Disc golf event set at Dallas City Park

DALLAS -- Eager to test your skills against the 18-hole disc golf course at Dallas City Park? Want to know what the increasingly popular sport of disc golf is all about?



DALLAS -- Eager to test your skills against the 18-hole disc golf course at Dallas City Park? Want to know what the increasingly popular sport of disc golf is all about?

Saturday, March 12, may be the perfect opportunity during the second Western Oregon University Disc Golf Club Disc Golf Tournament in Dallas City Park.

Chase Estep, Western's disc golf club president, said last year's successful tournament inspired him to organize a larger event this year. He said the two-part goal of raising money for the club and letting people know about Dallas' new course were met last year.

"It went well," said Estep of the inaugural tournament in 2010. "We had a lot of good times. I was happy with it."

He said a lot of people who competed in the tournament last year, shortly after the course was installed, didn't know that it existed. This year the tournament will draw golfers from as far away as Portland to participate.

The tournament will have two rounds, with a "shotgun" start that has all players teeing off at the same time. Players will be divided into groups and each group assigned a hole to begin from. From there, they'll make their way through the 18-hole course.

Though the course itself will be closed to players not participating in the tournament, Estep said spectators are welcome to watch as long as they stay out of players way and off the course.

As many as 72 players can compete in the tournament in a range of divisions, from professional to beginner. The top 40 percent of finishers will receive prizes -- professional division players in cash and all others in gift cards. Preregistration is preferred, but people can still sign up the morning of the tournament if there is room.

Estep said this year the tournament attracted a numbers of sponsors and has a longer course, with three temporary holes set up just for the competition, allowing 12 more players to join the disc-throwing fun.

Want to Play?

What:

The second Western Oregon University Disc Golf Club Tournament.

Where:

Dallas City Park.

When:

Saturday, March 12. Registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m.; a players meeting is from 9 to 9:15 a.m.; start time is 9:30 a.m.

Player Divisions and Entry Fees:

Open, $30; Advanced, $20; Advanced Women, $20; Advanced masters (men age 40 and older), $20; Intermediate, $15; Intermediate Women, $15; Recreational, $10; Recreational Women, $10.

For more information:

Chase Estep, 1-503-459-2986; e-mail to cestep08@wou.edu.



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