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Summer wrap up and events for the rest of 2015

Summer wrap up and events for the rest of 2015

Hello my disc golf divas! It’s been a busy summer and I apologize that it’s been awhile since I posted- Lots to share so let’s get started…

League Schedule Change for Fall

Our summer women’s league at Rosedale will be ending for the season. Monday September 28th will be our last night at Rosedale until next April.

We’ve welcomed several new divas at league this season and on our facebook group. Sadly, we’ve also had to say good bye to divas that have moved away. Thanks to all the ladies that came out and the guys that supported us! Special shout out to LaRon “Who Man” Harris for coming out and supporting us with your clinics.

Even though summer is coming to an end there is still a lot of disc golf to be had here in Kansas City.

KC Disc Golf Divas fall league – a.k.a Mimosa League

Beginning Sunday October 4th, KC Disc Golf Divas move to Swope Park at 1 pm. The fall & winter version of Disc Golf Divas league is also known as “Mimosa League”. We were crowned the Mimosa League a few years ago by our disc golf brothers, KC Beer League. Be sure to say hi to them when you’re out at Swope on Sundays. You can’t miss em – just look for the Mule and a LARGE group of the best people you’ll ever meet on the course. They’ve always been some of our best supporters.

I’ll provide a round of Mimosa’s to begin our rounds once a month – the rest of the month is left to any divas that want to share 🙂

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It’s fitting to continue this KC Divas Mimosa tradition with the success of our inaugural KC Diva Feeva women’s only tournament this past May.

The Diva Feeva volunteers (primarily men) surprised all players with mimosas and roses after they finished the last round. They didn’t even share their plan with me, the event organizer, so I was as surprised and touched by this show of love as all of you.

First Sundays Disc Golf Social at Swope

The first Sunday of every month the KC Disc Golf Diva’s will be hosting First Sundays Disc Golf Social at Swope. More details to follow but this will be co-ed and we’ll also be encouraging families to attend. We hope that it will attract more new players and lifetime disc golf families by helping them get acquainted with our disc golf culture and family.

I’ve listed below the disc golf events local to our Kansas City area that are happening this fall and winter. This is my favorite time of year for disc golf! I’ve been on the injured list since July and looking forward to being able to play in some of these events. I hope you’ll join me.

Remaining 2015 Disc Golf Events in Kansas City Area

 

SEPTEMBER

(note: 2 events at Thornfield in September. If you have not had a chance to play this beautiful private course, I encourage you to take the opportunity)

  • Saturday September 19th: 6th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity Disc Golf Tournament. Thornfield. More info
  • Saturday September 19th: KC Parks and Rec WOW (Wonders of Wildlife) week at Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park. The Divas will be volunteering to help Dan Cashen on this great family event. More info
  • Saturday September 19: Trilogy Challenge @ Smithville Lake. More info
  • Sunday Sept 20: 4th annual Roc vs Buzz competition @ Swope Park More info
  • Saturday Sept 26: 8th Annual Ozanam Open Charity Disc Golf Tournament @ Thornfield. More info.

OCTOBER

  • Saturday October 3rd: KC Divas Party. Time and location to be posted.
  • Sunday Oct 4th: KC Divas league moves to Sundays at Swope – 1pm (October thru March)
  • Saturday October 10: 3rd Annual Kansas City Juniors Open Charity Disc Golf Tournament @ Foxhill. More info.
  • Saturday Oct 17: Mighty Mo @ Cliff Drive and Waterworks. More info
  • Sunday Oct 18: 1st Annual Bad Rock Creek Open. More info
  • Friday Oct 30: Halloween Glow Event @ Rosedale

NOVEMBER:

  • Sat Nov 7 – Sun Nov 8: Kansas City Flying Disc Club Championship. More info
  • Sat Nov 14: Annual KCFDC Elections. More info
  • Saturday Nov 21: Big Blue Monster @ Blue Valley. More info

DECEMBER:

  • Sunday Dec 6: Winter Wonderland @ Rosedale
  • Sunday Dec 13: Double Down at Swope

 

Feel free to share what events you plan to attend in the comments below!

