McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 19, 2014

Eagle Hill plans mini-tournaments

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — Starting this week, the Eagle Hill Disc Golf Club in Krebs will hold mini-tournaments every Saturday. The start time will be 10 a.m., and the third Saturday of each month will be a doubles mini-tournament in which veterans are encouraged to bring novice players as partners.

“The idea is just to get more people into the sport,” Eagle Hill treasurer Glenn Meyer said Tuesday.

“We feel that there’s probably some apprehension from people that are afraid to play in the tournament and don’t want to know what it’s going to be like and don’t want to get embarrassed.”

Meyer said a similar doubles tournament took place in September and drew in 20 members.

With the winter keeping most people off the course, Saturday’s tournament will act as an opener for the Spring 2014 disc golf season.

“There’s a lot of excitement because the Buffalo Run course (in McAlester) is up and playable,” Meyer said. “We’re hoping the disc golf community will just get really excited and more people will play”

Rules for the tournaments were among several issues raised by club officers at a March 8 meeting at His Place Community Center in Krebs. Minutes from the meeting were sent by Meyer.

For tournaments that draw less than five people, the committee has decided that everyone will compete in the same division. The winner will get his or her choice of a free disc or a $15 alternate prize.

For tournaments drawing six or seven people, all will compete in the same division, and again the receiver will receive a free disc. The only difference will be in the alternate prize, which will increase to $25 for the larger tournament.

For tournaments that draw eight or more people, groups will split into multiple divisions based on skill level. Winners of the top division will get a Pro plastic disc of $15, and winners of the second division will get an XL plastic disc or $10.

There will also be “closest to the pin” competitions, which will cost $3 to enter. Players can also purchase five mulligans, which are do-over throws, for $3 or eight for $5. Only one mulligan can be used per hole.

With renovations for Eagle Hill still an ongoing process, club officers decided every Friday night would be a clean-up and maintenance work day.

Getting and installing new tee-pads for each hole will be the top priority going forward.

“There’s also an Eagle Scout project that’s trying to get approved to put in nine tee-pads,” Meyer said. Of renovations overall, he added, “Not much went on during the winter because it was just such a severe winter.”

The Eagle Hill Disc Golf Club will hold meetings every other Saturday following the completion of that day’s mini-tournament. Nominations for club officers will take place this Saturday, then elections will take place April 5.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.