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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

1st Annual Ankeny Ladies & Junior’s Classic Disc Golf Weekend

1st Annual Ankeny Ladies & Junior’s Classic Disc Golf Weekend

I love seeing women step into the role of tournament director to start more women focused events. Alison Wiley, a long time disc golfer from Ankeny Iowa, is doing just that but has also created a special event for Junior players as well!
You’ll find registration for both events on DiscGolfScene here.

I asked Alison to share with us more about this unique, fun and family friendly event weekend.

After years of enjoying the atmosphere of women’s only tournaments I thought it was time to create our own here in the Des Moines area.
I would like to cordially invite you to the 1st Annual Ankeny Ladies & Junior’s Classic Disc Golf Weekend. Ladies will play Saturday, April 21st and Juniors (kids and teens) are on Sunday, April 22nd. There will be lots of fun disc golf and prizes for closest to the pin and “ring of fire” putting games. It will be held at Heritage Park in Ankeny Iowa. For the first year, there will be homemade trophies for 1st place in all divisions. These will be PDGA sanctioned disc golf tournaments to grow the sport in our local area. All PDGA women’s divisions will be offered and all juniors divisions as well.

After years of enjoying the atmosphere of women’s only tournaments I thought it was time to create our own here in the Des Moines area. My love of women’s only tournaments stems from attending the United States Women’s Disc Golf Championships in Peoria Illinois from 2002-2007. I had never felt such a feminine camaraderie in such a male dominated sport until then. Naturally when the KC Divas started hosting their own women’s only tournament in 2015 I had to be a part of it! Four years later and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

I also grew up playing in the juniors division at a time when there weren’t many other children playing disc golf. I now have children of my own and it’s time for them to play disc golf in the junior divisions and play with other kids who share their same passion.

We hope to grow this event exponentially by next year so be sure to check out our inaugural events. It’s time to grow the sport within these two realms and we would love for you to attend.

Sincerely,
Alison Wiley

Divas Fall & Winter Schedule

Divas Fall & Winter Schedule

Less daylight and cooler weather means the Disc Golf Divas are on the move again. Monday September 25th 2017 is our last Ladies Night Out for the season at Rosedale. We’ll be back at Swope on Sundays for our winter league beginning October 8th.

Something new this year is the addition of Disc Golf Diva’s Brunch. One Sunday a month we will meet for brunch before our round at a designated home of a Diva brunch hostess.

photo from Etsy

Ideally, we will play at each host’s home course after brunch but it will be up to her on the course and format we play that week. If the weather is not good for playing disc golf, maybe some board games!  I would like to try to limit how much responsibility each hostess has in terms of food and drink so let’s all plan to bring something or make a donation to help offset that.

My hope for these monthly gatherings in each others homes is that it brings us all that much closer, but also opens up new opportunities to get more ladies involved. In fact, I’ll be giving prizes for bringing someone new.

I’ll be personally hosting our first Divas Brunch at my house in Old Hyde Park/Midtown area beginning at 10:30 am on October 8th. Followed by 1 round at Swope (approx. 1:00 pm start time.)

Below is the schedule for Sundays for October 2017 through February 2018. I’ll keep this updated as we go along and if things change. Thank you to all the ladies that volunteered as a Brunch Hostess. This should be fun!

 

[last updated September 19, 2017]
  • October 1st: NO OFFICIAL LEAGUE
  • October 8th: Diva’s Brunch at Rhonda Crosby’s; Disc Golf (Doubles) at Swope
  • October 15th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
  • October 22nd: League 1:00pm @ Swope
  • October 29th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
  • November 5th: Divas Brunch at Suzie Zell’s; Disc Golf at Pleasant Hill – Lakeshore
  • November 12th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
  • November 19th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
  • November 26th: NO OFFICIAL LEAGUE
  • December 3rd: Divas Brunch at Lisa Fleming’s; Decorating Diva Tree at Swope
  • December 10th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
  • December 17th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
  • December 24th: NO OFFICIAL LEAGUE
  • December 31st: NO OFFICIAL LEAGUE
  • January 7th: Divas Brunch at Tiffany Henkel’s; Disc Golf at Shawnee Mission
  • January 14th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
  • January 21st: League 1:00pm @ Swope (subject to change depending on date of Ice Bowl)
  • January 28th: League 1:00pm @ Swope (subject to change depending on date of Ice Bowl)
  • February 4th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
  • February 11th: Diva’s Brunch at Crispian’s; Disc Golf at Lakeside in Olathe
  • February 18th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
  • February 25th: League 1:00pm @ Swope

