Disc golfers set to tee off at state championships in valley

With courses on the east and west end of the Grand Valley, this weekend is a chance to showcase disc golf.

Saturday and Sunday, nearly 200 professional and amateur disc golf players will play in the Colorado Disc Sports Association state championship at Riverbend Park in Palisade and the new Riverfront Disc Golf Course in Fruita.

It’s the final major event of the season, with top touring professionals and Peter Shive, the world champion, expected to compete.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 176 players from Colorado and more than a dozen other states had entered. The field can handle 180 players, said Rock Cesario, the tournament director.

The shotgun start at 8:50 a.m. Saturday has the professionals playing 18 holes at Riverfront in Fruita, then heading to Riverbend in Palisade for an afternoon round. Sunday’s final round is 27 holes in Palisade, beginning at 10 a.m.

The amateurs play 18 holes Saturday morning in Palisade, then have an afternoon round in Fruita. Sunday’s final round for amateurs is 18 holes in Fruita.

After that round, the amateurs will go to Palisade to watch the pros wrap up their competition and the awards ceremony.

The tournament is open to spectators at both courses, with no admission charge.

Disc golf is played with some of the same rules as traditional golf, with the object being to get from the tee to the green in the fewest throws.

Instead of a cup on the green, disc golf players shoot for a target, usually a metal basket with chains that catch the disc.


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