“It was a big turnout and lots of fun!” said Dan Parr, from the Tri-Cities disc golf club.
“The highlight was seeing all the people – we had over 117 players,” Parr said as he went to rejoin the game.
The 21st Windy River Open disc golf tournament took place over the weekend in Columbia Park in Kennewick. The disc golf course there is 27 holes, or baskets, and was established in 1987. It’s one of the oldest courses in Washington state!
Players battled windy weather, but participants said that it evened out the playing field.
People came from states as far as Georgia and Texas. Disc golf attracts a diverse group of people from all ages, genders and statuses.
“People in disc golf come from all walks of life,” said Heather Peters, there to support her husband Mark – both from the Tri-Cities.
“It’s not like golf,” Mark said, chuckling.
The sport is free to play, you don’t need to rent a cart, and you don’t have to wait long for tee times. A professional quality disc costs less than $15.
The winner of the Men’s Open was Kyle Crabtree, from Fife, WA, with a score of 167. Nicole Johnson, from Spokane, WA, won the Women’s Open with a score of 205. Both are highly ranked in the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA).
Another highlight of the tournament was 9-year-old participant Lucy Burks of Oregon. She won her junior amateur bracket at the Windy River Open with a score of 284 and has 5 career wins!
Kenny, from the Tri-Cities, said he was all done for the day. When asked how he played, he told Bored in Tri-Cities: “I shot better than yesterday!”
Check out more scores at the PDGA website here.
Disc golfers definitely appeared to be having a lot of fun out there 🙂
It’s also good exercise, and you can walk thousands of steps if complete the course.
New baskets were put up on the course recently thanks to a grant from the Rotary Club, Parr said. And the city of Kennewick helps with upkeep and upgrades including mowing the course and placing benches in the area, he added.
Players seem to be out on the course all the time, and some even call it a ‘way of life.’
The PDGA went international in 2005 and now there are more than 30 affiliated countries in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Central America.
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