OSU-Marion gearing up to host Disc Golf World Championships

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BY JAMES STEVEN • CentralOhio.com • April 14, 2010

The local campus will be the center of operations for the 2010 Professional Disc Golf Association Amateur Disc Golf World Champion-ships, June 27 to July 3.
Campus officials feel partnering with this event, which will attract as many as 700 disc golfers of all ages from the United States and several other countries to central Ohio, is a perfect fit.
"We are certainly excited about showing off the campus," said Wayne Rowe, manager of communications for OSU-Marion. "The campus is a gem in the community. It's an oasis of green space on Ohio 95. It's easily accessible. It has everything."
Plans are to use the gymnasium for vendor booths to present a convention atmosphere. With the centralized location, green space and meeting venues available, OSU-Marion can accommodate the hundreds of competitors and fans expected to attend.
"They are a huge part of the event with the campus being used for our field events, players meetings and the showcase final nine on Saturday, July 3," said Ken Rollins, tournament director and president of Mid Ohio Organized Disc Golf, the hosting club.
Rollins and his tournament assistants, including Rob Ledwedge from the Tiffin area, are reaching out to community groups, organizations and businesses to get them involved. They recently made a presentation to the Marion Rotary Club, explaining the event and demonstrating what disc golf is all about.
"I think their goal is the more they can partner on this event, the better this event is going to be. They want the entire community to partner with this. It's a big deal," said Rowe.
Disc golf courses in Marion, Bucyrus and Delaware, and Wyandot and Seneca counties, will be used, with OSU-Marion the headquarters.
PDGA World Champion-ship events bring a considerable following, according to David Gentry, tour manager with the Georgia-based organization, and provide a strong impact to local economies, because players usually travel with their families and friends.
Disc golf, which was started in the mid-1970s, is a sport played much like ball golf. Typically, players throw flying discs into 18 above-ground targets, instead of using clubs to hit a ball into a cup in the ground.
An estimated 2 to 4 million people play disc golf annually. The PDGA sanctioned over 1,000 events in 2009, where professional disc golfers shared a total of $2,000,000 in purse money.
While the professionals play for a pay day, the amateurs play for prizes ... pretty good prizes ... and bragging rights.
Only amateur members of the PDGA will be eligible for the Marion event. The world championships for professional disc golfers is a different time and venue.
The majority of the field will be determined by point standings earned from sanc-tioned events held through the qualifying period. When those spots are determined, the field will be completed from member's open applications. Details about divisions and qualifying are online at www.pdga.com.
Diane Watson, with the Marion Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, is joining with other bureaus to make sure visitors have everything they need to know about area restaurants, hotels and attractions.
jsteven@marionstar.com 740-375-5146