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Update on ACDGC Projects: West Millbrook, Cessna, Clapp Memorial and Stone Creek

As we near our Membership Drive this Sunday I wanted to give a quick update on where we are at on four important projects. One that’s been delayed, one in progress and two fairly new, but quickly developing.

First, that delay on Millbrook West disc golf course, located at 119th W and Taft. We have finally got firm word from Wichita Parks and Recreation that they will mow the area in preperation for install in mid to late October. We will need volunteers to get the 36 pins in place. So, keep an eye out on facebook for an announcement. It will be an 18 hole course with dual pin placements. Tee pads will not be installed until 2018 or maybe even 2019 depending on their budget.

Cessna Park (west end) is where we installed 18 new baskets with two pin placements in the spring. It is developing pretty well in terms of use and we are going to have our membership drive there this year, as opposed to our traditonal site, Oak Park. I am trying to get sign post into the ground to better mark the tees before then. But, if not it will happen as soon as I can get some volunteers organized. Let me know if you can help. The city is supposed to pour tee pads next year. And, it looks like we are going to get the go ahead to install pin placements and pads in the east end of the park for tournament use only. This will let us expand the course to well over 7000′ feet for major tournaments.

I just had a meeting with parks and recreation officials Monday. As many of you know we are pursuing hosting some major PDGA events within the next 2 to 5 years and the parks department is on board, along with Visit Wichita. Part of the plan is to utilize Clapp Memorial and that is why we designed a professional level disc golf course utiliziing free space in the front nine of the golf course. They were very impressed with our turn out for the trial run and it appears we have a good chance of getting a course installed that will be open for everyday use as well. But, that is not a solid deal yet. I hope to know something solid by the Membership Drive on Sunday.

Finally, we have been in discussions with the Derby Parks and Rec department about upgrading Stone Creek to Champion level with new baskets, and a slightly re-designed course. The discussions are moving along nice, but we still have some hoops to jump through. Keep you fingers crossed.

It is important that we continue to show a strong presence as a club. So, your membership is important. There is power in numbers!

If you are not a member yet, then this Sunday is a great time to join. You’ll get 15 months of paid dues for the price of 12. That’s just $15! And, then you’ll be eligible next year for a membership renewal discount. If you are already a member it is important to renew as soon as possible and encourage other to renew or join. We have had steady growth over the past three years but we still have a ways to go to break into the 200 member range.

Thank you for your continued support of Disc Golf in the Greater Wichita Area and to all the volunteers that have helped us to Grow the Sport.

Jerry Sherwood,
President, ACDGC

“Test Drive” Proposed New Course!

      Tuesday, September 19, disc golfers will be welcome to test run a proposed new Disc Golf Course at Clapp Memorial Golf Course, located at Harry and Oliver.

The proposed Clapp Disc Golf Course is a collaborative design by Bill Paulson, Ben Wiggins, Jerry Sherwood, Marcus Anderson and David Buschschulte.  It is a Professional Course designed to stretch your arm out with a total championship length of 9,519 feet.

However, if approved for permanent installation, 4 holes will have “everyday positions” that are shorter in order to protect the ball greens. Three holes will also have an alternate tee.  That set up will still provide the pro with 8,432’ of play.  And, even with the three alternate am tees, that configuration will still be a healthy 7,581’.

On Sept. 19, everyone plays the  Pro Championship layout:

The championship course begins with a hole of only 248’, but don’t be fooled, it only gets tougher from there; with 6 holes in the 300’s, 4 in the 400’s, 4 in the 600’s, 1 in the 800’s and two in the 900’s.  It has some wide open throws to let it rip, plus many that have to thread the needle with plenty of OB making an already tough course even tougher.

Please, don’t miss this opportunity to play this amazing venue.  The ACDGC needs the data your round will provide for future projects at this course.  We also need to show the city our desire to have a course of this magnitude so numbers count.  You will also have the opportunity to fill out a survey covering design and costs so your input is valuable.  This might just be the day you will want to call in sick to work.  And besides, this may be your only chance to ever play the true Pro Championship layout since it is designed for top Pro events only.

