Disc golf news and notes: June 12

It’s been a bit since we did a news and notes post, and there’s been many things happening.

First, some quick news from Vibram. The company recently announced that the Obex mid-range disc will be released June 28 at Pinnacle retailers and July 26 at all retailers.

The Obex is the over-stable compliment to the Ibex, Vibram’s stable mid-range. RattlingChains.com recently did a review on the Obex.

Vibram also announced that June 16 is the deadline for those who cashed in the 2011 Vibram Open to register by. The Vibram Open is the final stop for the PDGA National Tour. The event is Aug. 16-19 at Maple Hill course in Leicester, Mass.


The Kansas City Wide Open was held June 1-3 and was the third stop on the six-event National Tour.

Dave Feldberg shot a 45-under 266 to earn the $2,000 paycheck and the tournament title. It’s the first NT event this year not won by Paul McBeth, who tied Jeremy Koling for fifth with a 29-under 254.

Will Schusterick placed second with a 42-under 269.

On the women’s side, Val Jenkins won her second NT event of the year by shooting a 4-over-par 315 to beat out Paige Pierce by five strokes.

Through three events, McBeth leads the men’s standings with 283.5 points. Schusterick is in second with 281, followed by Feldberg 264). Nate Doss (254) and Steve Rico (232.5) fill out the top five.

In the women’s race, Jenkins is on top with 293 points, followed by Catrina Allen with 279. Liz Lopez is in third with 261. Pierce (186) and Sarah Hokom (185) round out the top five.

Coming up: The next National Tour event is this weekend, June 15-17, at the Beaver State Fling in Estacada, Oregon.

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Weekly disc golf wrap: News and notes

Another weekend of good weather, at least in these parts!

So I hope you got the chance to get out and play and take advantage of it!

I was quite amazed with the response on our 9-hole course story this past week, so keep the comments coming on that one! We appreciate it.

Speaking of 9-holers, I had the chance to play one Friday. It was pretty wide open and I’m sure it’s the type of course that 9-hole detractors point to when talking about how they aren’t great. Still, at least it was throwing and there were baskets!

Anyway, there’s been some good stuff in the mainstream media this week, so check out this week’s golf wrap.

May 6

  • Frisbee golf coming to Beverly Park (Beverly Hills, Mich.)

May 5

  • Trumbull MetroParks Celebrates New Pavilion, Disc Course (Trumbull County, Ohio)

May 4

  • Disc golf provides cheap, exciting thrills (Auburn, Calif.)
  • Want to play? Just pick up a disc (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
  • Discover it: They’re in it to spin it, and members of Muscatine Disc Golf Club hope they can get more people to do the same (Muscatine, Iowa)
  • AHS teams dominate state disc golf meet (Austin, Minn.)
  • Moore Report: Frolfers these days (Anchorage, Alaska)

May 3

  • Westchester Lagoon Disc Golf Hearing Looks for Solutions (Anchorage, Alaska)
  • Give it a whirl: Disc course in McDonald expands facilities of Johnston Woods (McDonald, Tenn.)
  • Westchester disc golf course out of bounds (Anchorage, Alaska)

May 2

  • Disc golf event set for May 12 (Bowling Green, Kent.)
  • June 14 public hearing set for disc golf plan at Whipple Beach (Baxter, Minn.)
  • Disc golf course closure is topic of public meeting Wednesday (Anchorage, Alaska)
  • Disc golfers would clean up trails (Barrie, Ontario, Canada)
  • The Attempt to Save Westchester Disc Golf (Anchorage, Alaska)
  • An olive branch from Anchorage to its disc-golfers? (Anchorage, Alaska)
  • Canyon County looking to open 9-hole disc golf course near Lake Lowell (Lake Lowell, Idaho)

May 1

  • Annual disc golf tournament held in Edmond (Edmond, Okla.)
  • Disc golf product Bushwhack Apps wins top prize at Startup Weekend (Madison, Wisc.)
  • Cleanup revives free course’s original vision (Trinidad, Colo.)

April 30

  • Disc golf tournament pits pros, amateurs in growing sport that doesn’t cost fortune to play (Memphis, Tenn.)
  • McDade Park boasts 18-hole Disc Golf course and more (Houston, Texas)
  • Locals start young professionals club (disc golf course creation mentioned; Kenai, Alaska)

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Weekly disc golf wrap: News and notes

The weather has been wacky in my part of the Northeast recently. So much so that we actually had some snow recently.


Alas, the weather turned this weekend and a couple of us from the RattlingChains.com family got to get out and play a round Sunday. It felt good to flip some discs in a good weather. We got the chance to test out a new disc, take some video and photos and enjoy.

And, as has been the trend lately, there’s been some good coverage of the sport in the media. So let’s take a peek at what was out there this past week.

April 29

  • Edora Park disc golf course sticking with 18 holes (Fort Collins, Colo.)
  • Amphitheater, disc golf on park commission’s plate Monday (Chico, Calif.)
  • Weather does not deter disc golfers from competing (Frankfort, Indiana)
  • Enjoying another flight path (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
  • Disc golf clinic set for Tuesdays in May (Hannibal, Mo.)
  • Disc golfers let ’em fly at 18th annual Vintage Cup

April 27

  • Disc golfers raise $1,200 indoors (Helena, Montana)
  • Local Resident Vying to Make Disc Golf Course a Reality in Lacey (Lacey, NJ)
  • Bud Hadfield Park boasts 18-hole disc golf course boasts 18-hole disc golf course (Houston, Texas)
  • Westchester Lagoon Disc Golf Summer Closing Sparks Online Petition (Anchorage, Alaska)
  • Should town amend recycling center code? (disc golf talked about midway through story — Ravena, NY)

April 26

  • Anchorage’s Westchester disc golf course closure was inevitable (Anchorage, Alaska)
  • Extracurricular course (River Valley and Ozark Area, Arkansas)

April 25

April 24

April 23

  • Disc Golf is an Electrical Impulse, a Word, OK. (Sean Blog)

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Weekly disc golf wrap: News and notes

Another week gone by as we get deeper and deeper into the 2012 playing season and the news is seemingly blooming.

