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10/03/2005

U.S. Disc Golf Championship Starts Oct. 12

Quick Facts

 More than 170 disc golf professionals from the United States, Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom, Finland, Norway and Japan will compete on the course near the Winthrop Coliseum.
 More than $70,000 in prize money will be given away.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The United States Disc Golf Championship returns to the Winthrop University campus on Oct. 12-15 for the seventh consecutive year.

More than 170 disc golf professionals from the United States, Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom, Finland, Norway and Japan will compete on the course near the Winthrop Coliseum.

Event director Jonathan Poole said players will vie for the title of United States Champion on Winthrop’s course, considered by many to be the “Augusta National” of disc golf. More than $70,000 in prize money will be given away.

This year’s highlights include live coverage by local radio station WRHI-1340 AM and television coverage on Oct. 15 by PGA Tour Sunday, which airs on the USA Network.

Some of the players to watch include: Ken Climo, last year’s winner and a four-time U.S. champ and 11-time world champion from Clearwater, Fla.; and Barry Schultz, a two-time U.S. champion from Stevens Point, Wis.

Traffic around the Winthrop Coliseum will be affected by the disc golf tournament. From Oct. 10-15, the lake road will change from one-way to two-way, according to Scott Finn, director of coliseum operations. Also during Oct. 10 to Oct. 15, the golf course will be closed to the public for maintenance and clean up.

A single day pass is $5, while a VIP pass is $25. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 803/366-5028.


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