West Plaines Open (Mike Sisco) - Jul 23rd, 2018

Our annual B-tier is THIS SAT!! We are less than 2 hours from Mtn View and less than 1.5 from Calico Rock! BOTH rounds this year will be at the JMB and everyone's efforts have gone into getting this one course ready! If you are an Am Disc Golf Monkey Tournaments have a reputation for being the best Am payout tournament around and often fill up, so please register online if you can: (also, there will be flex start doubles for anyone showing up a day early on Fri) https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/The_West_Plains_Open_sponsored_by_Holiday_Inn_Express_and_Suites_2018

West Plaines Update (Mike Sisco) - Jul 23rd, 2018

Our annual B-tier is THIS SAT!! We are less than 2 hours from Mtn View and less than 1.5 from Calico Rock! BOTH rounds this year will be at the JMB and everyone's efforts have gone into getting this one course ready! If you are an Am Disc Golf Monkey Tournaments have a reputation for being the best Am payout tournament around and often fill up, so please register online if you can: (also, there will be flex start doubles for anyone showing up a day early on Fri) https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/The_West_Plains_Open_sponsored_by_Holiday_Inn_Express_and_Suites_2018

The 1st Dragon Ridge Open Recap - May 28th, 2018

The 1st Dragon Ridge Open sponsored by Discmania (the tours newest tour sponsor) in Camdenton, Missouri was impressive to say the least. This course was installed a few years back and was a site that many wanted a tournament to be held at. Unfortunately some city ordinances and other obstacles wouldn’t allow it. Thankfully Larry Bennett, head of the Camdenton Parks Department called and asked how we could make it happen this year. He mentioned that the Mayor wanted to make it happen and the rest so they say is history as The Friday Flex Start Doubles started a fun beginning to this tournament. Saturday came and the field was maxed with 90 players in attendance. As bad as I wanted to play my favorite public course in Missouri, I chose to bow out allowing everyone who showed up the opportunity to play. Hearing all the compliments and thank you’s was worth the decision!

As mentioned earlier, Discmania was the major sponsor at this event as they were the company that was used for the Players Pack. The awesome custom disc, designed by Gary Braman (Camdenton’s Dragon Ridge course designer/installer), was a huge hit along with the stainless steel Hydro Flask. Huge props to Discmania for making it all happen.

Despite knowing that there were a lot of people wanting an event at Dragon Ridge, I really didn’t know if we’d get the turn out that we did. The weatherman’s “doom and gloom” forecast predicting torrential down pours and thunderstorms all day proved to be nothing more than just more pathetic guesses by the Ozarks team of meteorologists. With the temperatures reaching 90+, a Down poor would have been welcomed by many. Hot and humid, through the Ridge made for an extremely long and tough day.

There were eight divisions making up the field of 90. The biggest talk was the huge Pro field of 24 that includes several well known players: George Smith (Columbia, MO), Zackeriath Johnson (St. Louis), and one of the top 10 rated players currently in the world and former USDGC Champion Nikko Lecastro. Local hero, Jeff Renner (Springfield, MO) proved that it was his day shooting two solid rounds of 50 taking a convincing win by 5 over 2nd place finisher Jake Hebenheimer (Jefferson City). Incredible Job Jeff! Congratulations!! In a very close 3 way tie for 3rd shooting 2 down, one stroke off of Jakes pace were: Zack Johnson, Adam Morrison (Jefferson City), and Camdenton’s young gun River Flagg (16 year old)! The rest of the cashing pros were: George Smith (6th), Cody Prugger and Buddy LaRue (Tie for 7th), Nikko LaCastro and Allen Hooper (Tie for 9th) and 11th place was Nate Heinold.

There were 4 pro women as well! Brandy Monnahan of Lebanon, held off young local Mariah Flagg by 6 strokes shooting a 129 total. The other contestants were Millie Cowgill (3rd place), and Amanda McCleod (4th Place). Thanks for coming out and great job Brandy on the win!

The Advanced field was 19 strong and was a very tight battle at the top of the leader board. Andrew Griffith held on for the win shooting a 113. Trevor Erickson’s (of Springfield) 56 second round surge pulled him within one tying Chris Thompson (Jeff City) for second. Toby Rector was only two off finishing 4th. Nice battle guys!

The Advanced Masters division (over 40), had 4 players. Only 5 strokes separated 1st from 4th. Kevin Carder started hot with a 59, but the course took revenge as he took a 66 the second round. This tied Josh Goodwin who also shot a 125. Course designer and installer Gary Braman, shot a 128. Mike Abbott’s consistency proved to be key for the win shooting a 61 and a 62. Well done Mike, and enjoy that basket!

The 50 and over division (Advanced Grandmasters) had the minimum 3 players that are needed to make up a division. Tom Butler (Kansas City), Jon Parsons (Marshall) and Brad Hilton (Lebanon) finished in the order listed. Tom Butler killed the field shooting a 115 that was good enough for a 6 stroke win. Stellar job and great job on the 100th PDGA win Tom!

Sixteen players made up the Intermediate field. Will Ward proved victorious shooting a 53 and a 59 to win by three over Chase Luster’s 115 total. Kevin Free and Micah Noble were tied 4 back from the winning score. Will’s awesome 53 first round was definitely the difference in this division. Great seeing you guys battle it out. Keep up the great work/play.

The Recreational Division looked like there would be a slugfest after 3 players shot 61’s and one shot a 62 in the first round. Apparently Michael Luster had other ideas as he scorched a 56 taking the win by 7 strokes over Dallas Whittle. 3rd place was taken by Brian Lansford two stokes off Dallas. Great job Michael. I’m thinking the Lusters are going to be moving up!

Three ladies made up the Rec women field: Candie “The Teacher” Luster, Renee Nelson, and Shay Lillard. The Teacher was the only one in the group to shoot in the 70’s, as she shot 76 in the first round giving her a 6 stroke lead. She added two more to her lead with an 81 in the second round finishing 157. Renee put up a very consistent and respectable 82 and 83. Shay debuted at one of the hardest public course around and finished. Keep playing, learning and having fun! Congratulations Candie on your victory...move up!!

