Tag: competition

Brown Park Disc Golf

Brown Park Disc Golf

Disc Golf, Photography February 12, 2019

Enjoy this split tone photograph of basket #18 at an old disc golf course – Brown Park – in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before removal in 2006, this course held the annual “Ace Race” disc golf event on the Friday following Thanksgiving.

Check out my galleries at Pixels and Zazzle for more.

Disc Golfer

Disc Golfer T-shirt

Disc Golf, Products January 29, 2019

Stop by my gallery at Redbubble to pick out your very own disc golfer t-shirt! You can select your favorite color (many options), as well as the style of garment you prefer. Enjoy the great sport of frisbee disc golf as you enjoy your new t-shirt! And, many more items are available in my shops, here:

Check it out…today!

Disc Golf Basket OtterBox iPhone Case

Disc Golf Basket OtterBox iPhone Case

Disc Golf, Products June 8, 2018

Enjoy this OtterBox phone case, featuring a disc golf basket silhouette and colorfully sky. Available for several Apple, Samsung and Google phone models. Designed to be practically indestructible – from the construction site to your toddler’s hands. Protect your investment in style & play disc golf!

Vintage Disc Golf Billboard

Vintage Disc Golf Billboard

Disc Golf, Graphics January 3, 2018

As the sun sinks lower into the horizon, the 18th basket beckons for a birdie as I line up my putter and send it into the chains. You can see more of this vintage disc golf billboard graphic design by visiting my galleries at Redbubble, Society 6 and/or Pixels. I created this picture using Adobe Photoshop and Filter Forge. Enjoy!

Disc Golf Art Board

Disc Golf Art Board

Disc Golf, Products November 25, 2017

Individually wrapped in cellophane sleeves, this art board can be easily applied to walls with 3M velcro dots (4 supplied per board – please apply and remove with care) or moved from room to room. Professionally printed on watercolor textured 4-ply substrate. Available in three different sizes. Makes a great gift idea!

Disc Golf Baskets iPhone Case

Disc Golf Baskets OtterBox iPhone Case

Disc Golf, Products November 24, 2017

Designed for the Apple iPhone 8Plus/7 Plus, this iPhone case is from the Defender Series style (also available in Commuter and Symmetry). Voted the number one most protective case against drops, bumps, and shocks! Featuring a high-impact polycarbonate exterior shell, rubber exterior slipcover and interior foam to cradle device. Includes belt clip holster that doubles as kickstand.

Eight Ball In The Corner Pocket For The Win

Eight Ball In The Corner Pocket For The Win

Graphics, Products May 14, 2017

If you enjoy the game of pool, then you’ll probably like this design of a cue ball, an eight ball and the corner pocket – for the win! It’s a blend of styles, both comic and watercolor, and works well on a variety of gift and apparel items found in my web shops at Society 6 and Pixels. Thanks for stopping by!

Disc Golf Stories, No. 5

Disc Golf Stories, No. 5

Disc Golf April 19, 2017

I first met Juliana Bower (now, Juliana Korver PDGA #7438) in 1998 at the Fountain Hills Thrills disc golf tournament held at Fountain Hills, Arizona, directed by Dan Ginnelly.

Between rounds on the first day as lunch was being served, I spotted her and said hello. I knew who she was – the 1998 Women’s Disc Golf Professional World Champion (later, to win that title 5 times) – and she was kind enough to sit with myself and a friend, Mike Milne, to eat and talk.

Fast forward to the year 2000. I was at the ‘Toboggan’ disc golf course at Kensington Metro Park, in Milford, Michigan, a newly designed course created to accommodate a large field of players registered for the upcoming 2000 PDGA Disc Golf World Championships.

A random draw doubles event was scheduled, which, to my surprise, was hosted by none other than Juliana Bower. As I recall, she had just switched sponsors from Innova to Discraft and was in the area to promote the tournament.

