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Missouri Winter Wonderland

Posted by mleefry


Winners of each division at the 28th Annual Ice Bowl in Columbia, Mo.

Hey Dogleggers, long time no talk!  I promise I haven’t forgotten about you guys—I actually daydream about blogging quite often.  For those who don’t know, I’m currently in my junior year of college, so let’s just say that I have to write a lot of stuff that’s not about disc golf during the school year and my brain can only produce so many words in a week.

Anyway, I’ve been DYING to tell you guys a little bit about the crazy winter we’ve been having here in Missouri.  It’s been a winter wonderland.  Not “wonderland” like the deep snow and beautiful trees on a Christmas card—we’re not quite northern enough for that.  I mean WONDERland, like “I wonder if it’s going to be 60 and sunny, or if it’s going to be so cold the news anchors are telling me not to let my dog outside for more than 10 minutes.”  So, let’s take a look at Missouri’s last few weekends.

Four weeks ago today I played in the 28th Annual Ice Bowl in Columbia, Mo.  Columbia is not only my hometown, but the home of the original Ice Bowl in 1987.  As we all know, the official Ice Bowl slogan is “No Wimps, No Whiners,” and for the 28th Annual there was nothing to complain about.  The weather was beautiful, in the 40s and no rain or snow.  I was very happy to be able to play in a division of 5 women, two of us celebrating one year since our first tournament!  On top of that, I shot my personal record on the Oakland Top course with a 2 stroke improvement.  It was a wonderful day!

Five ladies competed in the women's division at the 28th Annual Ice Bowl in Columbia, Mo.

Five ladies competed in the women’s division at the 28th Annual Ice Bowl in Columbia, Mo.

Ice Bowl Shirt

Winners of each division at the 28th Annual Ice Bowl in Columbia, Mo.

Winners of each division at the 28th Annual Ice Bowl in Columbia, Mo.

After such a great experience at the Columbia Ice Bowl, I was really pumped to play the following weekend in Jefferson City, Mo.  However, the night before the tournament there was an ice storm and it wasn’t safe to make the 30 minute drive.  Instead, I spent the day playing a 4-hole NOMAD course at my house and gathering with my neighbors to scrape ice off of my street.  Not so wonderful.

NOMAD target set up in my backyard while it was too icy to drive to a course safely.

NOMAD target set up in my backyard while it was too icy to drive to a course safely.

My street covered in ice, and everyone trying to clear it off.

My street covered in ice, and everyone trying to clear it off.

 

I didn’t get any golf in the following weekend.  There was more snow and I turned 21, so I think you can infer that I was a little busy doing other things…

Final Birthday

Last weekend I finally made my way down to Jefferson City to play league at their new course.  They still don’t have permanent baskets or tee pads installed, so we played the front nine twice with temp baskets.  Just by looking at the front nine and hearing rumors about the back nine, this course is going to be a BEAST.  There are a few water hazards, lots of elevation change, and a mix of tight tunnels and long fairway shots that have to be strategically placed.  (It’ll definitely be worthy of a course guide when it’s finished.)

Although it only snowed a little while I was there, there was plenty of “leftover” snow on the ground, cause it hadn’t been above freezing in at least a week.  The park’s namesake Binder Lake was frozen enough to walk on (although I never recommend walking on ice!), which is pretty rare.

During this round my winter weakness was particularly evident.  I’m usually pretty good at not letting cold affect my mental game, keeping my throwing hand warm, and not letting my feet get wet.  But the worst thing about winter disc golf is wearing so many layers that it limits my range of motion.  For the most part it doesn’t impact my driving, but trying to follow through on a putt when I feel like the Michelin Man is just not going to happen.

Geese on the shore of Binder Lake in Jefferson City, Mo., near their newest course.

Geese on the shore of Binder Lake in Jefferson City, Mo., near their newest course.

One of my drives at the new course in Binder Lake Park

One of my drives at the new course in Binder Lake Park

Jefferson City Disc Golf Club's President Stan Balke putting from a tree on the new course

Jefferson City Disc Golf Club’s President Stan Balke putting from a tree on the new course

Just six days later, I played my first short-sleeved round of the year at Carrollton Park in St. Louis.  It was a beautiful, sunny day reaching a high of nearly 60 degrees.  Can you say complete weather 180!?  Then, fast forward to today, when the high is expected to be only 38 degrees; my disc golf feat for the day will only consist of writing this post and wishing I were at the Gentlemen’s Club Challenge, where it is currently 65 and sunny!

Precarious basket at Carrollton Park in Bridgeton, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.

Precarious basket at Carrollton Park in Bridgeton, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.


The “Towch” Review by Dogleg JT

Posted by randomtiz


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As the end to Valentine’s Day Weekend draws near, I would like to share with you guys a new love that’s in the air. Something that I hope you guys will end up loving as much as I have.

A few weeks ago I was searching for a new towel to clip onto my disc golf bag. I stumbled across this thing called the “Towch®” and was like whaaaaaaaat? Weird name, right? This was something unlike I had ever seen or heard of before. For those of you that know me, I am huge proponent and fan of new technology—especially when it relates to disc golf.

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It’s Called a…What Now?:
What exactly is the Towch® you might ask? Well let me tell you. The Towch® is a pouch that also doubles as a towel. Before I dive too much further into the review, I’d rather you watch the video review we put together. Watch the video below and see the Towch® in action!

*If the video does not load, click here to view it on YouTube!

How it Works:
1) Using the 2 carabiner clips, attach to your belt loops, belt or bag.
2) Insert 3-5 discs to use as a carrying pouch.
3) Insert 1 disc and spin the disc around within the pouch to dry it off or to remove dirt/mud.

Final Thoughts:
This thing has so many different uses! Lately I’ve found myself using it more as a putter carrier attached to my belt loops. I haven’t had 5 discs maxed out in it yet while playing, so not sure if it affects my throwing. But 1-3 discs do not affect my throw. I like keeping my putter(s) in there for super quick access for putting. This would be a great solution for frolfers that only carry a handful of discs anyway.

During this cold spell these past few weeks, I’ve found myself even using it as a handwarmer pouch. Put a “Hot Hands” packet in there and keep that throwing hand warm! You could also use it to carry snacks, maybe a cold drink or two, camera, etc. Hahha or even use it as a hat to keep your head and ears warms! (See me being ridiculous towards the end of the video where I demonstrate the hat use). Possibilities are endless!

Get this, they’re 100% made in the USA! That’s awesome.

I want one! Where can I buy one?:
Please visit their site at TowelPouch.com to learn more! Towches® currently come in a variety of 8 colors. The standard, one-color Towch® has an MSRP of $11.99. Be sure to “like” their FB page at www.facebook.com/TheTowch! Mention you read the Towch® review on DoglegDiscGolf.com.

Share the Towch® love this Valentine’s!
-jt


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