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09/25/2009

Winthrop to Host U.S. Disc Golf Championship Oct. 7-10

Quick Facts

 Winthrop will host the U.S. Disc Golf Championship Oct. 7-10.
 Nearly 200 top-level disc golfers from six countries will compete during the championship.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Current disc golf world champion Avery Jenkins will challenge reigning U.S. champion Nate Doss for the U.S. title at the upcoming U.S. Disc Golf Championship, set for Oct. 7-10 at the Winthrop Recreational and Research Complex.

Jenkins, attempting to become one of only three disc golfers to secure U.S. and world titles in the same season, will compete against nearly 200 top-level players from the U.S., Sweden, Canada, Finland, Japan and Norway for more than $80,000 in prize money and the U.S. title. This will be the 11th consecutive year that Winthrop has hosted the popular event, which will be broadcast online through the U.S. Disc Golf Championship site.

The championship attracts 40-50 volunteers from across the country and draws significant media attention to Winthrop and Rock Hill, said Grant Scurry, director of the Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and Wellness Center. Winthrop's involvement with disc golf dates back to 1991, when Harold Duvall, one of the tournament organizers and a two-time former disc golf world champion, helped develop the university's disc golf course at the lake area.

Scurry, who serves as the liaison between tournament organizers and Winthrop, said the ever-growing event has "introduced disc golf to the Rock Hill community."

The four-day championship will be the capstone event for the Professional Disc Golf Association's national tour. Single-day passes are $10. VIP passes are $25 each, and children ages 12 and under are admitted free. The first 1,000 ticket holders will receive a free tournament disc.

Visit U.S. Disc Golf Championship online for more information.


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