Now for the bad news!  It costs to play.  Prices have yet to be determined but for the trial event on Sept 19 (Tuesday), they are set at $8 and if you and a friend want to share a cart, it will cost an additional $7.  For two people and a cart to share the total will be $23. No prize out on the 19th so there will be no ACDGC fees. You do not have to rent a cart. But, there are a couple of long walks from basket to tee.  The course plays mostly on the front 9 of the traditional golf course and, due to an annual maintenance day at the park, we will have the course mostly to ourselves for the day.

We need to be on our best behavior.  I know this doesn’t really need to be said but the bridges are very narrow with only inches to spare for a cart to fit.  If we damage some, they may question the wisdom of letting us use them in the future.  There are trash cans on the course.  Please use them.  And clean out your cart when your round is finished.  They do allow all beverages on the course with the stipulation that they are all bought at the club house.  Please respect their rules, equipment and guidelines.

HOW FLEX ROUNDS ORGANIZED ON TUES. SEPT. 19:

Everyone starts at hole #1.  Please arrange with your friends to play this course at the earliest possible time.  There will be no cart rentals after 6pm.  If you are not finished by 8 pm, they may escort you off the course.  So come early, don’t get shut out.  If everyone showed at 6 pm, there would be some that won’t get to play.  The first available tee time is currently set at 9 am.  We may institute a call-in for tee times.
DATA COLLECTION:

There will be scorecards that will need to be turned in for the data collection the club needs.  Out-of-bounds shots need to be recorded by circling the score with multiple circles for multiple OBs on the same hole.  There will also be a survey where you can express your opinions about the course, the fees or Donald Trump.

Now, we are certain, will be the number of OBs, as every hole has them.  Some you would have to have a truly errant shot to get there but anything is possible.  This is why we want to know how many OBs you have so we can make some changes if we feel it is necessary.

If this course gets installed permanently, which is the desire of the ACDGC, you will be able to call in for a tee time. You can also bring your son or daughter and they can play foot golf with a soccer ball at this course at the same time.  That might be a little confusing but that course uses the same basic area we will use.

   This is a “Don’t Miss Event”! Hope to see many of you out there, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at Clapp Memorial Golf Course

2017 ANNUAL MEETING UPDATE: Saturday, January 21st

The ACDGC Annual Meeting in which members elect the Air Capital Disc Golf Club Board was postponed to this Saturday, January 21st due to the threat of unsafe weather conditions. The current board thought it best to err on the side of caution and gave members 24 hours’ notice for the change of plans.

The seven board positions are President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Events Coordinator, Parks Liaison, and Communications Director. Again, This year’s meeting will be on January 21st at the WATER Center in Herman Hill Park, at 1:30 p.m.

The candidates for 2017 are:

President – Jerry Sherwood

Vice President – Marty Hunt

Treasurer – Joe Belsan

Secretary – Nathan Taylor

Parks Liaison – Jehramy Heckman

Communications Director – Brian Thompson

Per the ACDGC By-Laws, members in good standing for a minimum of 3 months prior to the election are eligible to vote and for the election to be valid at least 20% of the active membership as of December 31, 2016, must cast a ballot. That means we must have at least 32 members in good standing casting a vote in this year’s election.

If a member cannot make it to the meeting a completed absentee ballot can be emailed to president@aircapitaldiscgolfclub.org, given to a current board member, or otherwise delivered to the ACDGC Secretary at the Annual meeting. You can download an absentee ballot at https://www.dropbox.com/s/98r88tljedi1t4t/Absentee%20Ballot%202017.pdf?dl=0 Members can also pick up and fill out an absentee ballot at Ducks Flying Discs, 813, W 11th Street. Event’s Coordinator Ben Nispel will take charge of completed ballots left at Ducks.

