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Boy Scouts to host disc golf fundraiser May 4

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Disc

golf enthusiasts of all playing levels will soon converge in Brainerd —

and all in the name of Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America’s Pine Tree

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District, which covers the Brainerd Lakes Area, will host a public disc

golf fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4, at Brainerd’s Lum Park.

“Disc

golf is so fun, I even play in below-zero weather,” said Nate

Phillipps, the Brainerd-based Boy Scouts district executive who came up

with the all-ages public fundraiser idea. “It’s a good opportunity to

get outdoors, for both youth and adults.”

The May 4 event,

sponsored by disc golf manufacturer Discraft, will be divided into two

components: a disc golf tutorial from 11 a.m. to noon and a tournament

from 1 to 5 p.m. The educational component, where anyone interested in

the sport can learn how to play, is being made possible by an area disc

golf league.

“The Fly-By Disc Golf League has helped out with

disc golf instruction in Aitkin’s Fit City program for the past two

years and is looking forward to teaching in Brainerd,” said Greg

Fagereng, who runs the league. “Disc golf is for everyone, young and

old alike; we hope to see new faces.”

To help ease new players

into this low-cost outdoor activity, those who register and pay online

by the end of March will receive two Discraft discs popular with

beginners.

The second half of the event, the tournament, will

commence after an hour-long “free play” session around Lum Park’s disc

golf course. This hour was designed as both an opportunity for new

players to test out everything they’ve learned and for tournament

participants to warm up before they start competing for prizes.

“Even

those who are new to the sport have much to gain from competing in the

tournament portion of the fundraiser,” said Matt Perrine, the event’s

tournament director. “Simply playing alongside more experienced disc

golfers is invaluable when it comes to learning the sport. Plus, most

disc golfers are more than generous when it comes to sharing their

discs, and trying out fresh plastic is always a ton of fun.”

Those

who register for the tournament portion and pay online by the end of

March will receive a special-edition Discraft disc that is only

available at special events such as this.

Each half of the event

costs $20, and all proceeds benefit area Scouts. Those interested in

both components pay only $35 and still get all three free discs if they

register and pay by the end of March. Interested persons may register

to play today at http://tinyurl.com/playdiscgolf. For more information

about the event, visit http://tinyurl.com/boyscoutsdiscgolf or contact

Nate Phillipps, Boy Scouts of America district executive, at

715-431-0189 or nateph@bsacmc.org.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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