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Thank You's / Saved by Frank and Ellen!
« on: May 05, 2011, 02:14:20 PM »
A HUGE thank you goes out to Frank Grimes and Ellen Macuiba (of the Channahon Park District) for their help saving my Shot Down in Flames tournament. My permit at Shorewood was denied today.....two days before the tournament.

When I called Frank to ask if I could move it to Channahon, he didn't hesitate. I know this creates some extra work for you Frank, and you were probably switching gears in your head as I was asking you for the favor. Yet, you didn't hesitate to save my butt. A heaping helping of gratitude from me Frank. I owe you. I told Ellen, and I'll tell you when I see you......I'd like to pay back the favor. If you need something for the course, please let me know. It could be a new basket, or something as simple as some dirt and cement. Whatever it is, there will come a time you want to do something and no one will provide the funds. Please come see me and let me repay this favor.

And when I spoke to Ellen, she was a total class act. Had me set up within a few minutes with a pavillion on the hill. So again, a HUGE thanks from me for helping me out and making this tournament possible. I really do appreciate it and I'm sure all the players do to.

Leagues & Tourneys / Re: Channahon - May 7th - Shot Down in Flames
« on: May 05, 2011, 12:14:13 PM »
Let me repeat that.....

The tournament has been moved to Channahon....same date, same time.

Leagues & Tourneys / Channahon - May 7th - Shot Down in Flames
« on: May 05, 2011, 12:13:03 PM »
I have big news........HUGE news. Frankly, you're not going to believe it.

The Village of Shorewood denied my park permit today.

I want to give a HUGE thanks to Frank Grimes and Ellen Macuiba at the Channahon Park District for saving this tournament and allowing me to move it over to Channahon. Frank, as always, a huge thank you from me for switching gears and allowing me to put the tournament at Channy. I know this creates some work for you that you weren't counting on, and you were a class act when I called you to ask the favor. Ellen, I can't tell you how much of a relief it was when you agreed to give me the permit for Channy. Both of you save me, and my tournament, and I won't forget it!

Thanks Frank and Ellen!!!

Leagues & Tourneys / Re: April 9th - First Flight at Highland Park
« on: May 03, 2011, 11:40:15 AM »
Sorry, I was skipping the text in the middle and I truncated that part too. Of course I recognized that you were thanking my team as well, but I wanted to say a little bit about each team member.

Frank does great work. Just sat on the bench for 16 last night......ahhhhhhh. Nice to relax after that long walk (back and forth across the fairways.....my throws weren't so good last night. Lol) I am amazed at how much work Frank finds time to do at Channahon. There is no way I could keep up with this guy.

So many people do the work for us. It's hard to mention them all in a post. But I do remember them always. Frank, Gary, Jesse, Darrin, Jason & Jason, Dean, Ray, Mike......the list could go on and on. Keep up the good work guys!

Leagues & Tourneys / Re: April 9th - First Flight at Highland Park
« on: May 03, 2011, 08:09:20 AM »
I know it's been almost a month since this tournament finished, but I saw this post on another board, and after responding, I really wanted to share it here as well.

"Originally Posted by surgeflx87 
Also I love all the work you do with these tourneys partick. Including getting the scores up the same night."

My response:

Thank you so much! I really appreciate the compliment.

I do try to run a great tournament. There is a lot of work, and there is always something that falls thru the cracks, or that I feel I/we could have done better. The more help I get, the easier it is to run a great tournament. So, I would be remiss here if I took all the credit. First Flights team was:

Mike Kursell: Did all the great artwork for the tourney, including, but not limited to: Tourney stamp for the glo Destroyers and Firebirds, Poster artwork and printing, custom scorecard for FF/Highland Park, fantastic trophies made from scratch. Seemed like whenever something needed to be done in preparation, Mike was there asking me if he could do it. He also made the logo for my shop and tweaked that artwork for T-shirts for the grand opening. Almost all of those things are beyond my skill level.

Jon Boster: Always there to help me, no matter what I need. Can't say enough about this guy. He helps me at the shop. He helps me at tournaments. I know he's my sponsored Pro, but he gives as good as he gets and then some.

Cory Clements: I can always depend on Cory to be there tournament day to help with Pre-reg, check-in, and whatever needs to be done thru the day. In a word, Cory is dependable. Sounds boring doesn't it? But, I don't have to worry about him showing up. That is priceless!

Jason Riley: I turned around at one of my tournaments last year to find Jason helping with the scoreboard. He's been my official keeper of the leaderboard ever since. One more thing I don't have to worry about!

