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Leagues & Tourneys / 2015 SL Award
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:25:14 AM »
The 2015 SL Award or better known as
The 2015 Shitiest Luck Award!

The award will go to the player with the Shitiest luck from September 2014 Ė September 2015. We will announce the winner at the 2015 J-Town Fest and the recipient will receive the big olí shitty traveling trophy for the year.
Last year Richard Walsh won the award and he is currently traveling around with the shitty trophy.
Players with shitty luck will not be forgotten. Please help me keep track of all the players with shitty luck this year and we'll determine who had the shitiest.
Thanks and I'll see you soon!

I attached a photo of the award below.

Leagues & Tourneys / 33rd Illinois State Disc Golf Championships
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:23:04 AM »
The 33rd Illinois State Disc Golf Championships will be on July 18 & 19, 2015.
More info to come soon.

Leagues & Tourneys / 28th Channahon Classic
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:22:12 AM »
The 28th Channahon Classic will be on September 26 & 27, 2015
More info to come soon.

Leagues & Tourneys / 2015 J-Town Fest
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:21:35 AM »
J-Town Fest 2015 will be on Saturday October 24, 2015.
More info to come soon.

Courses / Community Park, Channahon - Cross Country Meet Closings
« on: September 03, 2014, 05:58:17 AM »
Attention: Disc Golf Players
The disc golf course at Community Park will be closed during cross country meets on the following dates:
Thurs, Sept 11
Sat, Sept 13
Tues, Sept 16
Sat, Sept 20
Sat, Oct 4
Sat, Oct 25
Midweek meets begin around 3pm and Saturday meets begin around 8am.
Thank you very much for your cooperation with regard to this matter.
Management Staff
Channahon Park District

Courses / Highland Park Cleanup for IL State
« on: June 19, 2014, 07:59:03 AM »
Some things that need to be done:
If you have time please fee free to tackle any of these projects. July 5 or 6 and/or 12 & 13 will be the next big organized days but Iíll keep you posted on that.

If you (Complete) something post on the website or let me know through email so we continue to update the list.
Once the Taste of Joliet is over (June 27 Ė 29) the Park District should be able to cut most accessible fairways and the top of hill by 11ís blue tee pad to the parking lot. (ALMOST COMPLETE)

Some of the stuff completed on the list might have to be redone because of all of this damn rain this year. Iíll keep you posted.
If anyone has a lot of time during the day and wants a big project to start than go to hole 16ís hill. As always itís going to take a lot of work to get that thing trimmed up. Everyone will be playing both tee pads like last year so most of the hill needs to be cut up. Iíll be starting it this week.

Thanks for volunteering!

1.   (Complete) Hole 15 trimming up on top by basket
2.   (Complete) Hole 15 trimming path to blue tee
3.   (Complete) Hole 16 trimming/mowing hill
4.   (Complete) Hole 4 trimming right side of fairway - Frank is finishing this.
5.   Belmont trimming and clearing-(probably on organized days)
6.   All Red tees trimming 1,2,3,4,7,9,10,11,17
7.   (Complete) Hole 1 trimming/mowing
8.   Hole 6 trimming hill
9.   Hole 10 trimming tee pad and basket
10.  Hole 11 trimming/mowing
11.  Hole 12 trimming/mowing hill & path to blue tees
12.  Hole 18 trimming/mowing tee pad
13.  Parking lot trimming/cylinders
14.  Garbage pickup whole park
15.  All Reds need tee pads groomed (raked)
16.  Hole 17 trimming by basket and hill
17.  (Complete) Bent trees on 13 & 14 need cutting
18.  All tee pad cylinders need to be clearly exposed

Shoot The Breeze / Iron Maiden Fans
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:24:55 AM »
This is for all the Iron Maiden fans out there!

The Trooper by Steve'n'Seagulls (LIVE)

Courses / West Park
« on: May 14, 2014, 09:10:20 AM »
How flooded is West Park?

PDGA / World's Biggest Disc Golf Weekend 2014
« on: April 30, 2014, 07:53:09 AM »
The Worldís Biggest Disc Golf Weekend started in 1991, when over 350 players took part in a one-day event at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. At the time, it was the biggest tournament in disc golf history. The next year, creator John Houck #1688 turned it into a global event dedicated to introducing the sport to tens of thousands of people around the world on the same weekend. At its peak, the event was hosted in almost 200 cities and 16 countries worldwide. Houck continued this tradition for 23 years, and this year marks the 24th and final event for WBDGW as it is known today.
Click the link to read the rest of the story.

