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Title: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on December 12, 2013, 02:28:15 PM
A-Tier Amateur only PDGA sanctioned tournament.

March 29th & 30th.

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.

Players Pack:

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 (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.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Mcfrolfer on December 13, 2013, 10:13:24 AM
The wife and I are really looking forward to this. We will sign a.s.a.p. Do you have a voulenteeer sign up anywhere yet? I would like to help out if I can.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on December 13, 2013, 10:42:17 AM
That's awesome Shawn, I really appreciate that! I will put out a call for volunteers as it gets closer and I will create a list of what needs to be done. Currently, the biggest thing I need help with is getting sponsors. The more sponsors, the more return I can give to the players. I would like to get some cash sponsors so I can increase the players pack. That'll be the toughest type of sponsor to get. But we can also use CTP/hole sponsors. I'm attaching my sponsor letter to this post in case anyone wants to take a crack at it. It's hard work, but can be very rewarding when you get that first "Yes."

You'll need Powerpoint to open it.

Note that I've set my sights high, but that you can down sell any of these sponsorships for as little as half of what is listed. Any sponsor, no matter how small, is welcome. Every little bit helps.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on December 13, 2013, 10:52:45 AM
Here is the current list of sponsors. I will add to it as we get more. Please support the sponsors below, as they support disc golf!!!


Players Party Sponsor:

Traditions Restaurant and Pub
3000 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL

Players Pack Sponsors:

Top Secret Studios - Ryan Fancher (Great attention to detail! Screen printer and vinyl signs) 206-225-3656
Innova
Latitude 64/Westside Discs
Fast Printing of Joliet (Always do a great job on the posters) 815-723-0080
Aces and Chains

Card Sponsors:

MVP
Vibram

Hotel/Flymart Sponsor:

Holiday Inn in Joliet is the sponsoring hotel and has offered a preferred rate of $89 for First Flight participants. Just mention First Flight when you reserve a room, or follow this link:

http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/joliet/jotso/hoteldetail?qAdlt=1&qChld=0&qRms=1&qIta=99801505&qGrpCd=FFG&qPSt=0&qSmP=3&qWch=0&qSHp=1&qBrs=6c.hi.ex.rs.ic.cp.in.sb.cw.cv&qSrt=BRAND_SORT&qRpp=25&qRRSrt=rt&qFRA=1&srb_u=1&icdv=99801505 (http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/joliet/jotso/hoteldetail?qAdlt=1&qChld=0&qRms=1&qIta=99801505&qGrpCd=FFG&qPSt=0&qSmP=3&qWch=0&qSHp=1&qBrs=6c.hi.ex.rs.ic.cp.in.sb.cw.cv&qSrt=BRAND_SORT&qRpp=25&qRRSrt=rt&qFRA=1&srb_u=1&icdv=99801505)


Hole Sponsors:

The Hollywood Casino and Hotel - https://www.hollywoodcasinojoliet.com/ (https://www.hollywoodcasinojoliet.com/)

Mr Sub on Jefferson in Joliet. (Once again, Mr Sub comes thru! Great food, and great owner! Tell them Aces and Chains sent ya!)

Blaine Schepp - Fox Valley Metro President
TownePlace Suites by Marriott
Nevin's Brewing Company - Plainfield
Smokey's BBQ - Joliet
Paul Kenney - Great DG lessons, and he runs the Sunrise League in Bartlett
The Penalty Box - Plainfield
RQ! - Shorewood
Aurelios Pizza - Joliet
Larry Pennuto
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: xgibbyx on December 13, 2013, 11:51:08 AM
Registered! I know this is going to fill up quick!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on December 13, 2013, 01:19:02 PM
I know this question is going to come up, so I'll post the answer ahead of time:

Pros rated under 970 can play in the Advanced division in an A, B, or C-tier PDGA sanctioned tournament.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: ChainBanger on December 13, 2013, 05:37:19 PM
Already registered myself.  I will contact Towch again.  They sent a CTP pack for the J-town Fest, maybe they will do the same for this. 
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on December 28, 2013, 12:48:56 PM
Thanks Joe, I appreciate the assist!

