4th Annual Lake Bella Vista Open Huge Success Despite Moving to JB Hunt! - May 31st, 2011
The 4th Annual Lake Bella Vista Open was an amazing success despite being forced to move to a course in the neighboring city of Springdale. The newly designed and added holes to the JB Hunt course was enjoyed by all 79 players that attended. The course played extremely tough with the wide variety and mix of holes that challenged all. The best score of the day was a 4 under par. This was shot in the 1st round by the young gun Advanced winner, Kevin Jones. Later the 50 was matched in the 2nd round by the Open Champion, Devon Owens. For complete results go to the PDGA website http://www.pdga.com/tournament_results/67284 .
This year's LBV Open was a charity event benefitting the Northwest Arkansas Suicide Prevention Charity. Although overshadowed by the recent Joplin storms, $400 was given to the charity in the first year teaming with the group. We plan to continue to support this charity and make the tournament much bigger next year with ideas to make this happen already in the works. To all the sponsors and players, Thank You for supporting such a great cause!
On another bright note equalling the turn out and money raised above, was the generous support that was given to the players of Joplin that were devistated by the destructive and deadly Tornados. As mentioned in the previous blogs, there were 5 known players who suffered loss/injuries in the storm. A Joplin Tornado Relief Raffle was held to raise money for these players. Of the five, two were present and competed; Pat Wooley and Isaac Davison. These players enjoyed getting away from the devistation for a short while. Isaac even won the Recreational Division! Congratulations Isaac! In all the tournaments I have run I have never seen as much money raised in a raffle. $856 was brought in bringing the total to just under $2,000 raised in one short week after the storm! To this, I say thank you, on behalf of the players who were given an equal portion of the money raised. For all of you around the country and locally who have contributed (there are now 15 states representsd by donators to the cause), you all totally ROC!
Both the Joplin Disc Golf Club http://www.joplindgc.com/ and Disc Golf monkey are still taking donations for the Joplin Players. Again thank supporting the Evolution Tour, as well as the Joplin Relief Fund.
The next stop on the Evolution Tour will be held in Lebanon, MO where they are enjoying their new 18 hole permanent Monkey Trap course at Atchley Park. You don't want to miss this Grand Opening Innogural event!