Mile High Disc Golf Club in Colorado Raises Big Bucks for Charity

The Mile High Disc Golf Club in the front range of Colorado is not only making great strides in helping to spread the word about disc golf, over the fall and winter seasons they've worked hard to help the hungry in the region.

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K.C. Dermody

Their Winter Warrior Series took place starting in early November and ran through the end of January. Disc golf players came together braving especially tough conditions with the Denver area experiencing a lot more snow and extreme cold temperatures than is typical for the region. Disc golfers competed on courses like the beautiful Beaver Ranch Disc Golf Course in Conifer, and the Jellystone Park Disc Golf Course in Larkspur, all to help a great cause.

Proceeds from the Winter Warrior Series tournaments went to the Food Bank of the Rockies, a local charity helping to feed the hungry in metro Denver and areas beyond, such as northern Colorado, eastern Colorado and the Western Slope.

One of the last tournaments played was at the Mansion Private Course in Lakewood. In just one week players raised an incredible $616 for their charity, bringing the total raised in the series to $7,238.50, surpassing their goal of $6,000. Robert Nichols captured his third win at the event scoring 19-under par, with Mitch Sonderfan of Erie, Colorado not far behind, finishing with a score of 16-under par. Chad Francis of Golden, Colorado, along with Gene Covard and Doug Smith became the newest members of the -100 club by the end of the tournament as well.

The last event of the series was played at Badlands Disc Golf Course set inside Camenisch Park in Federal Heights, and brought the total of funds raised to $7,519.00, braving especially cold and windy weather over the last weekend of January. At the end of the series, it was Robert Nichols who was the winner, along with, of course, the Food Bank of the Rockies. Nichols even set a Winter Warrior Record with an average score of -24.6.

In addition to the Winter Warrior Series, the Mile High Disc Golf Club organized the Soup R Food Bowl that took place in early February. Once again, disc golfers came out and braved extremely chilly weather, with temperatures that never got above the teens. By the tournament's end Chad Francis emerged the winner, and the club had raised nearly $15,000 between both the Soup R Food Bowl and the Winter Warrior Series. Over the last six years, they've raised almost $100,000.

The Mile High Disc Golf Club truly exemplifies not only the great dedication that the players have to the sport, but their willingness to tough it out through the worst weather in order to help out a good cause.

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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Updated Thursday, Feb 23, 2012