Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lost a Friend This Week

A friend that I had the fun of riding with was killed last week when a truck pulled out in front of her and she died instantly. It had been a while since I had seen her but she was a great riding buddy.

Beebe Wright is the fourth from the left. She joined us for the day and guided us on some great back road riding and over the Cherohala Skyway.

That day still ranks as one of the best days of ridin' I have ever had.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Last Ride of the Season

Today was a toss-up between playing a round at Loriella or heading out to Skyline to try and catch the last of the Fall colors.

The skies cleared up around 11 and the temps warmed up and Loriella wasn't going any where so I took off for the day.

I'm glad I did. At the route 20 Sheetz I ran in to Mike and his classic Ironhead. I hadn't seen him in years we exchanged numbers so we could get together for a ride next year.

It's a good thing I bundled up for this ride. It was nice but it cooled down a lot on Skyline. The Fall colors were past the peak but it was still a nice ride. The GOP shutdown had closed Shenandoah park at the busiest time of the year. The traffic was busy but not too much to slow down traffic.

It was a great final day ride of the season. Unless there is a warm break this Winter. If that happens I'll just keep it local.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

2013 Hawk Hollow Open... Pros

The open division pros descended on Hawk Hollow for 3 rounds of disc golf with the top 4 open players playing a final nine.

Saturday was a grey and damp day but Sunday turned out to be sunny and perfect for disc golf.

When 72 holes of golf had been played the ffour players in the finals were Stephen Miller-171, Erik Smith-173, Tim "tic tac" Owston-174 and Ian Liddell-175.

Ian Liddell, Tim Owston, Erik Smith, Stephen Miller and Hawk Hollow owner John Biscoe.

Spotsy's own Stephen Miller played great golf all weekend to win the open division. He threw some great rounds 58/58/55/29 (200). 20 strokes under par for the tournament.

Becky Sonnheim won the women's division shooting 66/70/66 (202) +13.

Tom Kim is the Masters Division champ with scores of 57/60/63 (180) -9.

Grandmasters champ Chris Hysell overcame an eight stroke deficit to win by 2 by shooting 64/62/61 (187) -2. 

The worst break of the weekend was dealt to Tic Tac when a straight at the heart of the chains putt kicked out.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

2013 Hawk Hollow Open: Ams

It was a long and rainy day....

That about sums up my day helping out at the Hawk Hollow Ams tourney. My feet were soaked from the get go. The morning round took about 4 hours and the afternoon round was about the same.

The Spotsy boys did good. Cody won Advanced, Chris came in 2nd and Ron 3rd.

Ryan won the Intermediate division.

Monday, October 07, 2013

2013 DGCR Hawk Hollow Weekend

Hawk Hollow is a private disc golf course spread out over a working farm in rural Spotsy county. This was the fourth year member of DGCR have met up for the weekend for some camping, grillin', disc golf and waffles & strawberries breakfast.

But before I could pack up my truck Friday and head out I help host the inaugural Paralyzed American Veteran No Barriers Disc Golf Challenge at Loriella Park. We set up a temporary 4 hole course on the easily navigated baseball fields. Ten veterans showed up and after coaching them on how to throw and putt we let them loose to compete in a putting, distance & disc golf challenge.

 The Vets had a great time and picked up playing disc golf very quickly.

 They were able to throw overhand rollers and hit the baskets for drop in birdies.

 Jeff won the putting contest and was able to backhand throw the discs about 100' which is not bad at all for a first time player.
 Tai was a great player. He came in runner up in the putting and disc golf challenge and won the distance competition.

Now it was time to pack up and head out to Hawk Hollow. It was a hot day for October so I was looking forward to some cool night time temps.

I arrived in the afternoon and it only took me about 30 minutes to set up my tent and grill. I cooked me a burger and get ready to relax for the night.

Friday night we sat around the campfire, drank some tasty Sam Adam's Octoberfest beer. Saturday morning was looking like it was going to be a hot one and it was. Morning singles started around 9:30 and by 10 am it was already getting warm.

The morning round I played with John and twin brothers Joel and Danny.

I didn't play that bad for me, I usually shoot in the high 80's to low 90's.

The real surprise was Danny shooting a 68 his first time ever playing Hawk Hollow.

After a long lunch break we headed out to play some doubles. Austin showed up late so we partnered up. John and Jeff teamed up and this time we drove out to the 14th tee so we wouldn't have a long walk in.

I rarely play more than one round a day at HH. It's a long course with several steep uphill holes. I was tire but not feeling too bad but after about 5 holes I was beginning to feel burned out. I don't know how I ended up finishing all 18. But I did and didn't play too bad. Austin was amazing as usual but I hit some long putts and we even used my drive on a few.

Austin & I ended up with the 2nd place doubles score. Which earned me my first cash ever at one of these events.

Saturday night was for the pot luck dinner. Basically we set up all the grills and what ever you brought to cook was thrown on and you grabbed what you wanted. NY strips, huge burgers, brats, marinated chicken was just the start including several tasty sides including my home made cole slaw.

Sunday morning started with Tim & John's waffles with strawberries. I was pretty much done for the weekend so I started to pack up after breakfast and skipped Sunday's final round. It was going to be another hot day and I was just too tired to play another round.

But the 4th Annual DGCR Hawk Hollow Mid-Atlantic meet was another success. Everyone had a great time.