A full field of 180 players from 11 states is expected to take part this weekend in the second annual Pasture Open Powered by Prodigy tournament at two disc golf courses in Whitfield County.
The tournament will be held simultaneously at Westside Park and Tunnel Hill Golf Club, with 90 players beginning action at each site at 9 a.m. Saturday. After a lunch break, action will resume around 1 p.m., then wrap up starting at 9 a.m. Sunday.
The public is invited to watch, said tournament director Will Schusterick of Dalton-based Prodigy Disc.
According to Schusterick, a three-time winner of the United States Disc Golf Championship, Prodigy donated the baskets and helped set up the signs at the new Tunnel Hill 18-hole disc golf course, which recently opened alongside the nine-hole golf course that was already there.
Whitfield County Parks and Recreation Director Brian Chastain said the tournament will allow the recreation department to show off the improvements recently completed on the 16th hole at Edwards Park, where Whitfield County Public Works crews have built a tiered platform outlined by a rock wall to add a new and aesthetically pleasing challenge for players.
“It’s nice,” Chastain said. “I don’t know if anybody else has got a hole like that — it sure is beautiful.”
Chastain said he has taken up the increasingly popular sport himself.
“It’s huge, really a growing sport,” he said. “It’s really fun. I do it for the exercise. When you get my age, there’s not a lot of sports you can do and get exercise.”
Chastain said a third disc golf course is expected to be open later this year at Edwards Park, which would allow the county to host tournaments with up to 270 players. Each course is considered at full participation with 90 players.
This weekend’s tournament includes players from 11 states, including Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.