Martin DIsc Golf Club Newsletter 2.2

Disc Logo colorMARTIN DISC GOLF CLUB        newsletter 2.2

Hey club! So far it has been an eventful 2014! Together we can do great things. Please send newsletter fodder to: martindiscgolfclub@yahoo.com.

CALENDAR

29 April – Evening League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

6 May– Evening League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

13 May– Evening League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

20 May– Evening League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

27 May– Evening League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

7 June– Evening League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

 

The most ambitious project yet: landings and path to travel from the #4 tee pad to the fairway.

The most ambitious project yet: landings and path to travel from the #4 tee pad to the fairway.

 Course Improvements

Much of the reason Charlie started the Martin Disc Golf Club was to advocate and care for the Harrison Road Disc Golf Course. So far we have accomplished much in the way of course of improvements, but as you can tell from the piles of wood chips and railroad ties staged on the course – there is much more to do! Expect to have the opportunity to attend a three hour ‘MULCH PARTY’ in the very near future.

 

2014 tag design22014 Bag Tag Challenge

This writer had big fun during the 2013 bag tag challenge. I started with tag #9 after the kick-off tournament. My lowest tag was #22 and I ended with #6 – not too shabby. The 2014 tag challenge will be bigger and better! If you like competing in disc golf, then you’ll enjoy competing in bag tag challenge matches. Bag tags are a way to compete with single players or within groups. It’s pretty simple … best score for the round wins the lowest bag tag within the competition (complete rules are posted on our Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MartinTNdgClub/). The goal in bag tag challenges is to work your way up to the #1 tag!

Bag tags look spiffy hanging from your disc golf bag or backpack and identify you as a part of the Martin Disc Golf Club.  The best part is you get all this swagger and also support your local disc golf club for only $7!

BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!!!

There will be monthly weekend bag tag tournaments for you to play in and a weekday evening league (currently Tuesday @ 6:00 pm).  Bag tag players will have contact info to arrange 1 on 1 challenges with other players.

AND, I am pretty certain that a Martin Disc Golf Club Bag Tag proudly displayed from your bag or backpack actually makes you more attractive to potential mates!!!

Bag tags will first be available at Tuesday League or a weekend tournament when they first come in. Next couple of weeks. After the low numbers have been distributed on the field of valor, you may purchase tags from the club and begin your 2014 bag tag challenge

 

vbbVibram Birdie Bash

The Harrison Road Vibram Birdie Bash was big fun! We altered the course, and had an excellent day of bashing birdies. The photo at right shows the winners: Charlie Jahr and Colin Tindall. Colin also won the spirit award because he was awesome! We hope to do this again next year – look for it!

 

 

 

Like us on Facebook

Johnny Razo has set up a Martin Disc Golf Club page on Facebook. If you use facebook you should probably head on over and check it out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MartinTN dgClub/.

We have a blog

Huck Freely (the newsletter editor) has set up a blog. It covers stuff that the newsletter and Facebook do not. It also provides an online home for the newsletter and other such things. If you have not been, you can visit at: https://www.martindiscgolfclub.wordpress.com. Once there, you can subscribe and be emailed updates when new postings occur.

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Martin Disc Golf Club Newsletter 2.1

Martin Disc Golf Club                                                    Newsletter 2.1

Wowie Zowie! Notice that this is Newsletter 2.1 – first issue, second year !!

Calendar

23 January – Glow league resumes at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

25 January – TAG TOURNEY at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 9 am.

30 January – Glow league at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

6 February – Glow league at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

8 February – Murray Ice Bowl (http://icebowlhq.com/event/murray-ice-bowl/).

13 February – Glow league at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

20 February – Glow league at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

22 February – TAG TOURNEY at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 9 am.

27 February – Glow league at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm. TAG TOURNEY!!

1 March – Vibram Birdie Bash at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course (www.vibramdiscgolf.com)

8 March – Final night of glow golf (DST begins) at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm

29 March – Vibram Birdie Bash in Milan, TN (www.vibramdiscgolf.com)

 Tag Tourney

The purpose of these tournaments is to provide a formal opportunity for people to play for tags once a month. There is no entry fee, and the format (e.g. four per card) depending on how many show up, weather, etc. If you do not have tags, you are still encouraged to come on out and play. One tag is still available for purchase, contact Charlie Jahr.

