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Memories from the 2018 KC Diva Feeva and Women’s Global Event

Memories from the 2018 KC Diva Feeva and Women’s Global Event

It’s been a few weeks now since this years KC Diva Spring Feeva and Women’s Global Event and we have more photos and video to share with everyone.  We’ve really enjoyed all the stories and feedback.

The proud victories.

The first time tournament experiences.

The reunions of traveling players and new friendships formed.

The funny champagne stories and other shenanigans.

And of course, the great disc golf played all weekend!

Keep the stories coming! If you have some moments captured on video or photo remember to use #2018WGE and #2018DIVAFEEVA in your posts so we can all enjoy them!  You can also submit your feedback directly to the PDGA here.

 

Together we create goose-bump moments!

Over the past 4 years, KC Diva Spring Feeva has evolved into something far beyond what we could have ever imagined.  There’s a special energy in the air that words just cannot explain but it stems from our shared love of the game and respect for each other. It’s a sisterhood and celebration and each year you bring more friends to the party. Cheers!

 

Credits:

Submitted Video footage by Mike Fenton, and Sammi Tounsley of Girl Friends Guide to Disc Golf

Video editing by Melissa Von Lintel

Music produced by Becca Kephart of Ladies of the Chains Podcast

We are so thankful to have had so many talented and awesome people providing media coverage of the event.

Photography: Madigan Sanders and Gary Birge

Entire Video crew: Mike Fenton, Sammi Tounsley (Girl Friends Guide to Disc Golf),  Jose Ossa (Flying J Disc Golf), Jordan Renzelman.  We’ll continue to share video as it is available.

More fun media coverage we’ve received for this years event!

  • I absolutely LOVED my conversation with Steve Hill.  I could just ‘feel’ his support and enthusiasm for women’s disc golf through the phone, LOL.  Read the interview with Steve Hill of the PDGA (formerly of Ultiworld)
  • Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson discuss the record-breaking PDGA Women’s Global Event weekend, including Sara’s WGE experience (00:45); the KC Diva Spring Feeva (3:50); and some of the other numbers that point toward the event’s success (5:57). Sara breaks down observations from the Global Scores (9:22) before the hosts cover the hot rounds from the weekend (13:45). Listen to PDGA Radio Episode 13
  • We were also honored to be apart of the beginning episodes of the Ladies of the Chains Podcast. This women focused disc golf podcast is the brainchild of one of our KC Divas, Becca Kephart.
  • Thanks to (Crazy) John Brooks, we were featured during part of the “Real Deal” show on local radio station KKFI 90.1. 

 

Columbia, Omaha and Iowa Ladies in the House!

Ladies from Columbia Mo

Ladies from Iowa

 

 

Omaha Ladies

So fun to see all the women from other cities coming back to Kansas City’s Diva Feeva every single year. Their numbers are growing and we’re definitely going to be incorporating a special award in coming years for the most Team Spirit!

It’s especially rewarding to see these ladies head back to their home towns with a freshly ignited passion to grow women’s disc golf in their area.

The Girlfriend’s Guide to Disc Golf is incredibly grateful to Rhonda Crosby for giving us the opportunity to participate in KC Diva and film at the event. We value all of the hard work that went into this tournament and the genuine love we felt for all the women who attended the event. This is an excellent example of how we should be growing the sport for women, and we at GG2DG hope to emulate this in Iowa.– Sammi Tounsley

 

 

Stats for the 2018 KC Diva Spring Feeva

137 registered participants, (130 that actually played), making us the WGE with the most participants this year!

11 states represented

14 in Junior Divisions 

17 said this was their first disc golf tournament

63 said this was their first Women’s Global Event

10 Juniors in the 9 and 10 year old division. We were the biggest FJ10 for this years WGE and the 2nd ever biggest FJ10 field

50 was the Hot Round of the day: Sarah Gilpin shooting a 50 on the Dynamic Discs Green Course in Round 2

 

Congratulations to our 2018 Champions

 

 

Open: Sarah Gilpin

Pro Masters: Tavish Carduff

Advanced: Nova Politte

AM Masters 40: Debbie Blosser Polkinghorne

AM Masters 50: Noemi Bjerkaas

AM Masters 60: Vicki White

Intermediate: Terrynn Robertson

Recreational: Tina Giltrap

Novice: Jessica Davidson

Juniors 15: Lillian Waldman

Juniors 12: Addison Lee

Juniors 10: Virginia Polkinghorne

See Complete Event Results on PDGA >> 

 

 

 

Women’s Global Event: By The Numbers

2,125 total participants in this years PDGA Women’s Global Event.

80 events worldwide, far surpassing the previous record of 62 in 2016.

39 states with events, up from 26 in 2016.

14 countries with events, up from 10 in 2016. New entrants to the festivities included Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, and Slovakia.    Read the full article and stats on PDGA.com >>

 

There was so much excitement and energy leading up to this years Women’s Global Event and we all felt connected, even before the event itself. I’m sure I speak for all of you, how grateful we are to the PDGA Women’s Committee for all they have done with the WGE and women’s disc golf.

