Disc Golf Stories, No. 4

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! If 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.

174 Gram Aviar 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.

What a fun weekend! As a footnote, I added “80 bones” to the bottom side of my putter.

174 Gram Aviar Putter

Eight Ball, Corner Pocket

Eight Ball, Corner Pocket

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With a sliver of daylight between the nine ball and the rail, this is for the win. Eight ball, corner pocket. Enjoy this graphic design, available on a variety of print types (framed, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood, posters and art prints) in my gallery at Pixels. Rack ’em up!

Disc Golf Baskets T-shirt

Disc Golf Baskets T-shirt

This colorful disc golfing t-shirt is made with 100% fine jersey cotton combed for softness and comfort, and features a basket on a hill using the droste effect to create the illusion of spinning. Available in many different colors in sizes small-2XL. Enjoy!

Frisbee Disc Golf Organic T-shirt

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The sound of heavy metal chains is music to the ears of frisbee disc golfers, putting to score a birdie! Now you can enjoy your favorite pastime in style with this organic t-shirt from American Apparel, made in the USA from 100% organic, fine jersey cotton. Several colors and sizes to select, as well as many other available apparel styles. Enjoy!

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

The race is on, across the field to the woods – “last one is a rotten egg”! Enjoy this nostalgic, vintage sepia tone photography of three children running for the fun of it. Based on a photograph from Unsplash with a Creative Commons Zero license, several modifications were added using Photoshop, including a faded watercolor frame. Prints and more are available in my gallery at Pixels…stop by for a visit!

Abstract Disc Golf Basket T-shirt

Disc Golf Basket T-shirt

Rumor has it that wearing this American Apparel fine jersey t-shirt, made with 100% fine jersey cotton combed for softness and comfort, will actually improve your disc golf game! Well, it certainly couldn’t hurt, and it’s a very nice garment so why not give it a try? Enjoy disc golfing!

Disc Golf Drawstring Backpack

Disc Golf Drawstring Backpack

This drawstring backpack has dimensions of 14.75″ by 17.3″, is made of 100% polyester and is black on the reverse side. Perfect for school, your daily travels or a fun round of disc golf at a local course. And, remember: the shortest distance between two points is an ace – make your shot count!

Disc Golfer T-shirt

Disc Golfer T-shirt

Enjoy this t-shirt featuring a creative graphic design promoting the great sport of disc golf. Plain color garments are 100% cotton, while other colors are a cotton/polyester blend of varying degrees. Several different styles, sizes and colors to select. Also, rumor has it that people playing disc golf while wearing this apparel have experienced better scores…

Brown Park Disc Golf Course

Brown Park Disc Golf Course

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Prior to being remodeled (and renamed the Mary Beth Doyle Park) several years ago, the frisbee disc golf course in Ann Arbor, Michigan, originally known as “Brown Park”, provided many recreational sport-enthusiasts with a fun (though, often muddy) eighteen hole layout. Here is an old photograph of hole #7, sometimes formerly referred to as ‘Frankenstein’.

Please visit the following galleries to review many items which are available featuring this photograph: Pixels, Redbubble, Society 6, Crated, Artflakes

Frisbee Disc Golf Basket T-shirt

Disc Golf Basket T-shirt

Enjoy the great sport of disc golf with this creative, abstract disc golf basket t-shirt. Made from 100% pre-shrunk, high quality cotton with many colors and sizes to select. And, other items are also available – so, check it out!