MVP is on board as a card sponsor. Just received 36 Proton Volts.

Vibram is also on board as a card sponsor. I should receive their contribution soon.

Thanks to MVP and Vibram, the winner of each 2nd round card, and 3rd round card will receive a free disc as a prize for winning their card!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Mcfrolfer on December 30, 2013, 09:32:05 AM
Thanks Joe, I appreciate the assist!

MVP is on board as a card sponsor. Just received 36 Proton Volts.

Vibram is also on board as a card sponsor. I should receive their contribution soon.

Thanks to MVP and Vibram, the winner of each 2nd round card, and 3rd round card will receive a free disc as a prize for winning their card!


Awesome news sir, keep it rolling!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on January 02, 2014, 10:40:52 AM
Please note that you have to pre-register by February 14th to get the long sleeve dry fit t-shirt! It's a $25 value, so pre-register early so you don't miss out!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on January 16, 2014, 12:08:00 PM
Final 9 for the top four advanced players:

I have play tested a 9 hole safari setup at RBF for the final 9. It's really going to test each players skill level, and could easily result in the top four places changing during the last 9 holes. Only the top 4 Advanced players will play it, and spectators are encouraged. I plan to have a portable leaderboard for the top 4 so spectators can easily see the scoring changes from hole to hole.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on January 17, 2014, 10:26:34 AM
I'm very happy to add The Hollywood Casino and Hotel to our list of sponsors.

Hotel: The Hollywood Hotel has generously offered a discount for your stay during the tournament of $89 per night. Just mention the booking code "FLIGHT" at the time of booking to get the discounted rate. This will also help us track guests brought into The Hollywood Hotel by the tournament and it's advertising. Call 1-888-436-7737 to book your room(s). They are conveniently located minutes away from the Channahon Course.

Epic Buffet: They have also offered a $6 discount that can be used at The Epic Buffet. Dig into a never-ending parade of flavors - Prime rib, seafood, pasta, salads, a sweet collection of delectable desserts, and plenty more. The Epic Buffet is a great place to eat and relax after your rounds. Details on the discount, and how to get it will be included in your players pack.

Hole Sponsor: The Hollywood Casino has also generously offered to provide two certificates good for one free dinner, and a one night stay at The Hollywood Hotel! These will be given away to two lucky players over the course of tournament weekend.

https://www.hollywoodcasinojoliet.com/ (https://www.hollywoodcasinojoliet.com/)

Remember to support our sponsors, as they support disc golf!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: xgibbyx on January 17, 2014, 12:13:36 PM
I'm very happy to add The Hollywood Casino and Hotel to our list of sponsors.

Hotel: The Hollywood Hotel has generously offered a discount for your stay during the tournament of $89 per night. Just mention the booking code "FLIGHT" at the time of booking to get the discounted rate. This will also help us track guests brought into The Hollywood Hotel by the tournament and it's advertising. Call 1-888-436-7737 to book your room(s). They are conveniently located minutes away from the Channahon Course.

Epic Buffet: They have also offered a $6 discount that can be used at The Epic Buffet. Dig into a never-ending parade of flavors - Prime rib, seafood, pasta, salads, a sweet collection of delectable desserts, and plenty more. The Epic Buffet is a great place to eat and relax after your rounds. Details on the discount, and how to get it will be included in your players pack.

Hole Sponsor: The Hollywood Casino has also generously offered to provide two certificates good for one free dinner, and a one night stay at The Hollywood Hotel! These will be given away to two lucky players over the course of tournament weekend.

https://www.hollywoodcasinojoliet.com/ (https://www.hollywoodcasinojoliet.com/)

Remember to support our sponsors, as they support disc golf!

Wow! You know what, if I have the money, I'm going to get a room for the weekend with my wife just to take advantage of this generous offer - and support those who support disc golf!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on January 18, 2014, 10:06:05 AM
I appreciate that Rob! The more players we have that take advantage of the offer, the more likely they are to continue their support again next year. I tried to get them to be the title sponsor this year, but I couldn't get them to pull the trigger. If they see enough support, maybe next year they will. In order to make this a full A-tier (with Pros included) in the future, I'll need a title sponsor. So definitely, if you can stay at the hotel, that would be great!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on January 18, 2014, 10:31:25 AM
Huge shout out to Blaine Schepp for a generous hole sponsor donation! Blaine donated a $45 Aces and Chains gift card that will go as a CTP on one of the courses.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on January 18, 2014, 12:38:00 PM
Another hole sponsor!

