Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Disc Golf Continues to Grow ; Kanawha Valley PDGA Regional, Guns vs. Hoses Events Slated for Next Week

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Disc Golf Continues to Grow ; Kanawha Valley PDGA Regional, Guns vs. Hoses Events Slated for Next Week

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It is one of the fastest growing sports locally, as far as participation is concerned. And, for that reason, it seems that a new disc golf course opens up in the Kanawha Valley each year.

From June 21-26, there will be plenty of competitive disc golf being played throughout the Kanawha Valley.

Starting on June 25, the biggest disc golf event in the area will take place in the form of the second annual Kanawha Valley PDGA Regional, which will be played at Redeemer Park (behind Redeemer Lutheran Church), Wine Cellar Park and St. Albans City Park.

"We're expecting between 100 to 125 players this year, said Steve Koepsel, president of the Kanawha Valley Disc Golf Club, which is playing host to the event.

Payouts this year are expected to be more than $10,000, according to Koepsel, which is up from $9,000 a year ago. It draws some of the best disc golfers throughout the region.

The event is also part of the West Virginia Disc Golf Association point series championship.

In addition to the regional tournament, the KVDGC will play host to the fourth annual Guns vs. Hoses team disc golf event June 21-25 at Redeemer. The charity tournament will benefit Peace Officer Ministries, Inc. and The Autism Society.

Players must have some type of organizational tie to participate as a team. It will be teams of four with the option of carrying one alternate.

There will be a putting, midrange, driving and skills competition on Thursday and Friday and team play on Saturday.

The police and firefighters will play for a plaque.

For those playing in the regional tournament, the Guns vs. Hoses events is a bonus and free of charge. For those not taking part in the regionals, the fee is $30.

This year's event is part of FestivALL, which takes place from June 16-27 throughout the Charleston area.

"When people do come in for these tournaments, they have something they can do, Koepsel said of being part of FestivALL.

Last year, the event was part of the annual SportsFEST. …

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