At a disc golf tournament you can connect with your friends, nature and of course your disc to the basket. Often tournaments can feel like a family reunion seeing old friends who are like family members, the older and wiser player who is like your mom or dad, and we can’t forget that crazy uncle that everyone loves, but knows is a bit in his own world. At my family reunions and parties there is one thing that is always present: food.

Playing disc golf burns calories, requires energy, therefore avoiding that dreadful tummy growl is always a great way to stay focused for the entire tournament. Staying sustained through the round is critical but starting out the day with a healthy meal the night before and a healthy breakfast is often even more important to good sustained energy and focus. In order to last the duration of the party you must be prepared. We are starting a new series on our blog where we will feature a recipe each month that is a healthy snack for on the course, a healthy & convenient breakfast to start the day off or a healthy easy dinner to eat the night before competition.

To kick off the tournament season for 2017 let’s start with a favorite snack recipe that I learned from my husband’s grandma: Party Mix

I’m Jenny and I like to party. Well yes, that is true I sure do enjoy a good party, and it is always better with good food!

As I get older disc golf is my party life; nothing better than spending a beautiful sunny day in nature while navigating plastic discs through the woods. If half way through my adventure in woods I start to get hungry I often lose focus and pick up a few extra strokes I don’t want. A good snack to have on hand is Party Mix. This snack is like chex mix, but when making it at home it has less preservatives, and a more fresh taste to it. It’s pretty easy to make, the assembly is definitely easy, it takes longer to bake it than it does to prep it, let’s get to it:

1.) Preheat oven to 250 degrees

2.) Gather your ingredients

  • 6 tblsp butter ( I like to use organic salted butter, it doesn’t have to be organic but good quality butter is recommended)
  • 4 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 3 cups rice chex
  • 3 cups corn chex
  • 1 cup pretzles
  • 3/4 cup mixed nuts

3.) Start by melting your butter in a microwave safe dish (about 30 seconds). Once your butter is melted stir your Worcestershire sauce and garlic salt in with the butter.

4.) Find the largest bowl you have and add the chex, pretzels and mixed nuts to it. I like to shake the bowl around so that all the ingredients get mixed up pretty good. Once your dry ingredients have partied together pretty well, add your saucy butter mix and continue to party by shaking it up again. Stir, and shake until all pieces are well coated.

5.) If you have a large flat pizza pan, or cookie sheet locate those items. You are going to be pouring your party mix onto your pans to bake in the oven for 45 minutes, you want to make sure it is spread out into a single layer, you may need multiple pans. Spread your party mix out among a large pan or multiple pans.

6.) Place pans in preheated 250 degree oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes stir pieces to ensure even baking, place back in oven. Repeat this step 2 more times, at 15 minutes intervals stir your party mix.

 

November 2016 Lady of the Month: Sue Stephens Female Touring Pioneer and 3X World Champ

We have heard that you were the first or among the first women to go on tour. When did you start touring, and what was the most difficult thing about being on tour early on?

I started touring in 1999, I decided to quit my job, sell my house, and hop in the 1973 Winnebago with Al Shack and Todd Branch. Some of the difficulties were long distances between tournaments and small women’s divisions. I did get to meet a lot of great people and see a lot of beautiful courses.

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Do you primarily throw forehand or backhand? 

I am right handed but I throw left handed backhand, and some right hand forehand upshots

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What is your favorite type of cheese?

I love cheese, sharp cheddar is probably my favorite.

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What are your 3 favorite courses in Michigan?

Brewer Park in Grand Rapids,

Mason County in Ludington,

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Photo courtesy DG Course Review. Mason County Parks Beauty Course

Blue Gill in Wayland

Putting, driving or approach? Which of these is the strongest part of your disc golf game?

I think that my driving is my strongest part of my game, I think if I would spend more time practicing putting I would shave off some strokes.

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What 3 courses in the world would you like to play that you haven’t had the opportunity to play yet?

I’m not sure, I have never been to Colorado, maybe something in Hawaii, and Johnson park one of my favorite local courses is being reinstalled and I think they will be using it for world’s next year.

If you could have a tee off song what would it be?

I like a lot of different music, mostly hard rock, usually something fast to get me pumped up.

(Sue didn’t have a specific song for us, here is one we would suggest as it fits her description of hard rock and fast we hope it would get her pumped up)

 

You are a 3 time world champion, taking 1st in Grandmasters Women in 2016, 1st in Masters women in 2012 and 1st in the Advanced Women’s’ Division at Amatuer Worlds in 1997, any advice on how to deal with the high pressure that comes along with competing and winning a major disc golf event?