Introducing Disc Golf to 300+ Girls at Camp WIN

Introducing Disc Golf to 300+ Girls at Camp WIN
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Camp WIN – July 2015

 

The Kansas City Disc Golf Divas and the KC Disc Golf Development Group had the incredible opportunity to participate in Camp WIN this summer. Camp WIN is designed to empower girls in our community by introducing them to over 14 new sports and fitness activities over four days. High school girls serve as team leaders, and instructors come from local universities, colleges, high schools and other area organizations. For more information on WIN for KC and Camp WIN, click here.

We had 2 sessions on July 2nd. 9:45 – 11:45 for ages 9-12 and 12:45 – 2:45 for ages 6-8 with approximately 120 girls in each session!  The girls had so much fun, all smiles and positive attitudes- and so did we!!

 

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Our volunteer staff included Rhonda and Ben Crosby, LaRon Harris, Jaimee Crosby, Elisabeth Borg-Bowman, Ruthann Lammers and Cathi Stark.

 

Here are some of the thoughts and feedback shared from this amazing experience:

“After an entire day of showing young ladies what disc golf is about I can say I am feeling inspired. Inspired to find joy in little moments, inspired to reach out even further and share my love for disc golf with more people. Watching the girls today made me rethink how I react to disappointment on the course. We told them all to have confidence and not to get discouraged. Even when they missed their putt (some badly), I saw smiles and a little more determination on their faces for the next throw. The best part was seeing them make a putt and hearing their disc hit the chains. You could see that sparkle in some of those eyes…that sparkle that came into many of our eyes the first time we hit chains. The sparkle that makes you want to play more and more. Being able to pass some of my knowledge and passion for something to people other than my own children was a great experience for me. If just one girl asks her mom or dad to take her disc golfing because of something we did today; I consider that a huge victory towards growing our sport.”   – Ruthann Lammers

 

 “I got a kick out of the chorus of ooohs and aaaahs when LaRon threw a driver diagonally across the field; “Daaaaaaaang!” and “Holy Moley!!!!”  But I realized how important it was for us to be there when a little girl asked meekly “Can girls play disc golf too?”  To be honest, it broke my heart a little. But yowza, those girls were there to play!! I had them finish out every putt, instead of walking back to the line after they missed, and they RAN to the disc when they realized they still had a chance to throw it in, no matter how many tries it took – ching!!!!
The images that stuck with me, and made my day: A little girl hitting her “action” stance every time she stepped up to putt, and if she missed, going back to putt from her previous lie because a drop-in putt was “too easy!”  A girl throwing forehands every time, with a sly smile on her face because she was doing something different from all the others and she LIKED it. A little girl holding a beautiful disc, enthralled by the feel of the plastic, wanting one of her very own – I know that feeling! The girl with a wild gleam in her eye wanting to putt from the far cone on her second time through: “Do I *have* to putt from the close one?”  At the end of every session, there were several girls who didn’t want to stop yet. I wanted to take them all with me to Rosedale so we could all keep playing! I sincerely hope we’ll see them at another clinic, and then playing in the Junior Girls division of a tournament.” – Elisabeth Borg-Bowman

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We ended each group with a big ring of fire

And here’s a little fun Kansas City Disc Golf History of Growing the Sport

 

In 2007, Duane ‘CD’ Steiner participated in Camp WIN providing disc golf instruction to the girls.

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Then again in 2008 along with volunteers Steve Glover, John Theiss and Kevin Hart.

 

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Disc Golf Clinic for Operation Breakthrough

Disc Golf Clinic for Operation Breakthrough
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Clinic for Operation Breakthrough – June 2015

Operation Breakthrough is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that provides early child care and education as well as social services to families in Kansas City. It is the largest single-site early education child care and social services facility in the state of Missouri serving over 400 children daily from the urban core.

 The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment.

Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children’s families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid.

