Some of the world's best disc golf players will be among the crowds next weekend when Sugarbush and The Valley host the Sugarbush Mad River Open disc golf championship.
From Friday, September 21, through Sunday, September 23, Sugarbush Resort will host the first annual Sugarbush Open Disc Golf Championship. This professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) tournament will feature players competing for a $15,000-plus purse. Twelve-time world champion Ken Climo, current U.S. champion David Feldberg, Avery Jenkins (ranked eighth in the world), and Steve Brinster (the Northeast's top player) top the men's draw.
World's best offer free clinic
On Thursday evening, September 20, some of the world's top disc golfers are offering a free clinic at the Sugarbush disc golf course at Lincoln Peak. This is an opportunity to find out what the sport of disc golf is all about, to get a glimpse of the two new amazing Sugarbush disc golf courses, and to learn and play with some of the world's best players. The clinic is free and open to the public. The clinic will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at the base of Lincoln Peak near the Gate House. All those in attendance will receive a raffle ticket for an Innova Discatcher that will be given away after Sunday's final round.
Competing for the women's title will be multiple-times world and U.S. champion Des Reading, current world champion Valerie Jenkins, and Carrie Berlogar (ranked fourth in the world). The professional division will play a three-day event beginning on Friday with two rounds on the challenging "Base" course.
Play will take place on Saturday on the upper "Peak" course. Sunday's final round will also take place on the Peak course at Sugarbush. The lead groups should tee off around noon on Sunday. There is also a two-day B-Tier amateur event running simultaneously that has some of New England's best players competing for PDGA points and prizes.
Amateurs will play one round on both the Base and Peak courses on Saturday and then finish on Sunday morning with their final round on the Base course. There are divisions for all levels of play (including beginners of all ages) and registration for the tournament is still open at this time.