Today was just one of those days on the course collecting trail. I didn’t feel well, plus I was grumpy playing in the mud/slop. It certainly wasn’t the courses’ fault! I just had one of those “glass is half empty” days that make course collecting feel more like a grind than a joy/privilege. 🙁
My afternoon started at Herbert Hoover Park in Newberg, Oregon. A beautiful little park, with several short, funky (in a good way) holes! But the course had a lot of mud. Mud that seemed to want to be on me, rather than remaining at the park (sigh). I played the course well enough, shooting a -8 (19) for an estimated round rating of 1054! But slip-sliding around some muddy hills, having everything I had with me caked in a grayish-brown layer of earth, had me not in the best of moods. I also was scared during the end of my round, as a young woman working with the Parks Department decided to drive a few-hundred-pound mower at about a 35-40+ degree angle (sideways…think: “\”) down the side of one of those very steep, muddy hills! I thought I would be making a call to 9-1-1 if the mower slid and ended up rolling on top of her. But somehow the mower remained upright. If it had rolled over (and on to her), however? It would have been a terrible scene.
After trying my best not to get our van TOO muddy, I made my way to Ewing Young DGC in Newberg, to try my luck at that twelve-hole course. More mud. Mud and ankle-deep standing water in places. Oh well…at least the water got some of the mud off my shoes and socks! 😛 Again, not the course’s fault! Just me not being in the greatest of moods. Though by the time I made it to Hole 10, things improved a lot. I met a very nice young woman out walking her dogs…chatting her up about DGA discs (she said she LOVES to disc golf)! She jokingly challenged me to run the gap (above) to try and get my deuce, which I did! Then I caught up with a couple more local guys on Holes 11-12. Another chance to chat them up about DGA plastic, as well as show them how reliable and predictable my ProLine Tempest, ProLine Undertow, and ProLine Squall are from the tee and fairway. 🙂
I ended up shooting a solid but not spectacular -3 (33) and an estimated round rating of 949. But it was amazing how the last three holes of my round totally lifted my spirits! Improved my mood. Mud? What mud? Wet feet? What wet feet? 🙂 Positive interactions with three nice people probably half my age, talking about all the wonderful products DGA sells, had me leaving the course with a smile on my face and a spring in my step. It is part of what I LOVE about being a DGA Ambassador. Every person I get to meet and talk with about the great company I get to represent is another opportunity to get more people out there to adopt a “player that has the most fun wins” attitude toward the sport. And even if I wasn’t having a lot of fun over my first eighteen holes I played today? Those last three holes, talking with three great locals? Was a LOT of fun.
Magic Number = 84 (1,916 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’s (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.