EU Disc Golf Association hosts tournament, raises funds for charity

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 5:50 PM
EU Disc Golf Association hosts tournament, raises funds for charity by Erica Burkholder
Photo: Kelly Staschak

Edinboro’s Disc Golf Association hosted a tournament on April 14 to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. 

The tournament was free to Edinboro University students, but donations were encouraged and players who were not Edinboro students had to pay an entry fee. 

One of the tournament’s organizers, Craig Rodgers, introduced the course and gave advice to the players before the tournament started. He cracked a few jokes about the “black holes” on campus that would eat the players’ discs, which included the lake and the bushes around Miller Hall. Tournament Director Dr. Tim Thompson detailed the prizes: first place would receive a pack of four discs, while second and third would receive two discs and T-shirts. 

The tournament and the sport bring in a variety of people. Varying ages were represented at the tournament, as well as people from many different walks of life. 

“We have players from all over,” Thompson said of the tournament. “We have players who are retired people, we have cement workers, we’ve got doctors playing.” 

The tournament is the last one on Edinboro’s current course. A new course is in the works that will feature an expansion into the cross-country course and a new design. It will open on Sept. 15, shortly after Edinboro’s Highland Games.

The next tournament, on the new course, will be a professional tournament with an estimated draw of 100 players. This will be the first major tournament held at Edinboro University and will be sponsored by the Professional Disc Golf Association. 

The current course was built in 2014, originally meant to be temporary, and the baskets were given to the school by the Pittsburgh Disc Golf Association. The course was first used in the 2014 Highland Games, while the Big Wish Tournament started three years ago. 

“It’s a fun game,” Thompson said. “[Most] places you go, disc golf courses are free, so the only money you have to put out is to buy discs.” 

Thompson emphasized that the sport is free at Edinboro, as students can borrow discs from C.O.R.E, located in the lower level of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center.

Colby Howe won the tournament after scoring an 11-under-par 65. There was a tie for second with Bart and Dan Smith both scoring a 6-under. Rodgers took fourth while Thompson finished in fifth. 

The Big Wish Disc Golf Tournament was sponsored by C.O.R.E and A.C.E.

Erica Burkholder can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com

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