Eagles Wings Disc Golf @ The Glass Blown Open
Every year the team at Eagles Wings Disc Golf tries to select at least one tournament to bring as many staff to as we can in order to run as much program as we can and to connect with each other from the different regions we are running program. This year we all gathered in Emporia, Kansas for the Glass Blown Open!
The Glass Blown Open has a long running reputation for being one of the biggest and best run tournaments of the year and have for at least the third time now been a stop on the PDGA National Tour. This year there were over 1,100 players in the tournament and many more that came as spectators and volunteers. It was the perfect opportunity for Eagles Wings Disc Golf to make an impact in the disc golf community as well as for the kingdom of God.
It started with an opportunity to partner with a local church to run a disc golf clinic for the local community. Kids, parents and people of all ages came out to learn the great sport of disc golf. Everyone had a great time. The highlight may have been one of the younger kids sinking an approach shot from about 100 feet away!
We were also able to do a service project as a team in order to prepare a course for the Junior Challenge event at the end of the Glass Blown Open week. We has a few people picking up trash and others clearing some brush around fairways. There was also considerable time put into painting lines and putting flags down to mark out of bounds as well as time building a bridge out of shipping pallets for kids to cross a small stream.
At the players meeting with most of the 1,100 players Eagles Wings was mentioned and people were invited by the main tournament director to attend our chapel service to take place after the players meeting. The publicity was amazing and unexpected and led to one of the better attended chapel service that Eagles Wings has put on. We were blessed to have a guest speaker and guest musicians help out at our chapel service. These guests were part of a missions team from Colorado that came to volunteer at the tournament.
The tournament itself was a great experience for the Eagles Wings team. Dustin Leatherman spent many long hour as an assistant course director. Jim Schultz shot two solid rounds to finish in second place in his division. Hannah Leatherman shot a solid first round followed by a very hot second round to finish as a Co-Champion of the pro women’s division. It was also a blessing to see at least two others who attended the chapel service win their respective divisions.
Even with bad weather moving in, Dustin, Hannah and Jim were also able to run the Junior event. The morning clinics had to be moved indoors but everyone had a blast. The kids braved the weather in the afternoon to complete their tournament round.
It was truly a blessing for Eagles Wings to be at the Glass Blown Open. We look forward to doing it again next year!
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