This summer they included opportunities for their summer school kids to learn a variety sports. This is a fantastic opportunity to give kids the chance to learn a sport or activity they may otherwise not be able to get involved with.

On June 15, 2015 the Kansas City Disc Golf Development Group were excited to introduce disc golf to 48 3rd through 5th graders in the Operation Breakthrough program. Most of them for the first time.

We setup 3 portable baskets as stations, split up the kids in groups and taught them the basics of holding and gripping the disc, putting and approach shots. We ended the clinic with a ring of fire that was a big hit with the kids.

Those in attendance: LaRon Harris, Rhonda Crosby, Ben Crosby and Hal Kurz. The Kansas City Ultimate team also provided a clinic for the kids the same day.

We want to thank Operation Breakthrough for having us out for a fantastic day and to allow us to share our sport with the kids. We hope to do this again next summer.

 

Updated Event Schedule and Registration Info

Updated Event Schedule and Registration Info

“Plant the Seed – Let Women’s Disc Golf Bloom”

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With 52 women currently registered for the Inaugural KC Diva Spring Feeva, we have an early bloom for this historic event! We couldn’t be more excited.

The event schedule has been updated with more details. More events added for Friday so be sure to take a look. Click here for Schedule Page.  Early check-in begins on Friday at Swope from 3pm – 7pm. You can get your players packs during this time also.

Some other things to note: Flex start doubles round for all our men volunteers and caddies on Friday, and a Women’s and Youth Disc Golf clinic.  See schedule for more info. Come on out on Friday May 8th to Swope for a practice round and to claim your caddy if you want one 🙂

There’s still time to register but we’re capping the event at 72 players- so only 20 spots left as of this post. Online Registration Here.

As always, special thanks to our sponsors– without them this event would not be possible!

See you next weekend,

Rhonda Crosby and Amy Crowe
KC Diva Feeva Event Organizers

 

Win a Disc Golf Basket, Bag and more!

Support the KC Diva Spring Feeva event by purchasing a raffle ticket for your chance to win one (or all) of the following:

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Renegade Disc Golf Basket

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Bolt Ranger Disc Golf Bag

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Gatorade Cooler – stocked with towels and Gatorade.

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Nutsac Bag

~and many other cool items.

 

 

Tickets are 1 for $3.00 or 2 for $5.00. You can purchase tickets at all Diva’s leagues, Dynamic Disc Kansas City store, and select Dynamic Discs events.

Upcoming events to purchase your tickets:

  • Sunday April 19th Midwest Doubles Championship at Lakeside Hills
  • Monday April 20th KC Diva’s League at Rosedale
  • Saturday April 25: Kansas City Corporate Challenge at Swope

Actual Drawing to be held at the KC Diva Spring Feeva event, May 9th at Swope Park. You do not have to be present to win.

Special thanks to Scott Reek, Dynamic Discs, Nutsac Disc Golf Bags, and Matthew Jenkins for their raffle donations.

KC Divas to offer Disc Golf at Camp WIN

The Kansas City Disc Golf Divas are volunteering at CAMP Win this summer and introducing young girls to disc golf.

Session Schedule:

Thursday, July 2 (9-12 year olds) UMKC 9:45 – 11:45
Thursday, July 2 (6-8 year olds) UMKC 12:45-2:45

If you’re interested in helping at one of the sessions (or both), contact Rhonda Crosby.

Camp WIN has everything you’re looking for to EMPOWER young girls of the Kansas City area.

Camp WIN is designed to empower girls in our community by introducing them to over 14 new sports and fitness activities over four days. High school girls serve as team leaders, and instructors come from local universities, colleges, high schools and other area organizations. WIN for KC offers a fun, safe and encouraging environment for the girls to explore and learn these different activities.

For more information on WIN for KC and Camp WIN, click here.

5 ways to support KC Diva Spring Feeva

The past couple of months as I’ve talked about the Inaugural KC Diva Spring Feeva event, the most common question I am asked in the disc golf community is, “how can I support you- what do you need?”

