First Flight, the first A-Tier that has ever been held in the Joliet area, was a success! We had a great time all weekend, culminating in a great show put on by the top 4 advanced players in the ďFinal 9Ē holes at Round Barn Farm. Thank you to everyone who came out to play, everyone who went to flymart, the players party, and who came out to watch the Final 9!
I have a lot of people to thank.
First and foremost, I canít say enough good things about my TDís. Aaron Studer, Kevin Schramm, Paul Kenny, and Mike Kursell all did an outstanding job, and went above and beyond the call to make this tournament a success. Without them, this tournament would never have been possible. Please shake their hand and share your positive thoughts with them when you see them. They worked hard all weekend! Iíd also like to thank Frank Grimes and Shawn McCarthy for their course maintenance work at Channahon. My apologies to Frank for sending 144 players through the course at this early date. As I mentioned on Facebook, I will not be giving that early of a date to the PDGA as an option next year, even if itís the third option. And hey, thanks to Terry Miller, the DG Guy for coming out to video tape the tournament! Terryís a great guy. I saw him helping vendors at the flymart, in addition to his videotaping duties. Check out his footage of the tournament on his You tube blog. First dayís highlights can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIXx2gouBUQ&list=UU_VFGL2488ElJvThosFxaRQ Below is the complete list of people who helped out at the tournament. My sincere thanks to each and every one of you. Itís great to be part of such a helpful community of disc golfers! Hopefully, I donít forget anyone!
TDís: Aaron Studer, Kevin Schramm, Paul Kenny, & Mike Kursell Artist and creative assistance: Mike Kursell Course Maintenance: Frank Grimes and Shawn McCarthy Photography: Daniel Czempinski & Aaron Studer Videographers: DG Guy Terry Miller & Ryan Fancher T-Shirts: Ryan Fancher Spotter: Cory Hill of Soul Flight Disc Golf Banners: Mike Eichorst & Eric Fite Scorecards and leaderboard help: Ryan Fancher, Daniel Czempinski & Ryan Barcas Sponsor Tee signs: Jeremiah Bly, Mike Eichorst, and Ismael Ochoa Doubles tournament: Lars of LSDiscs Getting Sponsors: Larry Pennuto Carrying the Final 9 leaderboard: Jeremiah Bly Assistance during Final 9: Jose Herrera Clean up aftward: Blaine & Christie Schepp
Lastly, Iíd like to thank Kyle Chapman, Zack Zandstra, Alex Nimtz, and Jason LeQuesne for putting on a great show during the Final 9.
Thanks again to everyone. Letís keep this positive vibe going all summer!
We will be hosting a flymart at the Holiday Inn off Larkin (just south of Jefferson, right before the I-80 expressway.) from 5p-8p on Friday, March 28th. Whether you are playing at First Flight or not, you are encouraged to come check out what the vendors have to offer.
Major vendors attending:
LSDiscs Paragon Plastic Addicts
We'll also have our very own local custom printer Top Secret Studios out with some sweet custom printed shirts and other disc golf related items.
Kevin Schramm will be DJing the event for your entertainment.
An unsanctioned disc golf tournament to raise funds for tee pads at West Park.
Trilogy Challenge: A unique format using only three discs provided by Dynamic Discs, Latitude 64, and Westside Discs. Players will play one round at West Park using only the three discs provided by Trilogy - One driver, one midrange, and one putter. The lowest score after one round will win a great prize package of three discs from Dynamic Discs, three discs from Latitude 64, three discs from Westside Discs, a bag, and several other goodies!
All levels of players are invited. This is a great "starter" event for players who would like to get into tournament play. Though we will be following the rules set forth by the PDGA, play will be more casual than a fully sanctioned PDGA tournament.
Cost is $30, with $9 of each player fee going toward improvements at West Park, including, but not limited to, new cement tee boxes for each hole.
In addition, we will be approaching businesses to sponsor additional tee pads at a cost of $160 each. Any business or individual who sponsors a tee pad will get their name/logo on the tee pad sign! I have attached a powerpoint presentation that can be used to solicit tee pad sponsorships. If you wish to help get sponsorships, it would be greatly appreciated! Please do not promise any particular tee pad to any sponsors you get. I've decided that the best way is to assign sponsors to holes randomly in a drawing after we get all the boxes sponsored. Gary may decide to redesign the course as part of this process, so each hole may be completely different than it is today anyway.