History / The Lumber Cup 1980, West Park
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:33:19 AM »
This shot was taken from the first Lumber Cup Tournament at West Park in 1980.
Pictured, from left to right: Pete DeChristopher, Bruce Podgirski (1st Place) Paul McCallister #1124, Dale Haake #2114, Dennis Hoke #1194 and Brian Cummings #1739.
Conchita Haake of Rock Island took the photo on April 5, 1980 in the private back yard of the house that borders the park along old fairway #16.
The photo and Information are courtesy of Paul Mccallister.

The photo and info are also in the Gallery. If you canít see photo click link below.

Leagues & Tourneys / 32nd Illinois State Disc Golf Championships
« on: January 14, 2014, 07:19:07 AM »
32nd Illinois State Disc Golf Championships
July 19 & 20, 2014
Highland Park, Joliet

Leagues & Tourneys / 27th Channahon Classic
« on: January 14, 2014, 07:18:32 AM »
27th Channahon Classic
September 27 & 28, 2014
More info soon

Leagues & Tourneys / 2014 J-Town Fest
« on: January 14, 2014, 07:18:11 AM »
2014 J-Town Fest
Saturday October 4, 2014
More info soon.

Lost & Found / Two Chairs
« on: October 01, 2013, 08:25:08 AM »
I have two chairs.

One was left a the last league night at Shorewood and one was left at the Channahon Classic.

History / September 01, 1996-Tee Time For Frisbees
« on: September 11, 2013, 12:42:31 PM »
This is cool article about two Hall of Famers and where Illinois Disc Golf was in 1996.
Check it out!

Tee Time For Frisbees
Disc Must Be The Place For Some Offbeat Fun
September 01, 1996|By Marj McCabe. Special to the Tribune.

So you're good enough at throwing a Frisbee that an agile dog can intercept it in midair. But what about hitting a target that doesn't reach out and grab it?

That's the essence of disc golf. And disc golf courses--and the pros of the sport--can be found in the southwest suburbs, if you know where to look.

In disc golf, the "hole," or target, is a metal basket that looks somewhat like the crow's nest of a ship, suspended on a pole with a ring of chain links hanging above it, 23 inches above the ground. As in ball golf, players start at a marked tee area and work their way to the hole, which is usually 150 to 400 feet away.

Once near the target, many players will use their sport's version of a putter (a disc that is designed for short and accurate flight). On the last throw, the disc can be aimed at the hanging chains, which direct the disc into the basket.

There are 17 disc golf courses in the Chicago area. Ten are 9-hole courses, and seven are 18-hole courses. Of these playing venues, five are within the south and southwest suburbs, and Gary Lewis is the pro at four of them, in and around his hometown of Joliet.

"I think the sport's here to stay," he said with enthusiasm. "It'll just take time to get really big. Disc golf is still in the recreational area--and that's where I work."

Lewis started playing disc golf in 1980. "I had trouble playing softball because of problems with my knees," Lewis said. "I was looking for something else to do. I saw disc golf, and my first reaction was, `Wow. What's this?' " Lewis began playing competitively that year.

As pro, Lewis helps keep the course, and its equipment, maintained. He also stays as visible as he can. "I try to spend time in the parks and answer questions," he said. "Most of the people out there know who I am."

Lewis said he encourages people to play the sport of disc golf. But his primary goal? "I try to keep the courses in the ground and get new ones in." He's hoping to locate another 18-hole course in Joliet right now, "maybe this fall."

He's one of an elite group (only 20 U.S. members), called the Disc Golf Course Designers, which is trying to establish disc golf courses in undeveloped park land across the country. Much of Lewis' work involves persuading area park districts to dedicate room for the courses. "It takes acreage," he pointed out.

That acreage is worth it to Frank Stec, superintendent of parks for the Joliet Park District. "It's a good sport," he said. "(Disc golf players) are a good bunch of people, and the sport brings more people to the parks."

Stec estimates that between 10 and 25 people daily come out to play disc golf at West Park in Joliet, an 18-hole course with pro tees for tournament play that covers about 15 acres.

In scoping out a playing area, Lewis noted, "It has to be safe and not too long--playable. I put it to the test. Can we do right and left curve shots here? Is there water nearby?"

Courses with 18 holes usually occupy 10 to 20 acres, Stec said. That space will accommodate playing distances of 200 to 400 feet per hole.
But the biggest criterion for the newest disc golf course designs?
"They have to be recreation-oriented," said the designer. "The course has to be for beginners."

