It appears the rain will be gone but it will be a cold morning round! But, that is what an Ice Bowl is all about, right?? No Wimps, No Whiners!
Remember to bring canned goods and you’ll receive $1 off your registration for every four cans donated. ($3 limit, but the food pantry would love ya to bring all you can)
Ice Bowl stamped Glo Rocs for the first 25 paid registrations! The above links allow you to pay and register in advance.
Two rounds: short to shorts and longs to longs. (no Kings layouts)
Pizza and a drink for a minimal charge between rounds. Come on out for a couple of rounds sandwiched between all this rain and support the St. Luke Food Pantry!
The tupelodiscgolf.com site has been experiencing some issues lately. I appreciate the notifications and believe the issue has now been resolved.
I had inadvertently allowed the SSL certificate to expire. The is validation code within site that guarantees the site is safe for money transactions and personal information hacks. It has now been renewed we are back up!
Swept the tee pads and hauled limbs off #18 at Vets this afternoon in preparation for next weekend’s Ice Bowl. Beautiful day to be outside! Weather permitting, I may do a trash round after church tomorrow! The course if actually in pretty good shape but there are a few pockets of trash, If anyone wants to join, =give me a holler!
Hope you’re planning on coming next Saturday and supporting the St. Luke Food Pantry. Don’t forget to bring canned goods! Appreciation goes to Paul Poland (3), Brady Davis (2-Innova Champions Discs & Chickasaw Inkana Foundation), Dillon Gourley (2), and Cabinets Unlimited (2) for sponsoring holes for the event!
A round at Booneville this past weekend found the course in need a few trees cleaned up from the recent storms, plus an update on signage as many are missing or severely worn.
Having been a few years since I played the course, hole-to-hole navigation was a bit challenging! Due to this, I redesigned the overall course layout and added it to Disc Golf Course Review’s site for their online course map and also created a scorecard with the layout on the back! I’ll add Booneville details to this site’s list of courses soon!
Overall, I still managed to find all tee pads easily and ended up under par for the round! It is a fun, but short, lil’ course from the Am pads. The longer pads are certainly more challenging but more to scale for avid disc golfers. so, as a helpful hint, play the longs first!
Course: Harrisburg DGC
Date: February 29, 2020
Time: 9:30 am
Payouts: 70/30 split to top two finishers in Mississippi Lottery tickets with balance going towards a CTP!
One round only from the Am pads!
We’ll take a “leap” here and announce the second Master Mini of 2020 at Harrisburg Baptist Church. How often does one get to play on February 29th? I can’t recollect, but feel it’s a great date for a mini!
If you’re a master, look for an upcoming txt message 7-10 days prior to the mini as a reminder!
While setting up the contact list for the Monthly Masters Mini I was astounded to see how many age-restricted division players we have locally! The present list consists of over thirty players in the area past forty years of age and I am sure I have missed a few!
These minis are being set up as fun competitions with the Masters division as the focus. While I am getting them started, it is my hope anyone desiring to TD will step up, chip in, offer their expertise, and direct a month or two!! Just looking over the list of players there is certainly ALOT of tournament directing experience included. And while the Master’s division is the focus, any younger players are welcome to join as well. They just won’t be eligible for payouts!
The first monthly Masters Mini for 2020 is next Saturday morning at the Booneville DGC starting at 9:00 am. Event details are here! Reminder txt messages are being sent to all players with details.
Technologically, (if that’s a word) I learned a few things about txt messaging. AT&T, and most carriers, consider any txt messages over ten recipients as SPAM and do not deliver the message. Therefore, I split the Masters list into three groups and believe the goal of contacting everyone was accomplished! If you are of “masters” age, did not receive a txt, and would like to be added, please let me know!
Hope to see y’all in Booneville!
You may have read my recent post of mid-December about calculating player handicaps. I’ve been taking rounds played from minis and casual play since then and recording them, along with whoever happened to participate in those particular rounds.
The calculations create dynamic results based on scores of the player’s last six rounds. True ratings and handicaps won’t be accurate until at least 3-4 rounds are recorded. My stat-geek brain finds the results interesting, and astonishingly enough, fairly accurate! I validate that statement with …. so far!
