In the weeks leading up to the 2013 Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic, the International Disc Golf Center in Appling has been bustling with activity in preparation for the tournament.
After all, the tournament is one of just eight stops in the Professional Disc Golf Association’s National Tour Elite Series, disc golf’s highest rung of competition.
The extra emphasis being put on this weekend’s event is because of the IDGC status as the Mecca of the disc golf community, PDGA Event Manager Michael Downs said.
“We really like to make sure this is one of the premier events every year,” said Downs, who travels to PDGA-sanctioned events around the country year-round. “The complex itself is well manicured and well put together. We like to put on the best event we can because it’s our own.”
The tournament will be played on the three courses that make up the IDGC complex within Wildwood Park starting today and running through Sunday.
Professionals will be vying for their share of the $20,000 purse while earning points in the National Tour Elite Series standings. Among those competing will be 12-time PDGA world champion Ken Climo, current men’s world No. 1 Richard Wysocki and No. 2 Will Schusterick, and women’s world No. 3 Paige Pierce.
Amateurs will also fling plastic as part of an Amateur SuperTour tournament running concurrent to the professional event.
Though registration will remain open until today’s rounds, this year’s event will likely mark a milestone for the IDGC, tournament director Jason Allind said.
“This will be the largest number of participants at the IDGC since the grand opening in April 2007,” he said.
Bringing in big-name players like Climo, Wysocki, Schusterick and Pierce only add to the prestige of he event, Downs said.
“It speaks well for the tournament and the courses,” he said. “When we get the support from the professionals, it shows that they are not just here for the money, but for the great tournament experience.”
The first round of competition is slated to being today at 1 p.m. Players will then play two rounds on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., and will play a fourth and final round on Sunday with start time of 9 a.m. The top card heading into the final round will tee off at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Both Allind and Downs said they expect up to 1,000 spectators at the tournament’s final round on Sunday.