Practice the courses, know what all your disc do even your backup disc, bring enough water and a snack, have confidence in yourself, practice putting a lot.

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If you could have an official beer of disc golf what would it be?

Fat Tire or any good Amber

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What is the biggest piece of advice you have for someone who is thinking about going on tour?

Pre register for the tournament, try to get to the course a few days early to check it out, find out who the local sponsors are and check them out to thank them, have fun, stay positive, be a good role model.

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How to make friends on the disc golf course

I don’t know about you, but I have big goals for my disc golf game in 2016.

Increasing my player rating, playing the Wisconsin Disc Golf Tour, competing at Am Worlds, and having lots of fun of course!

Whether you have performance or competitive goals, or you just want to get out to some new courses this year, it’s not going to magically happen on its own.

In my experience I have found that the single biggest predictor of achieving any goal (disc golf-related or not) is the level of accountability and support I have.

When I first wanted to start playing disc golf regularly a few years ago, I was new in town and didn’t know anybody. I was really self-conscious about going to the course alone. I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb on the course as I was oftentimes the only woman and a beginner to boot. I didn’t want to hold anyone up or be ‘judged’ by the more experienced players. Consequently my rounds were few and far between.

My playing frequency, skill, experience, and overall enjoyment of the game increased exponentially after I joined the Disc On! Ladies League (DOLLs), started playing tournaments with my new friends from league, and after meeting my boyfriend, traveling around to different courses each weekend with him and his friends.

I have learned so much from playing with other people (most of them better than me): proper throwing form and technique, disc flight paths, how to adjust your strategy based on the weather, selecting the proper disc for the shot, course etiquette and rules, and how to stay in the game mentally when you are having a bad round, just to name a few.

So if you’re looking to up-level your game and want someone to join you out on the course, where can you find them? Making friends can be hard at any age. Here are a few tried and tested sources from my own experience and from some of my fellow disc golfers:

Online. Disc golfers are very active online, from Facebook groups and exchange boards to Instagram accounts and more. A simple search should turn up a lot of options. The PDGA website is also an underutilized gold mine – the member database makes it easy to search for players in your area and local coordinators.

On the course. If you catch up to a group and the offer to let you play through, ask if you can join their group! Single ladies, the odds are especially in your favor 🙂 Helping someone search for a lost disc is also an easy icebreaker.

Local shop owners. If you’re fortunate to have a disc golf shop near you, the owners/employees are a great resource. They will know all about local leagues, tournaments, and course regulars to whom they’d be happy to introduce you. Plus you can strike up a conversation with the other shop customers.

Leagues. Many courses host weekly league play and are a great way to meet a lot of people in an organized setting. There are a range of options, from non-competitive women’s leagues like DOLLs, all the way up to PDGA sanctioned leagues that count toward your player rating.

Tournaments. When I was new to the sport, the idea of playing in a tournament sounded very intimidating. Luckily I was encouraged/lovingly peer-pressured into signing up for a tournament by other DOLLs members and found out that I loved it! There are multiple divisions to choose from so you are competing against players of your same gender and skill level, and you can meet people from all over the state. I’ve had the most fun at all-women tournaments like the Women’s Global Event and the Wisco Disco.

Does the idea of striking up a conversation with a stranger make you cringe? Me too, most of the time. But if there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the past couple years, it’s that disc golfers are some of the friendliest and most generous people around. Even though it’s an individual sport, there is so much camaraderie. The great thing about disc golf is that you can play with people of all skill levels and still have a good time. You’re in good company.

And finally, once you’ve found your new disc golf friends, don’t forget to pay it forward! If you come across a solo player on the course, invite them to join you. Talk to someone you haven’t met before at a tournament or the new guy or gal at league. Put up a post in your local Facebook group inviting anyone to join you for your next round. And grow the sport by inviting your non-disc golfing friends too!

What are your 2016 disc golf goals, and who is going to help you reach them?

About the author:

Casey Pennington, PDGA #74708 started playing “frisbee” golf over ten years ago when she began organizing tournaments on a homemade course at her annual family reunion. (She has since graduated to real discs and metal baskets.)

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Most days you can find her taking a break from her consulting business (www.caseypennington.com) at one of the courses in Sheboygan. On weekends she loves to travel around Wisconsin for tournaments and casual rounds with friends, rain or shine or snow!

Lady of the Month October: Katrina Kozar, disc golfer and MasterChef contestant

You’ve probably been trying to master cooking longer than disc golf, how long have you been playing disc golf?

My first round in September 1999 at South Park of Wood County parks next to Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin Rapids. I was a freshman in Stevens Point, WI and met a guy in my songwriting class and he asked me to go with him. It was fun!