TownePlace Suites by Marriott: Donated a VIP Guest Pass good for one complimentary stay in a Studio King Suite. They are located just north of Route 6 off Houbolt (just north of the I-80 Expressway.)

Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: airspuds on January 20, 2014, 11:24:20 AM
this is going to sound stupid , but going to ask any way,
I can play either novice ( based on crappy rating ) , rec or adv master.


will the adv masters division be playing the same courses as nov  and rec ?




Im more master than adv
thanks, going to pre reg next pay day Feb  1 
thanks for running this event !!!!
10569
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on January 20, 2014, 12:54:43 PM
Here's the breakdown on who plays where:

2 rounds at Channahon (1 long, 1 short) on Sat. and 1 round at RBF (Red baskets) Sun:

Int
Adv
Adv Masters
Adv Grandmasters
Adv Sr. Grandmasters

2 rounds at RBF on Sat (1 Silvers, 1 Reds) and 1 round at Channahon Sun (shorts):

Nov
Rec
All Women's divisions
All Jr. Divisions

We will also have a final 9 for the top 4 in the Men's Advanced division at RBF on Sunday. The final 9 will be a tough layout. I'm hoping to keep it relatively secret until just before the tourney. But I can tell you it will be a safari setup (ie: not the normal course layout), and it will be long. It should test the abilities of the top four, and provide for a good show for the spectators.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Dan on January 21, 2014, 12:17:23 PM
Registered!  This should be a fun time... especially the Top 4 round!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on February 01, 2014, 02:18:57 PM
We're starting to get some of the smaller divisions to sign up. Let's see if we can get at least 4 in each of the following groups:

Advanced Senior Grandmaster: 1 signed up so far
Advanced Master: 2 signed up so far
Novice Women: 1 signed up so far

All divisions are available. I think Legend is the only one I don't have on the list and I'll happily add it if someone wants to play in it.

Don't forget to sign up by Feb 14th to get the fly dry long sleeve t-shirt. Anyone signing up after Feb 14th will not receive a shirt (but you'll still get the rest of our great players pack!) Registration is available here: http://www.acesandchains.com/node/21 (http://www.acesandchains.com/node/21)

The list of players currently registered is available here:  http://www.pdga.com/tour/event/16436 (http://www.pdga.com/tour/event/16436)

If there are at least 3 players signed up in a division, I'll have a trophy for you.
Title: Flymart & Player check in
Post by: Aces and Chains on February 02, 2014, 12:13:01 PM
First Flight Flymart:

Friday, March 28th
5pm-8pm
Holiday Inn
411 S. Larkin - Joliet

Players are asked to come check in, and get their players packs at the flymart.

We'll have some great vendors, and a putting competition with some great prizes run by Miles Parkhill of Paragon, and sponsored by DGA.

Everyone is welcome to come out to the flymart, whether you are playing in the tournament or not. So come on out and get yourself some sweet plastic!

If you are interested in selling some of your collectables, or any disc golf related merch, registered players can get a table at flymart for $25. Vendors can get 2 tables for $50 and extra tables at $20 each. Contact Patrick at 815-993-3472 for details or to sign up.
Title: Re: Flymart & Player check in
Post by: Frankie on February 03, 2014, 12:11:02 AM
First Flight Flymart:

Friday, March 28th
5pm-8pm
Holiday Inn
411 S. Larkin - Joliet

Players are asked to come check in, and get their players packs at the flymart.

We'll have some great vendors, and a putting competition with some great prizes run by Miles Parkhill of Paragon, and sponsored by DGA.

Everyone is welcome to come out to the flymart, whether you are playing in the tournament or not. So come on out and get yourself some sweet plastic!