That's my team. They deserve a lot of kudos for helping me out and making my job easier. If I forgot anyone, just kick me next time you see me. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to thank them once again!

Please note that there are a lot of other people who also make my tournaments (and everyone else's possible.) I'm talking about the J-town crew, Frank Grimes, Gary Lewis, and countless other volunteers who install, improve, and do upkeep on all our courses. Thanks to everyone who helps out in their own way.

Once again, registration is filling up faster than last year. Please don't wait too long to Pre-register. I had to turn away a lot of players at First Flight. Pre-reg is available here:


List of players preregistered:


Stamped discs available for this tournament include Glo Champion Leopards, Champion TeeRex-X's, Glo KC Pro Aviars, Champion Eagle +'s, and Glo San Marino Roc's.

PDGA / Re: Worlds Smoking Ban
« on: April 29, 2011, 08:30:44 AM »
"What are you telling me Patrick? You're typically against me?"

Lol Frank! Only if we're playing in the same division.....

I think I put it that way because we are polar opposites politically. Or at least, I thought so until I saw this post. Little did I know you were a closet Liberal!

Just kidding Frank. Seriously, every American should be for personal freedom as long as it doesn't harm others. Smoking outside? I find it hard to make a strong argument for a ban on smoking. Cigarette butts are a huge nuisance......I hate them. But, I don't have a problem with smoking them, just leaving them everywhere. And we have a rule against that already.

Lest it get lost in the shuffle, there is a very good reason for the ban in San Diego. Forest fires are serious business, and banning smoking for that reason is something I fully support. But when you add the ban for the New York event, it becomes a completely different discussion.

Speaking of turning Liberal Frank, should I add your email to the MoveOn list? You'll get some great political emails that are sure to make you "chuckle."

PDGA / Re: Worlds Smoking Ban
« on: April 28, 2011, 09:30:38 AM »
As far as it bothering other players, I believe it is common courtesy at tournaments to ask your fellow players before lighting up. That, in itself, should be enough without making a rule against it.

I'm with Frank on this one. While I won't be affected by the ban, I am all for protecting personal freedoms. I see this as a slippery slope leading to a more uptight sport.............which basically takes away everything I like about playing.

Just one man's opinion, and I certainly won't slam anyone who believes otherwise.....

Courses / Re: 2011 Illinois new courses
« on: April 28, 2011, 09:22:25 AM »
Wow, that's close enough to my day job to shoot down there and play a hole or two for lunch. How cool is that?

Gary is the MAN!

Got one basket, would like to get another. Any volunteers?

We currently have 20 players pre-reg'd, and three women's divisions with registered players. Let's see if we can fill a few of those divisions!

Pre-registration is available here:


Two 18 hole rounds at Shorewood for a total of 36+ holes in this tournament. This is an Amatuer only event. I had a lot of players asking me for a tournament at Shorewood last year, so here it is. And what better course to host an Ams Only event?

Shorewood is one of the most popular disc golf courses in the Joliet Area. It is a short course, but technical, and very well suited to an Ams only tournament. Big arms aren't necessary, but touch and control are definitely key here.

This tournament will fill up. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Note that the last tournament filled by Thursday, so please don't wait to pre-register.

Pre-registration is available both online, and in person at the store. Pre-registration closes at 7pm Friday, May 6th. Registration the day of the event is an additional $10, if there are spots available.

Registration/Check-in will be open from 8am-9am. Players meeting at approx. 9:15am, and tee off at approx. 9:30am.

Both rounds will be played from the short tees.

I would like to get two additional tournament quality baskets, so if anyone has one available, please contact me - I would really appreciate it!

Thank You's / Thanks for the bench Frank!
« on: April 21, 2011, 08:06:55 AM »
Hey Frank,

Just wanted to say thanks again.....this time for the new bench on 13.

It's in a great spot, out of the way of people driving, but with a great view of the hole.

Courses / Re: Number One
« on: April 19, 2011, 12:44:42 PM »
Kudos from me too Frank. Great placement.

I was joking with Jon saying that I was glad you moved it, "cause my arm is getting too big for it where it was at." We both laughed....

Then I almost aced it with a brand new Ape that I pulled off the shelf just before heading out to Channy.

Love where you placed it. Though I think that tree is going to take some abuse...

And I think the pond is going to swallow more discs.....

Equipment / Re: Swap Meet
« on: April 19, 2011, 10:58:32 AM »
Normal store hours on Sunday are 12-4pm.

I will get there an hour early to allow everyone time to get set up.

So, as a vendor, you can show up as early at 11am and stay till 4pm.

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