Head on over to Santa Cruz Disc Golf Course Saturday Dec. 7, to help installing the ‘B’ pad signs and a permanent metal mando tunnel on hole 3B. There is need for a small army if helpers. If you can come by for the day or 15 minutes, it would be greatly appreciated. Bring tools like shovels and picks, there will be some refreshments provided by the club. Once the tee signs are in, we’ll be working on replacing and rehabbing many of the teepads at the Cruz.
This turkey seems to be sweet on that basket… Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge (Va.) DGC
Give thanks and celebrate disc golf in Tucson this Saturday Nov. 30 at the annual Turkey Shoot par-2 tourney directed by founding fowl Dave “Big Daddy” Shircore at Santa Cruz River Park. This long-running tourney features short, Par-2 holes with prizes for most 2s in a row and aces plus usually a rocking ring o’ fire. No preregistration, just show up at 8 a.m.
Coming up Dec. 14-15 is the Cactus Series Finale at Buffalo Ridge DGC in Phoenix. If you’re playing for statewide Cactus Series points, this is last shot at snagging some more points.
To register, go to the Disc Golf Scene registration page.
The 2013 Tucson Disc Golf Club election is over, and Quentin Riddle won election to a two-year term as vice president, Mike Wierda won re-election as treasurer and Mike Early was re-elected amateur representative. The amended club Constitution, which mainly conforms our bylaws to our new status as and Arizona non-profit corporation, the Tucson Disc Golf Association Inc., was passed without a dissenting vote.
Thanks to all who voted, and a big thank you to outgoing VP Brandon Olson who with others stepped up to reconstitute the board and club at a critical juncture, and chart a bright future for our club and disc golf in the Tucson area.
Meanwhile, don’t forget the member-only party and Disctravaganza this Saturday at Mike Wierda’s (see earlier post); and mark your calendars for the 2014 Club Championships Saturday, Jan. 4 at Santa Cruz.
Here are the full election results. NOTE – The totals were corrected Nov. 22 to reflect additional votes from two ballots that were submitted via postal mail (postmarked Nov. 13), and inadvertently missed in the initial count. The votes did not change the earlier reported results.
TDGC ELECTION Total ballots cast: 34
OFFICES (candidate, votes)
Brandon Olson, 15
Quentin Riddle, 19 (W)
Mike Wierda, 33 (W)
Mike Early, 31 (W)
Eric Haslett, 3
Yes= 31 (Pass)
Official ballots have been emailed to every club member with an email and we are working to get paper ballots to a dozen or so members who don’t have email or whose emailed ballots bounced back. If you are a club member and haven’t received a ballot (which must be printed and turned in) ask for one from a club officer at one of the the club leagues or email firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BALLOT.
Though we are not posting the official ballot online, for control purposes, the nominees are: Brandon Olson and Quentin Riddle for VP; Mike Wierda for Treasurer (unopposed); and Mike Early and Eric Haslett for amateur representative. Voting ends Nov. 15.
Meanwhile, as the winter solstice is nearly upon us, the league times they are a’changing:
– The Saturday morning Groves league has moved to 9 a.m.
– the Sunday Santa Cruz A league will move to 9 a.m. on Nov. 17.
(The Wed. S Cruz league is 8:15 year round).
The TDGC Board invites you to a private TDGC gathering on Nov. 23th at Treasurer Mike Wierda’s home (3926 N. Euclid Ave.), with a party and a special disc sale offering members new discs for $1 over wholesale.
(Note: This was the party we planned for Nov. 17 but that conflicted with the Arizona Regional Team Shootout. We will be announcing the results of the election after balloting ends Nov. 15. We will begin distributing ballots Sunday.)
Private you say … what we mean is this is a gathering for TDGC MEMBERS ONLY. BRING YOU BAG TAG AS PROOF OF MEMBERSHIP and for bag tag putting games.
The party starts at 2pm and goes until 10pm.
The plan … hang out etc., pool time (if you can handle it), bag tag putting games, fire up the grill from 6-7pm (bring something to throw on the grill if you want), open boxes and start the EXTRAVAGANZA at 8pm sharp, craziness, back to hanging and fun.
Congratulations to Tucson-area disc golfers who posted top-10 finishes at the recent Shelley Sharpe Memorial in Scottsdale and the AZ State Disc Golf Championships in Pinetop and Show Low in late September.
At the 28th Shelley Sharpe Memorial Oct. 18-20 at Vista del Camino, Andrew Bohme took 6th in Open, Chris Kaufmann took 7th in Open Masters (just behind 520 ex-pat Jack Adams), and Jeremy Herr took 5th in Advanced. Congrats! (Complete results)
And congratulations to players from 520 who put on a fine showing at the recent AZ State Disc Golf Championships, with several top-10 finishers including two first places:Andrew Bohme (captain of the Southern Arizona team), took fifth place in Open; Scott Carle, first place in Open Grandmasters; Jeremy Herr, first place, Advanced; Mike Wierda, third place in Advanced Masters; and Michael Early, second place in Advanced Grandmasters. (The PDGA has complete results.)
Several of 520′s recent top tourney finishers will be part of the “South” team at the inaugural Arizona Regional Team Shootout, slated for Nov. 16-17 at Vista del Camino Park in south Scottsdale and the Red Mountain course in Mesa (Sun.).
If you want to support the Southern Arizona team, you’ll find the entire player schedule by day and course on the event FB page. Andrew captains the team, with bro Daniel Bohme, Carle, Wierda, and A.J. Herr among the other team members.
NOTE: The date of the Arizona Regional Shootout has been corrected to Nov. 16-17.
