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Shoot The Breeze / Re: Guess Who's Having a Baby
« on: June 22, 2011, 09:50:43 PM »
Congrats to both of you! Your days of golfing are numbered JP  :P

You're going to build the crib yourself aren't you? What do you think Frankie...oak??

Really great news, congratulations!!

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 Laurenís 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 ďmoney shotsĒ.

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 wonít 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 donít 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 Jenkinsí winning putt at the 2009 World Championships in Kansas City.
At that time I had never been published and DGPTV didnít 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 golfís 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
donít 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 sportís image!


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

J-Town Disc Golf Club / Re: J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting 05.09.11
« on: May 09, 2011, 10:42:26 AM »

Meeting will be held in a pavilion at Channy.  Hope to see you there!

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 / Re: J-Town Disc Golf Club Board Nominations
« on: March 14, 2011, 08:33:18 PM »
Nominations Listed Below (updated 4.23.11) (A=accepted, D=declined)

1.   President

Ray Hill (A)

2.   Vice-President

3.   Secretary

Dean Bingham (A)

4.   Treasurer

Jason Poole (A)

5.   Member Advocate

Dave Kociuba (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 Clubís 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 Presidentís 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 Presidentís 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 memberís behalf, anonymously if desired.

that might have helped hun?  :o

Sorry about that, at the time I posted the agenda 'where' wasn't finalized, and I totally forgot to update that!

It was McDonald's in Shorewood again.. Minutes will be made available

Once again sorry, totally didn't catch the error...

reminder that this is tonight...

hope to see you there!

Leagues & Tourneys / Re: J Town vs Fox Valley Club Challenge
« on: March 07, 2011, 10:12:55 PM »
I had a great time... Great company, great food, great hosts, great weather...

Thanks to all those involved in getting this going and those that came out and played.   Thanks for keeping track of everything and posting results.  The team events are a really good time I look forward to more of them!

Updated first post to reflect agenda..

Leagues & Tourneys / Re: J Town vs Fox Valley Club Challenge
« on: March 04, 2011, 08:46:59 PM »
Dave K said he is in, I ran into him at highland tonight.  Tom mmmm said that he also would like to play.  Dean Bangham said as long as no work tomorrow he would like to play.  And I got a sitter for my daughters so I would also like to play.  Literally just got a text from Steve Slater he would like to play also..

Looking forward to a good time... Thanks a million to everyone for getting this going!  If you need anything please ask..

Leagues & Tourneys / Re: 2011 DISContinuum Club Challenge
« on: March 02, 2011, 11:35:29 AM »
Thanks Tom, I'm looking forward to another great event!  Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen.  We have a meeting coming up on Monday I will let you know what is talked about for CTPs and such..

Thanks Again!!

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

Leagues & Tourneys / Re: 2011 DISContinuum Club Challenge
« on: February 28, 2011, 02:04:28 PM »

3/27/11 is coming up fast...

<<-- Jason has provided a link to the thread on Discontinuum under Upcoming Events if you click on "Discontinuum Club Challenge (Rockford)", keep an eye out for details..

anyone who wants to play, lets get a roster going...

Please post here so we have an idea of who's going.


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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