Grand Opening of Disc Golf Course at DeSales University, Saturday, April 29
The official grand opening of Ace Eight Disc Golf Course, the new disc golf course at DeSales University, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 29. Coordinated by the DeSales University Disc Golf Club, the event is open to the public for a registration fee of $10 for the tournament. No experience is necessary to participate.
The day's events start at 10:30 a.m. with a Beginner's Clinic outside the DeSales University Center. Professional disc golf players from the Lehigh Valley will be available to answer questions and to give demonstrations. This will be followed by an 18-hole tournament and driving contest. Activities will conclude with a putting contest at 3:30 p.m., at the 18th hole. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each event.
Rev. Bernard O'Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales, will be in one of the first groups playing on the course. Other players will include Dr. Karen Walton, provost and vice president of academic affairs, Joe Leese, '06, president and founder of the DeSales Disc Club and co-designer of the course, and Jason Davis, of the Lehigh Valley Disc Club and also co-designer of the DeSales course.
Nestor's Sporting Goods of Quakertown will help sponsor the event.
Designed for people of all ages, disc golf is played like traditional golf, with players using a flying disc, or Frisbee, instead of clubs and balls. Formalized in the 1970s, the sport involves throwing a golf disc from a tee area to a target, which is the "hole." The object is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets, the most common one being an elevated metal basket.
The Professional Disc Golf Association, with over 16,000 members, is the governing body for the sport, and sanctions competitive events. Permanent disc golf courses are found throughout the United States, as well as worldwide. A nine-hole disc golf course can be established on as little as five acres of land, and a championship-caliber 18-hole course on 30 to 40 acres. Disc golf courses can be found existing park facilities and other activity areas. The DeSales campus presents an ideal location, as it combines wooded and open terrains.
Leese, a biology major from Thomasville, Pa., introduced the sport of disc golf to some fellow students in 2003. Interest and popularity grew, which resulted in the founding of The Disc Golf Club in spring 2005. The course was installed in fall 2005.
"I wrote a proposal including a design, budget, reasons for a course, as well as ideas for funding for it," said Leese. "Father O'Connor and other members of the cabinet were very supportive. Thanks to a generous grant from Representative Karen Beyer, R - 131 counties, we were able to fund the installation of an 18-hole course."
In addition to Leese, other founding members of the club include Glenn Berdela, '06, accounting, MIT major from Stroudsburg, Pa., Adam Benton, '06, physician assistant major from Kunkletown, Pa., Justin Kimmel, '06, biology major from Pine Grove, Pa., Andy Rehbein, '06, TV/film major from Greencastle, Pa., and Matthew Rusak, '06, TV/film major from Ashley, Pa.
"The appeal of disc golf is that you don't have to be a really great athlete to play," said Berdela, treasurer of the Disc Golf Club. "You're able to compete with all your friends regardless of their athleticism. It is pretty inexpensive to play and most of all, it is really fun to play."
For more information about this event or the Disc Golf Club, please contact, Joe Leese, president of the Disc Golf Club at DeSales, 610-282-1100, ext. 7084.
Press Release: Grand Opening of Disc Golf Course at DeSales University, Saturday, April 29 | Posted on: 4/28/2006
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu