Zambia Open 2019

 At the end of January we were thrilled to host the first ever official disc golf event in Zambia!  Back in 2016, Eagles Wings Disc Golf came to introduce the sport and install a 9-hole course. Less than 3 years later, with their help once again, we have expanded our course to a much more challenging 18 hole design, enabling us to host our first of many disc golf events!  Here is what Eagles Wings had to say:

“The 2019 Zambia Open is in the books and it was an incredible day! There was so much excitement and enthusiasm in Macha for disc golf and the event, and it could not have gone better…We had 52 players compete including 8 women and 14 juniors who qualified the day before in the juniors event. We also had 6 countries represented!

Elem Katambo, the new Professional Disc Golf Association Zambia Country Coordinator, did a fantastic job directing the event. Zambia disc golf will thrive with Elem leading the way.

The new course played tough, but fair, and we had great reviews from all competitors. During the event we had our first 1000 rated round and our first ace thanks to Kevin Derrick. Another highlight was having 4 different Zambian division winners who could not have been happier.

Our junior boys division was one of the most fun to watch. The winner would have won advanced and finished well in open. These boys are highly skilled and have bright futures.

There were so many people that played a role in this event and it is impossible to thank everyone! The disc golf community is unbelievably generous and we are so thankful. All of our player, hole, and event sponsors were the reason we could build the course and run a PDGA event. Innova Discs went above and beyond with their support and everyone could not wait to put on their Innova shirts!

Thanks to Dynamic Discs, Disc Golf Pro Tour, Bogey Free Bags, Zing Mini Discs, Paragon Disc Golf, Throwback Sports, Prodigy Disc and Upper Park Designs for the donations and contributions! Looking forward to next year.”

We too are grateful for the many people and organizations that helped us make this a great event.  We also are thankful for our community here that embraced the event and came out to enjoy the day. One person in the community shared, saying:

““Thank you to everyone from Eagles Wings Disc Golf who put their hearts, hands, and pocketbooks to work to make a difference in so many children’s (and adults) lives here in Macha!  The two tournaments and the on-going interaction with the children were amazing and priceless!”

Twalumba and see you for the Zambia Open 2020!!  For anyone interested in the scores for the event, they can be found here.

Junior Event
Zambia Open 2019

 

Costa Rica Disc Golf Trip Update – 3.2.19

In preparing to leave CR yesterday we wanted to finish up our devos on the 10 commandments which Ian volunteered to lead for the day (It was #5, honor your parents). I’m glad he had that opportunity and I think the study guide gave him the confidence to do it. Everyone was good about participating in the discussion. Chris was the final one to share his testimony. Ideally we would have wrapped up last night, but it was too late after our “end of the week” team time (which was late after our day away). The rest of the day was spent loading up the bus and traveling, which all went smoothly…and no long lines, thank the Lord! Good-byes were emotional with promises to pray for each other, invitations to visit each other, and hopes of future opportunities to work together.

Costa Rica Disc Golf Trip Update – 3.1.19

This morning we were up bright and early to leave for the canopy tour, with breakfast upon our arrival at the site. Jenelle chose to hang out with Nattie and take pictures of some of the zip lines rather than harness up and fly with us. It was cool to experience the camaraderie that has been built upon all week as we navigated the zip lines. There was so much encouragement along with good-natured bantering. It was thrilling to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation from a new perspective on the high wires. Gabriel, Nattie’s brother, came along although he was terrified to go on the zip line. Through encouragement from the team (and a lot of prayer, I’m sure 🙂 There was a young couple behind us that asked what we were doing in CR. It turns out they try play disc golf wherever they go. We told them about the new course and shared some of our story. Talk about a divine appointment! Our time at the hot springs was also greatly enjoyed and more relaxing. Again, the camaraderie was evident as we spent the afternoon together in the pools and on the slides. Such a great day as we closed out our week of serving together. After a late supper we had an amazing time affirming and encouraging one another as well as discussing plans for the future. What a great team! Now to pack our bags, which will be so much easier without the extra 150 lbs. of chain and discs!

Costa Rica Disc Golf Trip Update – 2.28.19

This morning was the big tournament we’ve been anticipating all week. Three bus loads of 5th and 6th graders arrived at the park one at a time, so while waiting for all of them to arrive, we played with the kids already there inside a nice air conditioned building.  They had fun teaching us hand clapping games and helping us with our Spanish.
When everyone had arrived we were introduced and Jim spoke for a few minutes and showed a video about Eagles Wings. The park staff warmly thanked us for coming. We proceeded with a skills clinic and an opportunity for them to play some of the holes. There were 75 kids and adults who participated. They were so excited to hear that they got to keep the disc they played with. A church planting pastor that we invited came with 2 of his kids. He intends to use the new course as a discipleship tool so we gave him 30 discs to get started.
In the afternoon we invited the park staff and people from other mission agencies to participate in a time of learning disc golf. We also talked with some people who just happened to be in the park and seemed interested. We were able to bless everyone with discs and t-shirts. The park director made special arrangements to meet with us and is very supportive of what we’re doing and interested in hosting tournaments. She told us how glad she is that we chose their park, and Jim’s reply was that God brought us together. It was thrilling to see the course come alive today and we look forward to seeing how God will use it for His glory. So many people are interested…I can imagine the ripple effect it will have in Costa Rica.
After supper tonight we had our team time with devotions about the 4th commandment on keeping the Sabbath, which led to some good discussion. Bret and Jenelle shared testimonies. It’s been so good getting to know each other during those quieter and more serious times. People are being transparent, which requires trust. This is drawing us closer. And then there are the lighter, fun times, like celebrating birthdays and walking to get ice cream. Last night was Jim’s birthday with cake and ice cream, and tonight we celebrated Chris’s with a pinata for his 40th. Instead of swinging  a stick, he threw a disc. Lots of laughs! Looking forward to our day off/fun day at the canopy and hot springs tomorrow. I predict a lot of sleeping on the bus as we leave at 6 a.m.
Hasta manana