In our neck of the woods in the Northeast, the weather has been fantastic. That, of course, means more playing and more chances to get disc golf in the mainstream media.

April 21

  • Disc golf gains popularity in Saskatoon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • Former PDGA World Champion McCabe started career in Emporia

April 20

April 19

  • Disc golf course ?to open in Lake in the Hills (Lake in the Hills, Ill.)
  • Charting a disc golf course in Riverside Park (Grand Forks, ND)
  • Fishing, Disc Golf Possible Parts of Park Grant Application (New Lenox, Ill.)
  • Drought forces disc golf course to close (Georgetown, Texas)
  • You may already have a franchise in the ICBA (Hillsboro, Ohio)
  • Student aces competition in disc golf (Western Carolina Univ.)

April 18

  • Williamson County disc golf course closed for six months because of dead trees (Georgetown, Texas)
  • Disc golf course founder Ben Barton honored for dedication (Laketown Township, Mich.)
  • CSU team captures national disc golf title (Coloradan.com)
  • Dog park, disc golf course now open (Grand Chute, Wisc.)

April 17

  • Disc golf’s popularity soars (Omaha, Neb.)
  • Emporia can place a bid to host Amateur Disc Golf World Championship (Emporia, Kan)
  • CSU takes home men’s disc golf national title (Fort Collins, Colo.)

April 16

  • Disc Golf Contractor Renegotiates Agreement with City (story about pay-to-play course; also has update for April 18; Inver Grove Heights, Minn.)
  • Colorado State wins disc golf crown (Augusta, Ga.)
  • A Warm Day for a Round of Disc Golf (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.)
  • PTC disc golf course to close for renovations (Peachtree City, Ga.)
  • Glass Blown Open gets high praises (Emporia, Kan.)
  • Colorado State outpaces the field for Collegiate Disc Golf title (Augusta, Ga.)

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Weekly disc golf wrap: News and notes

With the National Disc Golf Championships for college and the Glass Blown Open A-Tier events going on this weekend, it was a good week for news in the mainstream media.

From television to print media, disc golf was in the news — and that’s a good thing!

There were some overall good reads this week, so check out the weekly wrap below and get your fill of disc golf stories and news!

April 15

April 14

April 13

April 12

April 11

April 10

April 9

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Weekly disc golf wrap: News and notes; Discraft to release new discs

All sorts of things are happening in the disc golf world.

Sorry for the late weekly news wrap on this but shoddy internet hookups while away this past weekend made for a tough time to get all the links together!

Before getting to the weekly links, there’s some news to announce from Discraft.

The company is announcing Monday a new plastic — and, according to Discraft, the new name in premium plastic is Titanium.

The plastic is very durable and grippable. On top of that, Discraft says Ti is nothing disc golfers have seen before.

Starting with an enhanced engineered base polymer for superior performance, Discraft says it then combines it with special additives to boost the appearance to a new level.

On top of it all — there’s a three-dimensional World Champion signature stamp on each model. The signature, instead of being embedded into the disc, is slightly raised from the surface, which, according to the company, provides and additional  grip assists those players who want a more tactile throwing experience.

The initial releases are the Buzzz, a mid-range driver with the signature of three-time World Champion Nate Doss. The second is the Stalker, an extra long range driver, with the signature of 2011 World Champion Paige Pierce.

Doss will, in the future, also have signature discs of the Ti Force and Nuke.

Discraft also noted that 2010 World Champion Eric McCabe will eventually endorse a Ti disc as well.

The rest of the weekly wraps of links is below!

March 31

March 30

March 29

March 28

March 27

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Disc golf in the media: March 19-25

Though this wasn’t really in the media, I thought it was quite news worthy — especially for the disc golf community — and wanted to lead this weekly media roundup with it.

DGA is again doing a dream course giveaway and they will award two 9-hole Mach III disc golf glow courses to a couple of lucky winners!

This is being done as a fundraiser for the 2012 Worlds. With that, there will be a new disc, too — the SP Glow Undertow.

DGA’s website says the disc is a blend of glow material and DGA’s premium SP Line plastic. The disc is limited and this won’t be available after the promotion ends. The discs cost $25.

Go to DGA’s site about the contest to get all the details!

Now for the week of disc golf news in the media:

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News roundup: Locastro joins Innova; several new discs out

It was recently announced that Nikko Locastro would be joining Innova this year.

The news seems to be piling up early in 2012.

We’ve gathered some of this news over the past few weeks, but with not launching until this week, we had to keep it as a bunch of briefs. Though much of this is all out there, we still wanted to share.

Locastro now with Innova

One of the top professional players in the world, Nikko Locastro, has left Gateway and joined the Innova Star team for this season.

Locastro is the 12th member of the Innova Star team. He joins Avery Jenkins, Dave Feldberg, Des Reading, Josh Anthon, Paul McBeth, Paul Ulibarri, Ricky Wysocki, Sarah Stanhope, Steve Brinster, Val Jenkins and Will Schusterick on the team.

On his personal website, Locastro said the decision wasn’t anything against any other company and that he was now focused on this year and beyond.

“After trying out new products in the off season and over looking my options I decided to go with Team Innova for 2012. … Having a mixed bag had its ups and down but at the end of the day it was something that happened for a reason.”

Nikko Locastro, on his website.

Locastro won last year’s National Tour championship, edging Nate Doss (Discraft) by one point.

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