DISC FLYER TEES OFF

Welcome to Crowley’s Corner, the place for disc golf players everywhere….

Edition #009 will have a profile of local player Ben Basilio, as well as a retro article called “Disc Revolution Number Nine” . We’ll also have some of the regular features of the column, so relax and enjoy while resting up for your next round.

DISC GOLF “QUOTE”

One Division, One Champion”      -The United States Disc Golf Championship

DISC FLYER TEES OFF

Who: Benjamin Basilio             Born: Charlston, South Carolina

Wife: Christine           Son: Lucas- Age 3 (PDGA#42392)     Lives in: North Syracuse

Graduated: Chittenango High          College: Conservation Degree at SUNY Morrisville

What: Disc golf Player            When: Since 2002             First Course: Oxbow Falls

PDGA#28342      Rating:931        Highest Rating: 952

Discovered Disc golf because: His friend lived on Oxbow Road.

PDGA Tornaments: About 40       PDGA Wins :2       2nd Place:6

Biggest Tournaments: 2008 Worlds/2010 US Amateur Disc Golf Championships

States Played in: 6         Courses played: About 50          Aces:9

Toughest Courses: Timberidge and Tobbaggan, both in Michigan

Favorite Ace: Blind Ace on a hole he had NEVER played (Hyzer Creek)

Longest Ace: 348 feet (#17 Jamesville Beach)      PDGA Aces: 1 at Chili #16

Amazing Deuce: #12 at Jamesville Beach (150 ft second shot)

Favorite Players: Steve Rico and Matt Orum    Favorite Course: Victory (Michigan)

Goals: Do well at 2011 Worlds in Rochester, NY.  Make the top 50.

What he would change about disc golf: Disc resting on top (DROT) would count.

DISC GOLF RULES!

803.07                  Disc Above The Playing Surface

A. If a disc comes to rest above the playing surface in a tree or other object on the course, its lie shall be marked on the playing surface directly below it. If the point directly below the disc above the playing surface is an out of bounds area, the disc shall be declared out of bounds and marked and penalized in accordance with 803.08 (out of bounds rule).

-Notes : There is no longer a 2-meter rule unless the Tournament Director puts it in. Also, you should always MARK YOUR LIE FIRST before removing your disc from above the playing surface.

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I’ve always wanted to re-publish this article and figured Editon #009 of the Corner would be a perfect time. This first appeared in Issue #005 of my first publication, CNY Disc Golf Magazine (1999-2007).

REVOLUTION NUMBER NINE

It boggles the mind to explain how the number 9 could come up so often and so big in 1999. What started out as interesting, quickly became fascinating as the pattern of 9′s repeated itself at the local, state and national levels of disc golf.

A closer look finds the number 9 everywhere in life but ponders the question: Why?

Why does a cat have 9 lives? Why does baseball play 9 innings? Why not 10? The Beatles very well could have recorded Revolution Number 8, but it had to be 9.

We may never know why, but here are the top 9 factors that made the number 9 a disc golf wonder in ’99.

1. Central New York Disc Golf Association formed in……………………..’99

2. The first full year with 9 baskets in Central New York…………………’99

3. Oxbow Falls Disc Golf Course Approved…………………………………..’99

4. First baskets installed at Oxbow(top part of park)………………………’99

5. Chili wins World’s Biggest Disc Golf Weekend with 474 players……’99

6. Rochester Hosts PDGA Pro World Championships……………………..’99

7. Consecutive World Titles won by Ken Climo…………………………………9

8. Year Climo’s consecutive streak ends………………………………………’99

And now, the 9th and most powerful factor for 1999:

9. 1999 Champion Ron Russel’s PDGA # is………………………………..9999!

Here are a few more honorable mentions while searching for the perfect 9.

Letters in Ron Russel…..9                Miles from Syracuse to Chili……99

CNYDGA Member #009 Doug Courbat is the 9th born in his family and sponsored hole #9 at Green Lakes.

The First basket ever installed in CNY: #9 at Green Lakes

Scott Stokley’s record throw  of 211.32 can equal 9 by adding 2+1+1+3+2

Multiply 9 by any # between 1 and 10 and add the #’s of your answer together and it equals 9……….Hope all your 9′s add up.

THOUGHTS…ON GOLF

Ben Basilio is a personal friend of mine. A friendship that grew from disc itself. Often times we were the only players at the course and eventually started golfing together all the time. Soon we were hitting the tournaments around New York, competing in the sport we are both so passionate about. We made the trip to Michigan for Ben’s first Worlds in 2008. It’s now been about 5 years of hitting the road and it’s been a blast.

Ben- hope you have success as a Pro but enjoy it like an Am.

Gary Crowley-  2010 Twin Creeks Harvest Champion

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