Walk ups will be welcome on the day of the tournament. There will be no additional "day of" fee for walk ups.
Player check-in will be open from 8:30-9:15am, with a short players meeting to follow. Tee off will be approx. 9:30am.
Three 18 hole rounds at Channahon Community Park, and Round Barn Farm DGC in Manhattan, IL over the course of two days. See below for course schedules.
Channahon Community Park is one of the most picturesque courses in the J-Town area. Thanks to the Sodfather, Frank Grimes, this course always looks great. Cement tee pads, and benches at many of the holes, it's a great place to play. Hole 4 has a raised green, as does hole 11. Hole 9 and 14 will test your distance. The course has an even mix of lefty and righty shots. Definitely a must play if you are in the area.
Round Barn Farm is one of the newest courses in the area. With two sets of championship level baskets on each hole, it has a lot of variety of shots. There are also 3 water holes on the course, giving it that pucker factor. Playing thru mature trees, it is also a scenic course to play. RBF is a great addition to the J-town area.
I am working hard to get sponsors so I can make this the best event possible for the players. I'll list the players pack as it stands right now, but it may change (for the better) as more sponsors come on board.
Innova Disc Latitude/Westside Disc Local Disc Golf Calendar Long Sleeve Dry Fit T-shirt (Must pre-register by February 14th!) Commemorative Poster Tournament Mini Players Guide
Both discs in the players pack are to be determined as we get closer to the tournament and see what each manufacturer has available.
Registration fee is $50 cash (at the shop) or $52 online. Pre-registration is mandatory. We will not be taking walk ups for this tournament. Also, since it's an A-tier, PDGA membership is a requirement. Pre-register at: http://www.acesandchains.com/node/21
Information about check in times, players meeting(s), and tee times will be available as we get closer to the tournament dates.
Tentative division schedule:
Saturday (2 rounds):
Channahon Community Park (Tee time: 9:30am):
All Advanced divisions Intermediate
Round Barn Farm (Tee time: 9:00am):
All women's divisions Recreational Novice All Jr. divisions
Sunday (1 round + final 9 for Adv. Men):
Channahon Community Park (Tee time: 9:00am):
All women's divisions Recreational Novice All Jr. divisions
Round Barn Farm (Tee time 9:30am):
All Advanced divisions Intermediate
We have room for 144 players in this tournament, and I expect it to fill. Pre-registration is open as of today.
Thanks again to everyone in the disc golf community for your continued support! I couldn't do it without you.
Registration closes December 11th. This tournament is pre-registration only.
One round of 18 holes. All baskets will be lit up. First and second place will receive a cash payout. Everyone who registers will receive a CFR glow disc of their choice. A great variety of glow discs will be available to choose from. Extra glow discs and glow lights will be available for purchase. And the Manhattan Park District will be giving out free hot chocolate to all registered players.
Round Barn Farm is a great course for glow golf. Come on out, have a great time, and help support the Manhattan Park District and the RBF disc golf course.
9/20 - tentatively scheduled at Channahon - 7p tee off.
Please get there early to register, put your glow lights on, etc. We need to be teeing off at 7pm to make sure we get out of the park by 10p.
10 week league Two divisions - Pro/Adv, and Ams PDGA sanctioned singles format $10 per person ($5 toward payouts, $2 CTP, $1 Ace, $1 Park fee & $1 PDGA sanctioning fee)
This is a points league, with the following points awarded each week:
1st place - 4pts 2nd place - 3pts 3rd place - 2pts
Plus, everyone who plays, but doesn't place, gets 1pt for showing up.
Points will be kept separately for the Pro/Adv divisions and the AM divisions.
If 4 or more Pro/Adv players are playing, they will play against each other with a separate payout. The Ams will play against each other with their own payout pool.
If there are less than 4 Pro/Adv players, everyone will play in the same pool. Points, however, will always be kept separate for each division.