Newsletter Stuff

If you have stuff you wish to put in the newsletter please send your photo, ace data, poem, or whatever to martindiscgolfclub@yahoo.com and it will be in the next newsletter. Onward to a kick ass 2014!

Hott Shott National Championships

14 December 2014 was cold, windy, and wet/freezy. These are not the optimum weather conditions for a disc golf putting event. In addition to the weather Sam D. had to deal with the ol’ circus dog putt distractor (video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziNjshpPGwY). The Hott Shott people have not given me all results, but I know that: the Tennessee Overall Women’s Champion; 5, 15, 16, 17, & 38 year old Women’s National Champions; and 52 & 75 year old Men’s National Champions all came from our event. This is an outstanding showing for us! We also managed to hit the goal of 50 participants (we keep the Hott Shott disc pack) and were able to submit video for 49 of these participants ($49 goes into our club account) – not too shabby!

Vibram Birdie Bash

The VBB is a fun day of disc golf. For $30, each player gets two Vibram discs, a shirt, towel and coaster mini. We then play two rounds of Birdie Bash where we only count Birdies or better. On a par 3, you get two throws. On a par 4, you get three throws. Birdies are worth two points, Aces/Eagles are worth five points, and hitting metal is worth one point. The VBB is great for both tournament players and beginners as it is competitive but has a low key, fun attitude. Tons of prizes that everyone has a chance to win. Come out and see how fun “organized” disc golf can be. Registration is taken care of by Vibram online at www.vibramdiscgolf.com. The club makes $5 for every participant at Harrison Road. This is important, because money = course improvements. Come on out, support your club, and have some fun!!

Course Improvements

This winter we have seen some bad weather and it has been rough on the course. There are two main concerns: erosion and human safety. We hope to begin addressing these concerns soon. We have a very limited budget, so resource availability will be an issue. Work days will be announced on our Facebook page.Some small things have been done already. Expect to see some small trials of step designs and such to see if we can develop some low cost methods of dealing with our course issues.Rome wasn’t built in a day. Our course will require effort over time to become all it can be. If you have railroad ties, rebar stakes, landscape timbers, truckloads of gravel or other such materials laying around your house please let us know and we will have a WORK PARTY!

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Would you throw a disc with this on it? Someone has to be able to do better. Design a logo, submit it. We will vote and then order some groovy club discs.

Newsletter #3

MARTIN DISC GOLF CLUB                                              newsletter 1.3

Hey club! We have a third newsletter! For the coming year, I submit a challenge to all of you: “Ask not what you can do for the Martin Disc Golf Club, but ask what can the Martin Disc Golf Club do for you!” Together we can do great things. Please send newsletter fodder to: martindiscgolfclub@yahoo.com.

CALENDAR

5 December – Glow League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

12 December – Glow League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm. TAG TOURNEY!!

14 December– Hott Shott State and National Championships. The event will be set up from 11am to 4pm at the Rotary Pavilion at the Martin Recreation complex, but it will only take you 8-10 minutes of throwing time and you do not have to be present the whole time.

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CONSIDER IT YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY TO BRING AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN TO THE HOTT SHOT!! We need to have 50 participants so that we can keep the Hott Shot disc deck (it will come in handy later).

The event will be 14 December 2013 in the Rotary Pavilion at the Martin Recreation Complex from 11am to 4pm, but it will only take you 8-10 minutes of throwing time and you do not have to be present the whole time.

Hott Shott is a court game that requires concentration and practice – PDGA and Innova are providing event support. It can be played by all ages, indoors or outdoors, individually or as a team (we will play as individuals for this event). Hott Shott uses Innova DX Sonic discs tossed into a catching target. Five shots are made from each of five stations during each of two rounds. The stations are between five and 25 feet from the target. Hott Shott is being played all over the Nation on 14 December – this event is part of the State and National Hott Shott championship. This is a free event. Please bring your church group, soccer team, friends, etc – we want to have as many people as possible participate. For every video of a player uploaded to the Hott Shott site we can earn $1 for the club – so bring your camera.

