Flying discs to invade Hole in the Sky course
EAGLE — Steve Klehfoth played golf in Eagle every day last week.
Granted, he played disc golf. But still, it was late February and he was outside playing a sport that doesn’t involve strapping on skis or lacing up boots. And according to the disc golf aficionado, the conditions were perfect at the Hole in the Sky course at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
Now, hopefully the hole in the weather will hold so that the Hole in the Sky course can be a hopping place this weekend for the annual Eagle County Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament.
“This event will go on — rain, snow or shine. No wimps or whiners are allowed,” said Klehfoth. “Everyone is really Jonesing to play now, so I think we are going to have a great tournament.”
The Eagle County Ice Bowl is a charity fundraiser taking place on Saturday at Hole in the Sky at the fairgrounds course. All of the money raised will go to a local children’s hunger charity, Food Rescue Express, of Edwards. Saturday’s registration opens at 10:30 a.m., closes at 11:30 a.m. and will be stationed in the fairgrounds parking lot. The players will meet at 11:45 a.m. and the tee off is to follow at noon. The entry fee is $30 and advance registration is available at the Flying Eagle Disc Society website at http://www.flyingeagledisc.com.
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“All players are welcome, regardless of age, gender or ability,” said Klehfoth. “For those who have been thinking about checking out disc golf, the Ice Bowl is great place to start because the emphasis is on fun and charity rather than competition.”
The tournament will feature two divisions — pro and amateur — and the format will be random-draw doubles with some fun, individual hole rules throughout the course. Each player will receive three free mulligans to use during the round. Additional mulligans can be purchased before the round for $2 each or obtained by bringing specific, non-perishable food items. The food list is available at the club website.
There will also be a closest-to-the-pin contest after the round, with the proceeds going to the charity.
Food Rescue Express
“This year marks the second year of the Eagle County Ice Bowl after a successful inaugural event last year,” said Klehfoth.
Klehfoth noted that the Eagle County nonprofit Food Rescue Express provides a full weekend of meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner for Saturday and Sunday — for low-income elementary school students in Eagle County Schools.
“Our fundraising goal for this event is $1,500, and that is up $500 from last year. Our donation goal is 150 pounds of food, up 50 pounds from last year,” he said. “Anyone who does not wish to play in the event but would still like to support the charity with either a monetary or non-perishable food donation, please contact the club via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
But Klehfoth urged one and all to participate in the fun. “It’s not so serious and competitive and everyone is just excited to be outside for the day,” he said. “Disc golf is a lot of fun, quite challenging and relatively inexpensive to play.”
The Flying Eagle Disc Society disc golf club organizes recreational play all year long at the county and region’s many disc golf courses. Visit http://www.flyingeagledisc.com for more information or call 608-695-0121. You may also email email@example.com to learn more.