So to make it super simple , here is the list of top 5 ways to support KC Diva Spring Feeva:

1. Purchase a Dyemax Fundraiser Disc:

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Check out these beauties! For just $20.00, one (of ONLY 10) can be yours! All proceeds to support the KC Diva Spring Feeva! You can purchase these and other KC Disc Golf Divas discs at all Diva’s leagues, Dynamic Disc Kansas City store, Disc Golf World and select Dynamic Discs events.

Special thanks to Michael Krueger for donating the cost for our first run of fundraiser discs.

 

 

2. Purchase Raffle Tickets:

For your chance to win one or all of the following:

  • Portable Disc Golf Basket
  • Dynamic Discs Bolt Ranger Disc Golf Bag
  • Nutsac Disc Golf Bag
  • Weekend stay at the Marriott Hotel
  • More items added weekly

Tickets are 1 for $3.00 or 2 for $5.00. You can purchase tickets at all Diva’s leagues, Dynamic Disc Kansas City store, and select Dynamic Discs events.

Drawing to be held at the KC Diva Spring Feeva event, May 9 2015 at Swope Park. You do not have to be present to win.

Special thanks to Scott Reek and Dynamic Discs for their raffle donations.

 

3. Volunteer:

Our tournament director, Ben Crosby, is putting together an all male volunteer staff for the day of the event so that all interested women have the opportunity to play.  Volunteer positions include hole spotters, registration and check-in staff, general setup and tear down help, and even caddies.  Many have already stepped forward and we thank you! Ben will be in touch with you soon with more details. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ben Crosby and/or complete our volunteer form here.

 

4. Become a Sponsor:

 As a sponsor for this event, you will receive media attention from your association with KC Disc Golf Divas, you will help introduce the sport to more women, and you will encourage greater involvement of women in organized competition.

You will find more information on the various sponsorship opportunities on our sponsorship page here.

For other support options that might better serve your needs, please contact us. We are more than happy to discuss other creative possibilities.

5. Be a part of the Gallery:

The entire Kansas City disc golf community is invited and encouraged to come out on May 9th to support the KC Diva Spring Feeva with a gallery atmosphere. Come out to Swope and spend the day with us. Find out more about the event and registration here.

Growth of Women’s Only Events

As I was making plans and scheduling of our first women’s only event here in Kansas City, I was amazed at the growth in the number of women’s events across the country this year.

At the writing of this article, I counted 30 for 2015, including one in Norway! You’ll find a complete list on PDGA Women: http://www.pdga.com/women/events

Here are a few that would make great road trips from Kansas City…

April 18-19: Texas Women’s Championships- Round Rock, TX
June 20-21: Rocky Mountain Women’s Disc Golf Championships- Denver, Co
August 29-30: 3rd Annual Saucer Sisters Invitational – Lewisville, TX
Sept 25-27: US Women’s Disc Golf Championships – Ohio

Get your diva schwag on…

Get your diva schwag on…
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Get your Diva schwag on!

We started the 2015 Fall season with KC DG Diva schwag! We now have T-shirts, Diva stamped discs (Latitude 64 Diamonds), and our own bag tags.

Bag Tags: $6.00
T-shirts: $15.00
KC Diva Diamond (various weights & colors) $20.00

 

T-shirts and Discs will be available for sale at most league events or you can contact us here.

 

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In November, we played our first official ‘bag tag round’ at Bad Rock Creek in Liberty.

This is how we ended up:

Mando #1, Amy Crowe #2, April #3, Liz #4, Rhonda #5, Crispian #6, Yanina #7, Jaimee #8, Anna #9, Micha #10, Suzie Z #11, Rebecca #12.

 

It takes WOMEN to grow women’s disc golf

Welcome to the new home of KC Disc Golf Divas – off the course.

Kansas City is known as one of the mecca’s for disc golf and our community and local club, Kansas City Flying Disc Club, have a long and rich history. Now the KC women golfers are making some history of our own.

In the spring of 2011, I started Girls Night Out at Rosedale Disc golf course. This was really a ‘re-boot’ of the original Girls Night Out I was involved in back in 2001.