Glow Disc Golf League – update

MDGC2013-gloThe 7 & 14 November dates were well attended and very fun. The 21 November outing was attended by a cold front, rain and only three golfers – it was still a great time! 5 & 12 December 2013 are the final dates for this run of league play. We have been playing various golf games (scramble, birdie bash), but the last night (12 Dec) we will be playing for tags and a cool, tournament glow disc will be up for grabs. The tag holder that experiences the greatest change in value will get the disc (i.e. if the #5 tag ends up with #1, ǀ5-1ǀ = 4; while if #19 tag ends up with # 40, ǀ19-40ǀ = 21. 21 > 5 so the #40 tag holder would get the disc).

1 Disc Tournament: results

2013-11-23 07.55.46-1The 23rd of November was cold and windy, not the best conditions for throwing large, glidey Innova condor discs. Eight intrepid souls played in the first 1 disc tournament that we have put on as a club (our first tournament was the initial bag tag tournament). The consensus was that the condors were understable into the wind, straight to overstable with the wind, and definitely not putters. I think everyone enjoyed the challenge and the simple ‘wow’ of watching these big, slow discs moving through the air. We played 18 regulation holes and 5 commando holes for fun (10 tee pad to 12 basket, 11 tee pad to 9 Basket, 1 tee pad to 2 basket, 3 tee pad to 8 basket, and 8 basket to 18 basket). It was a fun day. Justin brought four discs as prizes. Scores: 69 – Justin, 71 – Kent, 72 – Dustin, 74 – Stacey & Sean (tie), 78 – Rick, 81 – Sam, 84 – Randy.

Huckin’ Haiku

We have our first poem, a haiku from a person who does not wish to be named:

Grunt! Journey begins

Floating/flying through still air

Thwack! Another tree

 

Like us on Facebook

Johnny Razo has set up a Martin Disc Golf Club page on Facebook. If you use facebook you should probably head on over and check it out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MartinTNdgClub/.

We have a blog

Huck Freely (the newsletter editor) has set up a blog. It covers stuff that the newsletter and Facebook do not. It also provides an online home for the newsletter and other such things. If you have not been, you can visit at: https://www.martindiscgolfclub.wordpress.com. Once there, you can subscribe and be emailed updates when new postings occur.

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT BAG TAG STANDINGS?

Check out the bag tag file on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MartinTNdgClub/files/

Bonus: add your tag info!

Club Newsletter 1.2

MARTIN DISC GOLF CLUB                                              newsletter 1.2

Hey club! We have a second newsletter! In my role as Newsletter editor, I challenge each of you to contribute something to this newsletter. Please submit your: photos, news, stories, haiku poems, announcement of aces, comic strips, and the like to: martindiscgolfclub@yahoo.com.

CALENDAR

10 November – Deadline for entry fees for 1 disc tournament.

 14 November Glow League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

21 November –  Glow League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

23 November – 1 Disc Tournament at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ Noon. $10 prepaid by 10 November, see below for details.

5 December – Glow League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

12 December – Glow League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

14 December– Hott Shott putting event. Details below.

 

1 Disc Tournament: one disc, no waiting

Back in the day, disc golf tournaments had a one disc class (175g ultimate discs) – now we are bringing back the good old days, but with a modern twist: a golf disc. On 23 November 2013, at noon, DX Condors (think of them as very large, glidey Rocs) will be the one disc for a ~20 hole tournament at the Harrison Road Disc Golf Course. A DX Condor (yours to keep) will be supplied to each entrant before the event, groups assigned, score cards handed out, and then the golfing will begin at noon. Because of the disc, and other costs, a $10 entry fee is being charged – profits will go back into the club and hopefully fund some course improvements this winter. Entry fees need to be paid to Charlie Jahr by 10 November.

Glow Disc Golf League – update

MDGC2013-gloOn 7 November 2013, GLOW LEAGUE BEGINS at 6:00 pm at Harrison Road. We hope to see you there. The goal is to have fun. We will play different styles of golf with the emphasis on team play and enjoying ourselves. Other dates are: 14, 21 November and 5 & 12 December 2013. We are cancelling the November 28th league night because it is Thanksgiving.