The 1st Dragon Ridge Open was a huge success. Maxing out the field with 90 players should convince the city of Camdenton that it was worth the investment. I’m hoping that this event becomes an annual tournament. Thank you all for coming out and being a part. I hope to see you all in June at the Jared Hilton Memorial in Lebanon, Missouri.

Aces to you!

The Elephant & Castle’s 6th Annual North Ark Open - Sponsored by Dynamic Discs - May 15th, 2018

The Elephant & Castle 6th Annual North Ark Open Recap

Teaming with the Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVC) has made the North Ark Open one of the best events on the tour. The head, Matt Bell, who I simply call “The Boss” was the man that contacted me initially. Over seven years ago, he called and had me go before a board and “pitch the sale” of the course on the North Ark campus. It didn’t take much persuading as all the members were eager to bring disc golf to Harrison. The same year we planted the course, the Finale was held there. It too was funded by the CVC. A lot has been invested by the CVC and after talking with Matt after each event, he is proud of the course and the continued support from players that continue to make this event a must on the Disc Golf Monkey Tour.

More and more you continue to see Elephant & Castle as a sponsor and often a title sponsor for the Disc Golf Monkey Tour events. Doug Bowen, is an outdoor man’s man. Thankfully, along with his love and passion for hunting and his fascination and business dealing with all ranges of firearms, he also loves the sport of disc golf. He has played for years and continues to compete in tournaments & leagues. He is a competitor and pulls off some wins from time to time! I wanted to give a big shout out to Doug and Elephant & Castle. Thank you first for your true friendship, second for believing in what DGM continues to do, and last supporting both emotionally and monetarily. Thanks so much my friend!

The North Ark Open never seems to disappoint. We had another maxed out field with 4 extra players totaling 94. From the second I drove up I was completely amazed how absolutely beautiful this course is. I pulled up Friday, just after the noon hour and ran into the head maintenance man who had just finished mowing. He said that they had spent a little extra time on the course this year, and it showed. Two thumbs up for the remarkable course prep by the North Ark maintenance/grounds crew.

The weather matched the beauty of the course. Reaching the mid 80’s for both the doubles Friday and the main event on Saturday, it was awesome disc golf weather. The breeze kept it from being too hot. It was mostly sunny with some occasional clouds. After the start of this season, the warm weather was welcomed by nearly everyone.

Normally I start with the lower divisions and work my way up, but this tournament was the “Hot Pretzel” Show. By now everyone knows the formally know Andrew Preznell is now known as The Pretzel! This truly was the Pretzel show as he simply annihilated the 20 hole course as he blistered a 24 down! He buttered up and added a little salt to the course as he made incredible drives and lights out putts players said. It was as if the trees, hills, and everything around him were chanting Pretzel, Pretzel, Pretzel! His 49 first round and 51 was more than enough to “twist up” Kyle Webster (the second place finisher) as he said after the round. Kyle, shot an amazing 21 down and would have won handily if it had not been for the Pretzel being on Fire.

There were a total of 9 divisions including the Open division. Advanced was a battle between to well known players in the area. John McCain and Jonathan Cook shot the same scores both rounds to set up a sudden death tie break. Starting on hole one (a very up hill flick hole for a righty), McCain went first throwing a very nice flick that was pin high and about 30’ out. Cook came up a little short with his side arm drive landing in the rough with nothing but a lay up available. He was able to execute the jail break to get his par. McCain had a good look, but shorted his putt moving them to hole 2. McCain hit an early tree on his drive as Cook crushed a drive passed the Basket that looked to be 75+’ passed. McCain had a bad upshot allowing Cook to throw a simple lay up forcing McCain to make a near impossible putt. Cook tapped in for his par and McCain took second with his bogie. Great job guys. (I believe you can view the play off on Kyle Webster’s FB page)

Other winners included:
* Cameron Gantz winning by 6 in the Advanced Master Division
* Ray Preznell winning by 5 in the Grand Master Division (great job pop)
* Zachary Roberts won Intermediate in a tie break over Eli Webb (there score was 2 better than the 3rd place scores)
* Cheyenne Garner won beating Mary Abbott in Intermediate Women
* The Sandy Bagger Award was given to Tyler “Sandy” Batton who shot a 56 in the first round who bested Doug Bowen by 6. MOVE UP SANDY!!
* Starla Carter won in the Recreational Women Division
* Aiden Carter took the Junior win in a field of 3

Congratulations to all winners, and thanks to everyone who made it out! See you in two weeks at Dragon Ridge in Camdenton, MO!


Pictures were a look from the top of the course near hole 8... epically beautiful!!

The 1st Lost Woods Open sponsored by Dynamic Discs - Apr 23rd, 2018

The First Lost Woods Open sponsored by Dynamic Discs Recap

I want to start by saying thanks to Matt Shockey and his family and staff at the Lost Woods Golf Course. This place is simply amazing. Great course, great people, a very impressive club house, with a restaurant and bar that puts out tasty quality food at a great price, and brought to you with a smile! These guys are the real deal and are something special. If you have not played the Lost Woods yet grab you a buddy or buddies and get down there. Right now you can still play the 18 set up. I can’t say for sure how long it will be available, but once that is gone they will still offer 11 great holes (thanks to one donated by Andre “It’s all Good”) that are permanently out there! Also, keep your fingers crossed as we may get a full 18 out there soon!

Friday there were only 5 teams in Dubs. 2 in Open and 3 in Am. We had quite a scare as Will’s Partner Matt Hitt had a seizure that lead to a head injury. He had a rough night as it was reported he fell again while in the hospital. The good news is, his wife messaged and said that Matt is doing much better.

