Monday, August 25, 2008

Mixed bag???

So Rich Givens from flying disc magazine caught me on Tape right after Wednesdays rounds were complete at this years worlds. With Nikko up by 3 strokes I was pretty amped up and let a nice message fly out.
The Idea that players having to throw discs from one company exclusively has never really been that comfortable for me.
Even though I really love the loyalty that our sponsored players have shown, Its just doesn't seem like the best way to grow disc golf.
Everyone likes a nice rivalry and of course its not that big of deal to hear Cubs Suck or Chevy sucks or whatever,,,, those guys all make millions of dollars whether people think they suck or not!
Its not helping our small time sport so much and doesn't help our image to non competitive disc golfers.
I received a tip years ago about contracting " never cut down other roofing or construction companies as it only establishes and reinforces distrust about the industry as a whole. I used this information wisely and always refrained from talking bad about other companies to customers.

Check out this video to here and see some of my thoughts.
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Friday, August 22, 2008

2008 Gateway Open

This years 2008 Gateway open will be played on September 13th and 14th at Foundation Park in Centralia IL.

Here is a flyer for the event.
17th annual Gateway Open
P.D.G.A. Sanctioned “B Tier” Tournament
@ Foundation Park Disc Golf Course
Centralia, Illinois
There are 2 disc golf course located in the same park. The par 72, 18-hole championship course is one of the most challenging and scenic courses in the world & very few courses will wet your disc golf appetite like this one!
Saturday & Sunday September 13th & 14th 2008
HOSTED BY: GATEWAY DISC SPORTS
Quest-AT, STL Disc Golf & the City of Centralia
Everyone is welcome to come and play 2 rounds of 18 holes on the par 72 Championship course and 2 rounds of 18 on the par 54 course. Each player will receive 2 golf discs in the player’s package.
3 baskets will be given away and a 1st place trophy for each division.
Payout to top 1/3rd with CTP and ring of fire prizes all weekend.
Check gdstour.com for hotel information ( less than $50 a night)
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Saturday Registration 8:00-9:30 9:45 Players Meeting
Round 1 tee time 10:00 (all additional tee times to be announced)
OPEN MEN/WOMEN (pro) = $60.00
PRO & ADV MASTERS = $40.00
ADVANCED MEN (am 1) = $40.00
AMATEUR MEN (AM2) = $30.00
RECREATIONAL MEN (AM3) = $30.00
JR Boys & Girls (16 and under) = $20.00
ALL AM WOMEN ARE FREE and receive 2 discs!!!!
There will be a $10 fee for non-pdga members
Directions:
From Hwy 64 go 1 hour east of downtown St Louis to Hwy 51 north. Take 51 north for about 10 miles to Noleman (hwy 161), go right (east) for about 1 mile to pleasant avenue go left and make 1st right into park. Stay on main RD for about 1/3 mile to sentinel shelter. Championship course is on the left and recreational course is on the right!
To pre-register call 314-487-5204 or email david@gdstour.com
Please check the website for hotel and lodging information:
www.gdstour.com

Monday, August 18, 2008

Feature story on Nikko in Kzoo newspaper

Well Nikko didn't finish as well as he started at this year PDGA worlds In Kalamazoo Mi. Leading by as much as 4 strokes after the 1/2 way point in the event, Nikko wound up in 10th place, when it was all said and done.
I'm sure its not what he expected after having the lead but its a great accomplishment and learning experience, plus he's got years and years ahead of him,,,,, this wont be his last chance at a big title!!!!

I watched him play rounds 3-8 in the lead group, everyone with the eventual winner and 2008 pdga mens open world Champion, Dave Feldberg.

While Nikko was playing well everything seemed fine, but once he started throwing bad shots the wheels just seemed to come off.
His drives were not getting close on some easy holes and his putting game seemed to slip away. He still made several big putts but missed some really makable ones too!


Here is a link to the feature article the Kzoo Newspaper did on Nikko!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Nikko's looking good so far1

Well 5 rounds are down so far at this years PDGA world championship in Central Michigan and 19 year old Nikko Locastro ( my nephew) is leading by 3 over this tough and experinced field. Ive watched him play quite a few holes and he seems as poised as anyone atthis event.
Nikko says he really likes the courses and feels they suit his game well.
On the leader card for tomorrow will be Nikko, at -51, Dave Feldberg at-48, Geoff Bennett at -42 and climbing his way to the leader card for the first time is Ken Climo 10 back at -41.

Those of you pulling for Nikko feel free to post a comment giving him support and encouragement.

I have a ton of pictures and a few videos but dont have my cable to upload them, maybe tomorrow.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Nikkos practice ace at worlds.

Apparently Nikko aced hole#10 at Victory Park in practice.

From Greg Hosfeld's blog: http://www.onegranddiscgolftour.com/

Quote:
We got a late start on our way to Albion’s Victory Park (#908) This is a pristine park with a river slowly meandering through. Complete with a dam waterfall and some ponds that come into play in the middle of the track.

When we reached hole 10, Nikko anhyzered his putter exactly 327’ over the river and directly into the chains for a very smooooth ace! The mower, who had been stopping to allow us to drive (even the mowers observe the rules of etiquette!) drove up and congratulated Nikko, saying he’d never seen anyone ace the hole. Chances are he won’t again for a while.
There are some big shots on this course but most of the holes are birdie-able according to par. There’s a 990 footer but also a little finesse 167 footer over the stream for balance. Victory park should see some good score movement during next week’s disc golf marathon.

Shown here is Nikko at the basket with two guys on the tee to the left

2008 Pro and Am pdga worlds almost under way!

2008 Pro and Am pdga worlds almost under way!

I heard a rumor that Nikko Aced a 335 foot Island hole with a Wizard.
There are supposed to be some pics somewhere, I will find them and post here!

Check out PDGA Radio for information on this years PDGA world championships!
http://www.pdga.com/pdgaradio/index.php

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

cool stencil dyes and Tye dyed shirts!

we are uploading many new cool items on our e-bay store.

stop by and check it out at www.Gatewaydiscgolfdirect.com

Friday, August 1, 2008

Nikko' s High School Graduation Party







This Saturday is Nikko's High School Graduation party and then He's off to the Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Anyone that knows Nikko, is invited to the party!
The directions are the same as to Endicott park except as you turn and get all the eay past Qucktrip make a left on Renz and the address is 8523 Renz!

I-170 to St.Charles Rock Rd. Go west on St. Charles Rock Rd. and make the first right past the Quik Trip. Keep to the right winding behind Quik Trip until it turns into Endicott Rd. Go 1 mile and the park is on the right.

Feel free to stop by even if it's just for a minute!

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St. Louis, MO, United States
I own and operate Gateway Disc Sports, a disc manufacturing and course design and installation company.