A Disc Golf Tournament is planned for Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Four Seasons course in Snowflake and it will help NPC Friends and Family provide scholarships for Northland Pioneer College students.
“NPC Friends and Family has partnered with the towns of Snowflake and Taylor to not only generate scholarship funds but to raise awareness of the beautiful Four Seasons course, which shares the grounds with the Snowflake Municipal Golf Course, and increase interest in a wholesome, outdoor sport that can be enjoyed by the whole family for a nominal cost,” explains Betsyann Wilson, executive director of NPC Friends and Family. “Spectators are welcome to come and see what the sport of disc golf is all about.”
Through this tournament, NPC Friends and Family also has the objective of promoting the Snowflake-Taylor area to disc golfers from all over the state and region, thereby advancing tourism to improve the local economy.
“It is our goal to double our first-year’s registration to 80 players, with not less than 40 of them being professionals. While this is only our second tournament, we are using the Emporia (Kansas) Glass Blown Open as our model for building the event to become a feature attraction for Snowflake/Taylor for years to come. Joining us in our vision, the towns of Snowflake and Taylor have each pledged $1,000, so we can add $2,000 to the cash payout for professional players! Amateurs will play for trophies and prizes,” adds Wilson.
“White Mountain communities rely on tourism. People are drawn to the area for the high desert/mountain climate, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, and even winter snow sports,” she continued. “However, the vast majority of businesses in the area are small, family-owned operations. In the true spirit of community, they give generously to the school, sports and community non-profits throughout the area, but their capacity for such giving is limited. This year, their capacity to give is severely restricted by the effects of a winter with almost no snowfall, followed by a spring drought that has led to fire restrictions across the national forest lands. With few skiers coming in the winter, and few campers coming in the summer, businesses are suffering, yet the needs remain.”
“We at NPC Friends and Family believe that disc golf can be the catalyst that makes a huge difference in our communities. We have the short-term goal of producing a successful open tournament (non-PDGA-sanctioned) on Saturday, August 11, 2018, that brings 100 disc golfers – 50 of them professionals. We have a long-term goal of growing this tournament into an event that puts Disc Golf and our rural communities on the map, and becomes a much-anticipated annual happening in the Disc Golf World,” notes Wilson.
Disc Golf Hall of Famer Dan Ginnelly, and “Snowflake” Steve Johnston, two pioneers of the sport, co-designed the Four Seasons course. Johnston, who will again serve as Tournament Director, is also crafting the trophies to be awarded to the winning amateurs. His trophy designs are well-known and highly-prized among disc golfers around the Southwest.
Registration, $60 for amateur and $70 for professionals, provides lunch, two rounds of tournament action (morning and afternoon) and a gift bag complete with a new disc, tee shirt, hat and sunscreen. There will be categories for both men and women, pro and amateur players, as well as youths.
The players in the pro division will play for a half-cash payback for the top third in each category, plus the additional cash purse of $2,000.00 provided by the cities of Snowflake and Taylor.
Players can also request a mail-in registration form by contacting NPC Friends and Family Executive Director Betsyann Wilson at (928) 536-6245 or email@example.com. For questions about the course and tournament format, players can contact “Snowflake” Steve Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All donations to NPC Friends and Family, a 501 © (3) organization, are tax deductible. NPC Friends & Family is organized exclusively to support the mission and goals of Northland Pioneer College through advancement of college programs and services, establishment and growth of student scholarships and positive promotion of NPC.
For more information about fundraising events or creating or donating to a scholarship, contact Betsyann Wilson at 928-536-6245, email email@example.com, or consider making a gift today by visiting www.npcfriendsfamily.org.