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Your tournament career has slowed down from your early years in disc golf, but we know there are a few tournaments you play each year. How do you determine which disc golf tournaments you will play each year?

It sure has slowed down. Truthfully, it’s all about the people

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It’s not about the game anymore, it’s reconnecting with people from a sport that I made great friendships with.

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I try to play Silver Cup (Manitowoc, WI), Prairie Open (Kenosha, WI), and MXG (Milwaukee, WI).

Since being on MasterChef has tested your skills and taught you to perform under pressure, have you been able to translate this to making difficult shots, or risky putts in disc golf tournaments?

The biggest struggle with my game and with cooking under pressure, is my head. When I know I am “on” and not overthinking everything, I perform much better. I have been trying to let things go and not be so hard on myself. I just think that is life too.

 

What is your favorite tool for the kitchen and what is your favorite tool for the disc golf course?

My favorite tool is a spoon. People forget to taste their food while you are making it. If you following a recipe, taste what you making. There needs to be a balance in your food. It might need more salt, acid, heat, sweetness, spice etc… My favorite disc is a Bright Green Surge Flex ESP, 167 g, with Mickey holding a Mickey on it!

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Pictured is a different but also amazing Mickey Disc drawn by Katrina’s friend Barrett White.

What kind of breakfast meal would you prepare for someone on the first day of a large disc golf event, like a Major or National tour?

First I would ask my client. Are you a big breakfast type of person or small? But, for me and if I’d have enough time, (which usually isn’t the case) I would like maple sausage patties with over medium eggs and American fries. But, if I am short on time (which usually is the case) I really just love yogurt, fruit and homemade granola with flax seeds.

What ingredients are needed for a top notch round of disc golf?

Great friends, kksonbcc

good weather, teamp

and a cold beer. party

 

We know you were pretty much occupied with Master Chef when you were in California filming, did you get a chance to play any disc golf?
I wasn’t able to play any disc golf, but I did meet someone who plays and on a regular and has been in the California Disc Golf Scene for a long time!

What advice do you have for a disc golfer that may want to try something new like a tournament or league, but aren’t sure if they can stack up to the competition?
First off, don’t worry about the competition have fun, meet new friends and don’t worry if you are a new at the sport, because there is a lot of support out in the disc golf world.

If you could have an official beer of disc golf what would it be?

Moon Man No Coast Ale brewed by New Glarus Brewing in New Glarus, WI or Fantasy Factory IPA, Karben 4 in Madison, WI!!

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Fantasy Factory IPA

 

How can we try the delicious food you cook?

Currently, I am offering private dining, cooking and mustard making classes, and you can follow my adventures on my blog. www.katrinakozar.com

I will also be preparing and serving lunch for the Disc On! Ladies League Double 9’r on November 7th, 2015 at Heritage Trails in Slinger, WI. Stop out and visit with me there, or find a partner and sign up.

If your little hearts desire you can keep up with my news and activities on various social media sites:

https://www.facebook.com/KatrinaKozar?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/KatrinaKozar

https://instagram.com/katrinakozar/

 

The beginning of Ladies First

Opening my own business has always been a dream of mine, and I have considered myself an entrepreneur my whole life, from kool-aid stands in the front yard to re-selling my clothes, I have always been trying to help others purchase the goods they needed. Maybe that is why in my adolescent and early adult life I had no clue what I wanted to do, because what I wanted to do took me learning who I was and finding a hobby that encompasses my life. Now that I have found that hobby and know myself a little better it all makes sense and that is how, when and why Ladies First Disc Golf was born.

This past Spring some changes at my work caused me to lose my company provided health insurance and the future was uncertain, but at least I had a job. I was actively looking for employment but nothing was appealing to me, I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my freedom and happiness for maybe more money and benefits, but less time and joy. I decided to take a different path than the safe and secure corporate world, and decided I was going to start my own business. I still work at my current employer because I like what I do, but Ladies First is hopefully something I can do full time in the future.

I am full of ideas, they just come to me when I started thinking about the fact that there was not a one stop shop for the female disc golfer to get discs, apparel and accessories I realized there needed to be, because disc golf is growing, and female participation is also growing. That is where Ladies First came to be not just an idea, but now something that was really going to happen, and did! If you know me or have met me, you know that I like helping people, I just can’t help myself but help, which makes all the things Ladies First will do and accomplish great, we are helping ladies and gentlemen find the discs and disc golf apparel they need.

For now I just wanted to thank you for visiting the website and blog, and give a little background on how Ladies First Disc Golf came to be. Our inventory will be growing over time, so if you are looking for something and we don’t have it, please drop us a line info@ladiesfirstdiscgolf.com