The 2010 disc golf season was a great one for Kenai Disc Golf, let me thank you all for contributing and recount some of the bright spots.
The Kenai Course hosted four tournaments this year.
1. The Kenai River City Cheer squad brought out locals to raise money for a good cause. Kelly Johnson ran her first tournament and did a wonderful job taking care of the DGers. Our league team lead by James Gough and Chris Goodrich set a group course record of -15 to take first place.
2. The third annual Camp-Mend-A-Heart fundraiser was chaired by Tony Oliver again. Tony's got a knack for putting on a great event. Food, music, good prizes, and a great cause work together to make a great day on the DG course. The local disc golfers paced the field. The Undertakers, made up of James Gough, Luke Baumer, Josh Werba and Chris Goodrich threw a -11 to take first place. Close on their heals were more local discers with Oscar Mills, Dan Evans, Robert McRorie and Jeff Dailey shooting -9 for the day. Taking third was the team of David Booth, Byron McBee, Lowell Granath and Jack Dean. Overall, our local group of disc golfers helped to make the day a competitive one.
3. The second Ace Race to be held on the Kenai course was the biggest yet hosted by the local club. In total 33 players paid in for the chance to be Ace Race Champion. Donny Willis took the crown with his ace on Hole 7.
4. The jewel in the KEDGC crown this year was the Kenai Eagle Open. Though we didn't manage the numbers we got for the Ace Race, local disc golfers showed up to show what they were made of. Ian Dolphin in his third tourney tied for the third best round of all players in the tourney. Chris Goodrich took first in AM1, Rem West took home the AM2 title (and a nice travel basket for his trouble) and Oscar Mills took home the AM3 crown. Second place finishers were Ian Dolphin AM1 and Andrew Jackson AM2. Nine of this year's competitors were regulars on the Kenai course with one of our other locals out with the flu. Overall, the tourney showed great potential for 2011. Thanks to all those who came out to groom the course and make sure Kenai was well represented.
On the league front we saw a total of 41 players come out for at least one round with a solid group of core players. The club will honor the top finishers of the 2010 season for their efforts. Four aces were recorded on league days, two each by James Gough and Chris Goodrich.
On the news front, our sport made the Clarion local heroes (at least I think they are) Dutch and Daze making the front page doing what they do best, retrieving discs. A picture of our course will also be adorning December 2011 in the Innova Calendar, so go pick up a copy and be proud of your course (shamless plug). The shot was liked enough by Innova that they also used it for their Christmas card this year.
Finally, and incredibly important, the KEDGC has found itself a board to continue the growth that 2010 has started. Ian Dolphin, James Gough and Oscar Mills stepped up to the plate to begin promoting DG in the Kenai area.
We are already plotting two tourneys for next year, and hoping to jump on the bandwagon of rumors that point to a course in Nikiski.
So, thank you to those who stepped up to make 2010 such a great year, and to those of you who we haven't met yet, but who will be helping us make 2011 even better.