Eagles Wings Junior Mid-Atlantic Regional 2018

58 junior players braved the rain and played in the Eagles Wings Junior Mid-Atlantic Regional on Saturday. Despite the morning rain and an ominous forecast, the clouds parted and we had beautiful sunshine for most of the round. Players from 4 to 18 years old each played on one of 3 different 18 hole layouts. We were excited to see that many of our competitors were playing in their first tournament, and for a few, it was their first time playing disc golf.

Each player received a generous player pack with included a shirt, hat, 2 discs, a mini, and more. This was possible thanks to the support of our sponsors: D-Town Disc Golf, Innova, Dynamic Discs, Dude Disc Golf Apparel, Zing Minis, Paragon, Chick-fil-A, and Jeff Daniel’s Jeep.

After getting their player pack, the competitors ate a free breakfast provided by Ridgeline Community Church. Then they attended a clinic taught by top local pros before heading out to play the round. The event concluded with a free Chick-fil-A lunch, some games, a free raffle, and awards.

All of this would not be possible without the continued support of our sponsors and an all-star volunteer crew. We are grateful for all who contributed to the day.

You can check out the full results here.

On Eagles Wings: Investing In The Future

EAGLES WINGS DISC GOLF AT THE JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Thanks to the staff at Dynamic Discs and the PDGA, Eagles Wings Disc Golf had the opportunity to be involved in the Junior World Disc Golf Championships a few short weeks ago. The tournament was held in Emporia, Kansas and had nearly 200 players competing. Eagles Wings Disc Golf staff members, Dustin and Hannah Leatherman, Seth and Becky Hogan, and Scott Leader along with his parents Ron and Lynn Leader, all made the trek to Emporia from Pennsylvania and Colorado to participate during the week filling various roles.

One of the highlights at Worlds was meeting all of the Eagles Wings Junior Grant Winners and supporting them throughout the week. Each of the winners had applied for the junior grant earlier in the year, with one of the main criteria being that they did a service project for their local disc golf community. It was really exciting for our staff to meet these incredible young disc golfers and get to know the people behind these stories we had read about. Five of our Junior Grant Winners from 2018, and three of our Junior Grant Winners from 2017 played in the event. We kicked things off for them early in the week with a dinner, and then spent time interacting with them throughout the tournament. Scott and his parents spent time each day supporting each grant winner out on the course during the tournament rounds.

Another highlight of the week was our Eagles Wings Chapel service. We had over 70 people in attendance, which was our largest chapel service to date. It is always such a blessing to worship God with other disc golfers and this night was no exception. It was held across the street from the player meeting, and a local youth pastor intertwined humor, stories of faith, and lessons from the Bible to teach the kids and their families how they can love God and others out on the disc golf course while competing at the Junior World Championships. During the award ceremony at the end of the tournament, it was incredible for us to watch so many of these same kids demonstrate their love for God and the other competitors while sharing about their faith in Jesus during their acceptance speeches. The time was well spent this week for our Eagles Wings Disc Golf staff and we all came away feeling excited about what God is doing in the disc golf community.

 

AFRICAN DISC GOLF TOUR

Last year, new friends of Eagles Wings, Yohannes Desalegn and John Luetzow, ran the first ever PDGA disc golf tournament in Africa in Yohannes’ home country of Ethiopia.  You may recall that we were able to send Elem Katambo, a member of the Push The Rock Zambia staff to the event. This experience for Elem sparked a vision of running a similar event in Macha, Zambia where he lives and works for Push The Rock.  All of this has led to the first ever African Disc Golf Tour!

We will be partnering with the Ethiopia crew to run a series of events that will be linked together.  While the African tour will most likely look a bit different than the big tours we see throughout disc golf, it marks a significant step in the growth of disc golf in Africa.  We are excited and honored to be part of this partnership and look forward to see what will come of it.

We will be sharing more details in the weeks to come via our website and social media and we encourage you to stay tuned in. We will be offering some great opportunities to support the event through shirt and disc sales, along with opportunities to sponsor holes for the event, and even local Zambian players!  

 

CHAPEL MINISTRY IN FULL SWING

Our first ever chapel took place at the 2015 World Championships, and a few short years later we have made some significant progress!  While we will not quite achieve our goal of offering a chapel at every major event, we are getting closer every year. As the word gets out, we are excited that tournament directors have been helping us promote, and local disc golfers in ministry are getting involved.  On top of that, our core player base is growing, and doing a great job helping us with this offering!

