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Morley Player Profile: Pete Staats

Posted in Player Profiles with tags , on August 20, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

IMG_4644_2Peter Staats
PDGA#: 21553
Division: Really Super Good

Began Playing Disc Golf:
When my buddy Sully showed it to me when I was in College back in MN.  It was fun, free, and a perfect waste of time.  Plus, when you throw it, you get to watch it:  That, I believe, is mostly the point.  I can’t stress that enough.

First Disc:
A totally sick DX XL.  I threw it super far sidearm, way over 100 ft.  I ruined it in the dishwasher and it saddens me.

Favorite Holes at Morley:
1. #16 long.  Good luck, razor wire anyone?  Plus, if it hyzers out you get to scream at the top of your lungs “Fore,” which, of course, nobody pays any mind to:  That, I believe is the rest of the point.

2. #10 long.  It’s a great hole that eerily echos 16 long, without the razor wire.

3. #19 long and short.  I’m addicted to fun and this hole helps with that.

Morley Field Aces:
More than a few and less than Donny Olow; good god Donny.

Favorite Disc:
I would have said an Z-Xtreme, but I didn’t.  Z-Magnet for the moment.

Favorite Drivers:
Pro Destroyer.  I love using it whenever possible–it’s great to serve dinner on too.  Z-Magnets.  Try one, they’re neato.

Favorite Midranges:
Shockwave (goes left), Squall (goes straight), Comet (goes right), and MRV (goes in my bag and just feels right).

Favorite Putter:
Challenger.  I have one old, one new, one borrowed…

In My Bag:
Couple of Pro Destroyers (Old and Newer)
Z-Force
Z-Xtreme
Shockwave
Squall
Comet
MRV
Couple of Z-Magnets (terrible putters, great drivers)
Couple of Pro D. Challengers (Old and Newish)

Tourney wins and / or Top 5 finishes (not necessarily from Morley):
I’m not a tournament player, and have been told that I am a terrific waste of talent.  I take pride in that as I cry myself to sleep over it night after night.

Favorite Disc Golf Website:
Of the plethora out there, I like all of them but one.  This website the best–Mark Wilson’s done a terrific job here!  (check is in the mail Pete!)

Favorite Pro Players:
As far a people who have taught me, Micah Dorius.  He gives lessons and I highly recommend anyone who actively wants to get better to contact him.  Carlo Pelg as well, he specifically taught me the intended flightpath of different discs; they are not all the same.  Also, my buddy Sully back in MN.  He’s just too super to not include here.

…Of all time:
Cameron Todd.  His nickname is ‘Angry Clown.’  Just because of that, I must put him at the top (Super-Dave is a close second).  If someone shows up with ‘Mullet Matt,’ or some other hubristic nickname I’ll shuffle the list immediately.  Mind you, my list is completely void of any meaning whatsoever.

Tips for newer players and players looking to improve:
For the game:  Throw the disc as hard and as smooth as you can without breaking your arm (ahem…), then adjust accordingly after asking many, many questions.  Repeat as necessary. Do this during the day only.
For yourself:  Set goals that are possible for you and go for it.
For me:  Have fun and be respectful.

- editors note: we try to use pictures for the profiles that are taken at Morley Field. If you know Pete this shot of him playing Bayside in 2008 captures exactly who he is. If you have been lucky enough to play a round with Pete, then you are better for it!

Player Profile: Michael Lust “Lusty”

Posted in Player Profiles on August 9, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

Michael “Lusty” Lustlust2
PDGA#: 27228
Division: Openish

Began Playing Disc Golf:
Morley, with some college buddies.  Some good economically friendly fun.

First Disc:
Cyclone Dx

Favorite Hole at Morley:
6, Where I set my first goal of making it to the grass consistently.

Morley Field Aces:
15 ish.  23 total.

Favorite Disc:
Old Blue,  My oldest disc I still use, blue Firebird that keeps coming back to me.

Favorite Driver:
Tee Bird.  Its got a little of everything in it.  Great all purpose fairway driver.

Favorite Midrange:
Buzz,  Same idea, can do it all, almost.

Favorite Putter:
Aviar x, when cold, KC Pro, when hot.  Mainly, which ever goes in most.

In My Bag:
Putters, Aviarx, KC pro
Mid ranges, Couple Buzzs, Used to have wasp, and a Gator
Drivers, Firebird, Max, TL, Teebird, Teerex, Destroyer, X Caliber, Road Runner and Stingray (primary rollers).