The scores for Dubs:
1st - (46) Jeff/Andre $60
2nd - (55) Savage/Nicholus
1st - (56) Chris Dangler/Devon $60
2nd - (61) Andrew/Caleb

Despite the threat of poor weather all week, we were blessed with no rain even though the radar showed a wall of rain that we were in the path of. The 1st round did start out cold, cloudy, with some gusts of wind. Despite less than desirable weather in the beginning, it warmed up rather quickly and the wind died down after the first few holes. The second round was sunny, warmer, and the daily afternoon winds came back making the second round a bit harder to control shots.

There were 52 players that made up a 9 Division field. The course was beautiful, and very well groomed like it was at the Finale. Matt Shockey and family keep the course and the club house looking great. There was quite a mix of holes. With the longest measuring 810’ (one of the 6 par 4’s) and the shortest being only 156’, there was something for everyone. The par 60 course was established after the tourney as we looked at scores and discussed the layout. Initially I wanted a par 5 on the 810 number 5, but the map was made before I could change it and I didn’t want to cause confusion. It just gives us a reason to have another Lost Woods event!!

There were three divisions that only had one person competing, but I am thankful that they came and played any way! Brandy Monnahan, Braydon Thorburn, and Candie Luster thanks for coming out and I’ll try to get you some competition at the next one.

The Recreational Division was taken by Andre Anderson by 5 strokes over Will Thorburn who was 2nd by a stroke over Dustin Jones. Andre jumped out to a 3 stroke lead and added 2 to cushion his lead and win in the second round. Dustin however made a big comeback as he matched Will’s first round 66 to get with in one. Looked like a lot of fun fellas!

The Women’s Intermediate Division was a tie after the 1st round as both ladies (Mary Abbott and Cheyenne Garner) shot a pair of 77’s. Mary then poured it on winning by 5 improving her first round score by 2. Great job ladies and thanks for playing.

The Intermediate Division was dominated by Drake Grimm and Jarrod Harmon who both ended the day leading by double digits over there competition. Despite Jarrod’ 1 stroke lead after the first round, Drake’s 59 bumped him to a three stroke lead as Jarrod shot a 63. On a course like this, and shooting these scores, you guys may want to think about a jump to Advanced as both of you would have finished in the top 3 there. Great shooting and congratulations... now move up!! 🙂

The Advanced Masters Division was destroyed by Rick Wagoner, who bested the 2nd place road warrior, Jon Parsons by a dozen. Rick’s final score of -1 would have put him in a tie for 3rd in Advanced. Look out for this guy. Rick is moving up quickly. Great job!! The real battle in this division was for second place, as Jon Parsons, Mike Abbott, and Kevin Carder were only separated by one stroke. Great job to each of you.

The Advanced field, made up of eleven players was taken down by Brion Lamar. Brion’s blistering 54, in the second round, gave him a total score of -7. It was a come from behind win over the always tough John McCain, who shot a -5. Michael Pfeifer also played well shooting the 3rd and only other sub par round in the division (-1). I see more battles between these guys in the very near future.

The Open Division was won by Jeff Renner. Shooting a very impressive -19 with the hot round 49 followed by a 52, it made for a convincing win. Cory Anderson’s 51 first round was super solid and kept him in the hunt for the lead, but Renner pulled away in the second round. James Loveall and Kyle McClure took the other cashing spots in Open. Congratulations to all of you!!

Some added high lights:
* there was an Ace on the 156’ elevated Basket by Eddie Nylund who took home some good cash.
* the Abbotts won the basket in the raffle
* Dustin Jones broke out some shorts that should never be worn in public that some how helped him be the big winner in the Ring of Fire.

The only disappointment was that “Harold”, our snapping turtle, did not make an appearance... I have thought of a way to remedy that possibly making the next custom disc hot stamp with Harold as the star!

Thank you, and see you all in May...Good luck if you are going to the GBO!!!

Elephant & Castles Disc’n for Cheetahs Recap - Apr 15th, 2018

My apologies for the delay on the Recap of the Disc’n for Cheetahs event.

There were seventy four players this year that embarked on the lightly snow covered Grubaugh Disc Golf Course in Ozark, MO. It goes without saying that it was a super cold start. It looked like a scene from an Ice Bowl, but the problem was it was April 7th!

Matthew Cory and volunteers from the Dickerson Park Zoo came early and sat up. Unfortunately no animals could be brought out because of the weather. It is always awesome to see this group come and help out every year. Despite a smaller field this year more money was raised than last year. $1,570 will be going to the Cheetah Habitat in Kenya. A mission accomplished despite the elements! From everyone involved Thank You all for the huge support on the Raffle! Next year we are gong to try and make this event a B Tier. Planning and date changes may occur as there was a lot of golf going on around the area.

There were 9 divisions this year. It’s alway great seeing women and Juniors out. I’d like to say thanks to Mary Abbott, Meagan Brooks, and Brayden Thorburn for playing despite being the only ones in their divisions. That is saying a lot in those conditions. Along with them there was a large Rec field (29). The division was taken by the title sponsor Doug Bowen of Elephant and Castle, in a one shot come from behind win over Chris Huffman. Great battle fellas.

Intermediate had 19 players and judging by the scores looked to be one of the two tightest battles in all the divisions. Only 2 strokes separated 4th from 1st and second was only a shot out of first. Congrats to Winner Drake Grimm, second place Dylan Clinkenbeard, and 3rd place finishers Don Fite and Dennis Dupree. What a finish!

There were just enough players to make a division in both the Masters and Grand Masters (3 each). Brad Hilton lowered the boom on his friends Tadge and Robert shooting a 4 down which was 7 better than second...way to be Bud Man! The Masters division couldn’t have been any closer only one stroke separated the tie for second and first as Tony Hamilton made his come back shooting a two down total. His two down would be good enough to hold off Kevin Carder and Mike Abbott’s pair of one unders.

The Advanced field was made up of 10 players. Adam Barton destroyed the field shooting a -15 (Do we have a possible player moving up to Pro soon?). Matthew Corey’s 8 under was good enough for second that held off a pair of 7’s by Dustin Lankford and Brian Lamar.

