Disc golf continues to grow in the Peace Region.
The second annual Battle of the Peace demonstrated from Sept. 2 to 3. The tournament, which was held at Lone Wolf Golf Course in Taylor, had 48 participants, the same as last year.
However, the organizers felt good about the amount they drew out.
“Things improved from last year in that there’s more locals,” said Daniel Martin, tournament organizer and president of the Dawson Creek Disc Golf Club.
With Fort St. John finally having a permanent course and Dawson Creek having a second course, there was a stronger local presence.
The winner of the advanced category was from out of town though. Mike Heckbert took home the top prize with a score of 105, posting rounds of 50 and 55 and finishing 10 strokes ahead of the nearest competitor. The course par was 60.
There were two winners from Dawson Creek, with Adam Lionas winning the novice category with a two day total of 127 while Jaron Nuefeld won the rec division with a 142.
Greg Hearn won the very competitive intermediate division with a score of 123, winning by just two shots. Jenna Stokmans won women’s intermediate and Elizaveta Curtiss shot a 157 to win the women’s novice division.
Martin was happy with how the tournament went. A lot of people participated in the new glow round on the Saturday night, and the raffle held to raise money for the food bank was successful, bringing in more than $900. Their goal was to raise $600 to $800.
“If we hit $800 we’ll be super excited, ten out of ten,” Martin said before the final amount was tallied.
The amount of volunteers was also up from last year, to the point that they almost had too many.
“Last year it was just three of us and we did all the prep, this year we delegated a bit more and that was nice.”
The course was held on the front nine this year, as opposed to the back nine last year. Lone Wolf held the back nine open for golfing, making for a very busy course on Sunday. The hope is to continue to grow the tournament so that they can eventually hold a provincial tournament there.