I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to have been a part of this spectacular (in my opinion, and hopefully others) event! There are two things, or phenomena, if you will that made this event both unique and exceptional for me.
First off, is the whole atmosphere surrounding this particular tournament that is completely different from any other tournament I’ve been involved with, and that was the attitude and behavior of the ladies in attendance. The best way to describe it is one of joy and elation. They all seemed truly delighted to be spending three days with each other playing disc golf, and just hanging out. I’ve never seen so many smiles on the faces of people who were competing against each other. All I can say is, if you’re a lady, and you missed this event, you really missed something special. I highly recommend you take the next opportunity that presents itself (South Carolina 2010, Texas Women’s Championship, La Vie en Rose, etc.) to attend a “ladies only” event. You will not regret it.
Secondly, the turnout by the volunteers from our club and surrounding clubs was just amazing. I just can’t say enough about the people who worked tirelessly to plan and coordinate leading up to the event, and to those that turned out on “game day” to help make this tournament a huge success.
It would be foolish for me to try to thank everyone involved, but I’m going to go out on a limb to try and hit some of the key people that stepped up to plan before the event, and to those that were there to help execute that plan.
Those who were instrumental in putting the plan together, were Brad Ellis, Tracey Lopez, and Kathy Betcher-Sprague. Helping Brad out with the website was Wes Keppy.
Course clean up and maintenance involved a lot of individuals, but the ones who were always there either alone or with groups include Chris Sprague (designer and builder of Camden II), Evan Qualls, Ron Rasmussen, Mike Friestad, Brad Ellis, Wes Keppy, Dustin Avery, Shawn Rodriquez, Paul and Bill Roesner, Mike Robinson, Chase Roberts, and countless others. I apologize in advance to those that deserved mentioning here.
And, to those who helped out when it was show time: Jeff Harper from Coralville, IA for manning the scoreboards (among other things), Paul Roesner (the man on the Rhyno), the Wallaces (Mom, Old Man, and Wilbur), Mike Robinson, Chase Roberts, Evan Qualls, and the innumerable people who showed up to keep score, spot, help set up, or just run errands. These things just don’t happen without the unselfish contribution of time and effort by a lot of dedicated people.
Also, a big thanks to club member and GM of the host hotel, The Americinn, Dave Arango, for giving 110% at his hotel to make the girls stay fun and comfortable. I know he gave out a couple of $100 + a night fireplace/hot tub suites for the $55 player rate. Plus BIG parties in the pool/hot tub area after hours (I would have posted all this up sooner, but I hurt my neck after doing a cannonball into the hot tub Sunday night in my underwear). Thanks, Dave.
Finally, and most importantly, I have to thank my wife, Toni, who put up with my constant absence and mood swings leading up to the event, and for being there with me throughout the entire weekend. She made a lot of runs for food, water, toilet paper, etc. without ever questioning or thinking twice about it. I am so fortunate and thankful to have her as my partner.
As I said at the first Player’s Meeting Thursday night, as a leader, I don’t have any effect if there are no people to lead. And as my favorite definition of a leader states: “A leader is someone who knows how to get people around him who are better than himself”.
Thank you all, players and volunteers, so much. This wouldn’t have happened without YOU!
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