2018 Wanaka Open Disc Golf Tournament, 4-6 May
Once again it's go time here in Wanaka as we gear up for our annual disc golf tournament and we want YOU to enter! Check out media coverage below and find tournament entry details underneath!
Upper Clutha Messenger - 03.05.18
"This weekend, Wanaka plays host to some of New Zealand’s best disc golfers at the 6th Annual Wanaka Disc Golf Open.
The competition will be held over three days at Lismore Park and Eely Point disc golf courses, and local players are hoping to fare well on their home courses.
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf but instead of a ball and clubs, players throw flying discs, derived from recreational Frisbees, at a metal target basket made with chains to catch discs in flight.
Disc golf players use a range of driver discs, mid-range discs or putting discs depending on the type of throw required and leading players can achieve distances of over 150m with a single “drive”.
Martin Galley, tournament director and founder of Disc Golf Wanaka, the club responsible for installing and maintaining Wanakas disc golf courses, says the sport of disc golf is booming internationally and wants to encourage the community to support the event as they do with other sports.
“Disc golf has been played in parks around Wanaka since the mid eighties and since we installed our first official course at Lismore Park in 2011, the course has been enjoyed by thousands of players of all ages and all walks of life. Not only is it a lot of fun, but it’s one of the cheapest sports people can get in to (unlike ball golf, disc golf courses are free to play on) and it’s a great way get some exercise while enjoying our fantastic scenery.”
Wanaka is home to some of New Zealand’s leading disc golfers with Hayley Flintoff, Kyle Martin and Dominic Hayden rated as title contenders over the weekend. All three players were members of the bronze medal winning New Zealand team at the 2017 Disc Golf World Team Championships in Colchester, UK.
Galley says Wanaka has a great tradition of attracting visitors for sporting events and disc golf, while still growing, is no different. “Events like these are a great opportunity for us to showcase local businesses and brands to visitors.” He cites local brewers B.Effect, Mexican food truck Burrito Craft, and Cork bar as just some of the local businesses supporting the tournament.
Competition starts on Friday with fancy dress social doubles, and singles being held on Saturday and Sunday. Divisions cater to all ages from Juniors (boys and girls under 13 and under 18) through to Senior Grand Masters (60 years and over) and a Recreational division on Saturday for casual disc golfers who would like to try tournament play for the first time. Spectators are welcome throughout the weekend with the leading 6 players battling it out for a final “Super 6” holes at Eely Point on Sunday afternoon."
Radio Wanaka - 02.05.18
Hear Wanaka players Hayley Flintoft & Kyle Martin talk about disc golf and the tournament on Radio Wanaka's breakfast show.
Tournament Details and Entry Information
10am Friday - Meet at Eely Point HQ, enter Eely Point through Bremner Bay entrance. HQ just past toilets on the left. Fancy Dress Doubles (Gods & Goddesses) 2 x 18 holes.
9am Saturday - Singles (18 holes @ Eely Point, 18 holes @ Lismore Park). First round TD draw. Round 2 & onwards overall position seeded.
9am Sunday - Singles (Champ Lismore 18 holes) Eely 9 holes then Eely Super 6 (top 6 players play 6 more safari holes).
Follow the event on Facebook for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2078202849088492/
Mens & Womens - Juniors (under 18), Open, Masters, Grand Masters, Senior Grand Masters, Recreational (Saturday only)
Recreational Division for Saturday only play ($20 entry earlybird, $25 after midnight 29th April) - includes Saturday lunch.
$45 full entry ($40 earlybird if paid by midnight on 29th April 2018)
Includes lunch on Saturday & Sunday. Spot prizes for best doubles fancy dress + various other prizes to be announced as they come in + hand died discs for the winners. Cutoff for singles entry is 6pm Friday 4th May
Please Email your registration details to:
i.e. Full Name Address Division Mobile Number PDGA Number (if applicable)
Pay online to:
Disc Golf Wanaka Incorporated Acccount No.06-0943-0106580-00 Reference: Name & LOL18
Contact Tournament Director Martin Galley on 027 226 5343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org