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Disc golf contest schedule increases

Jason Starr

Local disc golf competitors will have a lot more contests to enter this season than they have had in the past.

Organizers of the Frisco peninsula Wednesday night league have bumped the schedule up from five to eight events, stretching into early September. Also, the new course at Copper Mountain will host Wednesday competitions for the first time this year. The Copper and Frisco events will alternate Wednesdays, starting 5 p.m. June 5 at the Frisco peninsula, so local players will have the opportunity to compete every week.

Since it’s inception four years ago, the league has been organized by AB Ski and Sport in Frisco. This year, Copper’s AB store got involved as did the Frisco-based High Country Disc Golf Club.

“We’re trying to work together,” said Frisco AB owner Steve Davis. “It’s not big enough where we can fight over it.”

There are divisions for juniors, women, professionals and amateurs, and entry fee is $10 ($15 the day of the event). While there are several high-caliber players who compete, there are also beginners and less-competitive veterans.

“Some are really competitive, some are just there to hone their skills and learn from other people,” said Jen Burke, who is going into her first year of competition. “A lot of people don’t have the will to go out there and do it because they don’t think they’re good enough. But if they got out there every week, they would see improvement. Even if you’re a beginner, you can go out there and have fun.”

The amateur winners receive prizes like raft trips, bike rentals and spa coupons. The professionals get prize money.

“We have some really good players up here, and we have some (professionals) who come from Denver,” Davis said. “It just depends on who is on that day.”

Organizers saw a need for the season to run longer this year, so they added competitions in late August and September.

“Last year, people would come in in September and October looking for discs and we were done,” Davis said. “This year, we’re going to keep it open as long as we can.”

Also new this year is an overall title in each division. Competitors will get points for each contest they compete in, and an overall winner will be named in September.

“So if you didn’t win but you always played, you’ll get more points than someone who plays once and wins,” Davis said.

All of the Frisco events will be followed by an after-party at Barkley’s on Main Street in Frisco.

The disc golf scene is working, largely through the High Country Disc Golf Club, to grow and gain political clout. Disc players are worried about the town of Frisco’s plans to plan for a traditional golf course on the peninsula.

“The bigger we get, the more power we get, and the town can’t put a ball golf course in there,” Davis said.

June 8-9, there will be a higher-caliber disc golf competition in Frisco put on by the Colorado Disc Sports Association in Frisco. Professionals from throughout the western United States will compete.

Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at jstarr@summitdaily.com.


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