Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Bubba Watson --- people know the names of today’s top PGA golfers.
But how about Paul McBeth, Nathan Doss, David Feldberg or Richard Wysocki?
The four men top the world rankings for a different type of golf, disc golf.
Tournament director Tanner Lyons isn’t expecting McBeth, Doss, Feldberg or Wysocki to attend this Tier C PDGA tourney, but he is hoping for almost 100 players in a variety of categories --- pro, advanced, intermediate and junior.
The Battle at the Border tournament, as it has been dubbed, is hosted by Lyons’ shop, Ascension Disc Golf of Sheldon. Registration will be held 8-9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 with players meeting at 9:45 a.m. and tee off at 10:15 a.m.
Pro level competitors will play for cash awards, and other skill levels will receive player packs with a custom-dyed disc and T-shirt.
Competitors also have the choice of playing in a team of five, and if multiple teams sign up a team trophy will be given out to the group with the lowest combined score. Lyons hopes to make the team competition an annual event with bragging rights.
Following the tournament will be a free putting and driving clinic put on by Ascension Disc Golf staff, and anyone is invited to attend, including people who do not wish to participate in the tournament.
The Battle at the Border will also feature a longest drive contest, which costs $1 per disc throw, and a raffle for a disc golf basket valued at $220. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each.
Lyons has been talking with Dickinson County Conservation Board naturalist Charles Vigdal for more than a year about bringing a sanctioned PDGA tournament to the Okoboji Gold Course and is excited for the event.
“Hopefully it can be something that grows bigger and bigger,” Lyons said, and he thinks the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course is the perfect place for the tournament. “In our opinion, it’s the absolute best course.”
Register for the Battle at the Border tournament by going to the tournament registration page. Registration is $50 for pros, $40 for advanced players, $30 for intermediate and $25 for juniors. An extra $10 fee will be charged to those competitors not members of the PDGA, but the additional fee is waived for competitors 16 and younger. The Dickinson County Conservation Board will receive $5 from each entry fee.
For more information on the tournament, call Lyons at 712-631-0476 or e-mail email@example.com. To learn more about the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course, contact the Dickinson County Nature Center at 712-336-6352 or visit the nature center's website.