Disc golfers compete to fight hunger

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Colored discs were flying through the air at Jackson Park in Rapid City Saturday morning, but it wasn’t a leisurely game of frisbee.

The Black Hills Disc Golf Club along with Scheels, presented the 17th annual Rapid City Disc Golf Ice Bowl to fight hunger in the region.

Forty-three disc golfers of all skill levels paid a $20 participation fee to play in the tournament, with $12 of each fee going to support Feeding South Dakota.

Disc golf Ice Bowl events take place in nearly 200 locations around the world, all raising money to fight hunger in their communities. In 2017, 210 global Ice Bowl events raised more than $332,000, and collected more than 21 tons of food donations. Rapid City’s Ice Bowl has raised nearly $15,000 since its inception in 2002.

Rule #1 for Ice Bowl participants states: “No Wimps and No Whiners!” And despite being held in the middle of winter, there was no complaining among the Ice Bowl participants, who were motivated by the charitable aspect of the tournament to get out and play.

“On the competition level, it’s kind of cool to see everyone out here come and compete,” said Justin Cournayer, professional disc golf player and Ice Bowl participant. “But it’s more on the charity side for the majority of the people here, donating and helping do such a good cause to feed South Dakota.”

beyond the competition and charity, disc golf has even more benefits for those who play.

“It’s fun,” said Scott Caesar, tournament director for the Rapid City Ice Bowl. “It’s a heart healthy activity. Disc sports are [even] on the President’s Council of Physical Fitness. It’s a fun, easy event.”

This year’s tournament champion was Brandon Sjolund, who won a $50 Scheels gift card. But all were winners, as this year’s Rapid City Ice Bowl raised $1,600 for Feeding South Dakota.

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