XO,

Rhonda

 

 

Another Magical Year

Another Magical Year

Another year of KC Diva Spring Feeva is in the books. Memories and friendships were made that we hope will last for years to come!

You had to be there to fully understand the experience of this one of a kind women’s event but check out our video below that captures some of the energy of Diva Feeva.

2017 KC Diva Spring Feeva

(Video footage: Mike Fenton; Video editing and production: Melissa Petrin)

Congratulations to our Division Winners:

Open:
Jennifer Allen

Advanced:
Sarah Gilpin

Advanced Masters:
Amanda Beery

Advanced Grandmasters:
Vicki White

Intermediate:
Sarah Orara

Recreational:
Sarah Keck

Novice:
Melani Brown

Junior IV:
Virginia Polkinghorne

Junior V:
Ava Meyer

 

 

Click here to view the full event results on PDGA

Thank you again to all our SPONSORS and VOLUNTEERS for making this event possible!  We are proud and honored to host this event in Kansas City and partner with the best disc golf club in the country, the Kansas City Flying Disc Club.  The Kansas City disc golf community has been behind this event from it’s inception and many look forward to it all year. From monetary and product donations to resources, supplies and an overwhelming number of volunteers and spectators, you are the wind beneath our wings!

Perfect spring weather, beautiful and talented ladies, supportive gentlemen AND DISC GOLF! We had quite a bit of rain here in Kansas City leading up to this event but we could not have asked for better weather the entire weekend. We kicked off on Friday and celebrated with a doubles event followed by a fun happy hour theme.  It was hugs and high fives throughout the day as players, caddies and volunteers arrived. The great weather brought out a record 58 teams to play in the Spring Feeva Dubs.  Happy hour with a complimentary taco bar and beer was a hit. Music and more gathering, chatting and fun times through the evening.

Saturday morning it was go time and the atmosphere and energy continued.  Here are a few highlights.

Jennifer Allen competed in Diva Feeva for the first time this year and with an amazing score of 48 in round 1, helped her ultimately take home the win. We had an extremely talented field of 13 Open women including our 2016 champion, Paige Bjerkaas.

 

 

For our Junior divisions this year, we tried something new. With feedback from one of our local juniors, we designed a junior course within the main course layout using temporary tee pads.  It was a shorter version but still had some challenging shots. These girls are so adorable together and inspiring to watch. Keep your eye on these young ladies in the future!
 
 
 

 

As is our tradition and how we roll here at KC Diva Feeva, the ladies were greeted with Roses and Mimosas as they came in from round 2 and cards were turned in.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Naturally there were a few ‘technical difficulties”. For example, the CTP flag did not make it out during round 2 for the AM divisions. Leave it to a group of women to find a solution and not make that a big issue – they used a banana instead. Debbie Polkinghorne was our first Banana prize winner!

 

 

The after effect ripples that this event creates is still happening! The ladies leave super-charged and on fire to get back home and get ladies together to play. We’ve seen posts from other women’s disc golf groups and leagues already making plans – love it! Shout out to all the ladies that returned to KC Diva Feeva this year and brought their friends! That’s what keeps this event growing.

Remember, the 2018 KC Diva Spring Feeva will also be a participating PDGA Women’s Global Event (WGE) and we hope to accommodate up to 144 women competitors!

We appreciate all the kind and encouraging words we’ve received. We welcome all feedback so please feel free to share your comments below.

