Disc golf tourney back at Sunlight for 2nd year
Sunlight Mountain resort will host the Solstice Soirée disc golf tournament over Fourth of July weekend this year. The tournament will begin Saturday afternoon and continue into the evening, using all the light of some of the longest days of the year.
The tournament includes several events over a two-day span. The actual tournament will start around 1:30 p.m. with 20 holes to be played. Professionals and amateurs alike will participate.
The tournament will continue at 11 a.m. Sunday with a second round of 20 more holes.
Although the Solstice Soirée has a competitive aspect, tournament director Matt James wants to make the tournament about more than just the competition.
“This tournament is about fun and camaraderie,” James said. “There are a lot of serious and focused tournaments, and even though we are a competition, I like to focus this one on having fun.”
That’s why James has included several extra events between tournament rounds. Following the first round Saturday, participants are welcome to compete in side events including a putting challenge, mini disc golf course and a “throw down the mountain” accuracy challenge. The events are divided into separate skill divisions.
Half of the entry fees for each of the extra events along with half of the hole-in-one pool will be donated to a local charity chosen by Sunlight.
The tournament will conclude Sunday afternoon with an awards ceremony on the deck at Sunlight Mountain.
Although tournament roster is full, the public is welcome to come watch the various events.
According to James, who is also the president of the Colorado Disc Golf Association, popularity of the sport has grown significantly in recent years.
“It’s exploded in the state and country and really the world,” James said. “There are between 130 and 150 courses in Colorado and at least 50 sanctioned events throughout the season, which lasts between March and October, generally.”
James is hoping that the Soirée at Sunlight Mountain is a success so disc golf’s popularity can continue to spread.
“I’m hoping this tournament goes well so that we can do more events at Sunlight,” James said, “and maybe build more courses there.”
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