My favorite part of the Women’s Global Event is hearing the stories of ladies who made this their first tournament ever. Women’s tournaments in general are the best place to start off your tournament experience, and I’m so happy that many women decide to take the leap of faith each year. Events like the KC Diva Spring Feeva make ladies feel so welcome and supported that it creates the best foundation to build our field sizes.– Valarie Doss, PDGA Women’s Committee Chair

 

How Diva Feeva Placed Globally:

PDGA Women’s Global Results Here >> 

Open Women: (Field size 213) 

Sarah Gilpin: 10th

Pro Masters Women 40+ (Field size 52 )

Tavish Carduff: 22nd

Tracey Lopez: 36th

Jennifer Brockman and Amy Crowe: tied for 39th

Advanced Women (Field size 290)

Itzy Galven &  Nova Politte: Tied for 8th
Megan Kreitzman: 21st

Amateur Masters Women 40+ (Field size 127)

Debbie Polkinghorne: 6th
Fresa Jacobs: 13th
April Jenkins: 21st
Suzanne Hillyard & Carrie Ricketts: Tied for 26th
Elisabeth Borg-Bowman: 43rd
Kim Van Brunt: 48th

Amateur Masters Women 50+ (field size 55)

Noemi Bjerkaas: 4th
Joy McNatt: 12th
Teresa Duff: 18th
Susie Castro Gautreaux-Souder: 39th
Le Wilson: 40th
Catherine McLaughlin: 49th

Amateur Masters Women 60+ (Field size: 23)

Vicki White: 4th
Kerry Rivera: 18th

Intermediate: (Field size 333)

Terrynn Robertson: 3rd
Jess Lauridsen: 6th
Jackie Morris: 10th
Nicole Becker: 15th
Emily Pealer & Melissa Turk: 19th
Jennifer Leftwich: 30th
Samantha Bonacci: 31st
Rylee Ferguson & Bailey Polkinghorne: Tied for 41st

Recreational Women (Field size 423)

Tina Giltrap 100th
Kayleigh Bracht, Jessica Files, Desiree Poth and Brittany Trainor Tied for 113th

Novice Women (Field size: 283)

Jessica Davidson: 61st
Amanda Dyhouse: 68th
Terri Kreitzman & Sara Stueve-Vliet: Tied for 86th

Junior Girls ≤15 (Field size: 31 )

Lillian Waldman: 20th

Junior Girls ≤12 (Field size: 38)

Addison Lee: 24th
Claire Zell: 28th

Junior Girls ≤10: (Field size: 47)

Virginia Polkinghorne: 2nd

Alyssa Soriano: 4th
Ava Meyer: 12th
Hayleigh Shintaku: 15th
Samara Whited: 21st
Madeline Quade: 22nd

 

 

 

Kansas City raised $200 for the Disc Golf Foundation

Thank you to everyone that played the Spring Feeva Dubs on Friday hosted by Launchpad Disc Golf. Twenty percent of all proceeds went to support the ‘Disc Golf Foundation’. They are partnering with Throw Pink to coordinate funding eligible for Girl Scout activities such as: providing equipment, instructional disc golf clinics, and supporting troop disc golf outings. We were able to donate $200 to this great cause!

 

 

 

Our Juniors have grown over the past 4 years!

 

The Juniors played 2 rounds on the Diva Green Course. They were filmed by Sammi Tounsley their first round. You can see a sneak peek on the Facebook Page here. We can’t wait to see the completed video coverage!

 

THE ACES

 

THE COURSES

 

Due to the loss of our beloved Swope Disc Golf Course, we had to choose a new home for Diva Feeva. We ultimately chose Rosedale Disc Golf Course, (Up Top course) which has been home to our women’s league for many years. 

When registration opened in January 2018, we had a cap of 90 players.  Five days later, we filled and began a waitlist! Exciting yes! The problem was that there were several other ladies that wanted to play but were not able to pull the registration trigger yet. It’s a Women’s Global year afterall and the more the merrier.

To increase the field beyond 90, we needed two courses but having ladies split across 2 separate locations is just not how we roll. Rosedale has two courses, Up Top and Down Under. However, not all of the Down Under course holes were appropriate for our beginner friendly event so we set out to figure out a way to create our own “Diva Feeva” signature courses.

To accomplish this, we reached out to some Kansas City folks we knew that could help with the new course designs to make  Diva Green and Diva Pink courses a reality.

With an estimated 200 hours of work in the weeks before, our local volunteers were able to create these two unique courses using the existing courses multiple pin settings and some temporary tee pads. We received compliments all weekend on how wonderful the courses flowed and how beautiful and well maintained the park was.

 

Those flags were sexy!

Having the holes on each course clearly marked and identified was going to be key for overall play so we color coordinated with our own custom flags! Flags were also identified by the course sponsor. We’re extremely grateful to Dynamic Discs Kansas City (Green Course) and KC Disc (Pink Course) for their course sponsorships!

 

After Event Fun

Our new photo booth backdrop took a beating in the morning storm but eventually dried out. Happy to see the ladies having fun and using it.

 

No Diva Feeva tournament is complete without our traditional Flowers and Mimosas!

 

Banana CTP winners! A new tradition added this year. *see 2017 Diva Feeva for back story 🙂

 

Kansas City Supports Women’s Disc Golf!

I’d like to include a final thank you. Not only to our generous sponsors but to our entire Kansas City disc golf community! We have one of the oldest and most active disc golf clubs in the country and this is evident by the number of people that come out to support us. The KC Flying Disc Club and it’s members have encouraged and supported us from the beginning and continue in many ways throughout the year.  Please continue to support our sponsors and Kansas City community of friends.

 

HALL OF FAMERS IN THE HOUSE

We were honored to have not one but FOUR Disc Golf Hall of Fame inductees at KC Diva Feeva this year: Rick Rothstein, Crazy John Books, Lynne Warren and Duane (CD) Steiner.  I really wish we had taken a photo of them together.  FAIL!

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO KC DIVA FEEVA 2019

We’ve already been discussing some preliminary plans for Diva Feeva 2019! No time like the present while it’s still fresh in our minds. Look for a survey coming soon because we’d love your feedback.

Hope to see you at an upcoming KC Divas league night or other women’s event this season. Omaha Ladies Open on July 14th is next stop on the calendar!

Much Love, Peace and Disc Golf!
Ben and Rhonda Crosby

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