Tourney wins and / or Top 5 finishes (not necessarily from Morley):
Couple of good Am finishes,  2006 Morley Field Spring Fling Champion,  Nothing worth writing home about on Open side of things.

Favorite Disc Golf Website:
morleyfield.com obviously, PDGA.com,

Favorite Pro Player:
Ken Climo,  He’s the Champ!

Tips for newer players and players looking to improve:
Practice on an open field, or any where but a course.  You get more reps in less time.  Its all about the OTR, opportunity to respond.  You’ll get more on in an open field then at a course. Then maybe Morley field wouldn’t be so busy!!!
Secondly, If you want to get better, compete.  Playing in a competitive environment will improve your game faster then your casual rounds with your buddies you beat all the time.  You will see things you might have not seen before, and SEEING IS BELIEVING!
Also, Believe in your self.  Self Confidence is priceless.

Morley Player Profile: William Lister

Posted in Player Profiles with tags on July 27, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

William Listerlister2
Nickname: Let it Bang!
PDGA#: 31722
Division: Open

Began Playing Disc:
Olathe, Ks. Target golf. I had a friend in college that played. He got me started.

First Disc:
DX Eagle

Favorite Hole at Morley:
6 long. It is up hill and you either have to go over trees, if you have a big arm like me, or roll it 475 ft “Mas o Menos”.

Morley Field Aces:
Holes 2,3,13,16, and 17

Favorite Disc:
Force. I throw many spike hyzers and starting to throw grenades. Super fast disc.

Favorite Driver:
Tee-Bird. It is a work horse. Always reliable.

Favorite Midrange:
Elite Z Buzz. It needs no explanation. Its the best.

Favorite Putter:
Discrafts Soft Banger Gt. I putt the best with it.

In My Bag:
Force, Boss, Pulse, Tee-Rex, Tee-Bird, Destroyer, TL, Leapord, Star Whippet-X, Zone, Buzz, Stingray, Soft Banger Gt, and FLX Challenger.

Favorite Disc Golf Website:
Ebay. LSDiscs Plastic. They are from my home town Topeka, Ks.

Favorite Pro Player:
Micah Dorius. He is one of the top players in the world. He has given me great advice on my game. We have the same opinion on why the sport of disc golf is being held back in todays world. Just an all around good guy with a great attitude.

Tips for newer players and players looking to improve:
Putting is key. You can have a bad drive and be 40 feet out pulling off a Bird. If youre a good putter you dont need to be so accurate with your drives. Just sink long putts.

Morley Player Profile: Michelle Chambless

Posted in Player Profiles on July 16, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

Hole 6Michelle Chambless
Nickname: “Meesh”
PDGA#: Not yet, next year for sure
Division: Rec/Intermediate Women

Began Playing Disc Golf:
December 2008. My husband Dale (aKa “Godfather”) became quickly addicted to disc golf and I had to see what all the hullabaloo was about. Now I am successfully addicted and have introduced 3 other women to the game

First Disc:
Borrowed -  175 Yellow champion Beast, Owned – 175 Pink & Gray Star Destroyer

Favorite Hole at Morley:
11 – Fun hole, shooting down hill like 5 without the head wind. Short positions are Ace-able and long positions are SUPER challenging (especially through the double mandy)

Morley Field Aces: Not yet!

Favorite Disc :
175 Champion Road Runner – I’m on my second one (lost my first one in the Lake at the El Do Open). Just flies right for me almost everytime

Favorite Driver:
150 R-Pro Boss – This disc is awesome! Flies FOREVER. My husband showed me how to Haizer Flip and now I can drive past the pyramid on 5 :0)

Favorite Midrange:
175 DX Cro – Stable enough to always come back

Favorite Putter:
170 R-Pro Aviar – Soft enough to stick in the chains, sturdy enough to get it there

In My Bag:
175 Champion Roadrunner
174 Tsunami163 DX Destroyer
167 Champion Groove
170 ESP Surge
175 Star Destroyer
175 DGA Rogue
169 Champion Leopard
169 Star TL|
174 Stratus
175 Teebird
150 R-Pro Boss
172 DX Skeeter
167 Star Skeeter
175 DX Cro
175 Star Kite

Tourney wins and / or Top 5 finishes:
1st Place – January 2009 Monthly (Women’s Division)
3rd Place – 2009 El Dorado Open (Intermediate Women’s Division)

Favorite Disc Golf Website:
DiscgolfersR.us – It’s like social networking for the disc golf world, LOVE it

Favorite Pro Player:
Just like good potato chips, I can’t pick just 1 :0) Fave’s include: Carlo Pelg, Kent La Gree, Daniel “Big D” Lichtman, Kevin “KG” Gomez – ALL of these guys have contributed to my quick success in disc golf and I admire them all

Tips for newer players and players looking to improve:
Learn to throw flat first! I’ve taught/coached several people and that is the #1 thing I start them off with. Play with angles after you have more experience, start out flat!