CTP's will be by division (unless there are less than 4 Pro/Adv players)
Ace fund will be for all divisions (ie: no separate fund for each division. It will be all one fund.) Ace pot will continue to grow until someone wins it. On the last week, if no one aces we will have a CTP throw off for the remaining amount.
I'll post a tentative course schedule tomorrow listing where we will play each week. Please keep in mind that this schedule may change. I am still working on getting approval to play at RBF, West Park, and Highland. If I get approval, I will work them into the schedule.
The points leader in each division at the end of 10 weeks will receive a trophy.
I will have glow lights and discs available at the park.
The annual Aces and Chains Finals - Oct 5th & 6th - unsanctioned invitation only tournament
Qualify by earning points at each Aces and Chains tournament. Currents points will be posted below.
Unique format: You will be matched up against one opponent each round. This is sudden death format. Win the round against your assigned opponent and advance to the next. Lose and go home. Winner of the final round gets all the cash for their division, and gets their name put on the perpetual trophy which is currently in the Joliet shop. Winner of the Advance division gets to determine which shop (Joliet, or Geneva) that the trophy will be displayed in for the next year.
Fee to play is $10. Invitations will be sent out a minimum of two weeks prior to the tournament. (Invitations may be by phone, emailed, or posted here at the TDs discretion)
This tournament is for Advanced, Intermediate, Recreational, and Novice divisions only.
First two rounds will be played Oct 5th at Westpark. Short tees first round, and long tees for the second round.
Semi-finals and finals will be played at Highland on Oct 6th. Nov and Rec divisions will play Red tees for the semis, and White tees for the finals. Int and Adv divisions will play White tees for the semis and Blue tees for the finals.
First round at 9:30am both days.
We will try to get 16 players in each division. If we get less, then bye rounds will be awarded to the players with the highest point totals as deemed necessary by the TD.
For those of you planning to play Homie on the 6th, if you make it to the semi-finals, we can schedule your round(s) the following weekend or whenever it's convenient for both you and your opponent.
Invites are listed below for each division. Call in soon to reserve your spot at 815-207-8874.
I will be adding $100 to the purse for each of the following divisions!: Advanced, Intermediate, Recreational, & Novice. In addition, any other division that gets 6 or more players will get $25 added to it's purse as well. This is a new format I'm trying. I had a great group of amateurs who attended the fund raiser Chain Reaction for Rio that helped us raise $831 for the American Brain Tumor Association. This is my reward to all the Amateur players who showed up and gave so generously. Come out, have a great time, and get a great payout if you "cash"!
Please note the change to the division schedule as shown below!
Two 27 hole rounds at Westpark, in Joliet, IL. (3 temp holes)
Westpark is one of the most popular courses in the Joliet area. Hole 2 is an easy shot down from the top of the ridge to the basket below, while hole 11, The Green Mile, is a long shot with a fairway that narrows significantly from the halfway point to the pin. The course plays thru mature oaks. Tee pads are natural.
The current plan is to add the same three holes between 8 and 9 that we added last year.
Pre-registration is highly encouraged. By pre-registering, you help us run a smoother tournament.
Day of Registration (if spots are available) and Check-In will be between 8am-9am both days. Please check in when you get there.
Players meeting will be held at 9:15am. Tee off at approx. 9:30am. Tournament headquarters will be in the pavillion above hole 8. The pavillion is off Wheeler Ave.
Tentative division schedule:
Advanced - 3 trophies
Intermediate - 3 trophies
Short tees first round, and long tees second round
Recreational - 3 trophies
Novice - 3 trophies
All Am Masters divisions - 1 trophy (if there are 4 or more players in the division)
All Women's divisions - 1 trophy (if there are 4 or more players in the division)
Two 18+ hole rounds at West Main Park in Batavia, IL.
This will be the first PDGA sanctioned tournament at the new West Main Park in Batavia IL. With a new Aces and Chains Pro Shop recently opened in Geneva Il this spring, it was a natural to add Batavia to the schedule. West Main Park is the most challenging course in the area. Come test your mettle in Batavia!
Pre-registration is highly encouraged. This is only a one day tournament, and is highly likely to fill. Also, By pre-registering, you help us run a smoother tournament.