If you are interested in selling some of your collectables, or any disc golf related merch, registered players can get a table at flymart for $25. Vendors can get 2 tables for $50 and extra tables at $20 each. Contact Patrick at 815-993-3472 for details or to sign up.
[/quote Focus on the Ice Bowl, Saturday, Feb. 8th, Channahon Community Park.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on February 07, 2014, 11:51:40 AM
For anyone who wants to register by mail, please mail a check or money order to:

Aces and Chains
1706 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL  60435

Please include the following info:

Name
PDGA#
Division
Email address
PHONE # (probably the most important in case there are any issues, or more info needed.)
Shirt size (if registering before Feb 14th.)

It's $50 for the tournament ($30 for Jr.s, which is trophy only). Plus an additional $5 for CTP, and $3 for the Ace fund. Both CTP and Ace funds are optional.

Please note that we need to receive your registration on or before Feb 14th for you to get a shirt included in your players pack. Any registrations received after Feb 14th will not receive a shirt.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: javy16 on February 08, 2014, 08:50:36 PM
So... I'm not really sure how things work these days, but will there be a merchandise payout for this tournament?
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on February 08, 2014, 08:58:50 PM
If you finish "in the cash," you'll receive a gift card for the appropriate amount to Aces and Chains Disc Golf shop. You can pick up your plastic that day, or anytime thereafter.

This is a good question by the way, as some tournaments are moving toward a trophy only format with bigger players packs. But we'll be doing payouts just like normal.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: javy16 on February 08, 2014, 09:08:57 PM
Okay, great. Thats good to hear! Thank you.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on February 09, 2014, 12:06:51 PM
Another Hole Sponsor!

Nevin's Brewing Company was kind enough to give a $25 gift certificate to sponsor a hole. If you've never been to NBC, you need to check it out. Great food, and they make their own micro-brews. What's not to like?

Nevin's Brewing Company
12337 S Rte 59 #155
Plainfield, IL 60585
(815) 436-3900
Title: First Flight Players Party!
Post by: Aces and Chains on February 09, 2014, 12:16:00 PM
First Flight Players Party!

The First Flight Players Party will be held at Traditions Restaurant and Pub on Saturday, March 29th from 6pm-8pm. Your welcome to bring friends, family, or significant others. Every player attending will get one free raffle ticket toward prizes we will give away at the party. One of the nicer prizes we are giving away is an overnight getaway donated by the Hollywood Casino and Hotel. Good for a one night stay at the hotel, and a free dinner at one of their three restaurants. That's an approx. value of $180!

Traditions has great food. So, come on out, talk disc golf with your fellow players, and have a great time.

Traditions Restaurant and Pub
3000 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL 60435
815-730-0888
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Mcfrolfer on February 10, 2014, 09:53:19 AM
Fantastic. For me, First Flight is the light at the end of this snow tunnel. Your really busting a$$ Patrick, keeping us motivated this winter.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: xgibbyx on February 10, 2014, 12:51:29 PM
Fantastic. For me, First Flight is the light at the end of this snow tunnel. Your really busting a$$ Patrick, keeping us motivated this winter.

Very much agree! It seems you are really into it and going all out this year and it's pretty damn exciting! Thanks for all that you do!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on February 11, 2014, 10:47:52 AM
Just a reminder - Register by Feb. 14th to get the long sleeve dry fit t-shirt as part of your players pack. If you register after that, you'll still get a sweet players pack, but you won't get the t-shirt.



"Very much agree! It seems you are really into it and going all out this year and it's pretty damn exciting! Thanks for all that you do!"

"Fantastic. For me, First Flight is the light at the end of this snow tunnel. Your really busting a$$ Patrick, keeping us motivated this winter."

Thanks guys! It's comments like these that keep me rolling. As you know, I normally run 5-6 tournaments a year. But, last year there were just too many tournaments, and I felt it watered down the attendance at each one. So I decided this year to run only two, but to make each one the best I can make it. So, First Flight became an A-Tier, and Wild West is a B-tier. My intention is to continue this way in the years to come, slowly building First Flight into a full A-tier (including the Pros.) Next year I hope to incorporate the new course at Dellwood Park, and to add the Pros as at least a B-tier. If new baskets go in at Highland, then I'll run the Pro's there.

