Santa Cruz Pour a big success, final phase in sight

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Photos by Mike Wierda

Thanks to all who on short notice braved the cold and rain to help pour teepads at Santa Cruz River Park last Saturday, and thanks to the City of Tucson for supplying a truckload of concrete in what may be the biggest single donation of its kind to advance the sport in Tucson… It was quite a sight to see a full-size cement truck lumbering around the course, and the crew of about 20 members led by Ben V poured 12 teepads in about four hours. More to come soon, as in the second phase 7 more pads will be set in the next month or so… so stay tuned but be aware, scheduling is tricky with equipment and material coordination so thanks for your patience! The pads are beautiful, as the moisture actually helps them cure slow and hard. We will be removing stakes and forms as we can as things dry out, but there is still some groundwork to do so be careful and again thanks for your patience… See more photos at tinyurl.com/nc63aoo

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Special thanks to member Mike Wesner (on knees in jeans), a 30-year concrete pro.

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All hands on deck to cover pads in steady rain.

 

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Teepad after troweling and floating, not yet textured.

 

The Great Pour: Need help Sat. Dec. 13- Concrete teepad pour @ Santa Cruz

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New teepads are coming to Santa Cruz, and we need your help!  After a club crew removed pads and set forms last weekend, the city will come out and pour concrete this Saturday. This is the first of a two-phase process to replace 19 teepads.

Here are details from project leader Ben V:

The city inspection of our forms went well, our 10 pads have been approved!

The concrete is being delivered to Santa Cruz at 9 a.m. on 12/13 (Saturday morning). We need 4 people to show up at 7:30 to help placing the wire mesh in the forms. By 8:30 we will need at least a dozen people. In addition to preparing and pouring 10 pads we also have to set two additional forms just in case there’s too much concrete.

Please pm me (Ben Vosper) or speak up in this post if you can be at the Santa Cruz ready to work by 7:30 or 8:30. Again we need 4 bodies at 7:30 and 12+ bodies at 8:30.

It is vitally important that if commit to being at the Cruz at a time that you are there! Arriving 15 minutes early is ideal. We can’t have the concrete waiting on us. Remember the city is buying, delivering, and pouring this concrete for free so we must be ready to receive it.

Items that we need: shovels, screed bars, wheel barrows, any concrete finishing tools (flat trowels and corner trowels). A small utility trailer. Please have anyone contact me (Ben Vosper) via pm if they have any of these items that they can bring.

Thank you all for the countless hours of work you have given in the past and in the future to help restore Santa Cruz Disc Golf park.

TDGA Club Champs/member drive set for Jan. 3-4

2015TDGCchampsDWFinal-1 The 2015 Tucson Disc Golf Club Championships will be a two-day event held Jan. 3 at Groves Park and Jan. 4 at Santa Cruz River Park DGC.

The event was extended to two days after a big turnout last year resulted in a very long, rushed day. The vast majority of members who responded to our recent online poll favored a two-day tourney for 2015, but you can still join up and play one day and get a bag tag.

The tournament is free with payment of $20 club membership dues (club dry-fit shirts are available for $10

with membership) and will feature competition by division (Open, Advanced, Masters and Women) a plethora of prizes and 2015 bag tags, with lunch provided on Sunday.

Online preregistration at DIsc Golf United will be available starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at: tinyurl.com/p9bgjpt    NOTE ADDED: There is a small fee or online registration, but it will help a lot with administration, posting scores.

Walkup registration also is available, and YOU MAY PLAY ONE ROUND with membership (one-round players will get bag tags starting after two-round players; tags are distributed) and be part of Sunday festivities – but please let us know. See flyer for complete schedule and the latest info on the Facebook event page

FLYER PDF: 2015TDGCchampsDWFinal

By joining the club, you will be supporting disc golf in Tucson and can take advantage of benefits of membership including leagues and tourneys, great disc deals and $5 off your annual PDGA membership. (We will be filing for PDGA affiliate status Jan. 1 or shortly thereafter.)

Pad renovation starts at Santa Cruz River Park DGC

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The project to restore Tucson’s oldest disc golf course, Santa Cruz River Park DGC, entered its third and final phase Saturday when a TDGA crew led by Ben Vosper removed old pads and set concrete forms for better and safer new teepads. Thanks to all who came and helped on fairly short notice and worked literally all day to complete forming of 9 pads. A special thanks to Jeff of Crate Masters who donated form materials and his time running a backhoe all day Saturday.

This project started more than five years ago when the TDGC board at the time envisioned the revitalization of Santa Cruz, which was installed in the late 1970s. In the first phase, the club raised come $7,000 for new baskets; the second phase was the club’s installation of signage supplied by the city with club hardward and installation; in phase 3, 19 teepads will be replaced in two stages with completion expected by February.

