By Nicole Matheson
This weekend is bustling in Lake Havasu City with a special event going on — The 5th Annual Lake Havasu City Open for disc golf.
The tournament began Friday with the action carrying over to Saturday and finally ending today. The PDGA C-Tier event has gathered 144 participants with even more spectators enjoying the unique sport.
RiverScene was able to speak with the assistant tournament director, Graham Russell, who said the driving forces behind this tournament are all local.
“The amount of logistics and work to make something like this happen is crazy,” he said, and credits the tournament director Mercedes Kaiser for the effort. “I’m the voice, but she is the soul and the reality of this whole event.”
The tournament is at SARA Park, where there is a permanent 18-hole disc golf course along with two others in town. As Russell has to run back onto the field, Jeremy Harper takes over and explained what disc golf is.
“It’s basically a sport much like golf except we’re throwing discs, kind of like frisbees but these things are designed to fly a lot further. It’s the same exact rules as golf, you have a par for every hole. It’s a really fun sport to come out for people of all ages from all walks of life.”
All proceeds from the tournament benefit Lake Havasu’s Disc Golf Club, where the players hope to grow the sport as well as the number and size of courses in the city. Harper said anyone of any age can join the club and currently, there are members from age 7 up to 68.
If you would like to join the Lake Havasu Disc Golf Club, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LHCDGC