Disc golf tourney returns to Frisco
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It’s been several years since the disc golf course at the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area hosted a regional tournament, but the action returns Sunday with competitors coming from all over the state.
Sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PGDA), Sunday will be the first time the tournament has been held since the pine beetles changed the landscape of the course. (They killed a bunch of trees, which made it a bit easier.)
“There used to be big PDGA tournament out here with the best in the country, so this is kind of a revival of that,” said disc golf coordinator Jeremy Bryson.
Recreational-, intermediate-, advanced- and pro-level categories will be offered at this weekend’s tournament with cash prizes paid out to winners, the amounts for which will be determined based on how many people sign up. Divisions will also be broken down into subcategories for men, women, juniors and masters. Entry fees range from $15-$40 depending skill level.
As a throwback to the old course, six new holes have been added in the heavily wooded areas, making for 24 total holes. Competitors will play two rounds; lowest score wins.
“I’m trying to up the difficulty a little bit, get people to improve out here and ratchet it up,” Bryson said. “I like to improve, and I know a lot of other people do too. I really want to expand the course in the future, and the six new holes are kind of a way to show that it’s possible.”
All categories for the tourney are individual. There will also be four closest-to-the-pin contests, offering Holiday Inn gift certificates for free hotel stays. And a hole-in-one earns $150, courtesy of Frisco Liquors.
“It’s just an iconic mountain course. The views are incredible, and it’s just a great time going out there – free to play unlike some of the other courses, where you have to take a lift up or it’s pay-to-play,” Bryson said. “It suits people really well, evidenced by how many people come in everyday to play. It’s packed.”
Bryson said all ability levels are welcome at the tournament and during the town league, which will continue on Thursdays through the fall.
“The big misconception out here with disc golf in Frisco is that it’s all elite and professional. That’s not the case at all,” he said. “People just play and have fun.”
For more information, visit http://www.townoffrisco.com, call (800) 424-1554 or swing by the recreation area.
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