I have added a Trilogy Challenge at West Park on July 5th to my plate, but it's going to be a fund raiser for cement tee pads at West, which we've needed for a long time. And it'll be super easy to run, and a more casual tournament for the players.

Thanks again for the kind words!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on February 13, 2014, 01:53:43 PM
New hole sponsor!

Smokey's BBQ
2314 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL
815-730-3962

Smokey's has some great BBQ for dine in, or take out. Check em out!

This isn't the first time that Smokey's has supported one of my tournaments. Don't forget to support the businesses that support disc golf!
Title: Volunteers wanted!
Post by: Aces and Chains on February 23, 2014, 01:30:55 PM
Volunteers needed!

I'm going to post a list of everything I need volunteers for below. Please PM me, or post here if you are willing to help out with one of the following:

The week leading up to the tournament. (March 22nd-28th)
1.) 10 meter circles at Channahon (I will supply the paint and the sprayer) - Frank Grimes & Shawn McCarthy
2.) 10 meter circles at RBF

Both tournament days:

1.) Hang banners and take them down at RBF Saturday - Mike Eichorst
2.) Hang banners and take them down at Channahon Saturday
3.) Hang banners and take them down at RBF Sunday
4.) Hang banners and take them down at Channahon Sunday - Mike Eichorst
5.) Put up hole sponsor signs at RBF on Saturday - Jeremiah Bly
6.) Put up hole sponsor signs at Channahon Saturday - Ismael Ochoa
7.) take hole sponsor signs down at RBF Sunday - Jeremiah Bly
8.) take hole sponsor signs down at Channahon Sunday
9.) Photographers! Need photographers! - Timothy Murray & Daniel Czempinski (Final 9 only)
10.) Also would like to have a few more Videographers. - Ryan Fancher & ?
11.) Someone to hold the leaderboard sign during the final 9 - Jeremiah Bly
12.) Spotter(s) at Channahon both days - Frank & ?
13.) Spotter(s) at RBF both days


If I think of more, I'll add it to the list. As volunteers come in, I will put their name on the list next to the job they want to help out with. Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Volunteers wanted!
Post by: Frankie on February 23, 2014, 09:30:53 PM
Volunteers needed!

I'm going to post a list of everything I need volunteers for below. Please PM me, or post here if you are willing to help out with one of the following:

The week leading up to the tournament. (March 22nd-28th)
1.) 30' Circles at Channahon (I will supply the paint and the sprayer)
2.) 30' Circles at RBF

Both tournament days:

1.) Hang banners and take them down at RBF Saturday
2.) Hang banners and take them down at Channahon Saturday
3.) Hang banners and take them down at RBF Sunday
4.) Hang banners and take them down at Channahon Sunday
5.) Put up hole sponsor signs and take them down at RBF on Saturday
6.) Put up hole sponsor signs and take them down at Channahon Saturday
7.) Put up hole sponsor signs and take them down at RBF Sunday
8.) Put up hole sponsor signs and take them down at Channahon Sunday
9.) Photographers! Need photographers!
10.) Also would like to have a few more Videographers.
11.) Someone to hold the leaderboard sign during the final 9
12.) Spotter(s) at Channahon both days
13.) Spotter(s) at RBF both days


If I think of more, I'll add it to the list. As volunteers come in, I will put their name on the list next to the job they want to help out with. Thanks in advance!
I can help with Channahon. Spot where needed & the 10 meter circles. I just need the paint & help. I'm going to the gym, trying to get back in shape, but some simple things are difficult, like breathing on the treadmill. Weights on a machine are not an issue, & riding a bike isn't a problem. So, some help will be appreciated.
Title: Re: Volunteers wanted!
Post by: Goforit on February 23, 2014, 10:12:21 PM
Volunteers needed!

