If you have not yet taken a walk through the Ferguson Forest Centre, you are missing out on several hidden gems. The trails alone are remarkable. The Dog Park is a great space for your furry friends. There’s even a fun, smaller story trail for the younger children. Now what about these strange metal baskets hanging from a short pole with chains on them? How do you even google to find out more? Well my answer came to me from a Facebook post promoting this new sport to North Grenville called disc golf. Now not only do we have leagues formed by the Kemptville Disc Golf Club (KDGC), there are tournaments all season long. On Sunday, August 6, the 2nd annual PDGA Women’s Global Event (WGE) Disc Golf Tournament was held in Kemptville. This was one location out of only 126 worldwide events.
Does that not make you want to go and check this sport out. Fun Fact, you can sign out a bag of discs at the North Grenville Public Library and gather your friends to try something new!
The event organizers, Brenda Cox and Karen Dotto, had a very special message. “We hope to make this an experience you won’t forget by providing fun, quality competition at all levels, from Beginners to Professionals. We will also have Junior Divisions and a Novice Division (FA4). No experience is necessary! We hope to see many new faces on the course who would be welcomed by the more experienced players. Let’s grow the sport for women in our area and enjoy a fun day of disc golfing together.”
This event at the Ferguson Forest Disc Golf Course had 29 registered women play 2 rounds of 18 holes, 36 in total, in the scorching heat all in coordination with women around the world at 125 other locations. Scores from two rounds completed by each participant were submitted by the tournament director and rated by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). The ratings were then totalled and averaged to determine the player’s global score.
To highlight some of the results: Division winners were Rebecca Don, Arya Barlam, Stephanie Clavel, Dianne Manser, Brenda Cox, Karen Dotto, Heather Ikert, and Linda Fulcher.
This event was made possible not only from the players but from the support provided by amazing sponsors:
PDGA Canada (https://www.pdga.com/canada) Prodigy Canada, Ottawa Chain Maidens, ODGC (Ottawa Disc Golf Club), Le Phé-Nominingue, Peterborough Discy Chicks and Disc Golf Store.
A huge shout out to for the donations from Angelica Haggert, Drake Baird, Kat Johnson, Chris Bourne and Jason Artelle. Special thanks to Dianne Manser (graphic designer) and KDGC.
For more information on upcoming events, check out Kemptville Disc Golf Club on facebook.