As we mentioned earlier we were recently at the Junior World Championships.  The tournament director did a great job promoting the chapel, and we were blessed to have 77 people in attendance!  It was great to worship with people from all over the country, and even a few people from overseas. In addition to this we partnered with two different churches to make it happen, and got connected with some great families that now know there is a ministry like ours in the disc golf community!

This past week we were also able to offer chapel at the Amateur World Championships.  Our South Carolina ambassador led the way and did a great job with the night. Looking ahead we will be offering chapels in Vermont, Massachusetts, Illinois, Georgia to name just a few states. We praise God for the growing network that has allowed us to grow this ministry.  If you are interested in helping us grow through either financial support, or by getting involved yourself we would love for you to join us!

 

ON THE HORIZON

Eagles Wings Youth Programs Off And Running

It is so exciting to see the youth disc golf scene taking off, and we are grateful for the opportunities we have to meet a need in the disc golf community while sharing the love of Christ.  One of our very first programs, before the ministry was even official, was a youth league we ran at Sellersville. We relied on word of mouth to advertise and were really excited to have 11 kids join the league.  In May we kicked off our fourth year of the league and were thrilled to have reached our cap. Actually we exceeded our cap by a few with 30 kids participating!

Youth league provides a tremendous opportunity to build into young disc golfers on a regular basis. We look forward to offering more leagues in Pennsylvania, and adding leagues in Michigan, Washington, and Florida in the near future.  If you missed out on league this year, don’t worry there are plenty of opportunities to participate in programs this summer.

Registration is under way for our junior tournaments, and we encourage you to register today.  You can find more information about our events here:

Junior Tournament at Kenilworth Park in Pottstown, PA

Junior Tournament at Sellersville Disc Golf Course in Sellersville, PA

Junior Tournament at Brewer Park in Grand Rapids, MI

Eagles Wings UNCHAINED Is Back!

The second annual Eagles Wings: UNCHAINED Ministry Conference was another great weekend! We had about 20 disc golfers traveling as far as Pittsburgh. Camp Tecumseh partnered with us again, hosting us at their incredible facility. We were blessed with gorgeous weather this year, which allowed us the opportunity to take advantage of the course this time around.

We started off the festivities on Friday night with a round of Glow Golf, followed by an incredible time of worship. Saturday morning started with breakfast, and the rest of the day was filled with interesting speakers, heartfelt testimonies, and diving into God’s word with the goal of  becoming better equipped to share our faith within the Disc Golf community. We learned how to take The Great Commission to the course, asking ourselves questions like, ‘who can I seek to disciple?’ And, ‘how can I be pursuing Jesus in my own life, so that it will expose others to an encounter with him?’ 

Mixing these deep sessions with fun, food, friends, and fellowship, a great time was had by all who attended. It was really encouraging to spend the weekend together with like-minded individuals hungry to further the Kingdom!  We look forward to how God will continue to grow this event in the future, better equipping our players to be kingdom minded.

Eagles Wings Staff Assists With The Largest Disc Golf Event In History

Last week several of our staff headed to the Glass Blown Open in Emporia, Kansas. We have been blessed to develop a relationship with Dynamic Discs, the hosts of the tournament and one of the larger disc golf manufacturers.  This year the event had 1,600 players and was the largest disc golf event to date.

Our staff had the opportunity to host a clinic with a local church, offer chapel at another church in town, oversee one of the courses used for the tournament, and run the juniors tournament at the end of the week.  On top of that it was a great opportunity to connect as a staff, and connect with people from around the country that are interested in getting involved with Eagles Wings.

The chapel to start the event was a great night and an encouragement to many.  We had 52 people take the time out of their schedules to come worship with us. We were blessed to have a crew from Colorado come in to speak and lead worship, and many people shared through the week what a great start to the event it was for them.  We are very grateful for the doors God has been opening in the disc golf community and for the partnerships and relationships that are developing.

2018 Eagles Wings Junior Tournament Registrations Live!

The beginning of the 2018 disc golf season is upon us. The top pros have already competed in one PDGA National Tour event and two Pro tour events. At Eagles Wings Disc Golf we are excited to finally have the details in place for our series of Junior Disc Golf Tournaments. Are you ready to join us for some of the best junior only tournaments in 2018?

We will once again be hosting two regional junior disc golf tournaments in the Mid-Atlantic region as well as the Midwest Region. We will also be hosting our Summer Break Bash at Kenilworth for the third year running. This will be the first year that the Summer Break Bash will be a sanctioned tournament. Registration is live now. Be sure to check out all the details and register by clicking on the event flyers below.

Also, be sure to look for us at the first ever PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships as well as the inaugural PDGA Junior National Championships.

