I was extremely excited to hear my favorite disc company, Vibram, was holding their own take on a tournament this year called a Birdie Bash. There was an event set in Kalamazoo and I knew I had to be there…
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NorCal SoCal Match Play Invitational – Nate Doss and Drew Gibson vs Gabe Cota and Justin Bruner
A few days ago I happened to stumble upon a disc golf tournament happening on this past Saturday. It was a fundraiser for Gryphon Place and took place at one of my favorite courses, Oshtemo Township Park. The Gryphon Place Toss Across sounded like it would be a chill and low key kind of tournament, which would make it the perfect first experience for someone like me. My brother and I decided we’d sign up and give it a shot. We didn’t expect to be great competitors or anything but it was for a good cause and we picked up a disc and some other random swag for doing it plus we were probably going to play a round that day anyway. I was also curious how I’d do under the pressure of a tournament, even if it was an easier and unsanctioned one.
This was the second year my Fiancee and my buddy and his wife made the trip from Michigan to Bowling Green, Ky for easily one of the biggest Am tournaments of the year. The weather was absolutely amazing! I don’t know if you could of asked for better weather for the end of March. The temps were in the high 70′s to low 80′s the whole time with the wind only being a slight issue on Friday.
HB Clark and his team of volunteers go above and beyond to make sure everyone has a great time down there. The courses are always in pristine shape, no litter, graffiti, manicured fairways, and great baskets as well. If you are on the fence on this tournament please come, you won’t regret it! From the players package to the players party at Wha-bah’s Steakhouse’s with the final 9 located on the property. Most people come for the fly mart on Friday night where vendors and people can sell their merchandise. This year Discraft introduced Titanium plastic, which everyone flocked to. Eric McCabe was there to sign the new Titanium Buzzz SS’s as well.
Most vendors also hosted mini one round C tier tournaments at most of the courses before, as well as some BYOP doubles! Innova also has a longest drive contest that was one by Michigan’s own Tony Mitchell with a throw of 540′. Vibram held a CTP contest using their Ibex mid range for a spot on the test team. Another nice touch down there is if you win your card you receive a special prize. Do yourself a favor and head down next year, you won’t be disappointed! Here is a link to a couple more photo’s from down there.