Large disc golf tournament comes to CMC
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Drivers, midrange and putter discs have already begun flying this weekend at the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus disc golf course at the annual Solstice Soiree disc golf tournament.
This Professional Disc Golf Association sanctioned C-tier event has brought 110 players from all over Colorado and eight states around the nation to celebrate the longest days of the year by starting their rounds in the afternoon instead of the early morning like most disc golf tournaments. Among the participants will be 12-time world champion Peter Shive from Laramie, Wyoming, and five-time world champion Kathy Hardyman from Colorado Springs.
The course begins on the edge of Gates Soccer Park on the CMC campus and provides a view of Mount Sopris.
The tournament began at 4 p.m. Friday with a casual random-draw doubles round for players to see the course and get some practice. At 2 p.m. Saturday, multiple divisions of professionals and amateurs will play the first round of 27 holes — including five temporary placements — that will be challenging and fun, like a hanging basket for example.
Sunday will be the second and final round of 22 holes in the normal layout starting at 10:30 a.m. There will be an awards ceremony at the tournament central tents soon after the final round.
The Colorado Disc Sports Association, which is helping to organize the event along with tournament director Matt James, is a member supported, volunteer non-profit organization devoted to supporting, enhancing and promoting disc sports activities in Colorado. The organization helps run and maintain more than 100 courses in Colorado while keeping an active tournament schedule. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, 8 to 12 million people have played disc golf on over 4,700 disc golf courses worldwide.
More info on the event can be found at http://www.coloradodisc.com/events/solstice-soiree, or at http://www.coloradodisc.com.
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