The St. Louis Open will take place this weekend, May 5-6, 2012, in St. Louis, Mo., at four area disc golf courses: the Endicott, which will serve as the tournament's headquarters for check-in, the player's party and Final 9; Jefferson Barracks; Rock Spring; and Sioux Passage courses.
This PDGA sanctioned A-tier event is also a stop on the Non Stop Disc Golf Tour, organized by four top disc golf pros--David Feldberg of Portland, Ore., Cale Leiviska of Saint Paul, Minn., Nikko Locastro of Winfield, Mo., and Will Schusterick of Nashville, Tenn. The group is helping to spread the word about the great sport of disc golf, as well as to support the local communities by bringing in $20,000 to the area during each event.
At Saturday's players' party, the pros will hold a free clinic, along with the support of The River City Flyers. Feldberg, Locastro, Leiviska and Schusterick will cover some of the most important aspects of disc golf form, execution and mental preparedness. This is a great opportunity for player's to improve their skills and learn from some of the best of the best in disc golf. The party will also include food, drinks and live entertainment.
The pros will kick off Saturday's round one at the Jefferson Barracks Disc Golf Course with tee-off at 9 a.m. This course is set on 25 acres of rolling hills, providing lots of elevation change and both wooded and open holes. Round two will tee-off at 2:30 p.m. at the Sioux Passage course, in a very hilly setting inside a large park with a mix of tightly wooded and open shots.
Round three starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Endicott course, with the Final 9 held here starting at 2:30 p.m. For complete details including the schedule for the amateurs, visit the St. Louis Disc Golf Club site found here.
In addition to the top pros who will be here, several familiar disc golfers will be in the St. Louis competition this weekend, including Kevin Rarick of Nashville, Tenn., who won the Crockett Ice Bowl in February. The recent Endicott Open winner, Ben Callaway of Davenport, Iowa, will compete alongside him as well as Kody Custard from Oklahoma City, Okla.
With 160 disc golfers registered to compete in the St. Louis Open, this will be a great event for those who have an interest in the sport to come out and learn a little about disc golf and watch these exceptional players showcase their skills on the course.
The first time K.C. Dermody played disc golf was in the spectacular Black Hills of South Dakota. She has since become addicted to promoting the sport, and enjoys playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She welcomes comments and suggestions, with the goal of promoting the sport of disc golf throughout the world. Find her on www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter or Twitter @kcdermody.
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