For information on the candidates you can look over the candidate bio sheets they submitted. You’ll find all of them in this dropbox folder

If the volunteers are approved by the membership to serve as ACDGC Officers for the next year, they are charged to fulfill various leadership, administrative and organizational tasks and roles related to ACDGC sponsored and/or hosted events, the maintenance, improvement and expansion of disc golf facilities in the Greater Wichita Metropolitan Area, and promoting the sport of disc golf to continue growing the sport. At times, they will need additional help. Please answer the call whenever and however you’re able to contribute.

Thank you for your support of the ACDGC. I hope to see you on January 21 at the Annual Meeting.

Jerry Sherwood

 

 

2017 ACDGC Board Member Candidates

Each year at the ACDGC Annual Meeting members who choose to volunteer to serve as Officers on the Air Capital Disc Golf Club Board stand for election by the club membership. The seven board positions are President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Events Coordinator, Parks Liaison, and Communications Director. This years meeting will be on January 14th at the WATER Center in Herman Hill Park, at 1:30 p.m.

The candidates for 2017 are:

President – Jerry Sherwood

Vice President – Marty Hunt

Treasurer – Joe Belsan

Secretary – Nathan Taylor

Parks Liaison – Jehramy Heckman

Communications Director – Brian Thompson

Per the ACDGC By-Laws, members in good standing for a minimum of 3 months prior to the election are eligible to vote and for the election to be valid at least 20% of the active membership as of December 31, 2016 must cast a ballot. That means we must have at least 32 members in good standing casting a vote in this year’s election.

If a member cannot make it to the meeting a completed absentee ballot can be emailed to president@aircapitaldiscgolfclub.org, given to a current board member, or otherwise delivered to the ACDGC Secretary at the Annual meeting. You can download an absentee ballot at https://www.dropbox.com/s/98r88tljedi1t4t/Absentee%20Ballot%202017.pdf?dl=0 Members can also pick up and fill out an absentee ballot at Ducks Flying Discs, 813, W 11th Street. Event’s Coordinator Ben Nispel will take charge of completed ballots left at Ducks.

For information on the candidates you can look over the candidate bio sheets they submitted. You’ll find all of them in this dropbox folder

If the volunteers are approved by the membership to serve as ACDGC Officers for the next year, they are charged to fulfill various  leadership, administrative and organizational tasks and roles related to ACDGC sponsored and/or hosted events,  the maintenance, improvement and expansion of disc golf facilities in the Greater Wichita Metropolitan Area, and promoting the sport of disc golf in an effort to continue growing the sport. At times they will need additional help. Please answer the call whenever and however you’re able to contribute.

Thank you for your  support of the ACDGC. I hope to see you on January 14 at the Annual Meeting.

Jerry Sherwood

 

 

2016 ACDGC ICE BOWL

On January 30 and 31, 2016 the Air Capital Disc Golf Club hosted its 26th Annual Ice Bowl, in conjunction with the world wide effort by disc golfers to raise funds for organizations whose mission it is to feed those in need. The ACDGC donation to the Kansas Food Bank this year will be $2,261.

For the second year in a row the event was held at the Salvation Army’s Camp Hiawatha. For the first time ever the ACDGC Ice Bowl included a glow event the night before the official tournament utilizing the regular 10 hole, dual tees of the Hiawatha Course.  ACDGC Vice President Jehramy Heckman ran that competition and a mini raffle. His efforts raised $200 dollars for the food bank and the raffle winners took home almost $400 dollars in prizes, including a golf bag valued at $200.

On Sunday 67 players paid to compete for two rounds on a 20-hole, temporary disc golf hole 5course set up utilizing 7 of the permanent baskets and 13 portables with more than half the holes winding through wooded terrain adjacent to the Little Arkansas River.

