The winner of the top division in the third annual Battle of the Peace disc golf tournament was also one of the farthest traveled. Alan Hill, who traveled from the Yukon with fellow Whitehorse Disc Golf Association members Ryan Norquay and Josh Paton, took the MA1 (advanced) division with a score of -3 over two rounds and a 10 stroke lead.
“I played well, missed a couple of putts as always, made a couple of putts maybe I shouldn’t have,” he said.
The new Professional Disc Golf Association status played a big part in attracting players from such far locales.
“[It] means that players get a ranking once we submit scores and they can compare each other, not just locally at the tournament, but that ranking will be able to compare with anyone in the world,” says tournament co-director Clint Warkentin.
“They’re not just getting a prize and trophy from it, they can get rankings and further their disc golfing careers.”
Hill agreed: “We’re more inclined to travel to sanctioned events, as we bring our ratings home with us and give us a better opportunity to rate our courses and host sanctioned events.”
All in all, it was fun for all involved, with eight divisions for all skill levels and categories of players.
“Great turnout, and the weather was fantastic for us, despite the forecast,” says Warkentin.
In the other seven categories, the winners were as follows: Elena Warkentin (intermediate women), Brant Churchill (intermediate), Josh Paton (recreation), Karen Frederickson (recreation women), Keith McKeeman (Amateur Masters 50+), Patrick Turner (Amateur Masters 40+), and Dominic Bruton (junior).
Elena Warkentin was women’s champion of the Northern Lights Disc Golf Series, while Josh Stokmans was the men’s, which encompassed the four big tournies in the Peace — in addition to the BotP, Swan City in Grande Prairie, the FSJ tournament, and the Farmington Fling.
Due to scheduling conflicts with other disc golf tournaments held the same weekend, attendance was slightly down — 36 are listed as completing at least one round. However, there were quite a few positives.
“This year, we have more local players, as in Dawson and Fort St. John players and we attracted further players like from Whitehorse,” Warkentin says. “A lot of returning people, and those who can’t make it, they would have liked to.”
- files from D. Giancola