Oh Boy -- Where to begin. Now that I have gotten my first good night sleep in a week and a nap to boot, I have enough energy to sit down and send some shout outs.
Help with the course design -- Thanks a ton to Shane and Clue for helping design the course. There was not a day, including when we walked it the first time, that is wasn't breezy or windy. The wind yesterday took away some of the variety we worked hard to build into it, but I think you can imagine what types of shots you would have wanted in calm conditions.
Thanks to everyone that brought out baskets to make this possible.
Help with registration, scores, etc. -- My wife Danielle and my best friend Mike were a huge help. Jason K, Corey P, Shane S, Scott I, Scott W, and I am sure I am leaving someone out. All of these people were extremely helpful in getting scores checked, added, posted, scorecards done, and payouts taken care of.
Thanks to Eddie M. for running the Ace fund throwoff.
Huge thanks to everyone that came out and played. 94 people came out to play this despite most of you knowing what the wind had in store for us. I think a combination of fond memories from people that have played the event in the past, and a lot of buzz over the new venue took the turnout well above my expectations. I think we well passed the threshold of where the TD should not be playing. Same results next year and I will be sitting out to keep things running smooth.
Thanks to everyone for conducting themselves well. In talking with Joe at the course, things worked out well. It is the end of the season for them and we helped him clean up his food inventory and generated a good deal of revenue for them on a day they probably wouldn't have made a hundred bucks. When the guy that makes the decision says, " that was a lot of fun and we learned a few things to different NEXT TIME," it is a good indicator that we might be welcomed back.
Thanks for everyone's patience during the awards. The large number of prizes and the large number of players made things move along a little slower than a lot of people would like. I think everyone that came had a good time, but we have already discussed some ideas to make things go more efficiently next year and to enable out-of-town players to get a prize without delaying their trip home. Probably do a Saturday next year as well so not as many people will be in a rush to get home for work the next day. The feedback from the staff at Fireside Grill was positive. Did have one person skip out on their tab, but when I took care of that and gave them a fat tip to share amongst themselves they also said, "See you next year".
I want to reitterate the huge appreciation for all of the donations and sponsors, many of which are on this message board. I will post the list if need be, but the best way to keep them coming back to support us is to acknowledge their contribution. When you use the gift certificate or visit these businesses, tell them Thank You for supporting the Holiday Disc Golf Showdown.
I am probably forgetting something, but I really appreciate all of the positive feedback many of you have given. The best part of this for me is seeing happy participants when things go well. You can't make everyone happy, but the better things go the more driven I am to make it better the next time. The fun and excitement that has come from this event growing has even prompted some people to approach me about being involved and contributing to the next one.
Corey has the scores done up and is planning to post them with ratings for everyone to see how it went. He also did a great job with the tee signs, scorecards, and scoreport cards.
See you all at the Ice Bowl -- start collecting your food now.