Ten dollars of each entry fee went directly towards the food bank donation, totaling $670. Mulligan/Raffle tickets were sold to raise an additional $1,101 dollars. Additional donations totaled $290.00. One change from previous years regarding mulligans was that while there were no limits

to the number of mulligan/raffle tickets that could be purchased we did limit the use of mulligans to 18 per round. The winners of the primary raffle on Sunday took home almost $600 in prizes, including a Glow Chains practice basket valued at $240 and a $100 dollar golf bag.

hole 16The weather was relatively mild throughout most of the day, but temperatures did begin to drop fairly rapidly in the late afternoon and the wind picked up a little. Still, it was more of a nice bowl this year than an ice bowl.

Everyone seemed to have a great time and I really appreciate everyone who came out to play and those who brought food for the pot luck lunch. However, attendance was down from the most recent years and as many of the “regulars” we have seen in the past were unable to make it. Unfortunately, many of them were ones who could always be counted on to bring hot dishes (usually chili) and we did run a bit short on food this year.

We were also a bit short handed on help this year but Jehramy, Ben Nispel and Dax Dendurent worked hard to get all the baskets set up and paint on the ground at the temporary tees. Chris “Duck” Dendurent was on hand helping too and Ducks Flying Disc fly-mart was set up on site providing a great selection of discs for the Amateur prize payouts.

A special thank you also to Mike Schoenhofer who stepped up to help me with the sign in process making it possible to get everyone on the starting tees on time. Thank you Bob Decker for your generous contributions and for printing up the scorecards for us. And, thanks to Marty Hunt who made a quick run to the area KFC to pick up the fried chicken I ordered up and to Ben and Brad Kohl for helping with the scoring and awards. If I left anyone out, I’m sorry. But, know your help was greatly appreciated.

Suggestions as to what we can do to improve next year’s ACDGC Ice Bowl are always welcome. Contact me, Jerry Sherwood, at president@aircapitaldiscgolfclub.org

Air Capital Disc Golf Club’s Annual Meeting

The ACDGC Annual Meeting for 2016 was held Saturday, January 11th at the WATER Center in Herman Hill Park. The primary purpose of the meeting is to summarize the year past, select ACDGC Board members to serve in the coming year and to take initial steps towards meeting future goals.IMG_0413

A little over a dozen members attended the meeting, including four members of the 2015 ACDGC board of directors: President Jerry Sherwood, Treasurer Bob Decker, Secretary Taylor Camp and Park Liaison DJ Wells.

After the meeting was called to order and roll taken Bob presented the treasurers report. Here’s a brief summary as it pertains to funds available for course improvement; with a major investment in the upgrading of the Oak Park Disc Golf Course and maintenance and improvements to other area courses in 2015 the ACDGC fund balance was down about $7,500 from the previous year to just under $11,000. After reserving funds for obligations and liabilities and setting aside an addition $2,000 for operations the funds on hand at this time and available for course improvements in 2016 stands at just over $8,000.

The report prepared by Bob will be posted soon in the member’s only section of our website. The page is password protected and an email with the password was sent to ACDGC members with an email address on file with the club on January 15, 2016. If you have not seen it you might want to check your spam folder or look back at unopened mail in your inbox for that date. The password will be sent out again in the near future and can be requested by emailing me at president@aircapitaldiscgolfclub.org

Next on the agenda was the President’s report summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the ACDGC in 2015 and based on the Year in Review, a document prepared to share with the Park Departments in Wichita and surrounding communities to educate them on the value of our partnerships.

Here is the 2015 ACDGC Year in Review:

Tournaments – the club hosted 115 Events in 2015

  • 2 PDGA B tier/Oz Tour Tournaments, Doo Dah Open and Round Up with 144 Players at 27th Annual Doo Dah Open setting an all-time record, and 94 at Round up the best since 2010
  • 26 Annual Ice Bowl, held for first time at Camp Hiawatha. Record participation at 95 players, mild temps offset by strong winds. Raised $3,100 dollars for Kansas Food Bank
  • Membership Drive at Oak Park saw 89 players and a total of 94 memberships paid, 29 of which were new members.
  • Ace Race Tournament at Oak Park – Participation down, 36 players.
  • 104 Weekly league events with 1,883 participants paying into the prize fund
  • ACDGC also provided major sponsorship of the Keeper of the Chains, which expanded to two courses utilizing all of Oak and North Riverside Parks and drew full participation with around 180 players, the largest disc golf tournament to date in Wichita and the surrounding area.
  • Other tournaments hosted and sponsored at Wichita area parks included the Fore Fathers Fling, Cash Cow Doubles, the Supper Class and the Trilogy Challenge and 2015 Winter Challenge
  • ACDGC continued support and sponsorship of the KDSSF Tick Ranch Fund Raiser which drew record numbers in 2015 and provided sponsorship prizes for the 1880 Dubs in Newton.