Morley Player Profile: Ken Jarvis

Posted in Player Profiles on July 14, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

Ken JarvisP3093604trim

Nickname(s)
US: Mutant (thanks Miker)
NZ: Local Legend
PDGA#:14118
Division: Open

Began Playing Disc Golf:
Had a family picnic in the park when we were 7 yrs old. Sat across from Hole 8 in the right position and some dude’s o.b. shot came rolling right onto our turf. My bro and I, fascinated, picked it up and started chuckin’ it. The dude came over and told us about Disc Golf! Took us several months before we tried it,and we never got serious until about 16 yrs(sidearm only). Started throwing backhand at 17 yrs.

First Disc:
White Super Puppy.

Favorite Hole at Morley:
3 in the long left position, 5 long, 6 long right position, 19 long position.

Morley Field Aces: 63

Favorite Disc:
Whippet X; pure throwing pleasure…

Favorite Driver:
Teebird, Aviar.

Favorite Midrange:
Champion Shark, and recently the Coyote.

Favorite Putter:
The discontinued Omega 1.2 Driver/Putter thing.
In My Bag (If I had one):
Champion Whippet X
10x Whippet X (beat up)
Star Excalibur
Star Teebird
Star Boss
Star Roadrunner (long roller, or distance over tall obstacles)
Champion Shark (beat up)
Champion Coyote
Champion Stingray
Star Cro
DX Shark (circa 1998 roller)
Aviar Driver (semi-beat straight, super beat flippy)

Tourney wins and / or Top 5 finishes:
Tied for 5th at the Flagstaff World Champs was definitely a memorable and fitting finish just before I left for New Zealand. Wins at Evergreen Open, Sylmar Open, San Diego Open and Wrightwood (Sunrise Showdown). Also of course breaking the distance record. – video

Favorite Disc Golf Website:
pdga.com and morleyfield.com.

Favorite Pro Player(s):
Marc Jarvis (his rise from a 200′ to 500′ thrower within a month is still the most amazing thing I have ever seen.) Micah Dorius, Donny Olow, Rick Bays (just be smooth), Bob Benner, Stevie Rico and Geoff Lissaman were HUGE influences.

Tips for newer players and players looking to improve:
Focus and visualize precisely where you want your shot to go. “Willing” it won’t work. Always embrace good luck because you will get plenty of bad. Finally, experiment. If you are parking a hole everytime with a hyzer, try the anhyzer or straight shot insead. It’ll pay off when you play other courses.

Morley Player Profile: Chris Wymer

Posted in Player Profiles on July 4, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

CIMG7523Chris Wymer
Nickname: One Time!!
PDGA#: 35633
Division: Open

Began Playing Disc Golf:
I started playing disc golf in high school in 2001. My friends and I would throw discs and play ultimate at school. One day someone brought a disc golf disc to throw, and the topic of going to play came up. After my first round at Morley I was hooked, and after a brief lull during college I’ve really started to strive to improve my game (I think it’s been paying off a bit.

First Disc:
DX Shark, threw it through the chains on 16 B the very same day.

Favorite Hole at Morley (and why?):
Hole 16. It’s complex, some weeks it’s a simple shot that provides an important birdie (or ace run) in the closing holes. However other weeks, it’s positioned deeper behind the line of bushes, making things more interesting. There are lots of risk/reward shots on the deeper positions, and with each position there’s always the slight chance of taking a tree stroke if you misjudge your drive.

Morley Field Aces:
16 C with a champ Viking and 18 C with a champ Teebird. Both 5 years ago.

Favorite Disc (and why?):
It would have to be the Roc. You can do anything with it. Straight shot? No problem. Slight anhyzer? Sure thing. Headwind? No worries. Hyzer shot? I’ve got it.