I drew Mark Ellis as a teammate and the two of us played well enough to win a prize disc each, as payout. I selected a chartreuse colored, maximum weight 176 gram Discraft “Cyclone”. It had a double-stamp, featuring the Discraft Doubles Series logo printed twice; once in blue sparkle, with a full-spectrum stamp offset on top

Given that this was a doubles event, and that my prize disc read “Discraft Doubles Series” – and was a double-stamp, I asked Juliana if she would sign it twice. She smiled, and laughed as she signed her second autograph on my souvenir.

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The Water Holes

The Water Holes

Disc Golf, Photography April 13, 2017

Either basket is as dangerous as the other, where the water is concerned. Photographed at a friend’s disc golf course – Wessel Pines – this pond has a well deserved reputation for drawing plastic into its silty depths. If you’d like a poster, t-shirt, coffee mug, etc., of this vintage photograph, stop by my gallery at Redbubble.

174 Gram Aviar Putter

Disc Golf Stories, No. 4

Disc Golf February 2, 2017

Following four hours in the car from Ann Arbor, myself and two disc golfing buddies stopped near Ludington to enjoy a relaxing swim in Lake Michigan. It was a sunny summer day on the Friday before the 1999 Michigan Disc Golf Organization (MDGO) Championships, and, after 45 restful minutes in the water, we made our way to the Mason County Park in time to participate in a late-afternoon Mace Man doubles event.

Many players had gathered to pay $10 for a chance to play in the random draw team competition. I’d personally been looking forward to this weekend for some time and was excited to be in Ludington, having played the courses only once before. Several folks were complaining, however, expressing concern that, with the newly crowned disc golf world champion, Ron Russell, in attendance, that the deck was stacked and that their entry fees were simply a donation.

That didn’t bother me at the time. If anything, I hoped that he might be part of our group so that I could watch and learn from his skillful play. He wasn’t, but his presence at the event was clearly a point of contention for my teammate. Nevertheless.

From the starting hole, I threw first for our team, launching a monster hyzer out to the right and back left again around the tree line. My shot drew metal, skipping off of the top of the basket. My teammate’s shot finished closer, though, and I made our putt for a birdie. It was a good sign of things to come.

When it was over, we finished at -13 through 18 holes and won the event! It was great to win, especially given that the caliber of competition was so formidable, and we each received a nice payout in merchandise.

The MDGO tournament itself was scheduled for two rounds on Saturday, with a final round on Sunday. I played in the Am-1 division, rather poorly as I recall.

Anyway. Following play on Sunday, it became apparent that no one had claimed the $160 ace pool. In making preparations to conclude the event, the Tournament Director (TD) announced that ace pool monies would be awarded to whomever could make a jumbo putt, to be held shortly on basket number 18 on the “Beast” course.

For those unfamiliar with the phrase jumbo putt, everyone basically lines up with their putter in a wide circle around the basket, and, when the signal is given, putts all at the same time.

Given that I wouldn’t be collecting any prizes at ‘tournament central’, I made my way up the hill to the basket where we’d be putting. For approximately 20 minutes, I set up at various points around the basket and putt my blue 174 gram Aviar small bead putter.

Occasionally, players would pass by the area, joking with me that it was pointless to spend so much time practicing from 80′, suggesting that only a lucky shot would win.

Though I understood this, I did manage to find the spot from which I was most comfortable shooting, given the direction of the prevailing breeze.

When the time came, everybody stormed up the hill and found a spot around the crudely formed circle established by the TD. I had my spot. When set, he called out, ‘On the count of 3, 2, 1, SHOOT!‘, and we all launched our putters to the center at the basket.

With colorful plastic all over the sky, it wasn’t easy to visually follow my shot, but I could see a blue disc in the air which I believed was mine, and it looked as if it was headed straight at the chains…if only it didn’t get knocked down in a mid-air collision with another putter.

As the shots came to rest, the TD and all of the players raced toward the basket to collect their missed putts from off of the grass. I did as well, though, along with another player from Indiana, had the pleasure of retrieving my putter from inside of the basket, and subsequently received my $80 share.

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