The city is expected to arrange concrete pouring in the coming weeks, then 10 other teepads will be replaced. Until then, players are asked to please use alternate teepads (pin flagged) and STAY OFF the new teeboxes.

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‘Light Up the Darkness’ Glow this Fri.: Bring cans of food

Please remember the hungry this season and come to a Dec. 5 special edition of Friday Night Glow Doubles at Santa Cruz River Park DGC, a charity event  to benefit the Community Food Bank (bring cans of food to help) organize by James Selusi and Tami Korth.  Entry will be the normal $5, but every can of food you bring will count $1 toward entry, and the Food Bank can stretch cash donations fourfold for food.

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Turkey Shoot tees off Sat.; special Glow planned Dec. 5

 UPDATED: Dave is looking for some donations of new or lightly used discs or DG-related items for the Turkey Shoot Ring of Fire, if you have any bring them to registration Sat. morning.

Turkey Shoot 2014jpThe 18th Annual Turkey Shoot is set for Sat. Nov. 29 at Santa Cruz River Park DGC, a Tucson tradition on a fun and challenging par-2 course. See flyer at left; flyers also are posted at courses.

Also, mark your calendar for a Dec. 5 special edition of Friday Night Glow Doubles at Santa Cruz River Park DGC, which will be a charity event run by James S to benefit the Food Bank (bring cans of food to help). SEE FLYER BELOW

 

 

 

 

NOTE: GLOW EVENT BELOW IS FRIDAY, DEC. 5

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Voting results posted, board to meet

TDGScorpLOGOThe results are in from the TDGA election, thanks to all who participated and please welcome our 2015-17 officers, President Dave Wichner and Secretary Brittani Thomas, and continuing 2015 Am Rep MIke Early. (The privacy amendment to the bylaws passed. The voting results are below.

Also, the current TDGA board will tentatively meet Sunday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. at Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, mainly to finalize some year-end plans for the Club Championships and consider some recent sponsorship requests for 2014. All members are welcome to attend.

Election results:

President-
Chad C. -10
Dave W. -26

Secretary-
Brittani T. -19
Dave S. -18

Am Rep-
Mike E. -30
Ryan L. -2
Kyle U. -6

Constitutional Amendment-
(Privacy Policy)
For -28
Against -4

Quail Canyon BYOP Doubles boosts club education efforts

QuailBYOPThe Quail Canyon BYOP Doubles Challenge this past weekend was a major success, with 33 teams (plus 19 for glow doubles) playing the grassy knolls of Quail Canyon Golf Course while raising $604 toward TDGA education outreach efforts, part of our nonprofit mission to promote and teach disc golf as a healthy recreational activity for the benefit of the sport and community.

A heartfelt thanks to the folks at Quail Canyon Golf Course for their hospitality and cooperation in creating this special event and creating new relationships in the community.

Congratulations to Open winners Utah and Morgan, Am winners Kyle and Mickey and all who competed and contributed (see complete results at end of this post). The tourney paid out $751 in prize money; you can find some videos of the action on the club Facebook page.

The TDGA’s educational outreach already has begun with a regular program at Sky Island High School, and we hope to widen participation with equipment for students and curricula from the EDGE (Educational Disc Golf Experience) program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit sponsored by Innova.

Tourney directors Mike W and Quentin report that 19 discs also were donated, ranging from new to well-loved.  Those discs will be added to the bin of throwers we will bring for the students to throw.

Quail Canyon was very impressed with the organization of the event, how well ball golfers and dsic golfers can blend together, and the caliber and quality of players who came to compete. We heard of several interactions between BGs and DGs all were great and mutually respectful and some resulted in BGs throwing a couple discs!

Thank you to all who helped, showed up to help, and especially all those who competed!  We had a great time and hope you did too.

For more information or to volunteer to help with TDGA educational outreach. contact Treasurer Mike Wierda.

Quail Canyon BYOP Doubles Challenge RESULTS

(payout places in bold)

PRO:

Utah & Morgan T                  44

Damon M & John W. 47

AJ & Jeremy Herr                 47

Mike B & CK ….                    51        48

Chris McC & Lyle                   49

Lou M & James S                   49

Ryan L & James S.                50

Jason Y & Ryan L                   51

Morgan T & Daniel B              51

Justin & Karl                            51

Chad C & B                             54

Ben V & Early                         57

AMATEUR

Kyle U & Mickey B                49

Brian W & Ben B.                  50

Mike W & Bill R                     51

Dan V & Brandon O              51

Q. Riddle & J.Marcone 54 51

Mike E & Lou M                      52

Scotty M & Dave S                 52

Chris D & Jeremy W. 53

Chris M & Mike H                   53

David M & Drew R                 53

Matt & Tina                             54        54

Jason D. & Will R.                   55

Pen S & Jason D                    55

Franklin & Darrel K                 56

Tim H & Rachel M                  58

Espen W & Ben H                   62

Members’ input needed on TDGA Club Champs format

TDGAswooshCropThe TDGA board is seeking member input on the format for the next annual Club Championships, the annual tournament that comes as a benefit of club membership, with nice giveaways, food and prizes, and bag tags to start the new year.

