The Sunshine Coast DiscGolf Club (SC/DC) and its sponsors raised more than $200 in cash donations and hundreds of pounds in food donations for the Sunshine Coast Food Bank a couple of weekends ago at their first annual SC/DC Reindeer Games skills competition.
Competitors from three divisions (Recreational, Intermediate and Open) had their skills put to the test in three events: the Longest Drive Contest, sponsored by Trail Bay Source for Sports; the Closest to the Pin Challenge, sponsored by Agi Gom Macaron, and Putting Points Competition, sponsored by West Coast Nibbles.
Josh Romer, part-owner of Trail Bay Source for Sports and a huge supporter of Sunshine Coast disc golf, won the Closest to the Pin Challenge by mere inches over Evan Kwantes. Jordan Newman nearly crested 400 feet with a 396-foot forehand bomb to win the Longest Drive Contest and also put up a perfect score to win the Putting Points Competition. Newman, who also won his first tournament this past spring after picking up the sport in 2020, credits COVID-19 for introducing him to disc golf.
“I picked it up just as a way to get out and do something, since there wasn’t much we could do for a while there,” Newman says. “Since then, I’ve met so many new friends and I’ve fallen in love with this sport mainly because it’s just so fun, affordable, and accessible to anyone.”
The event and the donations raised for the food bank would not have been possible without the above-mentioned sponsors, as well as Park Road Automotive and Insight Visual Solutions both of whom donated prizes and/or services.
Disc golf, also called frisbee golf, is an outdoor sport with rules similar to traditional golf in that the player with the fewest shots (throws) wins the game. In disc golf, competitors throw a disc (frisbee) around trees, shrubs and other natural objects on their way to a basket target.
If you’re interested in learning more about the SCDGA or just about disc golf in general, you can follow the SCDGA on Facebook at facebook.com/sunshinecoastdiscgolf or on the web at scdga.ca.