2011 Wednesday Weeklies - Fall Session - New Berlin, WI
Oct 19, 2011 · Top scores
Valley View Park
Short tees, 18 holes
|Scotty TOO HOTTY||$13|
|2||Jon Van Deurzen||55|
About this League
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This league can be competitive but it is more about learning the game, the rules, other players, and getting a feel for organized disc golf. Beginners, younger players, and women are all especially encouraged to come and participate. We have unique weekly contests and formats and prizes as well.
Come for 1 week or for all of them! We use your best 8 nights out of the 10 week season to determine the league champions. Trophies and awards are based on the amount of weekly participants.
We realize that the course, format, and rules are not always loved by everyone so if this league doesn't suit your style there is likely another league out there that does. Come on out and give it a try because we'd love to have ya!
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Mike Harrington October 20, 2011 at 5:30am
The end of the 2011 Valley View League Season
Before I wrap up the seasonal notes, I just wanted to thank everyone who showed up on Week 10 . . . it was maybe 45-50 degrees, winds of about 20-30 MPH and was drizzling the entire round. If you played through that, then having fun must be a high priority in your life! It was nice to have 16 people out there for sure, to share in the misery. Oh I almost forgot ., . . it was dark by our 6th hole and I had my LED lights on. It's been another great year of leagues at Valley View. I attende ... more
Before I wrap up the seasonal notes, I just wanted to thank everyone who showed up on Week 10 . . . it was maybe 45-50 degrees, winds of about 20-30 MPH and was drizzling the entire round. If you played through that, then having fun must be a high priority in your life! It was nice to have 16 people out there for sure, to share in the misery. Oh I almost forgot ., . . it was dark by our 6th hole and I had my LED lights on.
It's been another great year of leagues at Valley View. I attended all 30 of the weekly sessions and enjoyed every single one of them, even the one where I took only my 5th double bogey at VV. Valley View may not be the most challenging of courses in the world (it is no Estabrook) but it sure is fun and it has been a pretty good crowd of people looking for some disc golf fun out there. After 3 seasons of seeing people come to leagues at Valley View is a fun thing to watch. A lot of people have improved their games by coming to this fun league. Being able to throw those controlled shorter shots is a monumental part of the game of disc golf and that is what Valley View presents for us all. I know one person in particular (initials S.F.) who was so upset at his scores at VV that he nearly stopped coming to league. He ended up finishing in second in the Semi Pro Division (Secrets out . . . its Shane Ferguson) averaging better than (-7). That was a whole lot better than when he first started coming to leagues at "The View". Congratulations Shane on toughing it out . . . if only everyone else pushed through their struggles on the course and made it into a learning experience, the world would be a better place.
I will highlight some of the better seasonal improvements in a later update after I update the spreadsheets. I will also let everyone know who is getting automatically bumped up in the spring to the next division, and who I think should be in a higher division despite their scoring averages.
As always in disc golf there is a lot of talk about sandbagging and because of this we instituted a general guideline for your averages and where you should be shooting to try and maintain the integrity of the divisions (so noone can simply dominate season after season taking home more and more funny money every week). I think the averages helped to keep people honest because if they were shooting the scores that puts them in a higher division that is where they will play. I do hope this doesn't force people away who feel like they cannot contend in a higher division, but at the same time if you are coming to league simply to win funny money you clearly have your priorities out of whack. My advice to those people who feel they have hit a plateau or are unable to improve is that you can still improve, you just need to try new shots, or learn a new throwing technique. What's the best way to do this? Play with people better than you for a season and learn from them! I personally learned a lot in my first season in Open . . . I learned that a sidearm is a good throw to have in the bag . . (thanks in part to Avery Jenkins for discussing the technique, and to Brad Weber for showing me it can be a really valuable throw on 4 or 5 holes on the course) It has allowed me to make a handful of holes more regular birdies than throwing the normal turnover. I learned that Terry Miller does not like Skip Aces even if they were called out in advance.
All in all it was a great year. Congratulations to our divisional winners, Terry Miller (Open), Drew Griswold (Semi-Pro), and Chris Levandoski (Advanced). We will see you in 2012 and look forward to bumping you all up a division (yes Terry that means you too)!
After all was said and done . . . we drew for the three people winning prizes with their mulligan purchases (why does it seem the basket is going to people who barely show up???)
These prizes are completely provided to you by the purchase of your mulligans . . . so thank yourself for buying mulligans!