Hope to see you all here in Kansas City in May 2018.

Ben and Rhonda Crosby
Tournament Directors

 

SPECIAL CODE FOR NEW PDGA MEMBERS:

Are you interested in joining the PDGA? The Heartland Women’s Series has a special promo code you can apply to get a 20% discount. Contact me here for details. 

 

2017 Heartland Women’s Series Events

Let’s all try to support the ladies events and leagues in our new Heartland Series!

The next event is June 17th in Wichita Kansas for the Tempest DG Women’s tournament presented by Ducks Flying Discs. Miranda Bishop puts on fun events so don’t miss it. Facebook Event and Registration Info

Then on July 15th we’ll see you in Omaha, Nebraska for the Omaha Ladies Open! Facebook Event and Registration Info

 

Registration is open for 2017 KC Diva Spring Feeva

Registration is open for 2017 KC Diva Spring Feeva
We’re excited to be hosting this women only event again here in Kansas City at historic Swope Park. Our event committee is busy planning another women focused fun filled weekend. From the sunrise yoga in the morning to the healthy lunch buffet, clean and fully stocked bathroom and finally to our after Diva Feeva tradition of Mimosas and Roses – you will be catered to all day long. ​​​​​​​

 

Special Players Pack item for the first 50 registered!

We’re keeping it a secret for now but just know that it’s super cool and you won’t want to miss out! Only 50 available so register now! Get more information and schedule on the event page here.
 
 
 

Junior Divisions

Please consider bringing your daughter or other female family member to join the fun and make memories together! You could also share the event with a friend that has a daughter.  All Juniors divisions are just $20 registration fee and no PDGA fee is required.
 
 
 

Announcing Heartland Women’s Disc Golf Series

Announcing Heartland Women’s Disc Golf Series

I am pleased to announce a new women’s series right here in the Midwest: the Heartland Women’s Disc Golf Series!

I founded the Kansas City Disc Golf Diva’s league in 2011 and following that success we hosted the first annual KC Diva Spring Feeva event in 2015. In 2016, it was also a Women’s Global Event (WGE) and we filled our event with 89 players, the second largest Women’s Global Event overall.

I say this to point out the promising growth we’ve seen in women’s disc golf here in the Kansas City area.

It’s been on my heart to expand our reach and spread the love to more women, especially in the lower Midwest states. This past November while attending the Director’s Cup in Indiana, I had the pleasure of meeting PDGA Women’s Committee member, Erin Oakley. In chats with Erin, who is also the organizer of the Midwest Women’s Disc Golf Tour, I was inspired to take a leap of faith and move forward.

The Heartland Women’s Disc Golf Series was born! Teaming up with ladies from other states, our mission is to plant the seeds and provide support and resources to grow women’s disc golf leagues and events in the lower Midwest states: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Oklahoma.

The 2017 schedule is below. We hope to add more events soon. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a women’s only event or even starting a women’s league in your area. We don’t have all the answers but we’d be happy to share tips and our experience with you.

Be sure to like Heartland Women’s Disc Golf Series on Facebook!

2017 Events:

May 13: KC Diva Spring Feeva – Kansas City, Mo
Tournament Director: Rhonda Crosby
More Info

June 17: Tempest Women’s Disc Golf Tournament – Wichita, Ks
Tournament Directors: Miranda Bishop and Duck’s Flying Discs
More Info

July: Women’s Only Tournament – Omaha, Neb
(Event name and details to be announced soon)

October 14: Throw Pink event – Wichita, Ks
Tournament Directors: Miranda Bishop and Duck’s Flying Discs
More Info

First Ever Women’s Disc Golf Symposium

First Ever Women’s Disc Golf Symposium

 

  • Date: Wednesday, February 1st @ 8:30pm EST / 7:30pm CST
  • Broadcast: SmashboxxTV – YouTube
  • Duration: 2-3 Hours
  • MC: Valarie Jenkins – PDGA Women’s Committee Chair

In celebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day on February 1, 2017,  the PDGA Women’s Committee will be hosting the first ever, PDGA Women’s Symposium.

