By Nicole L. Dalitto
The Office of Outdoor Leadership and Innova Disc Golf will sponsor a disc golf tournament at Saint Mary’s University on Saturday, April 5.
“The disc golf course has seen amazing use by the Saint Mary’s community as well as the Winona community and the region,” said Davey Warner, outdoor leadership coordinator.
“The disc golf open will provide a chance for all of these people to come together for a fun day to recreate and compete while benefiting the course and the new Outdoor Leadership program at SMU.”
The tournament registration fee is $15 for students from any institution and $25 general admission. All proceeds from the tournament will go to the maintenance of The Woods disc golf course and the Office of Outdoor Leadership. Each participant will receive a free Saint Mary’s customized Innova Putt and Approach Disc.
According to Warner, individual scores will determine first, second and third place. First prize will receive an Innova portable disc catcher, disc golf carry bag and three discs, including a driver, mid-range and putter. Second prize will win an Innova carry bag and the three discs, and third prize will be the three discs.
Tee times will be determined by order of registration and will be announced at check-in. Check-in is between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on April 5 at the Toner Student Center. To receive the best tee time, participants are encouraged to register early. Professional Disc Golf Association rules will apply. More information on the rules is available at www.pdga.com or www.smumn.edu/thewoods.
Disc golf was invented in 1970 and is similar to traditional golf in some respects. According to the PDGA, opponents throw discs- than using balls and clubs) to use the fewest strokes to get to a hole. The hole is sometimes referred to as the pole hole and is an elevated metal basket placed a good distance from the tee area.
The SMU community has been interested in disc golf since the installment of the 18 hole disc golf course, The Woods. The course winds through the bluffs surrounding the SMU campus and includes challenging fairways that both beginners and experts could appreciate.
Registration forms will be available in the next week in the Office of Outdoor Leadership, located in the lower level of Toner, or online at www.smumn.edu/thewoods. For more Disc Golf Open information contact Davey Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org.