Open was dominated by the opening putt by Doug Wiegand. After shanking Hole 1 that seemed like a definite par, Doug simply threw in a 100+ foot birdie. After hitting multiple trees or going through them and still parking the holes it was clear he was destined for the win. As Porter stated he simply “Doug’d It”! Great playing my friend. It was fun. He cruised into a 5 stroke lead over Dasun Keyler of Springdale.

Working with the Dickerson Park Zoo has proved to be both unique and a lot of fun.
I hope to see you at this event next year as we continue to help the Cheetah Habitat in Kenya. On behalf of the Dickerson Park Zoo and the Cheetah Habitat of Kenya Thanks for your continued support!

The Lucky 13 Recap - Mar 21st, 2018

Lucky 13 Recap

The Elephant & Castle’s 10th Annual Lucky 13 was another packed out fun event delivering a little bit of weather that it has come to be known for (cold and windy). 95 players were in attendance playing 18 holes, which forced a ghost card to get everyone in. Despite the extra players the tournament ran smooth and the rounds were only a little over two hours each.

The first round’s cloud cover, cold, and windy conditions seemed to keep scores a little higher than normal except for the leaders of coarse. There was quite a battle in the Open field which I had the privilege of playing with the 10th Annual Lucky 13 Champion, Josiah Durham. Josiah played very good and consistent not letting a few arrant shots rattle him. Apparently, he continued more of the same as he battled off one of Missouri’s best, George Smith of Columbia, MO. Also, playing steady both rounds was Mike Porter and making a surge was Cody Prugger. Great rounds fellas!

Looking at the scores, the Masters had quite a battle between local Ray Preznell and Jeff City’s Stan Balke with only a 2 stroke win by Ray. On top in Advanced and no surprise for either, were John McCain and Toby Rector. The second round proved to be the decider as John shot a 48 to Toby’s 50. Great battles!

Other highlights and winners include: $600 will be sent to EDGE thanks to all of you who took part in the raffle. This is an absolutely great start for the season. Other Winners included:
Brandy Monnahan (Open Women), Bradly Brown over Rick Waggoner by 5 in Intermediate, Mary Abbott (Int Women), Kevin Feldbaumer over Doug Bowen by several despite the $350 Ace by Doug (the tournaments Title Sponsor), Candy Luster (Rec Women), and Braydon Thornburn (Junior). Congratulations to all winners and players that cashed!

Every year I am so thankful for the opportunity to run an event at The Lucky 13 course at Miller Park. Jared Keeling and Kris Parks and their staff are incredible and keep everything looking new. I hope that all of you who get a chance to play there regularly will take the time to thank them.

If you notice the bottom of
The back of your shirt is printed:

In memory of Nick Arbeitman

Just so you all know he is the son to the owner of Fimco Steel, who has sponsored the tournament for years. He was a disc golfer amongst other things and I was able to play and battle with him in many tournaments in the early 90’s. He passed in his sleep earlier this year. To all who knew him and to his family, he will always be remembered at this event. Keep Soaring High Nick, you are missed!

Until next time aces, birdies, and lots of fun to you all!

Presidential Cup III Recap - Feb 20th, 2018

I want to start by saying that despite my lap top being stolen, my team was able to get the official TD Report turned in before the PDGA dead line that was today. This way all you point and ratings watchers will hopefully be helped by this event. If there are any errors simply message me and I will call the PDGA and get them straightened up. See Results Here: https://www.pdga.com/tour/event/34978

This year’s Presidential Cup III changed venues. For all of those that are curious of how it came about, this was a trial for a possible pay to play course. The owners are hesitant because they didn’t realize the popularity. I told Scott we could design a course and have a tourney and see how it went. I told him he could ask players if they would pay to play if it were permanent. Needless to say you guys rocked by not only coming out but making a great impression on Scott and his dad. They definitely like the idea and are more on the side of getting it done, but as I told several of you, the biggest delay is that he will have to put a $50,000 net up to protect disc golfers.

I know the course was short and there were some tough lines, but we didn’t want to cut to much until Spring so we could see what it looks like. Also, when it goes in permanently there will be grass in the mud pit area and a mando on hole four forcing the shot up the middle and the Widow Maker limbs will be removed.

As everyone kind of figured the weather was a factor and reeked havoc on the course and players. Rain made the gripping the plastic tough, but the mud was an even bigger issue. Slippery slopes and weighted down shoes made for what seemed like longer rounds than they actually were. The second round saw less rain but more wind.

There were 10 divisions including a 50+ and a 8 and under. It’s exciting to see the wide range of players that continue to battle it out on the course. This sport just has something draws you to become better and want get together with your friends making memories/bragging rights. It seemed like.

Winners included Mary Abbott over Eziel Saret by 5 (130) Wn Int
Candie Luster Wn Rec (142) having one round rated nearly 100 better than her rating
Isaiah Moore <8 (98 one round)
Forrest Barnard over Matt Baker by 4 (107) Rec
Rick Waggoner with a (106) over Zach Carrier by 4 in Int
There was a battle in the 50+ division. Robert Covert one the tie break over Ray Preznell. (114)
In the Advanced was another great battle between the winner by one Adam Barton and the always tough John McCain. Adam held John off by 1 shooting a (99)
The Open division was similar to the advanced finish. Jeff Renner took it with a (95) only one better than David Christie.

To all others who cashed congrats as well.

I want to thank Gateway Disc Sports for the Players packs. I’d also like to thank: Jonathan Cook, Derek Norris, Blaise Horseman, Christine West, Kevin Carder, Parker Asay, Kyle McClure, and Jake Whitehead, and Conner Brooks for the use of there baskets. Also, to everyone who helped with the behind the scenes things like Basket pick up, carrying tee pad mats and much more...thanks a bunch.

On behalf of Scott Kissling and Swing Right Golf, thanks for coming out and playing this temporary lay out!