Speakers and Topics:

Speaker Topic
Zoe AnDyke Growing Disc Golf Through Teaching
Jenny San Filippo Women’s Leagues: How to Attract, Encourage, and Retain Participants
Erin Oakley Women’s Tournaments: How to Attract, Encourage, and Retain Participants
Sarah Hokom History of Women in Sports and How it can Influence Change in Disc Golf

Tune in and learn more about women in disc golf and how you can support and help grow the sport!

2016 Diva Feeva Wrap Up

On May 14th at Swope Park Disc Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo an extraordinary event occurred. 89 ladies from 8 different states, from ages 7 – 60, shared a disc golf experience like no other here in the Midwest. 81 of the 89 actually competed, and for many it was their very first tournament experience.

Video credit: Melissa Petrin

Thank you to Melissa Petrin for her hard work filming and doing interviews to help capture the event. She was also was responsible for getting us covered in the local media. Check out the video that aired on Time Warner MetroSports Channel.

This has been a dream come true for myself and my assistant director, Amy Crowe. Just seeing that many women competing and having a great time together brought a few tears throughout the day. Our mission with the Kansas City Disc Golf Divas has always been to grow the sport for women. We started doing this locally with our leagues and other activities. Now with this event, we have a greater reach and can share the sport with women in the entire Midwest. More women playing disc golf and more friendships made that we hope are for a lifetime.

This year we were also a part of the 3rd biennial PDGA Women’s Global Event (WGE) and over 1600 other women across 11 countries and 28 states also competed simultaneously in events like ours! Collectively, this created the largest PDGA sanctioned event for a single demographic ever. With WGE events held in the United States, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Estonia, Iceland, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, the WGE reached more new countries and countless new players from around the world.

Thanks and big hugs to Valarie Jenkins, Sara Nicholson and the entire WGE planning team for their hard work and dedication to making this such an amazing event. Read more about this  international success story here! 

 

Cover Photo: The largest 2016 WGE (97 women), The Chick Flick/Women of DGOD WGE event in North Plains, OR. (Photo Credit: Jessica Boone, PDGA Women's Committee member.)

Cover Photo: The largest 2016 WGE (97 women), The Chick Flick/Women of DGOD WGE event in North Plains, OR. (Photo Credit: Jessica Boone, PDGA Women’s Committee member.)

 

Congratulations to our division winners:

Open: Paige Bjerkaas
Masters: Nova Politte
Advanced: Mariah Flagg
Advanced Masters: Elisabeth Borg-Bowman
Advanced Grandmasters: Joy Mcnatt
Intermediate: Nadya Vorobyeva-Santiago
Recreational: Fresa Jacobs
Novice: Susan Broockerd
Junior V: Virginia Polkinghorne

Here are the Global Results

 

Thank you once again to all our fabulous sponsors of the KC Diva Spring Feeva! Be sure to check out our final sponsor page here with a list of their businesses and websites.  Please be sure to thank them for helping us bring this event to Kansas City.

Thank you to our friends and volunteers for their assistance, encouragement, tips, and overall support that contributed to the success of this event.

The course was BEAUTIFUL thanks to Patrick Smith, Gary Birge and everyone else that played a part in setting up the Diva Feeva layout.

Special thanks and gratitude goes to Amy Crowe!  She has put in countless hours of work helping organize the event. She is a tremendous asset to our team and a great friend. I could not have done this with out her.

Last but not least I thank my husband, Ben Crosby, who has supported me all these years with my mission to promote women’s disc golf. I can’t imagine having another Tournament Director for this event.