I'm going to post a list of everything I need volunteers for below. Please PM me, or post here if you are willing to help out with one of the following:

The week leading up to the tournament. (March 22nd-28th)
1.) 30' Circles at Channahon (I will supply the paint and the sprayer)
2.) 30' Circles at RBF

Both tournament days:

1.) Hang banners and take them down at RBF Saturday
2.) Hang banners and take them down at Channahon Saturday
3.) Hang banners and take them down at RBF Sunday
4.) Hang banners and take them down at Channahon Sunday
5.) Put up hole sponsor signs and take them down at RBF on Saturday
6.) Put up hole sponsor signs and take them down at Channahon Saturday
7.) Put up hole sponsor signs and take them down at RBF Sunday
8.) Put up hole sponsor signs and take them down at Channahon Sunday
9.) Photographers! Need photographers!
10.) Also would like to have a few more Videographers.
11.) Someone to hold the leaderboard sign during the final 9
12.) Spotter(s) at Channahon both days
13.) Spotter(s) at RBF both days


If I think of more, I'll add it to the list. As volunteers come in, I will put their name on the list next to the job they want to help out with. Thanks in advance!
I can help with Channahon. Spot where needed & the 10 meter circles. I just need the paint & help. I'm going to the gym, trying to get back in shape, but some simple things are difficult, like breathing on the treadmill. Weights on a machine are not an issue, & riding a bike isn't a problem. So, maybe my hero, Shawn McCarthy, or others will give me a hand with that task.
Good for you Frankie! I find the gym a great place to find positive. Sometimes I go there 3 times a day but only exercise once. People are warm and I want to live longer.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on February 25, 2014, 11:00:09 AM
"I can help with Channahon. Spot where needed & the 10 meter circles. I just need the paint & help. I'm going to the gym, trying to get back in shape, but some simple things are difficult, like breathing on the treadmill. Weights on a machine are not an issue, & riding a bike isn't a problem. So, maybe my hero, Shawn McCarthy, or others will give me a hand with that task."


Thanks Frank! I know I can always count on you to help at Channahon.

Anyone want to give Frank a hand with the circles the week before the tournament?
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on February 25, 2014, 11:39:11 AM
The players pack is set, and both discs have been determined:

Innova Star Destroyer with custom hotstamp
Latitude Gold Saint Pro with custom full color Deco-Dye
Long Sleeve Dri-Fit T-Shirt with custom tournament print (If you pre-registered by Feb 14th)
Local Disc Golf Calendar
Mini with custom tournament stamp
Tournament Poster
Players Guide


I'm also working on the first place trophies for each division. They are going to be sweet! I'll post some pics when I'm done. Every division with three or more players by March 21st will have a first place trophy.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: airspuds on February 26, 2014, 08:29:45 AM
The week leading up to the tournament. (March 22nd-28th)
1.) 30' Circles at Channahon (I will supply the paint and the sprayer) - Frank & ?
2.) 30' Circles at RBF
----

why  30  feet and not 10  meters  ?

or I am missing something  ?

Thanks for running this A tier. 


Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Mcfrolfer on February 26, 2014, 08:40:20 AM
"I can help with Channahon. Spot where needed & the 10 meter circles. I just need the paint & help. I'm going to the gym, trying to get back in shape, but some simple things are difficult, like breathing on the treadmill. Weights on a machine are not an issue, & riding a bike isn't a problem. So, maybe my hero, Shawn McCarthy, or others will give me a hand with that task."


Thanks Frank! I know I can always count on you to help at Channahon.

Anyone want to give Frank a hand with the circles the week before the tournament?

I would not miss out on a chance to hang with Frank   :D. I'm in!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on February 26, 2014, 10:03:17 AM
The week leading up to the tournament. (March 22nd-28th)
1.) 30' Circles at Channahon (I will supply the paint and the sprayer) - Frank & ?
2.) 30' Circles at RBF
----

why  30  feet and not 10  meters  ?

or I am missing something  ?

Thanks for running this A tier.


Yes of course, they will be 10 meter circles.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Frankie on February 26, 2014, 08:42:33 PM
The week leading up to the tournament. (March 22nd-28th)
1.) 30' Circles at Channahon (I will supply the paint and the sprayer) - Frank & ?
2.) 30' Circles at RBF
----

why  30  feet and not 10  meters  ?

or I am missing something  ?