Disc Golf Monkey “Make Disc Golf Great Again Tour” 2017 - The Recap - Feb 13th, 2018

Last year was my 9th year of running a consecutive tour. This is mind blowing because running a “10 year in a row tour” seemed like a long shot in our area. Little did I know that there would be people who would not only come out to support, but invest their time, money, hard work and even sacrifice a lot of home/family time to make these tours continue to happen year after year. To all of you who have chosen to be a part of this journey you are truly appreciated members of the Ozark Disc Golf Family that I am thankful and proud to be a part of. To each and every one of you who have played, continue to play, and will play more events in the future, thank you for making each year bigger and better. As the slogan loosely borrowed from President Trump suggests, you have made disc golf great again this year just like previous years! Just as our country remains great year after year, so have our disc golf tournaments been. I am thankful to live in this country where we are free to play this great sport we are fanatics about! Fly on Old Glory and keep your Discs Flying too!

With nearly twenty stops on the tour in Missouri and Arkansas it was quite a ride.
Last year we had a huge year breaking many records and raising the bar in our area for tournaments. 2017 saw a rise in the average players per PDGA event, 102. This was up from well under 100. Our largest growing event of the year was the Jared Hilton Memorial in Lebanon, MO. The event grew by 32 players pulling off 137 players. In Harrison Arkansas, the North Ark Open continues to overfill where we have to add holes to accommodate every year the event has been held. The tour raised $8,500 for different charities in the area that included, two food pantries (Heart of the Hills in Ava, MO and L-Life in Lebanon, MO), we also helped Freedom’s Rest (which is a women and children’s shelter), we also helped a local youth baseball team during our Dale Roberts Memorial tournament. This would have made Dale proud as he was a big fan of both youth and baseball. For the second year we helped our local zoo with the Cheetah Habitat project in our Disc’n for Cheetahs II event that is held at Grubaugh Park in Ozark, MO. Our largest and new record breaking charity amount was $3,810 to the Educational Disc Golf Experience (EDGE). This is up $810 from last year when we were the number one contributor for a tour. We also had 6 events over 100 players. This is an awesome stat because most of these events only have one eighteen hole course to play on. As always the 4 States Open continues to be our largest event bringing in almost 230 players to the Joplin, MO area. We also had 21 female players at our Monkey Trap Open in Springdale, AR. To say that we made disc golf great again this year is an understatement. The Ozark Disc Golf Family continues to “Grow the Sport”.

There is so much that goes into a tournament as many of you know. Getting course approval, making sure the course is tournament ready, sanctioning the event, setting up pre registration, ordering players packs, making sure they are done in time, collecting and sorting prizes, sponsor gathering, proper paper work for the day of, then there is the day of the event things that are done behind the scenes. Multiply this times 20 and it can make for a wild and crazy, and sometimes stressful ride. None of this can be done without sponsors. Because I have sponsors from every city/town that I run an event in, I couldn’t possibly list them all without missing some. Just know that if you are reading this and you are a sponsor your help is priceless and not only does Disc Golf Monkey appreciate your partnership and help, but the players are thankful as well. I hope that all of DGM’s sponsors find the efforts taken to promote your company on tour are above average. If we can do more within reason let us know.

As we head into the 2018 season and prepare for the 10th consecutive tour, we stay focused on trying to make each year better than the previous. How long can we continue to do so is strictly based on how long people continue to believe in and support the events. This Year’s Gettin’ It Done Tour 2018 has big shoes to fill, but I have no doubts that together (players, sponsors, clubs, cities, churches, and parks & recreational departments) will all come together and make it happen again. If you have any questions, concerns, ideas, possible sponsorship help or leads, please contact me through my website or on Disc Golf Monkey’s Facebook page.

I hope to see you at as many of you on the upcoming Gettin’ It Done Tour 2018 as possible! Love, Aces, and Deuces to all of you!!!

Ava Ice Recap - Feb 13th, 2018

Courtesy of Nick Helm:
Ice Bowl 2018 by the numbers: 6 aces, 46 player's, 56°F, 145 food items and $575. Many thanks go out to our Disc Golf family for their continued support of the Heart of the Hills Food Pantry and Thrift Store!

It was definitely a beautiful day for disc golf. With clear blues skies, a steady but manageable wind, and highs near 60, it couldn’t have been much better. There were 46 players played in Ava at the 4th Annual Bear Hollow Ice Bowl. There were 6 Aces, and some insane scores: 76, 77, 80, & 87 topped the Open field. A big congratulations to Andrew Preznell and Jeff Renner. Also, it was fun playing along side Mark Anderson trying to hang with the young stud ducks! It’s awesome seeing these guys play! Also, to all the other winners great job.

A special thanks to all who pitched in to help. Nick Helm, R Owen Covert, Jef Swinney, Chris Dangler, and anyone else who helped in any way.


Disc Golf Monkey's "Gettin' It Done Tour" 2018 - Jan 17th, 2018

This year’s “Gettin It Done Tour 2018” is just about to get started. This is the 10th consecutive tour! As with the last 3 year’s, Nick Helm and I have teamed to have the Ice Bowl in Ava on the 27th of January. This will again be the kick off. It has been quite a winter already with some nice days and some brutally freezing days. If the forecast holds its calling for very moderate temps for the first event of this season at the Bear Hollow Course in Ava.

This year’s tour dates have been approved by the state coordinators. There is one date that we are in the process of deciding to leave the date the same or move it. This is the Marshall Open and it is marked with an “*”. There are also several courses being planted and I expect at least 2 of these will want tournaments once installs are completed. Definitely look for additions through out the year.

This year’s logo was done by a new friend of mine on the east coast named Steve De Jong. Steve was able to catch a little darker monkey that may seem angry, but honestly it’s just exactly how I have felt for two years battling my knee injury. The look is that of a monkey tired of hurting, a competitive hungry monkey, ready to get back to form, and ready to Get It Done! I hope some of you can relate and will make this your Gettin’ It Done Tour as well.

