Discs fly at first ever ‘Crushmore Classic’

Two day tournament held in Custer, Spearfish Canyon

A golf tournament of sorts on Saturday and Sunday brought people together in Custer and Spearfish.

The first ever ‘Crushmore Classic’ brought out the best of the Black Hills disc golf community. Around 40 people strapped on their boots, and took to the trail in a tournament with cash prizes. Even with money on the line however, participants and organizers alike say it’s just about having fun and being outdoors.

Participants gather in Spearfish Canyon for day 2 of the first ever 'Crushmore Classic' on Sept. 23, 2018.

Participants gather in Spearfish Canyon for day 2 of the first ever ‘Crushmore Classic’ on Sept. 23, 2018.

Disc golf is played just like regular golf, except the player uses a rainbow of different colored specialized discs. The golfers toss the disc down the fairway, many times through the woods or meadows, and finally into a metal basket.

Isaac Bentley, one of the participants who has been playing disc golf for the past 12 years said.

“[The] competition is one thing, but at the other time, you’re even rooting on your competitors,” said Bentley. “It’s really a cool aspect to the game.”

The sweet sound of a disc making it into a basket rings out at the Disc Golf Course in Spearfish Canyon during the first ever 'Crushmore Classic' on Sunday.

A disc clangs against a metal pole and chains during a warm-up session before day 2 of the Crushmore Classic.

The Black Hills features a number of courses, from the campus of Black Hills State University, to Jackson Park in Rapid City.

Cg michael calabrese – black hills disc golf club president

“It’s a lifelong sport, we regularly have folks in their 70’s and under seven playing with their families,” said Michael Calabrese, the president of the Black Hills Disc Golf Club. “It’s a great bonding experience and it’s free most of the time to play.”

Participants gather in Spearfish Canyon for day 2 of the first ever 'Crushmore Classic' on Sept. 23, 2018.

Nationally, the Pro Disc Golf Association boasts around 9,000 members and says around half a million people play the sport regularly. Organizers hope to grow the Crushmore classic and add a women’s division as well.

The entire tournament was put on by Black Hills Vinyl and the Black Hills Disc Golf Club. For more information about the club, click here.

 

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