See you next year!
Much Love,
Rhonda Crosby
Co-Tournament Director and O.D. (original diva)
 

Growing Disc Golf through Youth and Schools

Growing Disc Golf through Youth and Schools

Bring your Kids and Join Us for the 3rd Annual Juniors Championships Saturday October 10th at Foxhill Elementary School

 

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In support of Growing the Sport, why not bring your family out for a fun day of disc golf. This is not just for the competitive golfer. It’s an opportunity for kids to play tournament golf that is geared exclusively for juniors, but any skill level is encouraged to play. It’s one round and the kids are divided into 5 different appropriate age groups. Raffle and other prizes throughout the day, CTP and Ring of Fire. There’s also a BBQ lunch served.

>>Download Flyer and Information<<

A majority of the event proceeds are donated to United Way.  Bill Lentz, the Fox Hill P.E. teacher and tournament co-director’s goal every year is to raise $300 for United Way.  Fox Hill has hosted a Frisbee tournament and disc golf event in KC for numerous years and we hope to continue  growing this event and raising money for United Way. The flyer states that is the 3rd annual KC Juniors Open, but this event started as a frisbee and hula hoop event fundraiser for United Way is one of the longest frisbee events in KC’s rich history going steady for 24 years.

 

A conversation with John Theiss,
one of the organizers of the Juniors Open

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John Theiss: PE teacher for the Blue Springs School District for 13 years and playing disc golf for 14 years

Course designer and member of the Disc Golf Course Designer Group

Designed five 18 hole courses
One 9 hole school course
One 4 hole school course

 

I recently had a conversation with John to get his thoughts and perspective on growing the sport and how he sees the future. He had great advice to share and ideas on promoting disc golf through school programs and more.

Where do you see the future of disc golf heading?

 John: The future of disc golf will grow exponentially once disc golf becomes part of our state PE curriculum.  In my short time playing, I have seen tremendous growth and change in our sport.  There have been changes in how events are run locally, more events are available now than ever, and new courses are popping up everywhere.  All of these changes are great and point to growth, but the real growth occurs once all children have been exposed to the sport.  Disc golf must be a mandated activity for physical educators to teach.  When kids are introduced and instructed in schools, it provides a sense of legitimacy that varies from  parents dragging their kids out and trying to teach them.

You have a real passion for promoting our sport to kids. What lessons have you learned and advice can you give others that might have the same passion?

John: My  passion is all things related to disc golf, but not strictly promoting it to kids. I am very fortunate to have a profession where I am able to impact disc golf, been privileged to design, and able to instruct thousands of students.  With my main professional P.E. goal of promoting lifetime fitness, disc golf is an activity that aligns perfectly.  Youth are an untapped population in the disc world and anyone can make a huge difference in this group, not just P.E. teachers.  YOU can make a difference and one does not need to be a P.E. teacher.  Do not wait for someone else to do make things happen at your local school.

Team sports are fantastic and our country embraces team sports, however, team sports are not for everyone. I witness large percentages of my student population struggle with traditional team sports.  Disc golf  provides opportunities for full inclusion and teaching a disc golf lesson is one that encourages everyone to be active and engaged. All students have a piece of equipment versus waiting around or watching. All physical abilities can participate, those with poor hand eye coordination or foot agility can achieve skill progression and mastery, and my student in a chair is able to throw rollers  as far or even further than his classmates. Disc golf levels the playing field and students can quickly progress, master skills, and interact together in cooperative but competitive environment.

“Some lessons learned along the way, why install permanent baskets at your neighborhood school, purchasing discs and baskets, and the matching baskets program”

We’d love for you to share more about how you went about putting in the school courses. Tell us more about your experiences and how you were able to make this happen.

