June 2021 Newsletter
Tournament Updates, League Updates, Course Workdays, and More!
A Statement from the Board of Directors
Kansas City Disc Golf abhors disrespectful behavior, including violence, from any disc golfer on any disc golf course. The Kansas City Disc Golf Board asks all players, but especially our members, to be in the forefront of ensuring that our courses are safe sanctuaries for disc golf enthusiasts, free from disruptive, disrespectful, and violent behavior. Towards this end, we are currently working on an official code of conduct policy. We welcome your input.
You may contact us via our website https://kcdiscgolf.org/contact-us/, or by reaching out to any board member. Members are welcome to attend the monthly BOD (Board of Director’s) meetings, typically held the second Monday of every month at 6:30pm.
39th Annual Kansas City Wide Open
Jerry Patterson - Tournament Director
The 39th Kansas City Wide Open will be held on Sept.24th-26th. This is a PDGA B tier, but again will be treated as a top notch A tier event. Competitors will play 3 of 5 beautiful KC metro courses we have lined up for the event. These courses will be challenging for all skill levels. Amateurs can expect 100% return on their entry fee, while Pro players will receive a free event shirt with a hefty added cash bonus to the event.
Fundraising is key to this event. With 5 courses in rotation 2021, there will be 90 tee signs available for purchase. Tee sign sponsorship will be $100 this year, and each tee sign sponsorship will include a custom stamped tournament disc as well as your own personal logo or message on a tee sign. If you are interested in being a tee sign sponsorship, please fill out this form with your contact information.
We also have a unique fundraising opportunity that showcases KC history. From KCI to KCWO. Own a piece of Kansas City aviation and art history! As the old MCI terminals are destroyed, and the art installation “Polarities” (floor medallions) fate is unknown, you can now let this artwork fly in the great Wide Open.
Thanks to the generosity and permission of the artists, Andrew Ginzel and Kristin Jones, our Public Arts Administrator James Martin, and the Kansas City Aviation Department we have a unique opportunity to use the images for fundraising purposes. The purchase of this limited and numbered edition (150) guarantees that only a select few will own and throw this piece of historic Kansas City art. Stay tuned for more information on when and where these collectable discs can be purchased.
Volunteers are absolutely critical to run this event. We will need volunteers on all 5 courses, help with player packs and other event related responsibilities. Contact Jerry Patterson at Launchpaddg@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer.
Browman Empire Mini Series
Keith Glendenning - Tournament Director
Join the Broman Empire for a 4 event series showcasing east side courses. Each “Conquering” will feature 2 rounds of disc golf with lunch provided. ALL divisions are offered and welcomed! Conquer all the lands and become the EMPEROR OF THE EAST!
On 5/23 we embarked on the Conquering of Bad Rock Creek and the battle was a success, many came away victorious. The battle presses on 6/27 to Pleasant Hill for the Conquering of Lakeshore, then on to Lee’s Summit on 8/1 for the Conquering of Legacy. We finish our quest back home in Blue Springs on 9/5 for the Conquering of Wilbur Young, where we will crown the Emperors of the East!
Check out Broman Empire Discgolf on Facebook for more information about each “Conquering” and registration for each.
Kansas City Flying Disc Challenge
Michael Kreuger - Tournament Director
The inaugural Kansas City Flying Disc Challenge presented by Discmania, a grueling two days on four Kansas City, MO, disc golf courses (Swope, Kessler Park (Cliff Drive), Water Works and a hybrid Blue Valley between the executive course and big course) drew 284 players from sixteen states for the PDGA B-tier event on Memorial Day weekend.
The intent of the tournament was to celebrate the passing of the old Kansas City Flying Disc Club, incorporating the familiar KCFDC initials and and logo, and to join its memory with new Kansas City Disc Golf, Inc. A combination of old and new brought out the best in players, ranging from Andrew Presnell’s scorching 42 at Water Works (rated 1094) to high schooler Nolan Ramser’s overall -41 to win the MPO division, besting Presnell by 3 throws and local Danny Roman by fourteen throws. Other winners include Kevin Babbitt (MP40, -24); CD Steiner (MP50, -8); Nathaniel Spencer (MA1, -6); Ali Smith (FA1, +29); Mike Keizer (MA40, +6); Ray Presnell (MA50, +11); Alex Banning (MA2, -6); Austin Nunnery (MA3, +6); and Robert Holt (MJ18, +36). All players played the same four layouts. All results can be found at https://www.pdga.com/tour/event/48583.
