We're happy to announce 5 tournaments this year, plus the annual AC Finals:
April 6th & 7th: First Flight B-Tier @Highland Park April 20th: Fields of Green @West Chicago June 15th: Chain Reaction @West Park July 20th: The Shady Oaks Shootout (in Streamwood) Aug 24th & 25th: The Wild West B-Tier @West Park Oct 5th & 6th: AC Finals @ TBD
All tournaments are sanctioned except for the AC Finals. See www.acesandchains.com for more info as the year progresses. Pre-registration will go up in a few weeks or so.
As a thank you to all of you who participated in one of our tournaments this year, we will be running the AC Finals tournament again this year. The cost is only $10 for Ams, $20 for Pros. The format is unique. Players are matched one on one against each other for a full round of golf. The winner advances, and the loser........doesn't. Players who advance are matched up against another advancing player until only one player is left in each division bracket. That player wins all the cash from that bracket.
8 Pro players, and 16 Amateur players from each of the four main Am divisions will play in the tournament. The tournament is by invitation only. Invitations are given out to the players with the most PDGA points from Aces and Chains tournaments this year. Pre-registration is not required, but it is the only way to hold a spot.
Initially, we will invite 16 Pros, 21 Advanced, 21 Intermediate, 20 Recreational, and 20 Novice players who will be eligible to pre-register. Once each bracket is full, no more registrations will be accepted for that division. Pre-registration is on a first come, first serve basis. So don't wait to pre-register if you get invited. There are more invitations than there are spots in the tournament. If we have spots left we will open it up to day of registration to anyone who played in one of our tournaments this year.
The winners of each division will have their names put on a perpetual trophy that will be displayed at the shop. Each year, the new winners will be added. Winners will also receive all the cash from their division. So, if the brackets fill, each winner will receive $160!
Rounds one and two will be at West Park, and the semi-final and final rounds will be at Highland.
I could use a spotter or two for hole 11, which has been divided up into three islands. Having a spotter each day will speed play by helping the players determine if they are out of bounds, and where they went out at. Plus it should be fun watching how people attack the hole, and how many players go out of bounds.
I could also use one more helper at the table during pre-registration to hand out the player pack items.
If you can volunteer for either or both, please post here, or PM me with what day(s) you can do. Thanks!
Please come out and help clean up West Park. Garbage bags and cooler with drinks will be available by the pavillion on hole 8. Any help you can provide would be much appreciated. We're just looking to bag up as much trash off the course as possible. With a good group, it shouldn't take very long to do. We've arranged to have the park district pick up all the garbage bags on Monday.
We'll also be mowing the green for the first temp hole, and putting in all the OB lines for the tournament on the 25th and 26th. So, come out and help us clean up, and then you can practice the gauntlet of OBs from holes 6 thru 11. OB lines, tee boxes, and basket locations will also be marked for the 3 temp holes.
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 3 temp holes between 8 and 10 that we added for Chain Reaction. Each year, we will try to add something to put the "wild" in The Wild West. This year, we will be adding some unique OB lines from holes 6 thru 11, including the temp holes. The current plan is to change hole 11 (The Green Mile) into "Three Mile Island", a monster hole with an island green, and two large islands in the fairway forcing you to plan your landing spot.
Pre-registration is highly encouraged. By pre-registering, you help us run a smoother tournament. You can pre-register at the shop (1706 W. Jefferson St), or online at: http://www.acesandchains.com/node/791
Day of Registration (if spots are available) and Check-In will be between 8am-9am both days. Please check in when you get there. There will be no late fee for "day of" registration.
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 Recreational All Am Masters divisions All Women's divisions All Jr.s
Pro Open All Open Masters Intermediate Novice
Tournament fee is $35 if you are a current PDGA member, or $45 if you are not a member. $2 Ace, and $3 CTP funds. And, if paying online, or in the shop by credit card, there is a $2 processing fee. All cash registrations do not pay the processing fee.
This is the last Aces and Chains PDGA Tournament of the year, and your last chance to add points to your total toward qualifying for the AC Finals.
I'd also like to give a special thanks to Aaron Studer for getting several hole sponsors for the Chain Reaction tournament. He got a sponsorship from Fast Printing of Joliet, and Lety's Bar. Thanks Aaron!
Fast Printing is where I get the posters printed at, and they are always on time with a quality product. Not to mention that the owner is a disc golfer.
Lety's - Go to Lety's bar and grill and say "it's 5 oclock somewhere" and get your second beer free.
It's ironic, but true. If you leave blizzard plastic in a hot car this summer, you will not be happy with the results. Blizzard plastic is effected by the heat more than most plastics. I have already had one customer who lost a few discs to the heat. The flight plates warped from the heat.
Keep your plastic safe in the trunk and it's less likely to get hot enough to warp. A side benefit is that thieves have less reason to break into your car (no discs in the back seat to steal)
B-Tier Amatuer Only Tournament at West Park on June 16th.
This event will be Pre-Registration ONLY. There will be no day of registration at the course. (This event will fill during pre-reg anyway.) Pre-Registration will close Thursday, June 14th at 7pm. Pre-register at: http://www.acesandchains.com/node/792
There will be no "check-in." Hole assignments will be posted on the Aces and Chains website by 5pm Friday (Probably earlier). Or check the leaderboard when you get to the course. First player on the card is responsible for picking up the scorecard.
