The Professional Disc Golf Association and Discraft will present the 2015 Memorial Championship Feb. 25- 28 at Vista Del Camino Park in Scottsdale, Fiesta Lakes Golf Course in Mesa, and Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, AZ.
The PDGA is the international governing body for the sport of disc golf and sanctions well over 2,000 tournaments in 49 states and 27 countries each year for professional and amateur disc golfers.
Over 300 professional disc golfers will compete in the tournament for an estimated total cash purse of $150,000 and NT Elite Series points, which are accumulated for end-of-year awards and cash bonuses.
An additional 300-plus amateur players will compete in a concurrent Amateur SuperTour event at the same locations.
The tournament format will have competitors playing four rounds of 18 holes, one each day from Wednesday through Sunday.
The Pro lead group will begin final round play 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills. Admission is free.
PDGA Executive Director, Brian Graham stated, “The PDGA is very pleased to return to the Scottsdale area for the Memorial Championship. Discraft, along with an abundance of local support from community members, has consistently hosted one of the top events on the PDGA Tour year after year and we are pleased to have the Memorial as part of the 2015 National Tour Elite Series once again.”
A disc golf clinic will be conducted from 4:30 to 6 p.m. near Hole 12 at Vista Del Camino Park in Scottsdale by some of the PDGA Tour’s top professional competitors.
The clinic is sponsored by the Professional Disc Golf Association and is free to anyone interested in receiving instruction or learning about the exciting sport of disc golf. Attendees will be eligible for drawings to win disc golf equipment, following the tournament finals on Saturday.
Disc Golf, or Frisbee Golf as it is more commonly known, is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States with over 3,800 courses in existence and many more being installed each year.
The sport is played using the same general rules, terminology and etiquette as traditional golf, but instead of using a club to hit a ball into a hole in the ground, the player throws a high-tech flying disc into a standardized target.
Most courses are comprised of 18 par-rated holes with diverse terrain and natural obstacles and the object, just as in traditional golf, is to play in as few throws of the disc as possible.
Serious competitors carry a bag of approximately 10-15 discs, each one having a different flight characteristic, but the sport can be played recreationally with only one disc. Golf discs are very different in design from the Frisbee™ you play catch with and can be skillfully thrown by the sports top professional players as far as 500 feet with pinpoint accuracy.
For additional information, contact Tournament Director Keith Murray at 480-941-2513.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.