I am allocating space here in the main page so that players may view their ratings as motivation to improve! The initial ratings are sorted descending from the highest player rating. No surprises, right? Sean leads the way!
S Portillo / 938.0
P Poland / 879.7
K Cash / 868.3
G Robbins / 819.7
S Pilcher / 732.2
J Braken /
d Clardy /
B Feaker /
K Daniel /
V Palmer /
T Palmer /
D Wesson /
D Kelly /
M McMillen /
J Cortez /
C Wilkerson /
K Lukens /
A Pilcher /
K Kent /
T Bunch /
C Coleman /
T Brown /
S Donhegan /
Are you one of Tupelo’s older, wiser disc golfers? If so, you may be interested in reading further as this post as it’s totally directed towards local Masters division players.
A Facebook poll from a few months ago found there was local interest in a “Masters Only” monthly series of minis. A test run was held on December 28th at Tombigbee and the first one for 2020 will be held at Booneville DGC on Janaury 25th at 9:00am. One round only!
These minis are purely for fun and only cost a couple bucks! To add a bit of posswible excitement, payouts go to the top two finishers in the form of Mississippi lottery tickets, plus a small amount towards a CTP!
If you’re a master, look for an upcoming txt message or email for more details!
It’s been six years since the last Ice Bowl was held here in Tupelo. Who remembers purchasing mulligans and bringing canned goods in for registration? Does anyone remember the attendance of our first Ice Bowl back in 2004?
Ice Bowls are fun events that bring the disc golf community together to support and raise funds for a local charity, plus, it was good recognization for the sport locally! All this considered, I’m rejuvenating the event and holding a 2020 Ice Bowl at Veterans Park on Saturday, February 15th. Use the Paypal button below to register for your player’s pack!
For those of you who may not know what an Ice Bowl is, check out their web page here.
The first 25 paid registrants will receive DX Glow flat-top Roc with the Ice Bowl 2020 stamp. (appx. $16 retails value)
Date: February 15, 2020
Time: Tee off at 9:00am with player’s meeting at 8:35am
Layout: 1st round will be short pads to A basket with 2nd round long pads to B baskets
Fee: $25 with player packs to first 25 paid
Canned Goods Donation: for every 4 cans donated you will receive $1 discount off your entry fee. There will be a very special Elvis disc for the player who donates the most cans!
Hole Sponsor Available: Show your support for this outreach supporting the Food Pantry! $10 per sign. 100% of sponsorships will go to the Food Pantry.
Payouts: $12.50 of each entry (50%) will go to the Food Pantry. The remaining $12.50 goes towards the cost of players packs and divisional winner payouts! (Likely cheap plastic, but this is all for fun!)
Register to play or for a player’s pack below:
If you would like to purchase via an alternative payment method, want to sponsor a hole, or just have a question, please contact Grayson via txt, email, or cell at (662) 891-2656 or email@example.com.
Over the past few years, I’ve received feedback about the various apps and programs I’ve created for disc golf. The most common request is the ability to offer a handicap system. With daylight saving time cutting one’s ability to get on the course after work, I have found myself in front of the computer once again tweaking spreadsheet calculations in an effort of developing a fairly accurate handicap program.
One can research the web and find an array of thoughts on the subject. Basically, it comes down to averages, and most importantly, the difficulty of the course being played. As all course’s level of difficulty are different, this has always been the “monkey-wrench” thrown into my calculations.
Therefore, I decided to concentrate on Tupelo area courses which I personally have experience and develop a rating for each. Ballard, Music Bend, Thunderchief, Veterans, Harrisburg, and both Tombigbee courses were incorporated into the system. I used past PDGA (and other) tournament averages and used these as SSA calculations. Although, likely very rudimentary and open for debate, it does serve a defining value to be used in handicap calculations.
So, the final calculation is something like this: (Player overall average – Course SSA)*.8 = Handicap
The player’s average is based on actual scores from various courses, less than accurate, but for local purposes sufficient for these calculations. The average takes one’s entered scores and drops the highest.
In the spreadsheet above, the handicap is added to the actual score to determine the round’s final adjusted handicap score. While determining these calculations, I also threw in a player’s rating formula. It is very basic and also suspect to its accuracy, but may also come close to representing a player’s overall ability.
I hope to test these calculations with real data in the near future!