No players meeting. OB is detailed below, and will also be on your scorecards. Any questions prior to the start of play, please see the TD, Patrick Johnson. The two minute warning (two blasts) will sound at 9am, and play will begin on a single horn blast at 9:02am. Players are responsible for getting to their tees on time for the start of play. Late players will be penalized according to the rules.
Water: Surrounded by water in the creek that runs by holes 1,2,3,5,11,15,16. If you are in the creek surrounded by water (regardless of what hole you are throwing), you are OB.
Pavement: Any pavement on, or around the course is OB. If the pavement has a cement curb and gutter, the cement curb and gutter are considered IN BOUNDS. This provides an easy to determine and definitive line for OB. This includes all paved paths (like hole 10) or unused parking lots (like hole 4).
Out of the park: If you are out of the park, you are OB. Over the fence on 2,4,6,& 8 is OB. Over the road on 13,16,17,18,19,21,22, & 24 is OB.
Hole 11: Over the creek to the left is OB.
Hole 21& 22: It is possible on both of these holes to be over the street and still in the park. However, to prevent any confusion, over the street on these two holes is STILL OB.
We'll probably add some temp holes as well, and when we get that solidified, I'll post it here.
This is a new format we are going to test at Chain Reaction. It should make for a more pleasant experience without the required check in (and long lines.)
TD Headquarters will be at the pavillion above hole 8. We will still be there in the morning, just like usual, to answer any questions, or handle any issues.
Tournament fee is $37 including the $2 online reg fee, + $10 if you are not a current PDGA member.
We'll be doing the AC Finals Cup at the end of the season again this year. PDGA tournament points for each Aces and Chains tournament you place at this year total up with the top 16 in each of the 5 main divisions duking it out for bragging rights (and the cash pot.)
We'll be giving it more structure this year, with a match on each weekend (instead of requiring the players to contact each other to set up their matches.) Play continues for up to four weekends (one match each weekend) until the winner of the division is determined.
First place in each division wins the cash pot (all entry fees for the division) and gets their name added to the perpetual trophy in the shop.
I'm very happy to annouce that there's a tournament in Mokena this year! This will be the first PDGA sanctioned tournament at Mokena since Illinois State in 2007. My thanks to Bruce for getting his foot in the door, and to Mary Beth @ Mokena for being a class act.
The Oaks is a fabulous course, with mature oak trees, and grass fairways. Three tight technical holes thru the woods add a little variety. With a total of 27 holes in all, it provides both challenge, and beauty. This course was featured in Flying Disc Magazine.
There is a $2 per person course fee for this tournament that goes directly to the Mokena Park District. It is already added in to the tournament fee.
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. 9:40am. Tournament headquarters will be at the pavilion by the baseball fields. Instead of going in the main park entrance, use Mokena St. and proceed to the parking lot at the end.
Tentative division schedule:
Recreational Novice All Am Masters divisions All Women's divisions All Jr.s
Pro Open All Open Masters Advanced Intermediate
Tournament fee is $32 for AMs, $52 for Pros. $10 more if you are not a current PDGA member.
As part of the Wild West experience, I will be running a mini driving contest during the lunch break. Let's see who can drive their mini the farthest. Bring your favorite mini! Or, I will have some excellent driving mini's available for purchase if you don't have one that's suitable. One drive is included in your registration fee. Extra drives can be purchased for $2, or 3 for $5. All money from the extra drives purchased will go into the pot. May the longest drive win.
$2 will be taken out of every entry fee and put into a pot for the longest drive with a mini. As always, Am's will be paid in funny money, and Pro's will be paid in cash.
The contest will be held on the green mile (hole #11). All mini's must stay in the fairway or be disqualified. Any mini that comes to rest in or beyond the weeds on either side of the fairway is considered OB and cannot win. I'll take a look at the fairway before the contest starts and make any adjustments necessary for a fair contest. I will be the sole judge and jury regarding OB, unless I appoint someone to run the driving contest, in which case, that person shall be sole judge and jury.
I would like to get a few volunteers to help out with the mini driving contest. I'd like a few runners to bring mini's back to the tee box and to generally help out with the contest. If you are willing to volunteer, please PM me.
I'm going to try something new to encourage pre-registration. I will be adding at least 3 free CTPs for everyone who pre-registers. If I get a lot of pre-registrations, I'll add more. I have some beautiful Supercolor Buzzz's and Roc +'s that I will donate for CTPs. Mike Kursell's "Zombie Bandit" artwork is on these, and they came out great. That's a $25 value for each FREE CTP. I may add a shirt or two if I do more than three CTPs.
So, pre-register and have even more fun!
Now, here's the official info:
West Park - August 27th & 28th - The Wild West 2011
Two rounds of 24+ holes thru mature oak trees and elevation changes. Come out and see why West Park is a local's favorite. First round shorts, and second round long tees. Players meeting at approx. 9:15am and tee off at approx. 9:30am both days
Pre-registration is available until 8pm the Friday before the tournament, both at the shop (1706 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL) and online at the link above. Registration the day of the tournament is available from 8am-9am with a $5 walk up fee.
Novice Intermediate all Pro divisions
all Jr divisions all Women's divisions Recreational all Advanced divisions
Hope to see you all there. If you have any questions, post them here and I'll answer them.