  

Eagles Wings to Help Launch Premier Juniors Events in 2018

At Eagles Wings Disc Golf, one of our primary focus areas from our inception has been juniors.  The Professional Disc Golf Association classifies juniors as 18 and under. This is a demographic in the sport that is just now starting to gain serious traction.  In both Michigan and Pennsylvania we will continue to offer clinics, family nights, leagues, and tournaments. With the success of our Regional Championships among other events, we have been invited to partner in some pretty incredible initiatives for 2018.

In 2018 juniors in the sport will have the opportunity to participate in both a Junior World Championship and a Junior United States Championship.  These events have been offered for men and women in the sport for many years, but this will be the first time they are both offered for juniors as well.  Eagles Wings will have the opportunity to participate in both the planning and execution of these events. We could not be more excited about the opportunity.  We will be on site for both events and hope to bring our chapel program as well.  We encourage you to mark them both on your calendar now!

The United States Junior Disc Golf Championship (USJDGC) is being headed up by Kids Disc Golf.  It will be held August 3rd through the 5th at Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont. This inaugural event was just announced this past weekend and you can find all the details here:

https://www.kidsdiscgolf.com/usjdgc-1/

The Junior World Championships is being headed up by Dynamic Discs. It will be held in Emporia, Kansas July 10th through the 14th. This is the first of three years that Dynamic Discs will be hosting this event. More information will be available soon on the PDGA site:

https://www.pdga.com/major-disc-golf-events

We are grateful for opportunity to be part of these historical events and look forward to all that 2018 will hold for Eagles Wings Disc Golf!

2017 AM & Jr Worlds Recap

The 2017 Am and Jr. Worlds was an amazing gathering of some of the best Amateur disc golfers in the world, and it was a pleasure to be part of it as an organization! We had three of our full-time staff members there, and three of our junior grant recipients. There were over 600 players competing, and a jam-packed schedule for the week for all the competitors between rounds of disc golf, and fun activities for them to do. Our staff got to meet so many great people during the week, and we can’t wait to come again to this event and invest in this awesome gathering of competitors!

Jim Schultz headed up the Eagles Wings components of the event which started off with a chapel open to all competitors. To kick off the event all the players gathered for a players meeting, and our chapel was scheduled to follow. Unfortunately, the players meeting ran long, but we still had over 25 people attend to listen to a message from Jim and worship together. A local church, Edgewood Baptist Church, partnered with us and led us in a great time of singing and worship. All in all it was a greatly encouraging time of believers gathered together.

    

Part of the junior grant included a dinner for recipients and their families. Jim hosted the first night of competition and it was a privilege to spend this time with a wonderful group of young players. Jim got to share about Eagles Wings and one of the winners let him know of all the help she received to get to the competition; Eagles Wings was her favorite because it involved faith! Beyond the dinner, Jim got to spend at least one round with each competitor as he caddied for them and continued to build the relationship with them and their families.

After already participating in the Professional and Amateur World championships we will next head to Grand Rapids, Michigan to participate in the World Championships for the age-protected divisions. Jim will again run a chapel for the competitors, and will himself be competing!

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Eagles Wings Flying To The Amateur And Junior Disc Golf World Championships

The PDGA Amateur and Junior Disc Golf world championships is always a great gathering of disc golfers from across the world. People are there to compete in one of the largest annual disc golf tournaments for amateur disc golfers. It is a great place to meet new people, make new friends and enjoy everything disc golf.

Eagles Wings Disc Golf is excited to be part of this year’s Amateur and Junior world championships. We are looking forward to another great chapel as well as celebrating our first ever Eagles Wings Junior Disc Golf Grant winners and watching team member Elijah Hogan compete in his first Junior World Championships.

We are excited to be able to offer a chapel service at this great tournament. It will be great to connect with other believers and share the challenge of loving Jesus in the disc golf community. We will be meeting after the players meeting in a side room at the same venue.

Silas Schultz, Virginia Polkinghorne and Lydia Lyons were three of the recipients of our first ever Junior Grant. These three are being rewarded for the incredible contributions they are making to disc golf. They have helped to clean up courses in their local community and taught many the sport of disc golf. We are proud to be part of their experience at this year’s World Championships.

After spending the last two years volunteering at the PDGA Professional World Championships with Eagles Wings Disc Golf, Elijah is excited to be competing in his first PDGA Junior World Championships. Elijah has been involved with Eagles Wings Disc Golf for several years now, always part of the local events in Pennsylvania. He has traveled to two world championships to volunteer and been hit in the head once by a disc thrown by Will Schusterick. Now he will get to test his disc golf skills against the best in the world.

If you will be in the quad cities area, please make sure to connect with us as you can.