The winner of $10 off any Lifetime Disc Sports tournament or league entry is. . . . . . . . . . Dave Olson (We missed you the last few weeks Dave!) The winner of a Lifetime Drifit or Tshirt is . . . . . . Matt Walczak . . ..and the winner of the basket (either an Innova Treveler or an Innova Mini Disc Basket (I am jealous) is dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun Ben Lynch. Congratulations to all the winners of the raffle and the divisions, but all of you need to keep in mind . . . YOU ARE ALL WINNERS!
Mike Harrington October 13, 2011 at 5:28am
Tonight we played almost half our round after the sun went down so it is probably a good thing we only have 1 more week left . . . maybe we could do a Late Fall Glow league out there????? Just planting the seed! This week we saw a pretty poor showing by the pro division . . . I know on my card we saw Terry Miller take a mulligan on a 15' missed putt that actually hit a tree, and then he doinked the mulligan off the right side chains ended up taking a 3 after being virtually parked on one ... more
Tonight we played almost half our round after the sun went down so it is probably a good thing we only have 1 more week left . . . maybe we could do a Late Fall Glow league out there????? Just planting the seed!
This week we saw a pretty poor showing by the pro division . . . I know on my card we saw Terry Miller take a mulligan on a 15' missed putt that actually hit a tree, and then he doinked the mulligan off the right side chains ended up taking a 3 after being virtually parked on one of the harder holes on the course (#7 long). The next hole I (Mike Harrington) took my mulligan on my drive after hitting an early tree and leaving the disc about halfway up the fairway with an almost guaranteed 3. My second drive hit another tree and kicked left and I was left with a 60' approach which I missed my line by about 15' and hit a tree then some draintile about 10' from the basket that turned into a roller that went across the fairway and down into the hollow area to the left of #8 about 25' away which I proceeded to miss. So I turned a guaranteed 3 into a 4 by using my mulligan . . . nice choice. Jonny V then didn't pay attention and made used his mulligan on the next hole #9, which he missed both putts from about 20'. He wasn't real happy that the first one spit through the chains, so to have the second putt kick out wasn't any better.
The points race in the Pro Division is getting tight for sure, especially without Brad Weber there this week.
In the Semi Pro Division we saw a hot shooting Drew Retherford shoot a -9 which would have taken $7 cash in the Open Division, instead take home $16 in funny money for his round that beat the next best score (-6) by 3. Nice shooting Drew. Second place goes to "the other Drew" Griswold who shot a few shots worse than his average, but still had some distance between himself and 3rd place. The points race in this division is getting closer and closer as people keep fluctuating each week, there are serious battles for 1st and for 3rd.
In the Advanced Division we had an uncharacteristically light week on players . . . apparently some people had other things on their mind this week. Regardless we saw Zach Walczak shoot his best score in league (-10) to take down the 3 person division (including his dad Matt) who shot a -4 for the second place finish.
COME ONE COME ALL 10/19 IS DOUBLE POINTS NIGHT. BE THERE IF YOU ARE IN THE HUNT FOR YOUR DIVISION AND BRING A FRIEND AND HOPE THEY SHOOT A SCORE IN BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CLOSEST COMPETITOR.
A special thank you to Terry for the free LED light this week for all competitors. Your are such a generous League Director and that was a nice gesture.
Mike Harrington October 6, 2011 at 4:31am
1 Disc Night REALLY???
Congratulations to Scott Slauson (who shot better than his average) (-13) to win the Open division with Jonny V missing a critical putt on the last hole to avoid a playoff. Congratulations to Drew Griswold (AGAIN) for taking down the Semi Pro division with a (-9) beating out Scott Smogeleski by 1. In the Advanced division Zach Walczak took down the win with a (-3) that tied Gary Obernberger who lost on the first playoff hole. All in all I personally enjoyed the 1 disc night, I just think I wa ... more
Congratulations to Scott Slauson (who shot better than his average) (-13) to win the Open division with Jonny V missing a critical putt on the last hole to avoid a playoff. Congratulations to Drew Griswold (AGAIN) for taking down the Semi Pro division with a (-9) beating out Scott Smogeleski by 1. In the Advanced division Zach Walczak took down the win with a (-3) that tied Gary Obernberger who lost on the first playoff hole.
All in all I personally enjoyed the 1 disc night, I just think I was not throwing well. What were your feelings of the night . . . did it help you or did it hurt you? I have a feeling it might go both ways, perhaps we will start a new tradition of 1 disc night instead of 2 disc night . . . just to see how everyone does comparatively.
