer appropriate Club email, or forward such communication to the President.
c.   By nature of the position, the Secretary will need to work closely with the Webmaster or Assistant Webmaster in the combined goal of maintaining clear and consistent communication within the Club and in the eyes of the public.
d.   The Secretary shall chair Club meetings in the President and Vice President’s absence.

4.   Treasurer
a.   The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial integrity of the Club.  The Treasurer maintains all accounts payable, accounts receivable, sponsorship donations, and other Club investments.
b.   The Treasurer shall give a comprehensive financial status report at the Club meetings.
c.   The Treasurer is responsible for filing all appropriate State of Illinois and Federal taxes and fees as is pertinent to maintaining 501©(3) tax-exempt status as a non-profit corporation.

5.   Member Advocate
a.   The Member Advocate is responsible for maintaining a positive relationship between the Board of Directors and the general membership.
b.   The Member Advocate shall talk with members to come up with member concerns and desired changes in a more informal setting than the general membership meetings.  These topics will then be presented at meetings on the member’s behalf, anonymously if desired.

J-Town Disc Golf Club / JTown Disc Golf Club Meeting 03/14/11 5pm (Agenda)
« on: February 28, 2011, 02:10:10 PM »
J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting
03/14/11 5:00 PM-- Meeting #10

Members in Attendance:

1)  Financial Report

2)  J-Town Club Invitational

3)  Discontinuum Club Challenge

4)  Handicap Singles League
-Frank and Beans??
-Tags on Saturdays??

5)  Board Member Nominations

6) Team Challenge Review

7) Social Media

8 )  Open Q&A

Shoot The Breeze / Fantasy Disc Golf anyone??
« on: February 12, 2011, 02:07:00 PM »
Anyone interested in putting in on a league? 


"We offer the following league sizes:

$9.99 - Up to 15 players
Great for groups of friends.
Costs less than a new disc!

$19.99 - Up to 100 players
Awesome for local clubs!
Costs less than a really expensive disc!

$39.99 - Unlimited players
Great for city/state clubs or vendors.
Costs less than a small automobile!"

Please register to their site to see rules etc etc... I don't want to copy and paste the whole website here is all..

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