Due to our club’s growth, we had more than 90 players last year. Thus, we are considering making the tourney a two-day event, and we have posted a Google survey to gauge member opinion on this. A discussion of the reasons and options follows, but please respond to the survey as soon as possible as we must finalize the format in the next few days.

Last year, we had a record 92 players with time-consuming walkup registration, and we ended up played a very long day with one round each at Groves and Santa Cruz before ending the ceremonies in the dark. It was a lot of fun, but a lot of rushing around, and waiting around. As a function of our sheer growth, we need to look at restructuring the club champs, while trying to maintain our traditions. (We’ve already decided to offer pre-registration as well as walk-up registration – see FURTHER DISCUSSION below.)

ONE-DAY TOURNEY: We could keep a one-day tournament, BUT whether we alternate courses, use tee times or shotgun starts, we feel we would need to limit a one-day club championships to 90 players, and even with improved registration efficiency, it will make for a very long day like last year. First round would be at Groves, we’d have to start pretty early, with check-in and a 7:30 a.m. players meeting. After lunch provided at Santa Cruz for players, the second round would start at noon at Santa Cruz, with CTPs, games and awards to follow.

TWO-DAY TOURNEY: We are considering a two-day tournament option, starting Saturday Jan. 2 with double shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and noon, with a player meeting before each. On Sunday the second round would be played starting at 9 a.m. at Santa Cruz with tee times, followed by food, games, awards and general merriment in plenty of daylight. NOTE: With a two-day tourney, we could allow individuals to preregister and choose not to play one of the rounds, and still get membership and player’s pack, though they would get one of the highest-numbered tags.

FURTHER DISCUSSION

The 2015 Club Champs are tentatively set for Jan. 3 and will be directed by current president Chad Cassett and current secretary Dave Wichner, with help from other board members and willing bodies.

Various formats have been used for the club champs (for example, in 2004 it was a match-play tournament),  generally playing Groves and Santa Cruz as far back as we can remember.  That’s always made for a long day, and now our growth has presented us with a dilemma.

Last year, we had a record 92 players with time-consuming walkup registration, and we ended up played a very long day with one round each at Groves and Santa Cruz before ending the ceremonies in the dark. It was a lot of fun, but a lot of rushing around, and waiting around.

As a function of our sheer growth, we need to look at restructuring the club champs, while trying to maintain our traditions. For the future, we may look at having a competitive, perhaps a sanctioned club tourney, maybe a bag-tag challenge near the end of the year, and a separate January membership-appreciation/drive event. Each present their own planning challenges.

For now, we’re looking at some changes to this coming year’s event,  including having a two-day tourney, here’s what we are considering and some pros and cons on each:

PREREGISTRATION. Right off, we have decided to have online pre-registration, which should save a lot of time, while still allowing same-day entries with a more efficient process.  We’re still not sure whether to expect 70 people or 120, but preregistration will help a lot in the planning. There will be an online processing fee. We’ll have a way for members without computers to preregister at leagues or on a one-on-one basis. There will be four divisions: Open, Amatuer, Masters and Women.

ONE-DAY TOURNEY: We could keep a one-day tournament, BUT whether we alternate courses, use tee times or shotgun starts, we feel we would need to limit a one-day club championships to 90 players, and even with improved registration efficiency, it will make for a very long day like last year. First round would be at Groves, we’d have to start pretty early, with check-in and  a 7:30 a.m. players meeting. After lunch provided at Santa Cruz for players, the second round would start at noon at Santa Cruz, with CTPs, games and awards to follow. (Another issue in playing alternating courses is getting half the players back to the awards site.)

Pros: Preserves longstanding tradition, easier for some members to attend a one-day event

Cons: Long day, lots of rushed logistics, ceremonies after dark

TWO-DAY  TOURNEY: We are considering a two-day tournament option, starting Saturday Jan. 3 with double shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and noon, with a player meeting before each.  On Sunday, Jan. 4, the second round would be played starting at 9 a.m. at Santa Cruz with tee times, followed by food, games, awards and general merriment in plenty of daylight.   NOTE:  With a two-day tourney, we could allow individuals to preregister and choose not to play one of the rounds, and still get membership and player’s pack, though they would get one of the highest-number tags.

Pros: Eliminates one very long day; allows more relaxed experience and better staff execution; many members play two leagues on the weekend anyway

Cons: Requires two-day commitment of members and staff

So there it is. The champs are a tradition in which the club gives back to its members and welcomes a new year of disc golf community. Not everyone may be happy with what we ultimately decide, but we felt gauging the sentiment among the current membership was the right thing to do.