DGM’s “Gettin’ It Done Tour Tour 2018” Schedule

27th - 4th Annual Bear Hollow Ice Bowl - Ava, MO

17th - 3rd Annual Presidential Cup - Springfield, MO

24th - Lebanon Ice Bowl 10 - Lebanon, MO

17th - 10th Annual Lucky 13 - Republic, MO

7th - Discn’ for Cheetahs III - Springfield, MO

21st - The 1st Lost Woods Open - Theodosia, MO

12th - 6th Annual North Ark Open - Harrison, AR

16th - 8th Annual Jared Hilton Memorial - Lebanon, MO

30th - 5th Annual 8 Up Independence Day Doubles - Springfield, MO

7th - 9th Annual Monkey Trap Open - Springdale, AR

14th - Taney Como Throw Down - Branson, MO

29th West Plains Open - West Plains, MO

25th Little Big Show - Neosho, MO

8th - 12th Annual Dale Roberts Memorial - Nixa, MO

29th - 13th Annual 4 States Open - Joplin, MO

13th - 30th Annual October Friz - Winfield KS

*20th 7th Annual Marshall Open - Marshall, MO

3rd 10th Annual DGM Finale - TBA

15th Winter Blast - To benefit the CCFCC

*Date pending

Winter Blast is Coming Soon... December 16th! - Nov 20th, 2017

The Winter Blast is quickly approaching. On December 16, 2017 we will be playing at Grubaugh Park in Ozark as we have for the last 7 years. Each year the Winter Blast has served as a chance for disc golfers to get together one last time in the year to play a semi competitive tournament while giving back to a local charity called Freedom’s Rest (Christian County Family Crisis Center) that is based in Ozark, MO.

As mentioned earlier the Winter Blast has now happened 6 times with this one being the 7th. There are a few changes this year. The biggest and main change is this is a registered PDGA C Tier event. This means that the mulligans are gone. By popular demand I have decided to try it this way and see what happens. In order to still raise money for Freedom’s Rest, I have raised the entry and will be pulling a $10 amount of each entry fee. The $10 has been the maximum amount of mulligans that has been offered to buy in the past, and since about 90% of players have purchased that amount I figured it wouldn’t be much of a difference. I’m hoping that giving everyone one more chance at some PDGA points for the year and helping raise money and food for a good cause will be supported by everyone.

We will still be doing the Turkey Trott. I am asking up front for help on getting as many turkeys and hams together for this. If you have a lead let me know, or better yet use the flyer and see if you can’t hit up some places near you for donations. This year all you have to do is hit 3 birdies in a row and you get a free shot at a CTP and taking away a piggy or a bird. We will also be doing a raffle in which all the proceeds will go to Freedom’s Rest as well. Please bring stuff for the raffle if you have it.

As always, I’m looking forward to seeing you all there! This year has been incredible and I can’t see why this last event won’t be something special too!

The 9th ANNUAL DGM FINALE IS NOVEMBER 4th - Oct 12th, 2017


The North Ark Recap - May 18th, 2017

This past Saturday, Ninety-seven players returned to Harrison, Arkansas to play in the 5th Annual North Ark Open presented by Dynamic Discs. To accommodate this attendance, we added two holes as we have in the past for this crowd favorite event.

I want to take this time and thank the Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau as I did at the event. Matt Bell has continued to support this event with the funding of this tournament and in turn the players have continued to support this event. It has been a great 6 years and I look forward to many more!

Also, I would like to thank: Michael Corey, Andrew Jinks, Dasun Keyler, Brandon Shields, and Andrew Morrison (and whoever else I may have missed), for running tournament central while Team Monkey was out on this event doing numerous different things. I couldn't and wouldn't have wanted to do it without you. Also, to the Harrison Disc Golf Society and Tad Odom thanks for putting out the water and other behind the scenes work! If I missed someone please forgive me as all who help are greatly appreciated!

The day could not have been more beautiful. Sunshine, mid 70's, with a breeze (that picked up some but only for a bit). There were 10 Divisions that included two women's divisions and two junior divisions. It is awesome seeing these divisions grow this year. This year has definitely set a record for women's attendance! Thanks for showing up ladies!

During the round I saw a lot of smiles and players having a good time. My 1st card was definitely a blast. Having Chad, Doug, Shayn, and Jayson was definitely a comical and fun card. Who knew this "Chad" guy could dish out so much! Way to have fun!!

The Men's Open division winners was played out in front of me as I was able to hobble my way to a tie for 3rd with Dixon Jowers (from Emporia, Kansas) Watching Jeff and Richard (of Tulsa, OK) battle for 1st was awesome. Richard was only two off the lead after the first round, and picked up two, shooting a 54, in the last round forcing a tie break. Jeff Renner made about a 40' putt to seal the deal and take home the 5th Annual North Ark title! Great battle guys.

Tara Why, Sandy Leech, Lauren Wright, and Staci Healey made up the Open Women's division. Tara and Sandy played very consistent shooting 68 & 71 both rounds giving Tara (from Tulsa, OK) the win. Lauren and Staci were a little off the pace turning in a 149 & a 151. Great job ladies!

Other winners included the following:
Advanced: Andrew Jinks (114)
Advanced Masters: Tad Odom (122)
Advanced Grand Masters: Jon Parsons (115)
Intermediate: Hunter McConnell (114)
Recreational: Ray Renner (126)
Recreational Women: Asia Underwood (161)
Junior II Boys: Blaise Horseman Jr. (146)
Junior III Boys: Tucker Sale

Congratulations to all of you and to all of you that cashed!

I talked with Matt Bell with the Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau and he was very excited about the turnout! He already asked that this event continue on next year. I hope you'll all make it back next year. Thanks for making Harrison and the North Ark Open one of the best venues on the tour!

Discn' for Cheetahs II Recap - Apr 18th, 2017

Discn' for Cheetahs II was held at Grubaugh Park in Ozark, MO this past Saturday the 15th. This course is definitely one of the more beautiful and beginner friendly courses in the area. The weather was nearly perfect with highs around 80 and lots of
Sunshine. Wind was definitely a factor this year, but nothing extreme.

