Justin Trails Open (JTO) is the last stop on the Wisconsin Disc Golf Tour, the last chance to qualify for the Tour finale and the last chance to earn a coveted black disc. The Wisconsin Disc Golf Tour coordinates a 7 month schedule at 17 locations statewide and tracks player’s scores for a series of tournaments. The tour awards the “most coveted” black disc for each division’s champion at each tour stop. At the end of the season, trophies are awarded to the state champion in each division at the end of the season finale October 8th at Dretzka Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
“Don and I proudly hosted the 11th Annual Justin Trails Open. We are especially proud of the hard work our disc golf community put into design, maintaining and upgrading our disc golf courses. This year we changed the beginning of the Classic Course by removing 1, 5 and 6. Now it’s a walk on the flat ground to # 1 playing back toward the barn, new t-pad for #2. # 5 is a new hole across a small ravine. # 10 is a new hole left of the pond on the trail. Big Brother now has concrete on short t-pads on #’s 6, 11, 12, 16 and 18.” – Donna Justin
“Quite honestly, my heart is smiling bigger than the grin on my face because of all of the positive feedback we got on the courses! David McConahay, Chuck Heiam, myself and several others have been working our butts off to make sure the courses looked the best they ever have, and they definitely did! I can’t wait to get back to work next week and to keep improving them!” – Rebecca Heiam
“If I die and heaven looks like this, I’ll be happy!” – Exclaimed Tom McManus during his acceptance speech as he was awarded first place in the Advanced Grandmasters Division.
“One of the premiere courses in the state.” – Mike Collins. Mike is the father of Hunter Collins, the 2016 World Champion in the Junior III Boys Division. Hunter, from Portage WI, has been playing disc golf for 8 years. He started playing when he was 4 years old!
Tom Yang’s 2016 JTO Honey Basket Tournament disc design echoed these accolades. “Honey of disc selection, honey of a tournament!”
The Justin Trails Open took place in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin characterized by unglaciated landscape with steep hills, coulees and meadows. Players enjoyed two contrasting courses: Classic and Big Brother. Classic challenges your skill and Big Brother requires lots of energy as you wind up and down hills through beautiful woods. Josh Hamm, with co-director Don Duster Hoffman, directed this stop and being the last point earning stop of the WI Disc Golf Tour there was often drama for players trying to either qualify for the Finale or win their Division.
Rebecca Heiam (+6) “I remain undefeated at my home tournament, the Justin Trails Open! But as always, it was a great battle with Hailey King (+8). You better keep your eye on this kid. She is definitely going to make her way into the top female players in the world!”
Joey Erno (-7) “Second advanced black disc ever and second this year! Won Justin Trails Open by 3 strokes! Had the lead after round one and held it through round 2. Also with this win, I’m the 2016 Wisconsin Tour Champion for Advanced!”
Results for the 2016 Justin Trails Open:
Par for the Tournament was 117. Open – Sean Butler -14, Masters – Chad Inman -4, Grand Masters – Troy Campbell -10, Senior Grandmasters – Ron James +2, Advanced – Joey Erno – 7, Advanced Women Rebecca Heiam +6, Advanced Masters – Thomas Yang +5, Advanced Grandmasters – Tom McManus +8, Intermediate – Ajay Gauger -16, Intermediate Women – Amanda Veith +21, Recreational – Matt Wagner -10, Recreational Women – Brooke Carlson +32 and Novice – Allen Stewart +13. Congratulations to 2016 Wisconsin Tour Division Champions: MA1 Joey Erno, MG1 Tom McManus and FA1 Rebecca Heiam.
Thank you 2016 JTO Sponsors:
Badgerland Financial, Big Boar Smokers, Borgen’s Cafe, Coulee Region Insurance Group, Craig’s Meats & Catering, Dynamic Discs, Flocks Heating & AC, Linda’s Bakery, Justin Trails Resort, Mike’s TV & Appliance, Nelson Just Ask Rental, Pandamonium, Riverside Disc Golf, Speed’s Bicycles and 7 Rivers Disc Golf Club.
Justin Trails Resort is located only 5 minutes South of Sparta and 30 minutes West of La Crosse. You can experience both the Classic and Big Brother disc golf courses from spring to fall for only $5.00 per day. Don and I look forward to your next game!