Hott Shott: a putting affair

Hott Shott is a court game that requires concentration and practice – PDGA and Innova are providing event support. It can be played by all ages, indoors or outdoors, individually or as a team (we will play as individuals for this event). Hott Shott uses Innova DX Sonic discs tossed into a catching target. Five shots are made from each of five stations during each of two rounds. The stations are between five and 25 feet from the target. Hott Shott is being played all over the Nation on 14 December – this event is part of the State and National Hott Shott championship. This is a free event. Please bring your church group, soccer team, friends, etc – we want to have as many people as possible participate and are planning on having disc golf clinics in addition to the Hott Shott event. We are tentatively planning on holding the event in Union City and in Martin and can set up (on the 14th) where is convenient for your group (book a time for your group with Kent Fothergill or Johnny Razo now!). For every video of a player uploaded to the Hott Shott site we can earn $1 for the club – so bring your camera.

Charlie’s Ace!

20131018_095034Charlie threw his second ace, 18 October 2013 on hole # 8 at the Benton, KY DGC, a 233’ downhill run with a champion Gator. This is his second ace. We will probably see a lot more of the Gator from now on.

One of the great things about disc golf is the positive attitude. This summer I have played a little over 1900 holes of disc golf. This means 1900 drives, which means 1900 opportunities for an ace. Of these 1900 maybe 400 were on holes like # 3 and 17 at Harrison Road that I can’t make a correct drive on, and maybe another 600 were beyond my reach (like that 692’ par 3 in Southaven, MS or #9 and 10 at Harrison Road), but that means pretty close to 50% of the time I am gunning for an ace on my drive and not getting it and not being disappointed. In fact, I jump up and down and celebrate when I have a close approach or hit metal! Talk about positive mental attitude, disc golf grows that in each of us and the inner hippie in each of us knows the world becomes a better place with each round of disc golf.

Another thing I like about disc golf is we celebrate each other’s victories, tease each other with empathy about our failings (we have all hit a tree from the #9 teebox), and share what we have learned. In this instance, Charlie has a great accomplishment and we all get to share in it – after all, we have all taught Charlie something (even if it is how not to do it)! So, hooray and thank you to Charlie for throwing an ace and giving us an opportunity to reflect on why we are on the course.

The Greatest Putter You Will Never Throw: The Squarviar!

I was watching a group finishing up on #18 at Harrison Road, and 3 out of the four players had upshots or putts land near the basket and then roll downhill into the fairway or out into the tall grass beyond. While of course this is funny (just like famine jokes are funny in Somalia), it also sparked a flash of inspiration: “IF A PUTTER/APPROACH DISC WERE SQUARE, IT WOULDN’T ROLL”! Thus the Squarviar (square + Aviar = Squarviar) was born! Initial research showed the Squarviar to be very promising, with a very limited amount of roll after hitting the ground, but the three-cornered Triaviar was even better at sticking in the chains and wouldn’t roll at all.

Unfortunately, the guidelines and procedures for manufacturers to certify that equipment meets PDGA technical standards clearly states:

“(C) Guidelines for Discs Manufactured for PDGA Competition

… approved discs must: (1) have a circular, saucer-like configuration…”

Until the rules change, these discs will remain just interesting prototypes and will never be available as production discs – but hey, that’s how disc golfers roll…

Like us on Facebook

Johnny Razo has set up a Martin Disc Golf Club page on Facebook. If you use facebook you should probably head on over and check it out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MartinTNdgClub/

We have a blog

Huck Freely (the newsletter editor) has set up a blog. It covers stuff that the newsletter and Facebook do not. It also provides an online home for the newsletter and other such things. If you have not been, you can visit at: https://www.martindiscgolfclub.wordpress.com. Once there, you can subscribe and be emailed updates when new postings occur.

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT BAG TAG STANDINGS?

Check out the bag tag file on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MartinTNdgClub/files/

Bonus: add your tag info!

Club disc order is in!

Ordered on Monday afternoon, our club disc order from Lightning Golf Discs showed up

This is a whole bunch of golf discs, which turns into fun when folks start throwing them!

This is a whole bunch of golf discs, which turns into fun when folks start throwing them!

on Wednesday. I really wanted to go out to a field and throw them all, but instead I sorted the discs out into everyone’s individual orders, which are now ready for pick-up. In addition to the 52 discs we ordered, Lightning generously threw in some sample discs that we will use as prizes for our glow league.

