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The Seventh Annual DiscStock was held Saturday May 30th 2009.

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Thanks to all the players and musical guests. See where these performers are playing next:

The High Strung String Band

and

The Stevens Brothers Band



Results Relative to Par (108):

Name Score
Kyle Jasperson -19 1st
Mike Maus -16 2nd (tie)
Anthony Bruun -16 2nd (tie)
Buzz Chopper -15 3rd (tie)
Danny Borstad -15 3rd (tie) - closest to pin (#15)
Eric Ashton -14
Eric Gerdes -14
Gage Sonezalla -13 best youth
Brad Ray -13
Jason Borstad -13
Matt Stevens -12
John Hinnenkamp -12
Mike McLaughlin -11
Dan Bruun -10
Jonathan Reed -10
Adam Ray -8
Bob Ramey -8
Ron Ramey -8
Trevor Shatek -7
Jason Kaeding -7 hole-in-one - 18th hole
Sean Francis -7
Jason Siem -7
Jim Trousil -6
Patrick Volkerding -4
Matt Westrup -3
Tim Ray -2 (1st round only)
Tony Ray -2 (1st round only)
Ryan Thomas -1
Joel Alvstad 0
Pete Sand 4
Jeff Smith 4
Kathy Ray 5 best female
Nate Sevens/Miles Becker 5
Steve Ray 7
Mark Tokheim 7
Jesse Brodd 7
Jerimiah Lindstrom 8
Erica Peterson 9 most shots
Travis Wells ? no scorecard
Aaron Ray ? no scorecard
Denny Ringstad ? no scorecard
Brent Didier ? no scorecard
Devin Harrington ? no scorecard
Ben Haynes ? no scorecard
Michael Peterson ? no scorecard

Joel Alvstad, Sports Editor of the Cottonwood County Citizen of Windom MN, was kind enough to share his weekly column about this year's tournament:

Frisbee fun for Dad and son

I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I come up short when it comes to earning the title "World’s Best Dad."

But a couple of weeks ago might just have been the most fun outing I’ve had with my children while giving my wife an extremely-rare "kid-free weekend."

The last weekend of May, I loaded the three kids for a trip up north to Barrett to visit family. While the girls opted to stay with Grandma and cousins on Saturday, Parker and I hit the links — the chain links, that is.

Each year my uncle hosts "Discstock," which is a disc golf tournament and bluegrass music festival at his homemade course, Sumac Hills.

The tournament was the brainchild of my late cousin Jason, who died a few years back in a kayaking accident. Now, the tourney is held in Jason’s memory and honor, using the same format that he used for the first one: two rounds of two-person best-throw, with a random draw for partners before each round. And each round, each player’s drive must be used at least three times.

For a (very) amateur thrower, the format can have its advantages and disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage is the tourney attracts a number of serious throwers from the Alexandria area, as well as numerous throwers from the Cities who come primarily for the bands.

The big advantage comes in the chance you could be paired with good throwers each of the two rounds, thus improving your score. Each player keeps their own scorecard. The individual with the best overall total is the winner.

The other big advantage is getting to spend some quality time with my son, who loves disc golf to the point that it’s how he wanted to spend his sixth birthday. He’s also converted our yard into his own personal course, with every tree being used for a target.

In the two years I’ve played Discstock, my fortunes have been mixed, at best. Last year, I saddled my aunt Kathy, who wound up finishing with the worst score of the tourney.

This year, I was well on my way to the consolation prize for the highest score — a dozen golf balls. The reason for golf balls? Because the person with the worst score "should take up a different sport."

My first-round partner and I posted an uninspiring +10 score. We only had one double-bogey, but couldn’t make our short-range par-saving putts.

After the redraw for partners, I got paired up with someone different and my fortunes drastically reversed. Despite having to use my drive three times, my new partner and I posted a -10 on the second 18, leaving me at even-par for the day. He finished at -19 to win the overall tournament.

As for Parker, he wore down after the first round, but got a second wind as the second round started after chugging almost a whole quart of milk. He wound up taking just about every throw I made, although he technically wasn’t part of the tournament.

At the end of the day, we were able to sit down, share a hug, a fist-bump and a couple of hot dogs and reflect on the fun of the day as the bands started and the girls came out for some supper.

And as I drifted to sleep that night, exhausted from walking 36 holes on fairly rugged terrain, I could feel satisfied in the fact that my kids, particularly my son, could see me out of my normal element and spend some real quality time.

About Sumac Hills

Several years ago, my uncle Tim Ray converted his grove and pasture land into a disc golf heaven about five miles east of Barrett.

Most of the 18 holes now have chain-link disc golf targets. The ones that don’t use old creamery cans or chicken feeders as targets.

All the holes are played as par-threes, even though a handful are pushing 300 feet or more or have incredibly difficult fairways. In addition, Tim has given each hole a name, much like you’d see at Augusta National.

One of the most scenic shots is on Hole 7, a long, bending downhill drive with my uncle’s small vineyard to the left. The vineyard takes center stage on Hole 8, which he calls "The Grapes of Wrath."

However, some of the holes are "links style," which means the same target is used for two different holes. In fact, the same fairway is also used on a few holes.

One such case is what I consider the toughest part of the course. Holes 5 and 11 use the same fairway — a narrow, tree and sumac-lined tunnel of fairway. For Hole 5, the tunnel is off the tee, giving the hole the apt title of "The Tunnel." Hole 5 is also known for the "car hazard," as a rusted out car sits in the woods, making for a sick-sounding thud of disc hitting metal. For Hole 11, the tunnel is nearer to the target and low-hanging branches off the tee make high throws impossible. Hence, the name "Par Buster."

The most-recognizeable hole at Sumac Hills is Hole 15, where an old chicken feeder is the final target. It has the title "Tin Man."

There is also a stock pond that one has to throw over or around on Hole 16, but it can also come into play on Holes 14 and 17.

If you’re ever in the Alexandria Lakes area, give it a look. Although it is private land, the public is welcome if they call ahead.

For information on Sumac Hills, including contact information, go to www.sumachills.com.