Near-perfect fall weather welcomed 80 disc golfers over the weekend, as Salt Spring hosted its first Professional Disc Golf Association sanctioned B-Tier tournament Oct. 21-22.
“Great weather, leaves were changing colour, it feels like it went off without a hitch,” said tournament director Ben Corno, adding that while the course was “pretty dewy” in the mornings, it dried up by lunchtime. “The course was very challenging, but played fast and fair.”
The event was an opportunity for amateurs and pros to play three shotgun-start rounds over two days at the Salt Spring Golf and Country Club. Pro disc golfer Nickolas Culver came from Nanaimo to take the day’s top prize, firing 14 under par over three rounds in the Mixed Pro Open division. Victoria’s Gabrielle Lee won the Women’s Pro Open division, and Salt Spring Island’s own Dean Crouse took first place in the Mixed Pro 50+ division.
Corno said players came from as far away as the Sunshine Coast to participate, and thanked sponsors Home Hardware, Country Grocer, Harvest Moon Cannabis, Rock Salt Restaurant and Gateway Discs for $1,500 of added cash prizes — and Sweetgrass Catering for lunch.
“There’s always a few things I would fix next time,” said Corno. “But I think this was a success.”