This past weekend the communities of Granite Falls and Montevideo hosted the 2013 Monte-Granite Riverfront Disc Classic. The event began on Saturday at 9 a.m. in Lagoon Park with a Skills Clinic that was attended by a number of people ranging in age from 5 to 67 and then the Classic play began at 2 p.m. People later came out to Wegdahl County Park for supper and an entertaining evening of creative disc golf throwing and s’mores. Sunday morning play resumed at 10 a..m. in Rice Park and the Disc Classic wrapped up at noon.
Events like this take many people to make it happen and Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) would like to thank both the cities of Granite Falls and Montevideo for maintaining the disc golf courses, Mary Gillespie from Frog’s on the Footbridge in Granite Falls for sponsoring the Wegdahl portion of the event, Gotta Go, Gotta Throw from Golden Valley, for sponsoring some of the prize money to Art’s Dairy Freeze of Montevideo for sponsoring a match for free small ice cream cones for the people participating in the Skills Clinic. We would like to thank a few individuals who helped with this event: Steve Virnig and Scott Wold from the River’s Edge Disc Golf Course in Granite Falls and Marc and Henry Dissell from the Monte Disc Golfer’s group for organizing and volunteering, the instructors of the Skill’s Clinic on Saturday morning for volunteering their time to engage and teach community members about the sport of Disc Golfing. Instructors were Nick Mentele, Standburg, SD, Henry Dissell, Montevideo, Mike Jaspersen, Alexandria, Colin Hahn, and Justin Samson who are both from Sioux Falls, SD. With their expertise we were able to teach the forehand, backhand, putting and roller technique.
None of this would have been possible without a “Connect for Health Challenge” grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. This grant helped financially support the installation for the two courses along with community partners and provided the program dollars for this event.
Dixie Tilden, Sarina Otaibi,
Peg Furshong and Duane Ninneman