Favorite Driver (and why?):
I think quite a few people have heard me ramble on and on about this one, hands down champion Teebirds. It’s a roc that flies further and faster. It’s a really easy disc to control, and very dependable on how it flies it’s lines. Plus, with the smaller rim size, it doesn’t require the mega-snap that discs such as the boss and destroyer do. As a result I have a better ability to focus on controlling my shot.

Favorite Midrange (and why?):
Champion Classic Rocs. It’s the best because it is the middle ground between a roc and a spider. Stable, with a dependable fade at the end of it’s flight. Beyond that, it’s the easiest driver I’ve found to throw side-arm approach shots with. Unfortunately, they’ve been discontinued, so good luck finding one.

Favorite Putter (and why?):
Aviars. All shapes and varieties. With putting it’s the archer, not the arrow, but the aviar is my “arrow” of choice.

In My Bag:
Long Range Drivers:
Champ Orc
Star Excaliber
2 Champ Destroyers
Star Boss
Fairway Drivers:
Champ Leopard
Champ Valkyre
Champ Teebird
Champ Eagle
Champ Firebird
Midrange:
3 Rocs (Star Ontario, KC, DX)
Gateway Blade
Spider

Tourney wins and / or Top 5 finishes (not necessarily from Morley):
Morley (won each division once in a monthly)

Favorite Disc Golf Website (and why?):
PDGA.com. So many resources, and vast amounts of info on up coming tournaments, and course locations.

Favorite Pro Player (and why?):
John Childs. I got to watch him during the final round of the Memorial this year. He’s a lefty holding his own in the right handed world of disc golf!!

Tips for newer players and players looking to improve:
Playing at Morley is fun, however, the one thing that has helped me more than anything with my game has been going to an empty park and throwing every disc in my bag. Find a local park, and learn what your discs want to do. At a park you can take your time and focus on correcting your form, and slowing down your release without having it impact your round. At a park you can figure out how to make your disc fly in specific directions, and more importantly, figure out what it wants to do when released level. It doesn’t take long, set aside maybe 45 minutes a couple of times a week. You’ll be surprised by the improvement in your game.

Morley Player Profile: Tyler Courtney

Posted in Player Profiles on June 28, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

Tyler Courtney CIMG7468
Intermediate / Recreational

Began Playing Disc Golf:
October 2007 at Morley. Thought the game was pretty lame until I hit my first birdie. Been hooked ever since!

First Disc:
Pro Wraith and yea, it was pink.

Favorite Holes at Morley:
5 (long positions), 8 (any position)

Morley Field Aces:
1! Hole 2. Took me two and a half years to get it!

Favorite Disc:
Champion XCalibur, 175

Favorite Drivers:
Champion Boss, Champion TeeBird

Favorite Midrange:
Champion Spider, Champion Stingray

Favorite Putters:
Magnets (Hard)

In My Bag:
Drivers : 175 Champ Boss, 175 Champ XCalibur, 175 First Run Star XCalibur, 173 First Run Champ Groove, 175 Champ Teebird, 167 CFR Wraith, 171 Star TL. Midrange : 175 Champ Spider, 177 Champ Stingray, 172 Star Gator, 180 Champ Shark, 168 Champ Shark,173 ProD Wasp. Putters : 3 ProD Magnets (Various weights), Max Weight Elite Z Magnet.

Tourney Placements :
None yet. Need to have tourneys on weekdays!

Favorite Disc Golf Website:
dgcoursereview.com

Favorite Pro Player:
Ken Climo

Tips for New Disc Golf Players :
Buy 3 of the exact same putters and practice your form often. Find a field and unload your bag including midrage and putters to get your disc’s flight pattern down. Do this often until comfortable with all your plastic. Always throw at 70% power. Less is more in this game. HAVE FUN and TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

Player Profile: Jonathan Wilson “jdub”

Posted in Player Profiles on June 26, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

Jonathan WilsonSlide1 “jdub”
YDGA#: 1
Future Pro Tour Top Money Earners ($100,00 and above)

Began Playing Disc Golf:
2006 at Morley Field. My dad (mdub) brought me when I was 3 years old. My friend at the course is Luke (Kayleen’s son). He and I will be battling it out in a few years just like Micah and Carlo do now!… (and Adazm’s son). I like Morley Field but I wish they had golf carts like Emerald Isle. That place rocks!

First Disc:
100g ROC

Favorite Hole at Morley:
Either hole 5 (which I can crush) so I can hang out with all the dogs (canines) usually resting near the 5 and 7 teepad or hole 15 because its near the snack bar. I have pared holes 1, 2, 16 and 17!