Thanks for running this A tier.


Yes of course, they will be 10 meter circles.
10 meters is 32' 9 11/16"
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Frankie on February 26, 2014, 08:55:40 PM
"I can help with Channahon. Spot where needed & the 10 meter circles. I just need the paint & help. I'm going to the gym, trying to get back in shape, but some simple things are difficult, like breathing on the treadmill. Weights on a machine are not an issue, & riding a bike isn't a problem. So, maybe my hero, Shawn McCarthy, or others will give me a hand with that task."


Thanks Frank! I know I can always count on you to help at Channahon.

Anyone want to give Frank a hand with the circles the week before the tournament?

I would not miss out on a chance to hang with Frank   :D. I'm in!
That's GREAT Shawn!!! I'll be in touch.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 04, 2014, 11:29:59 AM
Please remember that you MUST be a current PDGA member by tournament time, or you will not be allowed to play. If the PDGA doesn't show you as current, please bring proof of your membership renewal. If you are renewing any later than today, I would recommend keeping the email, or whatever proof you have so there will be no questions.

We have 25 spots remaining between the Rec, Nov, Woman's, and Jr. Divisions.

We have 38 spots remaining between the Adv, and Int divisions.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 07, 2014, 11:19:09 AM
We're Down to 19 spots remaining between the Rec, Nov, Woman's, and Jr. Divisions.

We have 36 spots remaining between the Adv, and Int divisions.

89 players registered so far. Don't wait too long! I will not be adding temp holes, or allowing 5 on a tee box to put more players in the tournament. 144 is the maximum. I will fill spots as they come in. It's possible someone might register after the tournament is full. If that happens, I will refund their money, and offer to put them on a waiting list, or in a different division.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 11, 2014, 10:53:40 AM
Update:

12 spots remaining between the Rec, Nov, and Women's divisions

30 spots remaining between the Adv, and Int divisions
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 13, 2014, 12:13:47 PM
Update:

10 spots left in the "lower" divisions (Rec, Nov, and Women's)
23 spots left in the "upper" divisions (Adv and Int divisions)

Registration will close on Wednesday, March 26th at 4pm. Of course, if we fill before then, it will close at that time.

Another reminder: You must be a current PDGA member by tournament time or you will not be allowed to play! No exceptions. If you don't show as current on the PDGA site, please bring proof that you've signed up.

I don't think I've mentioned yet that the DG Guy, Terry Miller will be at the tournament videotaping for his blog. Very excited to have him there and to meet him in person!

LSDiscs will be running a doubles tournament at Channahon on Friday, March 28th....more details when I get them.


Also, we have two more new hole sponsors!

Paul Kenney - Gives great DG lessons, and runs the Sunrise League in Bartlett.
The Penalty Box - 16108 S. Rt. 59, Plainfield, IL  60586
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: xgibbyx on March 13, 2014, 03:42:09 PM
Update:

10 spots left in the "lower" divisions (Rec, Nov, and Women's)
23 spots left in the "upper" divisions (Adv and Int divisions)

Registration will close on Wednesday, March 26th at 4pm. Of course, if we fill before then, it will close at that time.

Another reminder: You must be a current PDGA member by tournament time or you will not be allowed to play! No exceptions. If you don't show as current on the PDGA site, please bring proof that you've signed up.

I don't think I've mentioned yet that the DG Guy, Terry Miller will be at the tournament videotaping for his blog. Very excited to have him there and to meet him in person!

LSDiscs will be running a doubles tournament at Channahon on Friday, March 28th....more details when I get them.


Also, we have two more new hole sponsors!

Paul Kenney - Gives great DG lessons, and runs the Sunrise League in Bartlett.
The Penalty Box - 16108 S. Rt. 59, Plainfield, IL  60586


We are big time if DG Guy is coming!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: murray on March 13, 2014, 10:03:16 PM
I might be able to do some photography for a few hours on both days. I will let you know for sure in the next couple days. I really wanted to play in this tournament, but had other obligations, but i still might be able to make it out in the mornings into the early afternoon.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 14, 2014, 10:49:41 AM
Thanks Timothy. I really appreciate it! I'll put you on the list.