After getting all these discs sorted, I went out to play glow golf with Jason. On hole 13 there was a small, pinpoint glow next to Jason’s drive. Closer examination revealed that the source was a larva lightning bug (actually a beetle). After handling so much Lightning glow plastic destined for our winter glow league, it seemed fitting to see a lightning glow beetle destined for over-wintering. Hopefully, today I will get discs to you all and we will all throw together at glow league on the 7th of November.

First Newsletter

MARTIN DISC GOLF CLUB

Hey club! This is your newsletter! Hopefully, this avenue of communication can help us to grow. As such please submit your: photos, news, stories, haiku poems, announcement of aces, comic strips, and the like to: martindiscgolfclub@yahoo.com.

MDGC2013-glo2013 Glow Disc Golf League

Meet at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm every Thursday. This is a great chance to have some fun and play some golf. We will track and report scores in this newsletter – fame and bragging rights are up for grabs. The goal of this league is fun: we will play various styles: sometimes solo, sometimes team, sometimes match, sometimes scored – the goal is fun! Glow golf can be played with glow discs charged with a UV flashlight or with translucent discs (champion plastic) with LED lights taped to the flight plate. You will need clear safety glasses (it is easy to get poked in the eye by sticks at night) and a small flashlight (do not get one that is too bright and wreck your night vision). When it is dark and you can’t see the trees are they harder to hit? Come join us on the night shift.

League dates are: 7, 14, 21, & 28 November and 5 & 12 December 2013

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT BAG TAG STANDINGS?

Please email us at: martindiscgolfclub(AT)yahoo.com to update us on what tag number you have and we will post the results here.

Stopping to smell the roses…

MDG-MonotropaEarlier this month I had the opportunity to play the disc golf courses (there are two 18-hole courses) at Meeman-Shelby State Park near Memphis. Both courses were really fun. They had the short, technical sort of shots that I can’t accomplish but really enjoy.

The courses are heavily wooded and the woods are very mature. I was very surprised to find my drive sitting next to Indian ghost pipe (Monatropa uniflora for you botanists out there). Indian ghost pipe is a plant that has no chlorophyll. It is found in deep dark woodlands, often where it is too shady for photosynthetic plants. As you may have guessed, the plant is parasitic. This plant is not parasitic on the nearby trees, but parasitic on the mycorrhizal (root-associated) fungi of the trees (typically Russula and Lactarius species).

After this first encounter, I noticed many more patches (some quite large) of this really cool plant as I played these really fine courses.

We are placing a disc order:

If you don’t have glow discs, or if you just need some sweet plastic to fuel your disc addiction, we are placing an order with Lightning Golf Discs. Discs are available in standard, glow or pro plastic and will be $5 each (includes shipping). Please get your order to Kent at (573) 620 3682 by 27 October 2013. You can view the Lightning product line at: http://www.lightninggolfdiscs.com/Lightning_Flyer_11x17.pdf

If you need glow discs, a #1 Driver, #2 Slice, and an Upshot/putter should cover most of your nocturnal situations. These discs also come in super light weights which are great choices for those with less power (e.g. kids).

Disc Golf is older than you think:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis photograph is of classical Greek sculpture of Apollo playing disc golf. This sculpture is dated 440- 460 B.C. The PDGA section 3.4 of the Competition manual (Dress Code) was flaunted back then by most players, as you can tell by this statue. Also note the drying towel in Apollo’s right hand indicating that ancient Greeks played in rain and heavy dew conditions. Perhaps that is why Apollo is playing in the nude – a wet toga is cumbersome indeed and hampers a fluid x-step in the tee box.

There are no surviving texts that let us know if Apollo threw forehand, backhand, or overhand. Based on the fan grip he is holding the disc with in this statue the short game was as crucial then as it is today. It also appears that Apollo’s first shot has put him in the woods as evidenced by the tree trunk that this statue depicts him next to.

These early Greek disc golfers did not leave much of a record, but I bet they had big fun playing near the Acropolis and would find taking a snap shot with a cell phone much easier than carving course photos from marble…

Like us on Facebook

Johnny Razo has set up a Martin Disc Golf Club page on Facebook. If you use facebook you should probably head on over and check it out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MartinTNdgClub/