The tournament couldn’t be possible without the players and volunteers. Thank you to Elisabeth Borg-Bowman, Crispian Paul, Mike Alfaro, Mike Spady, Dan Cashen, Tina Patterson, Jerry Patterson, Dave Herbert, Nova Politte, Kimberly Giannola, Jack Lowe, Drew Neitzel, Mike Keizer, Dick Parker, and the crew that spread mulch at Water Works at the last minute. Without volunteers, events like this wouldn’t be possible. Thanks to Kansas City, Missouri Park and Recreation for their support and work getting the courses in shape to be played the week before the tournament along with all the tournament partners and sponsors.
Upcoming Events in July
July 3rd - Bad Rock KC Double @ Bad Rock Creek
Jule 17th & 18th - Liberty Gold @ Bad Rock Creek
July 23rd, 24th, & 25th - Midwest Amateur Championships
July 30th & 31st - KCDG East vs West Team Championships
Be sure to check out the KCDG calendar for more information, which can be found at https://kcdiscgolf.org/calendar/.
Down Under Course Renovations
By Josh Eagan
Rosedale Park's Down Under Disc Golf Course underwent a major renovation this past week. Nearly 30 members of the community (under the guidance of Johnathan Davis, Cody Davidson, and Pete Cashen) replaced a bridge that was no longer safe and repurposed the wood to build stairs.
Part of the charm of Down Under was the ruggedness of the terrain, though at times, during inclement weather, passage in some areas was not safe. In 2003, the Kansas City Flying Disc Club volunteers decided to do something about this at a few locations. Notably, current holes 2, 8, 10, and 17 all needed bridges. The original wooden bridge, on hole 8, was constructed thanks to a group that included Jack Lowe, John Buckle, David Zentz, Luke Winkelbauer, Dick Parker, Dennis Calentine, Paul Eklund, Beckett Carduff, Jay Rivard, Pete and Dan Cashen, and let’s not forget Pat the Can Guy! Then, while Dick Parker was the course coordinator for Down Under, he and his crew took on the challenge of refurbishing all of the area needs, including bridges and teeing areas specifically, to ensure that the course was ready for the Professional and Amateur Worlds Championships and the nearly 1000 players in 2009. The Bridge on hole 8 clearly didn’t stand the test of time, unlike the others. Having served the community for many years, and enduring thousands of rounds, the bridge's final days had come.
Before any renovations could be done, pathways had to be cleared, allowing for the passage of trucks laden with supplies, as well as a track loader and a track excavator (donated by Ahern Rentals and driven by Bob Ward). The bridge was then dismantled, and some trees were cleared to prevent a need for major repairs in the near future. Telephone poles donated by Dan Cashen were brought in to line the new land bridge, and gravel spread over it.
The wood from the old bridge was then used to build a safer stairway at the course's end, back to Up Top. Box headers were constructed, leveled, and reinforced with rebar.
2021 KCDG Summer Leagues
Thanks to everyone who’s competed in a in a 2021 summer league. We’ve had over 2,200 unique rounds played, and the league season isn’t half over! If you need information about the current league schedule or are new to leagues, read through our official schedule and FAQ here:
Also, join us in congratulating all of those who have hit league aces in 2021!
Brian Swezy (TWICE!)
KCDG Junior League
Kathryn Meyer - League Director
Parents in the Kansas City area were looking for a place for their disc golf loving kids to connect. To meet that need KCDG decided to do a mini league for our young players. To encourage participation there was no charge for the league. Between 5-7 players came out to Hidden Valley each week for their choice of 9 or 18 holes. A total of 14 different kids between the ages of 5 and 15 participated in the league. This was a great opportunity for our area juniors to play with other kids and improve their skills. Stay tuned for a junior only tournament in the fall.
Need to renew your membership? It only takes a minute, and you’ll not only be contributing to disc golf in Kansas City, you’ll get some great perks, like a KCDG bag tag, league discounts, entry in the annual club championship, and dinner at our club elections!
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