Disc golf league set to begin

By Seth Hopkins Lake County 4-H Program Coordinator

BALDWIN — The Baldwin 4-H Group is offering a disc golf league this summer, for boys and girls ages 10-18.

The program includes three main components; local league, travel league, and tournaments. Interested participants will need to fill out a registration form, and pay $20 (which includes three discs) or $10 dollars if they supply their own equipment.

Registration is ongoing, but good attendance will be used to determine which players qualify for tournaments, so the sooner you register the better.

Disc golf is a challenging and accessible sport where players compete not only with their peers, but with themselves. The goal of the program is to promote sportsmanship, exercise, form, community, competition, and fun. Participants will spend time outdoors, and will have the opportunity to travel to unique Michigan disc golf courses.

Local league play will be held weekly Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., but this will be reduced to just Thursday when travel league begins).

The local league will always be at the Baldwin Community High School and will consist of skill drills (practice) and a nine-hole round. Local play will be similar to travel, play by establishing a player handicap, learning and following the rules of the game, and competing for various prizes.

Travel league is a weekly event in which coaches and players will travel to Ludington to compete on one of three professional level courses overlooking Lake Michigan. Kids will use the skills learned during local league to play unique courses against other local contestants. The goal is to focus on positive attitudes, teamwork and self-improvement. Kids will also have the opportunity to win more discs during travel league.

Finally, the program includes the chance to play in the Michigan State Disc Golf Finals. Players should also be excited to play at Flip City in Shelby. Both courses are unique and outstanding places to play disc golf. The state finals tournament will be held at the Ludington course which participants will become familiar with through the travel league.

Additionally, there will be year-end tournament at the Baldwin course. Dates of all events will be provided upon registration.

The Disc Golf program is run by the Lake County 4-H program coordinator. If there are any comments or questions regarding the program please contact me at the MSU Extension Office (231) 745-2732 To register come to the MSU Extension Office (830 Michigan Ave.) or players can come to the local league 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Baldwin Schools.

This program is a great way to have fun outdoors, compete with friends and travel to new places during the summer season.