I recently ran across an old article about women’s disc golf from the Summer 2003 Issue of Disc Golf World News magazine. I thought I’d share so I copied below the part that Kristie Svejda wrote about our women’s group 11 years ago:

Women’s League here in Kansas City began three years ago. I had been on a short disc golf tour in 1999 and had heard about women who started a women’s league in their hometowns. This sounded like a great idea at the time, so I placed it in the back of my mind and forgot about it until the next season. In 2000, I was playing a lot of disc golf, usually with men, and I started figuring out the details for a women’s league. I made a few signs, put them up at our parks, and on that first night, I showed up along with a couple of other women. That year ended much like it began, with little success in the number of women players, but I was beginning to see how successful such a league could be if it caught on.

In 2001, I was a little discouraged about running a women’s league. I had dropped the $2.00 entry fee, and the signs in ’01 read: “Ladies League” instead of “Women’s League.” The biggest difference was that Ladies League now had a regular player. Tiffany would come to play every Thursday night, and since we were usually the only two girls, we came up with ideas on how to get more women to come out to play. Looking back on it, we must have looked crazy telling the women we would see playing with another group, “Come play with us on girls night.” They would ask us about the details, and we would say something like. “You’re looking at it. This is it.” Thus, Ladies League began, and before long, we consistently had a full card.

By the end of 2001, we had conned a few women into coming out almost every week, and word was starting to get around. Almost every week, I would go to our regularly scheduled league nights and announce, “Tell your girlfriends or wives to come out to Rosedale on Thursday nights to play women’s league with us.” Our league was starting to bloom, and we were having a blast watching it grow.

During 2002, the name “Ladies League” was dropped and replaced with “Girls’ Night Out,” and the league was running itself. Our turnout doubled to about eight, and by the end of the season, we had 15 women showing up to play on Thursday nights. The hardest part about watching the growth of our league was that we couldn’t all play on the same card anymore. We started splitting up in to two groups and eventually three.

So far, 2003 has been great. Everyone has filled a position of sorts in running Girls’ Night Out. In addition to running the league this year, Annie has made scorecards for us and is always there with extra discs to loan or sell. Tiffany, our mother hen, watches over all the girls and was key in making the league successful. Rhonda, our marketing guru, not only made business cards for us to pass out to other women, but she is also working on a Girls’ Night Out website. We even started a funny tradition of bringing snacks for after the round. Looking back to 2000, I would have never dreamed Girls’ Night Out would be such a success in just three years.

My advice, if you want to start a Girls’ Night Out in your hometown, is to make sure everyone is having a good time. Cut out all of the competition crap, and just take it easy for a night. Ask your friends and their friends to come out and play. If they don’t want to play all of the holes or quit during the round, that’s cool, because you’re not trying to find the next champion, you’re just hoping to be able to play disc golf with some cool chicks. Eventually, if your league works out like Kansas City’s has, more and more girls will start playing at the local events. Some will join the club; and sooner or later, they may join the PDGA; and voila, you have 15 new friends, and a women’s division at the next tournament.

We’ve come along way since then and we’re getting more and more new women playing with us regularly. We became the Kansas City Disc Golf Divas in 2012 and have a really amazing group of women- of all skill levels. We have fun together on and off the course.

What’s our secret sauce? Consistency. Week after week- even in the winter, weather permitting, we’re out there making our presence known on the course and encouraging other women to join in on the fun.

So what’s next for the KC Disc Golf Divas? We’re keeping the fun, relaxed environment we’ve always had for our leagues but we’re adding some focus on the competitive side for those women that have an interest in taking their game to the next level. This fall we started our first bag tag challenge for the women that have that competitive side. It’s gone over better than I could have imagined with 20 divas tags out in circulation. I’ll be ordering more to keep up with the demand.

We’re also hosting the very first women’s only disc golf tournament here in Kansas City, May 9 2015. Learn more about the KC Diva Spring Feeva here.

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