33rd Annual Mid-America Open brings disc golfers from across Mid-Missouri to Columbia

1 year 5 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, June 17 2017 Jun 17, 2017 Saturday, June 17, 2017 3:55:00 PM CDT June 17, 2017 in News
By: Eric Graves

COLUMBIA - The 33rd Annual Mid-America Open took place this Saturday at disc golf courses across the Columbia area.

The event is put on by the Columbia Disc Golf Club and is officially sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association.

The CDGC is at their highest membership ever at 175 people, according to club member and tournament director Mark Ehler.

Disc Golf has been a rapidly growing sport in the past several years, according to Ehler. There are now 60 to 100 sanctioned tournaments across the country on any given weekend in the warmer months.

Columbia Parks and Recreation has been working with the CDGC and helping them to grow the sport in Columbia.

“We support events, so we help, in a sense, advertise the higher quality disc golf courses that we have in town, by having local frequent events as well as tournaments like the Mid-America Open,” said Ehler

This tournament took place across Columbia at Albert-Oakland Park, Strawn Park and Indian Hills Park.

The event has two tiers, tier A for professional players and tier B for amateurs. These tournaments can help professional players boost their ranking and get invited to national invitational tournaments.

Competitors do have to pay a fee to play in the Mid-America Open, but that money is immediately put back into player packages, the payout for the winners of the tournament and the player party happening Saturday night, according to Ehler.

“All the money that we collect really goes right back to the players,” said Ehler.

CDGC is a nonprofit organization that thrives off of sponsors and the dues of its members to put on events like this tournament.

Sponsors like Tether Tug, Veterans United, Play It Again Sports, and the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau are big reasons why this tournament continues to be a good mid-tier tourney, according Ehler.

“As we get more sponsors it obviously shows that more people are willing to support it, we usually add two or three new sponsors or more every year,” said Ehler.

Ehler says the CDGC is hoping to work with the city of Columbia to make a bid for a large national tournament or a stop on the national tour, in the near future.

“We’d like to grow disk golf in Columbia to be basically a destination to come and play disc golf and a destination for large tournaments,” said Ehler.

Becoming more competitive for a bid is a slow process, but Columbia Parks and Recreation is dedicated to maintaining the high quality of the disk golf courses in Columbia, according to Ehler.

According to Ehler, bringing in a national disc golf event would also require a huge community support.

“It would take a pretty big effort, a pretty organized effort to try and do something like a world event or something where we would try and bring 750 to 1,000 disk golfers to Columbia to compete,” said Ehler

Bringing in 750 to 1,000 people would put heads on beds in hotels and people out eating in restaurants, providing an economic boost to the community.

According to Ehler, having a national tournament would also put Columbia on the map as a destination for disc golfers everywhere, bringing even more people to Columbia.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - MU Professor Francis Huang wants schools to rethink suspensions and embrace a positive learning environment. Haung conducted... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 10:10:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- 20 bikes and helmets were donated to Columbia kids in time for the holiday season. Big Brothers Big... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:15:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The former chief financial officer for Columbia Public Schools was sentenced Thursday to five years probation. Anna... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 6:25:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City teen has been charged in connection with a November fatal shooting. Bruce Thomas... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 6:07:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Some people who live near the intersection of Vandiver Drive and Parker Street just north of Interstate 70... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:33:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police are investigating multiple reports of bomb threats made via email to businesses in the Columbia area,... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:52:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri Department of Transportation director Patrick McKenna met with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Thursday to discuss the... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:21:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in Continuous News
WASHINGTON D.C. - Democrat Claire McCaskill had stern words for her soon-to-be former colleagues in the Senate in a farewell... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:20:50 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
(CNN) - Gun deaths in America have reached a record high. Nearly 40,000 people in the United States died... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:09:10 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri Department of Transportation director Patrick McKenna met with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Thursday to discuss the... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:09:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
FULTON - A warehouse complex that has been standing in Fulton, with some parts dating back to the 19th century,... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 2:45:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Community members have differing emotions after two fatal shootings in Jefferson City in less than a week.... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 2:25:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia man was sentenced for his role in a chid sex trafficking ring, the U.S. District... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 2:20:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
HUNTSVILLE - A woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping her husband commit child sex crimes in 2015 and 2016, nearly... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 12:44:34 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of debate and negotiation, Congress voted final approval Wednesday to a massive farm bill that... More >>
19 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 9:57:00 AM CST December 13, 2018 in News
MEXICO - The Mexico Public Safety Department arrested a man in connection to a car theft and a home burglary... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:33:00 AM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna will talk to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Thursday about future plans for Missouri... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:36:00 AM CST December 13, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police said they are investigating a fatal shooting from late Wednesday night. The Jefferson City Police... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 6:46:00 AM CST December 13, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 39°
6am 38°
7am 38°
8am 38°
9am 39°