Public Outreach and Education

  • Weeklong disc golf clinic for youth campers at Camp Hiawatha well over 100 participants, 60 man hours
  • 2 disc golf clinics at Wichita recreation facilities, 2 days each. Total outreach estimated to be around 100 kids ages 8-13, 40 man hours
  • Small putting course set up at OJ Watson Park for OK Kids in May and the revived Wichita Play Day in September. Each event drew hundreds of kids and their families. 20 man hours

Course Maintenance and Improvement

  • Clean up and maintenance at Stone Creek Park in Derby, 60 man hours.
  • Clean up at Herman Hill and Oak Parks, 300 man hours
  • Work days at Cow Skin Disc Golf Course in Colwich, 110 man hours, $127
  • Negotiations with city and design for Oak Park upgrade to Mach X baskets with dual pin placements, 30 man hours
  • Oak Park Disc Golf Course upgrade, 160 man hours, $8,632

Other Notables

  • $1,675 paid out in aces for 2015
  • Membership for 2015 ended at 151 a 30% increase over 2014

The next order of business was the selection of ACDGC Officers to serve through 2016. Three previous ACDGC Board members chose not to submit nomination forms: Events Coordinator Corey Harrison who moved to Kansas City midway in his first term on the board; Vice President Mike Speer who has served on the board for about 7 years and chose this year to continue his support of the club through his volunteer work in maintaining the courses and education/outreach programs; and Treasurer Bob Decker who was a member of the ACDGC Board that incorporated in 2004 and served/volunteered for more than 5 years with other incarnations of the ACDGC and is the current treasurer for the PDGA, the ever growing demands of his accounting firm have made it extremely stressful for him to continue his role with the ACDGC but we are pleased to say he will remain a trusted advisor to the board in general and our new Treasurer in particular.

IMG_0414Joe Belsan, a club member since 2012 and an experienced treasurer with a degree in accounting, submitted his request to be considered for ACDGC Treasurer. Ben Nispel, an avid disc golfer, experienced business owner and ACDGC member since 2014 asked to serve as Events Coordinator. And Jehramy Heckman, a  member since 2010 and one of our “super” volunteers this year stepped up to serve as Vice President in 2016. DJ Well applied to continue service as Parks Liaison, Taylor camp stood for re-election as Secretary, Brian Thompson requested to serve another term as Communications Director and Jerry Sherwood asked to remain President for a third and final term. There were thirty two votes approving this slate of candidates, only 30 votes were necessary to satisfy the bylaw requirements that the board be approved through a vote by at least 20% of the active membership.

After acknowledging the service of the previous board members and welcoming the new board members discussion turned towards items to be considered for placement on the board agenda for 2016.

Top on the list was raising additional funds specifically for course additions and improvements. A concept was proposed for a major event tied in with our annual Doo Dah tournament. Keep your ears open for this one as it promises to be fun and should draw a lot of participation.

Another outstanding issue to be taken up is a better process for maintenance and completion of improvement projects. The vision is a system where anyone who has the time available and skills that match the task can consult a list of jobs that need to be done and a way to get needed materials so the job can be done at the volunteers convenience.

There were other issues as well and all will be included on the next scheduled board meeting, Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 pm at the WATER Center. As always, all are welcome to attend ACDGC Board meetings.

Jerry Sherwood

President, Air Capital Disc Golf Club