Morley Field Aces:
Zero (the same number that my dad has and he’s been playing 30 years!)

Favorite Disc:
Orange 120g ROC that Steve Rico gave me at Sylmar

In My Bag:
Yellow 100g ROC
Orange 120g ROC
Clear 110g #2 Hyzer
Clear 110g Upshot

Tourney wins and / or Top 5 finishes (not necessarily from Morley):
None yet, but I’ll take on all-comers’ with the proper handicap scoring!

Favorite Disc Golf Website:
http://www.morleyfield.com because my dad does the website

Favorite Pro Player:
Snapper or Steve Rico or KG or Carl Renda

Tips for newer players and players looking to improve:
“Keep your head in the game”

Noah McBride – A Cool Kid!

Posted in Player Profiles on June 8, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

His dad knew long before their first visit with Auntie to Morley Field that the boy could throw a Frisbee. Sure, lots of kids can fling one, but Noah’s first throws as a toddler in the backyard were natural and possessed an uncanny accuracy. His casual nature and competitive drive eventually led him to the first tee. Noah started playing disc golf regularly this year (2009).

At ten years old, he is not the youngest player ever seen at the Morley Field links. But Noah’s enthusiasm for the sport is beginning to attract attention and valuable lessons from more experienced players here. His stature as a novice often leads to friendly advice from players much more “in the know” than his old man. Noah  is soaking up every word.

Disc golf at Morley also seems to be teaching Noah there is more to this disc-shaped world than simply waiting at the next tee. With each round, Noah is recognizing and greeting familiar faces on the course and with that he seems to be learning the meaning of community.

These days, Noah proudly carries a budding collection of discs in his own green shoulder bag and, though he won’t brag, he will tell you about his first hole-five par. Noah is certainly hooked on Disc Golf and he can’t wait to play that next round.

From his dad –
On December 10, 2007 Noah was eight and half. A benign tumor was found on his optic nerve near his pituitary gland nine months earlier. It had to come out because he would likely lose peripheral vision (or worse), if not. Skilled hands at Children’s Hospital removed it; he spent five days at the hospital and recovered at home after that. Back to school in January. Baseball season started in March and he made the allstar roster by May; then allstar soccer in the fall. He is very low-key about it, but it is a significant part of his life and I consider it an amazing life event that he probably won’t fathom until he’s much older.

It certainly helps me with perspective in my life…

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Say Hi to Noah when you see him on the course. He’s a cool kid!

Player Profile: Dale Chambless “Godfather”

Posted in Player Profiles on June 2, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

daleDale Chambless “Godfather”
Novice/Rec

Began Playing DG:
My friends brought me out in the summer of 2008.  I was instantly hooked, and by January I was buying monthly passes so I can play everyday.

First Disc:
The first two discs I bought were a first run Champion Boss and an Omega SuperSoft putter after playing for about a month.

Favorite Hole at Morley:
16.  This hole has everything.  Easy ace runs when in the front and long, challenging shots when its deep.

Aces:
I’m coming up on one year of disc golf and I still have no aces. Hit the basket, pole, chains, flag, and everything else I could hit, but nothing has stuck yet.

Favorite Disc:
The one that goes in the basket

Favorite Driver:
Champion Destroyer

Favorite Midrange:
Star Cro

Favorite Putter:
Omega SS

In My Bag:
I often get picked on for carrying way too much plastic, but I feel like I need every disc in my bag to make up for the fact that I’m not very good.  I’ve got a few discs that I’m letting my wife use too, so this week my bag is holding:
Innova:  Star Plastic:  Max, X-Caliber, Destroyer, T-Rex, Gator, Cro. Champion Plastic:  Monster, Destroyer, Boss, Groove, Beast, Starfire, Monarch, Teebird, Leopard, Firebird, Spider. Discraft: Elite X Plastic: Buzz. Z Plastic:  Crystal Challenger, Magnet. Millennium: QJLS, Omega SS (2) Gateway: Assassin

Favorite DG Website:
discgolfersr.us and morleyfield.com

Favorite Pro Player: 
Haven’t met a lot of pros other than the guys that play open at Morley.  The guy that has been the biggest help to game so far is Carlo Pelg.  Friendly, outgoing, helpful, and all business on the course.

Tips for Newer Players:
The less you do, the more you do.  Get out of your head.  Slow it down.  Spend a day at the park playing catch with different discs to learn them.  When you’re on the course let your instincts take over and “Do Less.”

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