I like to tease from time to time about being put on the “disabled list,” like major league baseball teams will do with their injured players. My headaches, my back, my ribs, my sternum, my epilepsy…it’s TOUGH to get old! 🙂 That said, it really has been a tough couple of years on the health front. And while my epilepsy has mostly been kept in check? My nagging ribs/sternum injury has made disc golf difficult this Winter.
But the physical therapy staff at our local clinic has been working to help me, and has told me that with this particular injury, disc golf really shouldn’t hurt me (more). Not unless I decide to start moving around several hundred-pound logs, or follow through on a threat to stick a bunch of fictitious “1750 gram” putters in my backpack! So when Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota told me that they wanted me to come back over to visit with neurologists this week and see how my epilepsy is going, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to sneak a couple of nine-hole courses into my Courses Played collection.
My first stop on the day was at Crosswinds Church DGC in Oronoco, Minnesota. Weighing in at just under 3,100 feet over nine holes, it was actually a formidable course in the snow! With little footing (no tee pads, much less shoveled areas), it was a round of disc golf that was almost entirely dependent upon using my upper body for my power/distance. The worst type of round I could encounter while dealing with my injury. I was careful, mostly relying upon my approach game to make sure I got my pars, and I left Crosswinds with a respectable -2 (27), for an estimated round rating of 938.
After leaving the church (an hour later, as I had a Zoom meeting I needed to attend, and the church parking lot seemed to be as safe/quiet a place as I would find), I headed down to Stewartville to check out a new nine-hole course at the high school in town.
The school was very specific about the course being available to the general public, but only outside of school hours. I arrived on campus about 2:40pm, and decided I would sit in the car, checking work email and making a few phone calls until after 3:00pm, in an effort to respect the school’s wishes about play occurring outside of school hours. I went about my business, playing a quick nine holes between 3:00-3:30pm (an even-par 27, for an estimated round rating of 910). But when I got back to my car, I don’t think a single car had left the school parking lot! I’m not sure if students in Stewartville attend classes until 3:30pm? 4:00pm? But it made me feel a bit bad/guilty, as I hope I didn’t accidentally break the rules (I assumed students would be dismissed at 3:00pm, as most schools do).
So, a quick eighteen holes and two more courses added to my course collection. Being no worse (physically) for the wear. Thank goodness for UDisc and their course maps too! As that was about the only way I would have been able to find the tees for the high school course.
I’ll take it! Two fewer courses left to play in my effort to get to 2,000+ courses played. Then I’ll hope for the best during all my tests and consultations with neurologists tomorrow morning.
Magic Number = 313 (1,687 Courses Played)
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A main purpose of this blog will be to share information, helpful tips and tricks (everything from health and fitness to methods for saving money while you’re out “bagging courses” of your own), and ideas for better, safer course design. But I am also hoping to inspire others with my passion for the sport, via the stories I can share about all of the interesting experiences I have. All of the interesting people I meet. All of the amazing courses I am blessed to have the opportunity to play. If I can inspire even a handful of individuals to get off the couch, get “out of their bubble” or “security blanket” and explore more of this big, beautiful planet we all call home? Then I will consider this effort a success.
Derek Tonn is a member of the DGA’s Ambassador Team. His company, Mapformation, LLC, has been DGA’s partner in the development of disc golf tee signage since 2012. The longer our two companies have worked together, and the more Derek has gotten to know all the great folks at DGA, the more he has wanted to formally sing the company’s praises. The more he has realized that “Steady” Ed the father of disc golf and the modern-day Frisbee vision for the sport and his company perfectly describes his own interests and priorities related to disc golf, and the more Derek has recently been encouraged to share his story.