The advice Lewis gives beginners--and anyone interested in trying out the sport of disc golf--is to locate a park district that supports a disc golf course. Then go out and play. The courses are free and open to the public. "Just grab any old Frisbee to start. I played with a regular dog disc for a year," Lewis said.

According to Becky Powell, administrator of the Professional Disc Golf Association in Weatherford, Texas, the sport's discs have various designs and purposes. "A putter," she said, "has a more rounded edge, like a Frisbee, while a driver has an edge with a sharper slope to make it fly greater distances."

Lewis, when not working his full-time construction job, spends much of his time on the Joliet course in West Park, where disc golfers might stop him to pick up some expert pointers. Lewis may concentrate on the recreational player now, but competitive disc golf was his game until 1993. "I have knee problems and I'm 46 years old. I just decided I wasn't sure if I could continue at the competitive level," he admitted.

Before that time, Lewis was consistently one of the top disc golf players in the Midwest. "I've been (ranked) second in Illinois four times," said Lewis. "And the Midwest Golf Club (in Hinsdale, now defunct) named me player of the year in 1984."

Lewis played in the World Disc Golf Championships nine times. The tourney, held Aug. 6 to 10 in South Bend, Ind., featured another local pro, Brian Cummings of Munster, Ind. Before going in, Cummings felt prepared. "I've had a real good year this year," he said confidently.
He had won six tournaments this year, all at the Masters level (open to players age 35 and above). Cummings is no stranger to top competition. "I've played in eight world championships, and in '91, I got sixth in the Worlds as a Master," he said.

Cummings took up disc golf in 1979, after playing a lot of Frisbee in college and at the beach. He was attracted to the sport because it offered competition without sports injuries.

 "In high school, I was a wrestler and played football. I was looking for something to do that involved less bodily injury," he said. "I had a friend who encouraged me to play disc golf. I got hooked immediately."

Before this year's big event, Cummings felt he was in top form and noted, "People say that I'm playing well. I can honestly say I can probably be in the top 10."

Well, not quite, though he did place 25th out of 80 Masters.

"These are all the hot shots from all over the country and the world--Sweden, Canada, Japan," Cummings said.

In the World Championships, each player played eight rounds of 18 holes. Cummings had a total of 406 strokes for these eight rounds; the winner "shot" a 381. There's no handicapping in disc golf, Powell said, and par is 3 shots per hole (54 total).

"Everyone should be shooting under par at this level of play," Powell said. "Pros are shooting at least 4 or 5 under par for 18 holes." Cummings' best round in the Worlds was 8 under par.

Away from the hot shots, Cummings works as pro for the course at Sergeant Means Park in Olympia Fields (he also has the job at Indiana courses), in addition to his full-time job running a disc jockey business. "I'm the liaison," he said. "I keep people informed from the professional to the amateur side of the sport."

He said he also works closely with the park district. "I work with the department . . . to keep them encouraged about the game and maintain the course."

Mary Colmar, director of parks and recreation for Olympia Fields, saw the appeal of designating 12 of the 20 acres at Sergeant Means Park for an 18-hole disc golf course. "We felt it could appeal to a portion of our population that's hard to serve," Colmar said.

She explained that many patrons between high school age and 30 aren't atttracted by team sports such as softball. When asked how the course is being used, Colmar said, "It seems there's always someone using it. Even last year when it was 100 degrees, people were out there during lunch hour playing."

Although Cummings puts in the labor it takes to paint tees and maintain the equipment, he said he often sees players picking up trash and taking it off the course themselves. "There's a New Age attitude in this sport," he said proudly.

Cummings also feels that there's a special niche for disc golf in the recreational sporting world.

"I see people using it who don't have a lot of money or a lot of time. I think the future of disc golf is in a slot like that," he said. "What other sport can you have fun at where you can get a round in after work and still make it home in time for dinner?"


Brian Cummings and Gary Lewis act as pros and contacts for the following area disc golf courses:

Sergeant Means Park, Western Avenue and 207th Street, Olympia Fields. Contact: Brian Cummings, 219-836-8240.

Community Park, near the Interstate Highway 55 frontage road and Canal Road, Channahon; West Park, Meadow and Midland Avenues, Joliet; Haine's Wayside Park, Cedar Road and Haines Avenue, New Lenox; Shorewood Park, U.S. Highway 52 and Illinois Highway 59, Shorewood. Contact: Gary Lewis, 815-725-8964.

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