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!