If you do make it out, try to get some of the tee sponsor signs and sponsor banners in some of your photos. Thanks!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 14, 2014, 12:09:25 PM
New hole sponsors:

Larry Pennuto
Aurelio's Pizza - Joliet
RQ! Barbeque - Shorewood
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: throwinrocs on March 16, 2014, 12:11:54 AM
Patrick, if the water is not cleared up come time for the tourney on hole 6 at channahon, are you going to put up a temp basket for that hole? I was out there today and the course was flooded pretty bad. Hopefully it gets warm and that water clears up a little bit.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 16, 2014, 02:27:24 PM
Yeah, there are plenty of options for a temp hole or two at Channahon if needed. Of course, I'm hoping it dries up nicely before then. But if not, I have 3 chainstar baskets that I can use for "emergency" purposes.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 16, 2014, 03:32:26 PM
First Flight update:

9 spots left in the lower divisions (Rec., Nov., Women's Rec., & Women's Nov.)

18 spots left in the upper divisions (Int., and all Adv. divisions.)

One and a half weeks left to register (if we don't fill that is.) More info and registration available here: http://www.acesandchains.com/node/21 (http://www.acesandchains.com/node/21)


By the way, I played Round Barn yesterday and it looked pretty good. No problems with standing water at all.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: JDSTMO on March 17, 2014, 06:00:50 PM
Hey Northern golfers. I am coming in from St. Louis, MO for the First flight, and wondered if anybody would be willing to let me crash on their couch or have a spare room. I don't drink or smoke(anything), boring I know, but I really don't have the cash to fork over for a hotel room. Any Help is appreciated. Thanks!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 19, 2014, 11:36:41 AM
First Flight update:

Upper divisions (Adv & Int) 6 spots left.
Lower divisions (Rec, Nov, & Women's) 7 spots left.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 19, 2014, 05:21:29 PM
LSDiscs will be running a doubles tournament at Channahon between 10am-2pm on Friday, March 28th. Great way to prep for the First Flight tournament that weekend. All payouts will be in Merch.

Only $20 a team to play! Advanced and Intermediate divisions available.

LSDiscs will also be at the flymart Friday night, and vending at the tournament at Channahon all weekend. I encourage you to support them!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 21, 2014, 11:51:59 AM
First Flight Update: 

Upper divisions (Men's Int & all Men's Adv divisions) are full.

Still 4 slots available in the lower divisions (Men & Women's Rec and Nov.)
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: javy16 on March 22, 2014, 02:26:03 PM
Anyone know if Channahon is playable. I don't feel like driving out there and finding out that there is water everywhere.  If anyone has played it in the last couple of days could let me know, that would be great.  Thanks
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Frankie on March 22, 2014, 07:10:39 PM
Anyone know if Channahon is playable. I don't feel like driving out there and finding out that there is water everywhere.  If anyone has played it in the last couple of days could let me know, that would be great.  Thanks
One hole #6, the down hill one, was in question Thursday. It could be played then, so after 3 days, I don't think it will be a problem. Hole #10 has water in front of the tee, but not an issue. You can walk on the left side to stay out of the water.
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Ryan50921 on March 25, 2014, 02:45:51 PM
I'll be bringing my gear to film the final 9.

-ryan a
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 25, 2014, 08:56:25 PM
First Flight is now a qualifying event for the USADGC!


(http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/1/3/2/9/7/5/1/webimg/746487649_o.jpg)


Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Aces and Chains on March 31, 2014, 02:45:40 PM
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 (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 afterward: 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!
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: kev on April 01, 2014, 07:08:49 AM
Patrick -

Thanks for asking me to help out!  I'm glad to have done it for you.  It was an outstanding experience start to finish!  I learned a few things along the way and I think some if not many of the players did as well.  I hope you consider asking me to help again!

Thank you!

Kevin Schramm
Title: Re: First Flight - Ams only A-Tier - March 29th & 30th
Post by: Disc71 on April 02, 2014, 07:15:02 AM
Nice job guys! It sounds like you had a successful weekend.