The 2009 2nd Annual Lake Bella Vist Open - Jun 8th, 2009
The 2009 2nd Annual Lake Bella VistOpen hit maximum capacity! Six months of preparation payed off for this years event as 94 people from 7 states came to play a beautiful course in Bentonville, Arkansas. California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma were represented. Randal Reisner, (course designer, fund raiser, and Co TD), held nothing back for this event. Blazing the the sponsorship trail, teaming with the Disc Golf Monkey, and building on a great Inaugural event put on by Twisted Flyer, was a combination for success.
The first 72 players received a tournament T-shirt, the first 90 a custom stamped disc from Innova, and everyone received a great lunch provided by local restaurant, Firehouse Subs! Along with this players package, there was a CTP for every division, a Ring of Fire, trophies, and $1,200 added to the payout being split between the Pro and Am fields! All the extras were made possible by both local sponsors and the Disc Golf Monkey's Tour sponsors. To all of you: Firehouse Subs, Tanksley's, Gusano's Pizza, the Tree Guy, Inn at Carnall Hall, Marathon Metal, Lewis & Clark, Phat Tire, Randy's Barber Shop, Discs Unlimited, JDGC, Wolfe Boat Works, American K-9 Academy, WAFDA, World's Gym, Play it Again Sports, Rush Running, All State Insurance, Oreilly Auto Parts, Innova, Gateway Disc Sports, McAlister's Deli, Creator Designs, and Quality Trim & Sign, we say Thank You for allowing this event to be nothing short of awesome!
31 Pros and 63 Ams were treated to a beautiful sunny day. With little wind and the lake down several feet, the stage was set for a record to be set. Only 16 players beat the par 60 Bella Vista course. For those who have not played it, LBV is a great mix of tight woods, water hazards, and huge boomer holes. This course demands skill, endurance, and mental toughness. Chris Smitt course record holder had all of these as he shredded the course and the field shooting a 7 down 53 followed by a course record 9 down 51! Great job Smitty! Other winners included Shana Swanson (Pro Women), Sam Nielson (Pro Masters), Darryl Johnson (Pro Grand Masters), Corey Duncan (Advanced Men), Erica Nolan (Advanced Women), Dan Doke (Advanced Masters won in a sudden death playoff), Teresa Duff (Advanced Women 135 destroying all other women's scores), Ben Mortachai (Grand Masters), Derik Green (Intermediate Men), Juli Wagonor (Intermediate Women), Don Foree (Recreational Men) and Alex Foree in Juniors. Won other happy winner was Springfield, Missouri native Mark Anderson who was the only Am to take home cash as he sank a 188' ace on hole 2, one of the tightest holes on the course, banking $280! Congratulations to all of you for a job well done. Congratulations to TEAM MONKEY'S Kyle McClure and Randal Reisner 2nd place finishes in the Open and Pro Masters Divisions. Also, great job Jake Whitehead who is competing in the Advanced Division in his first year of playing. Keep up the great work and wonderful job running the event. You guys are who make it happen!
Randal and myself are already working on next years event. We plan on making it bigger and better!