This event is was a Professional Disc Golf Association Event and was part of Disc Golf Monkeys "Make Disc Golf Great Again" Tour. Partnering up with the Dickerson Park "Friends of the Zoo" and the Ozarks AAZK (Cheetah Habitat supporters) has proven to be a great pairing. Last year we held this event in October and managed to get 61 players and raise $900 ($400 over the goal). This year we raised $1,500 and had 90 players. The money raised will go toward the local Education of Cheetahs and the Cheetah Habitat in Kenya. Pictured you can see my daughter Angelia and I handing the check to Matt Cory (one of the zoo's care takers and tournament organizer) and Roni the Cheetah posing with us.

There were three major sponsors for this event. Local business owner Doug Bowen of Elephant & Castle Fine Arms was eager to support this tournament. Friends of the Zoo and Gordan's Feed & Pet were also the main contributors. Other sponsors included the following: Coca Cola, Electric Puff Vapor Shop, Boat & Town Brewery, Bob Corrie of Heller Chevrolet, Lisa Tantome Remax Realtors, Momma Mary's Navajo Taco Truck, Urban Fix Home Inspectors, and Fossa. This event could not have been as successful without these sponsors. From all of us thank you!

There were 9 separate divisions at the Discn' for Cheetahs tournament. The winners all received a trophy plaque "paw painted" by Roni of the Dickerson Park Zoo. The winners included the following:
Open Pro Men - Dasun Keyler
Open Pro Women - Staci Healey
Advanced Am - Sam Funderburgh
Advanced Grandmaster - Matt King
Intermediate - Nathaniel Million
Recreational - Hunter McDowell
Recreational Women - Meagan Brooks
Junior Girls - Lilly Mangrum
Junior Boys - Hayden Shepard
Congratulations to all of you.

To all who participated in any way, we'd like to say thank you and there are plans of doing this again next year!

Elephant & Castle's 9th Annual Lucky 13 Recap - Mar 21st, 2017

This year's Lucky 13 presented by Elephant & Castle had the best weather by far! Sunshine, warm in the low 70's, and the lightest breeze ever was almost to good to be true. The weather was the hot topic throughout the tournament. Players remembering so many of the past Lucky 13's that had wind, rain, cold, etc. The beautiful day was great and made the tournament even more fun than normal.

I'd like to thank our sponsors that allowed us to make this event happen: along with our title sponsor Elephant & Castle, Little Caesars Pizza, PSC Accounting (Michelle & Craig Goldsberry), Deaf Disc Golf Association, Fossa and Fimco Steel. A huge thank you from DGM and all the players. We know without you the Lucky 13 couldn't have happened!

It was again awesome to have the Kirk family at the event. Mariah playing in the Open Women's division, River playing in the Open Men's division, and Kirk all over the Photo Division (Lol). Seriously though, everyone appreciated seeing themselves throw and you are doing a great job Kirk. From all the players. Thank you!

This year we had 11 divisions including 3 Women's divisions with 8 ladies and a young Juniors division with 2 brothers competing (Jayden and Ben). Having such a huge variety of players is very special and I am so thankful that so many skilled players feel comfortable enough to come play the Monkey Tour events.

As always Miller Park's Lucky 13 course is partially redesigned (10 holes are played the same). We cover one permanent target, we add 6 temp holes making it have the tournament standard 18. All the field except the Juniors played two rounds of 18. Ben and Jayden played two rounds of 6. One round was played at lunch and one round was played after the last 18 were played by the main field. Jayden, the older brother, won 1st place with Ben only a few behind. It was remarkable to see these kids throw. Both Kyle McClure and myself were impressed and can see that these two have some potential and will be awesome if they choose to keep playing! Great Job Dad (Dustin Jones)...keep them playing!

The rest of the Lucky 13 winners are S follows:
* Candie Luster was 1st in Rec Women
*Itzy Galvan won big in the INT Women's division with Brittany Stanley Coming in 2nd
*Brandy Monnahan also had a big win in the Women's Open Division over 2nd place Christine West and 3rd place Mariah Flagg
*The Men's Rec division was won by David Porter who held off Hunter and Dylan by 1.
*Dustin Lankfort won by 3 over Derek Wilson.
*The Advanced division was taken by David Christie in the closest battle of the day. Him and Chris Thompson of Jeff City battled into a play off where Christie pulled out the win.
*Adv Grand Masters was won by Lebanon's own Brad Hilton over Kelley Warren and Dennis Dupree.
*Adv Masters was won by Jeffery Spenser from deep in Arkansas. He held off Kevin Carder and JD Williams by 2.
*The Pro Master Division was carved up by Dasun Keyler shooting a 97 the second best score of the tourney.
*The Open and ultimate Grand Champion was Joplin's own "Clemmonade" Chris Clemmons who plays for Latitude 64. He won big turning in a 91 which was 6 better than the tie for 2nd held by Springdale's Kyle McClure (Team Monkey) and Camdenton's young Gun River Flagg!

Congratulations to all others who cashed, and a big thank you for all who came out and took part in the Elephant & Castles 9th Annual Lucky 13!

