Palatine Park District, home to the 18 hole disc golf course at Margreth Riemer Reservoir located east of Quentin Road between Palatine Road and Wood Street, is hosting two disc golf events in June.
Palatine Park District is offering a free disc golf clinic led by Kenny Glassman, the 2011 World Amateur Champion. This clinic is designed for those new to disc golf tournaments or those who would like some formal instruction. The free clinic will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, and will include instruction on basic techniques, improvement of current technique, strategies, disc golf etiquette, and tournament rules. Preregistration for the clinic is not required but those who do register in advance will receive a free Palatine Park District mini-disk.
On Sunday, June 15, Palatine Park District will host the Margreth Riemer Open Disc Golf Tournament presented by Walgreens of Palatine. Disc golfers of all skill levels are invited to participate in this Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) sanctioned tournament. Tournament divisions include Pro Open, Advanced, Intermediate, Recreational, Novice, and Juniors (13 and under). Cash awards will be given to the top finishers in professional divisions after two rounds of 18 holes.
Prizes for top finishers will also be awarded in amateur divisions after two rounds of 18 holes. Contests and prizes will be awarded throughout the event, and the first 50 amateur players to register will receive a player's pack. Packs are brought to you by Aces & Chains Disc Golf and Walgreens of Palatine and will include a Custom Stamped Glow Championship Shark disk along with other assorted goodies.
The event will begin with check-in at 7:30 a.m. followed by Round One at 9:30 a.m., lunch, Round Two at 1 p.m., and prizes, contests and games from 3 to 4 p.m.
The Ring of Fire contest is sponsored by Walgreens of Palatine, Crosslap Discs, and Gateway Disc Sports. The event will also include a raffle to win a free DGA Mach Lite Basket. Water for all participants is provided by American Chartered Bank.
Fees range from $10 to $40 depending on division and PDGA membership status. The preregistration deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 13. Registration can be done online at www.palatineparks.org, by mail or fax, or in person at Community Center, Birchwood, or Falcon Park. Complete event details and the registration form can be found at www.palatineparks.org. Registration will also be accepted on the day of the tournament beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Margreth Riemer Reservoir. The Palatine Rugby Club will be providing volunteer spotters throughout the tournament event.
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc or Frisbee. The disc/Frisbee is thrown from a tee to a basket, which is the "hole." As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw landed. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed. The object is to throw the disc/Frisbee from the tee area to the target "basket" in the fewest number of throws. The course at Margreth Riemer Reservoir is open from sunrise to sunset daily, April 15 through Oct. 15. All holes include Mach 3 baskets and tee markers with signs indicating hole location, distance, and par. The course is non-supervised and no reservations are needed. Bring your own disc.
For information, contact the Tournament Coordinator, Josh Graham, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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