Birdies & Bass Golf

Birdies & Bass - Our Signature Golf Event & Fishing Derby

Teams start the day with a morning fishing derby where, thanks to help from our self-advocates, teams can shave strokes off their golf score by reeling in big fish from one of the lakes on course.  Foursomes then enjoy a full day of golf on the beautiful Persimmon Woods Golf Course. A cocktail and dinner reception, silent and live auction, as well as inspiring program and awards follow.  You won’t want to miss this truly unique and special event.


Persimmon Woods Golf Club & Lakes

6401 Weldon Springs Road, Weldon Springs, MO 63314

Schedule of Events

8:30amRegistration begins

9:00- 10:30amFishing Derby! With the help of our awesome anglers with Down syndrome, one designated angler from each golf team, as well as other Derby entrants, will compete for prizes for heaviest catch.  Anglers also participating in our golf tournament can catch up to 10 fish to take up to 5 strokes off of their team’s final score.  Catch & release.  1/2 stroke per fish.

10:45am- Fishing Derby award presentation on putting green.

11:00am- “Birdies” portion of the day begins with putting contest, Dream Team Opening Ceremony, and shotgun start.  Boxed lunch provided.

After Golf- cocktails, buffet dinner, live auction, short program and awards presentation.

Event wrap-up is typically around 7:00pm

Don’t miss this year’s Diamond Invitational!

In honor of the Diamond Anniversary of the Birdies and Bass Tournament, DSAGSL is hosting a one-of-a-kind golf event and reception.  Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music as you watch team of golf pros and local stars compete in the first ever Diamond Invitational.  This amazing event will be held at the beautiful estate of Suzie and Dave Spence.  To reserve tickets, please contact DSAGSL Executive Direct, Erin Suelmann. or 314-833-7554

*Some Birdies and Bass sponsorship levels include tickets to this unique VIP event.  

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Birdies & Bass Golf Tournament & Fishing Derby has several sponsorship opportunities to meet the goals and needs of your business. For questions or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Erin at or by calling 314-961-2504 x5.

Volunteers & Self-Advocate Anglers Needed!

Our tournament is always looking for volunteers. For more information about becoming a volunteer or having your child fish in our fishing portion of the event, please contact Volunteer Manager, Abigail Beckord at 314-961-2504 x6 or

Thank You 2019 Birdies & Bass Committee

Donna Calamia – Chair

Chris Canfield

Benjimin Kent

Chris Kruetz

Colin Lanning

Bill Reichhardt

Janice Rifkin

Mike Roemerman

Loren Wims

Amber McWilliams – DSAGSL

Erin Suelmann – ED, DSAGSL