The Tucson Disc Golf Club will hold an election beginning Nov. 3 to ratify amended club bylaws and elect three officers — vice president and treasurer, who serve two-year terms, and the amateur representative (one-year term).
Nominations for the board positions will open Oct. 15 and be accepted through Nov. 1; To nominate someone, print out a Nomination Form and fill it out (they will also be available at club leagues) Ballots will be distributed to members via email and paper starting Nov. 3 and will be accepted through Nov. 15. There will be a general membership meeting on Nov. 17 to announce the results, tentative plan is a barbecue at the treasurer’s house (stay tuned for details). Though we are making nomination forms and ballots available electronically, they will need to be turned in on paper. Any active member can nominate anyone, including himself or herself, for any office (though you may run for only one). Please ask anyone you nominate if they will accept the nomination (though under our bylaws, the vice president must check with nominees before placing them on the ballot, this will save some time). TURN NOMINATION FORMS IN BY NOV. 1 to VP Brandon Olson or any board member (we will be accepting them at leagues).
Current club VP Olson and Treasurer Mike Wierda have agreed to accept nominations to continue in their current roles.
Here are the duties of the VP and treasurer under our current bylaws: “Vice President shall: Assume the responsibilities of the President, in the absence of the President. Coordinate and run all elections. Act as liaison between the general membership and the Board. Assist with all functions of the club.” … the Treasurer shall: Maintain all financial records of the TCL club. Oversee the Merchandising Committee. Prepare the Annual Budget and Quarterly Financial Statements. Maintain the Checking account in accordance with the Constitution.” The amateur representative acts as the voice of all am members and is elected by ams only.
In accordance with our bylaws, the election is being coordinated by our vice president, Brandon Olson. We’ll be posting nomination forms when the nomination period opens Oct 15, or just ahead of that but we can’t accept them until Oct. 15.
The proposed amended club bylaws (constitution) keep essentially all the elements of the old bylaws but add language to recognize our new status as an Arizona non-profit corporation and to qualify as a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) organization; and reset some election dates since our board was essentially reconstituted. The amended constitution also includes our new name as a non-profit Arizona corporation, the Tucson Disc Golf Association (doing business as the Tucson Disc Golf Club/Tucson Chain Lightning). Our incorporation was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission in mid-September and will become official when our articles of incorporation are published in a local newspaper next week.
All amendments to the club constitution must ratified by a 2/3 vote; elections for officers are by majority vote. Also note that under Article 7 of our current and proposed amended bylaws, any member may propose amendments to the club bylaws; such proposals either go through the board for placement on the ballot or can be placed via a member petition (see Article 7 of the bylaws). All amendments to the constitution must ratified by a 2/3 vote; elections for officers are by majority vote.
A NOTE ON SERVING: Please note that election to one of the board offices requires meeting at least once a month and working quite a few hours helping with tournaments, leagues and administration. If you’d like to help but can’t commit the time, the board also is seeking to activate several committees to help translate plans into actions. There are several standing committees listed in the current club bylaws and the board has the power to appoint new committees. Standing committees include the Tournament Committee, the Course Committee, Merchandising Committee, Web Committee and Newsletter Committee; in addition the board can create new committees as needed. Look for more information soon on the specific committees and how you can plug in.
Rainy weather the last two days didn’t dampen the spirits of some 110 players who played through the wet at the 19th annual The Jerry Garcia In the Pines disc golf tournament, held over three days last weekend at Stoneman Lake. Congratulations to 520ers Andrew Bohme, 4th in Pro Men; G. Scott Carle, 7th in Pro Masters; Dave Wichner, 7th in Advanced Masters; James Selusi 23rd in Pro; and Ben Vosper, 24th in Pro. The results are posted below (small jpeg so you’ll need to open it to view).
Registration is open for a pair of unique disc golf tournaments that will tee off locally in the next several weeks.
The first annual Voyager Disc Golf Classic tees up Sunday, Sept. 15, TDGC member and TD Quentin Riddle has announced. (Click on flyer image for slightly bigger size.)
The 2013 Discraft Ace Race will be held Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Marana Rock DGC. (SEE INFO AND FLIER BELOW).
The Voyager Classic will be played at the 9-hole ball golf course of Voyager RV Resort, one of the nation’s biggest.
Says Quentin: The event will be at Voyager RV Resort located on Kolb, one mile south of I-10. They have an executive 9-hole ball golf course with trees, water and slight elevation changes. This is an opportunity to increase awareness of the sport of Disc Golf and also a chance to play something different in Tucson. If we have a decent showing and all goes well, the resort may be open to future events as well as a possible permanent course.
A big thanks goes to Quentin for setting this up, let’s have a good turnout to show our support for his efforts and disc golf in Tucson. And if you’re a club member and have an idea for a tournament, or want to help or learn how to run a tourney, contact a TDGC board member.
Meanwhile, TDGC club member Nick Stefano is directing this year’s Discraft Ace Race at Marana Rock. For the uninitiated, this is an annual, nationwide series of events in which Discraft offers two copies of a new-model disc (usually later PDGA-approved and produced for mass sale) in a player package for the tourney, in which players use the Ace Race discs to play a course consisting of short ace-run holes. Most aces and metal-hitting drives (“metals”) wins. This year’s package will include 2 prototype Titanium drivers, plus a Ti mini and other perks, all for just $25.
Muy importante: Nick needs to send money in two weeks before the tourney to get all the player packages, so don’t delay. As a side note, several holes at Marana Rock have been moved from flooded areas to form a (dry) perimeter course until the monsoon waters subside. Go the Marana DGC’s website for more info and a map.