Mike Harrington October 5, 2011 at 1:04am
Ben Lynch and Merchandise
Ben Lynch has coordinated with Terry to get the merchandise and to bring it to league tomorrow. If you have been trying to purchase some merchandise now is your chance!!!
Oh and another awesome week of disc golf action can be had at the same time. Will we actually move forward with 1 disc night or something else? Come and make your vote heard because it is up for public debate!
Mike Harrington August 21, 2011 at 3:58am
Summer Season Awards and Week 1 Fun
We gave away the basket and some more prizes from last season's finale and the big winner was Kyle Dolezar winning the traveller basket . . . what a lucky guy after only playing a couple of weeks. We saw Loretta Ellery win another Women's division and from the sounds of it, she and Mike Ellery are retiring from the VV league . . . they were staples in this league for a long time. We also saw Andy Walker take down Advanced division and move up to Semi Pro along with the two guys who wer ... more
We gave away the basket and some more prizes from last season's finale and the big winner was Kyle Dolezar winning the traveller basket . . . what a lucky guy after only playing a couple of weeks. We saw Loretta Ellery win another Women's division and from the sounds of it, she and Mike Ellery are retiring from the VV league . . . they were staples in this league for a long time. We also saw Andy Walker take down Advanced division and move up to Semi Pro along with the two guys who were right behind him in the division . . . it's nice to see people get moved up and still continue to come back. It's all about getting better and being fair to the other people in the division. If only all people had the integrity and intestinal fortitude of the three of you (Andy Walker, Scott Smogeleski, and Matt Chellman). Now Chris Levandoski, Gary Obernberger, Art Noel, and some of the other regulars will be gunning for the top spot in this division.
In the Semi Pro Division we saw Dave Olson (a recent transfer from the Advanced Division) move up to the Pro division after his summer season divisional win. He has certainly shown to be one of the most improved disc golfers we have seen come through VV (or anywhere for that matter) in a long time. He has ascended all the way to the Pro Divison and if you look at Week 1 stats he was in a 3 way tie for the lead in the division . . . unfortunately suffering a loss at the hands of our fearless league director. Regardless he is certainly showing his aptitude for this game and we look to the future where he will continue to improve. Finishing a good 20 points behind Dave Olson was Shane Ferguson who I personally tried to keep interested in VV. I do feel strongly about the fact that VV has a lot of redeeming qualities that should not be ignored. A lot of people write off this course because it is "short and dinky" but you know what . . .if you play any courses with a lot of wooded holes learning these shots out here can be really helpful for you in different scenarios. I am glad to see Shane made his return after his frustrating spring at VV. He also has shown he was able to pick up on the specific throws on some of these holes pretty quickly as his average has drastically improved. Semi Pro also saw Mike Ellery finish in third place . . . as I said he has been a staple of the VV leagues for my entire time of playing this game (3 years) and a few years before I found this great sport. He taught me many things about the game over the years and the one that stands out the most is "You gotta want it". Also worthy of noting is there will be more change available in the parking lot as he was amassing quite a little trust fund with all of his coins found in the parking lot. I might need help keeping the parking lot free of loose change so if anyone else wants to volunteer their time please let me know. (Sorry Mike I had to bring it up!)
Then in the Pro division we saw a hotly contested division yet again with Brad Weber edging out Terry Miller by the tune of one golfer on Double Points night. Brad doesn't take as much pride in this win because he knows Terry and Jonny V both missed double points night . . . but I say it is all about priorities . . . Terry and Jonny V decided that the world championships meant more than the Divisional win at VV Summer League. I say Brad Weber prioritized his win at VV because he also could have gone to the Pro Worlds, but he didn't he chose to fight it out on the battlefield and he came down on top. Terry was just 1.5 points away. Jonny V came in third and I was a distant 4th (basically admitting that I am donating to these guys on a weekly basis). I did find a sidearm this week so they better look out as I birdied all 4 of the holes I threw the sidearm. Maybe I can continue to bring my average up . . . its gonna take 1-2 shots though before I will even have a chance at contending on a weekly basis.
Thats the wrapup for the Summer session and we all move on to the first week of the Fall season. You can create any story you want as the scores are up . . . we saw some more personal bests (Dave Olson with a -13, Chris Levandoski with a -7, Shayla FInley with a +6 (She is on a roll and recently got sponsorship from Allen Stewart and Shane Ferguson of the Chain Chasers to the Mad City Open where we all hope she will do well!)
Next week is week #2 of the 10 week fall season . . . keep coming out for more VV fun!!!!