Lebanon Ice Bowl #9 Recap - Feb 26th, 2017

This year's Lebanon Ice Bowl was definitely on the cooler side. Although we did not see the white stuff, we did feel the chill of the cold wind blowing all day. This was our 9th Lebanon Ice and we were happy to get 42 players despite the frigid day.
The course was in excellent shape as always. Some added tender love and care and work was put in by Brad Hilton, Rollin Clamme, Chris Ryan, Steve Wilson, and Brandon Atkins cleaning out leaves in the woods. This made things much easier locating discs. Thanks guys!
With only 42 players, $1,450 was raised for "L Life" a food bank for the Lebanon area! Over $700 was raised in the raffle that sported a galvanized Monkey Trap purchased by John Shelton and the Lebanon Parks & Recreation. John also wanted to give out a Fossa bag for a Ring of Fire. Huge thanks to John, George Eudy and all the Parks & Rec for preparing and supporting each and every year! Money was also raised by a $5 or 5 cans of food option, mulligans, and 1/2 the ace pot was thrown in. There was also one check donated by a gentleman who wanted to contribute but couldn't come play. To all of you congratulations nearly $1,500 raised was a huge amount despite a smaller turn out!
I want to thank some special people who stepped up to help out. Brandon Shields, Brandy Monnahan, and Janey Helton were all over helping with Registration, score keeping, Raffle sales, merchandise sales, and everything in-between. Kirk Flagg did another outstanding job on photos. If you haven't seen them check them out on Face Book. To all of you who provided food for lunch, thanks a bunch! Steve's wife and Rollin's wife made potato soup and hot dogs, Ryan's mom and Brad made chili. George made deviled eggs too. All of us appreciated the grub and thank you for the work! I know others helped and contributed that I probably missed, but you know who you are and tourneys wouldn't be as good with out the people behind the scenes. To all involved Thank You!
As for the scores and play, there were 8 divisions including Open, Open WN, Advanced, Advanced Master, Intermediate, Intermediate WN, Recreational, and Juniors.
There was definitely some good battles and none more tight than in the Open division. David Christe started out with a one stroke lead over Doug Wiegand and myself. Doug made an incredible come back on the back nine of the second round to take the over all championship by 1 over David and I with a 94. Stellar playing Doug.
Other winners included Brandy in Open women (111) David Savage by 1 over Matt Hitt and two over Matt Williams in the Advanced division. Alex Dollarhide won Intermediate with a 108. JD Williams took Masters by 2 turning in a 103. Justin Burton held off Steve Wilson by 2 carding a 110 that Won Rec. DeNeil Hedrick won in the Intermediate women's division (152). Dustin Curry dominated the Junior division by turning in a 157. Congratulations to all the winners.

Presidential Cup II Recap - Feb 26th, 2017

The Presidential Cup II Recap
I want to thank all 95 players who came out this past Saturday to play disc golf on one of the most beautiful February days ever. I appreciate the pre registers as well! A big shout out to Kirk Flagg for taking 100's of pictures! Great Job and thank you.
The True Life Church hosted Gateway's Presidential Cup II which was the PDGA kick off to Disc Golf Monkey's "Make Disc Golf Great Again Tour". A big thanks to Pastor Dan and his congregation for both letting us hold the event, and for providing food for all the players and staff.
The 70 degree day was welcomed by all, unlike the OB's that make True Life's Tournament layout so tough. Everyone is forced to play shots that must be accurate, and the slightest lack in concentration can result in a 1-3 stroke swing! Consistent and accuracy are a must at True Life, and by looking at the Leaderboard finesse was a key to victory.
The open field was full and stacked as many of the states best were here, along with some stellar players out of Oklahoma. In what seemed like quite a battle for 1st Place in Open, the title ended up being taken home in a playoff by long time local Doug Wiegand. With a descent first round of 49 and a great 2nd round of 45, Doug's 14 under was enough to put him in a three way tie for 1st with Chris Hutchinson and Tim Sullivan.
Other winners included:
Open Women (2) - Staci Healey over Tara Why by 2... 130
Adv Men (26) - Toby Rector over David Christie by 2... 100
Adv Mast (6) - Ray Preznell over Dennis Dupree by 4... 104
Int Men (24) - was taken down by Nick the Preacher DeRosa over Derek Wilson by one stroke... 108. 1st-4th was only separated by 3 strokes and 5 players were in that battle n as well!
Int Women (1) - Brittany Stanley... 149
Rec Men (12) - Zachary Lawson over William Thorburn by 6... 121
This coming weekend the tour will be moving to Lebanon, MO for the 9th Annual Lebanon Ice Bowl. We will be trying to add more money and food for the Ice Bowl 2017. Ava's Ice Bowl was a success bringing $500. THERE WILL BE A MONKEY TRAP GIVEN AWAY IN LEBANON LIKE ALWAYS!!
I hope to see all of you there!!

2016 Recap and 2017 Preview - Jan 27th, 2017

Good morning all. Looks like 2016 was another record breaking year and so many of you were a part of making that happen. The Year of the Monkey Tour broke an set records in all of its charity events starting with the Ava Ice Bowl (that is scheduled for tomorrow this year). Lebanon Ice also brought in a record amount. The Branson Ice Bowl was new but pulled in a large amount in its first attempt. The Winter Blast, also helped the CCFCC more than ever before. What was raised for all of the charities above was incredible and something to be proud of, but you all didn't just accomplish these, you also helped make the tour the largest contributor to the Educational Disc Golf Experience (EDGE). This helped get our tour featured on the PDGA website getting our area even more exposure.

EDGE has been supported by the Monkey Tours through the Tournament Charity Program (TCP) through a partnership. EDGE has continued to promote the sport we love in the classrooms of schools, churches and camps. This partnership between the Monkey Tours and EDGE has been incredible and I am excited to see what this year brings. To each and everyone of you that has participated in any of my events again I say thank you, but also congratulations on being a part of record breaking contributions!

This year, in collaboration with my witty brother, who I admire for his humorous simplistic genius have come up with the Make Disc Golf Great Again Tour 2017. Humor in the light of such chaos is needed. Hopefully this can help bring us a lot of laughs and keep us focused on the sport we love.

Each year the success of the events continue to build, but also the sport as a whole has boomed in our area. The Joplin Disc Golf Club, Full Turn Discs, Black Ink, DiscGolfComic.com numerous leagues to name a few, are doing great things and putting on awesome events. Seeing the growth of the sport in our area is truly remarkable and I am glad to get to be a part of its growth. Disc Golf is a passion, seeing it grow and watching the smiles on players faces as they make a putt or bomb a drive never gets old! DGM is so fortunate to be a part of the boom! I hope to continue to be a part of it for years to come.

I am excited that all the sponsors that have gotten back to me have agreed to continue to sponsor this year's tour. I am confident that with all of us working together the 9th Annual Monkey Tour will be as fun and as rewarding as the first eight! Thanks again for making a dream a reality! Without you, we would not have such a long running and successful tour. Thank you again!!

I hope to see you somewhere on the tour. May God Bless You and remember, Let's Make Disc Golf Great Again 2017!

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