Having permanent baskets was important for me and I wanted my students to have real baskets to utilize in class and outside of class providing families and students a place to play after school.  Fold up baskets are great for some teachers, but lugging them out and setting them up takes some prep time and over the years they start to show wear and tear.   I was passionate about installing permanent baskets for my school (but the price was a big factor) and luckily one year our PTA donated money for our 4 hole course designed on a perimeter loop of a field.   My passion for school courses did not stop at my school and I continued to push and have since put in numerous baskets at schools using the DB-5 from Lightning Golf Discs.  From my experiences, schools can be easier than parks departments to get courses installed.  I have worked with various park departments and two school districts, but I have found schools are more willing to approve the project and have less bureaucratic measures and red tape slowing you down.  The biggest hurdle with schools is money.  However, you can write grants, ask the PTA to earmark the money for this year or next, sell tee sign sponsorship, do a walk-a-thon or exercise -a-thon to raise funds.    I have written several grants and it can be a very difficult process to find outdoor grants that are not specifically geared towards  S.T.E.M.  (science, technology, math). Do not get discouraged when searching for grants, writing grants, or working with schools to convince them to install a course.  Schools often have some of the best overgrown and neglected spaces between sports fields and buildings that are just waiting for you and your energy to install a course. Once one school installs some baskets, often times the other P.E. teachers in the district will jump on the disc golf band wagon and the domino effect has begun.

If you teach elementary school or want to get a disc golf program started at your child’s school, finding the right discs are also very crucial.   Students need to feel successful and experience skill mastery in order to stay engaged.  I recommend that you call a manufacturer and ask them to mold your discs as light as possible.  If you do not get the answers you want, call around.  Someone will be willing to help you out today since the market has so many new companies.  When working with elementary kids, I use weights starting from 117g to 150g.  Most of my students in grades K-5 stay in the low weights of 117g to 130g until they  are turning them over.  I know that sounds super light, but if you purchase a stable disc, they fly predictable and have great glide. I also look for a plastic that has some flex so they are not as stiff in case they make contact with other students.  I tend to go with an approach and putt disc that has some flex.  Discs that have beveled edges are too dangerous, even mid ranges discs are too firm on the edge and can be pose safety issues with errant throws.  Go with a slower lightweight flexible disc that they can control.

I would also like to see the Matching Baskets Program thru the Disc Golf Foundation be offered to elementary, middle and high schools.  After building two 18 hole courses at schools that required numerous resources, funding was our major obstacle.  How many colleges or universities are hurting to muster up the funds required to purchase 18 baskets?  Many universities have large activity fees focused towards building massive student rec centers.  For 1/10 of 1 percent of the cost to build a rec center, universities could build a disc golf course.

We need to get more permanent courses in at schools and the cost of 9 or 18 baskets is quite large when considering other costs for installing a course.  I believe that when elementary, middle, or high schools  have the adequate space and interesting terrain and features, they should have an opportunity to be considered for Matching Baskets.  Disc golf grows when more students have a access to it thru the instructional approach of a teacher versus being exposed to the sport on college campuses.

In addition, schools need help from basket manufactures by providing  affordable permanent outdoor baskets. Businesses  must make a profit,  but it would be nice if schools were given  wholesale basket prices that are offered to retailers.  Some retailers may be upset by this notion, but if you have a course nearby, that will drive more business into your store.   I have had two different store retailers (Disc Golf World and Discs Unlimited) sell baskets barely above their cost for my school courses.

Schools should be able to buy baskets at wholesale prices. This enables schools to have extra resources for tee signs, tee pads or for machinery needed to clean and clear land.   So the revenue problem, in my opinion, can be handled two ways to help grow the sport. Matching baskets for all schools that qualify (with appropriate land for 9 or 18 holes) or cheaper basket pricing for schools.

I started my quest for a school course only three years into playing.  Since then I have continued to grow and learn as a player, teacher, and designer.   Folks will ask me questions about their city and the absence of a course.  I ask them, “Why are you not going to your park board and making your wishes known? Why are you not asking questions at your kid’s school and all that great land behind the playground? You can do this! You can make a course happen!   You do not need to be a teacher or designer. There are many folks out there that can help you but you can be the driving force to get the process started.  Go to your local club or  local disc golf store and ask for help. You just have to have the energy, passion, and be ready to get your hands dirty to make it happen.”

Want to help GROW THE SPORT? Do you have any advice or ideas to share? Please leave your comments and feedback below.

 

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!

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