Disc golf event raises over $2,000 for charity – The Clanton Advertiser

Disc golf event raises over $2,000 for charity

Published Tuesday 20 September 2022 10:48 am

By Carey Reeder | Staff writer

The Raleigh’s Place Charity Event, hosted by Clanton Disc Golf Club, raised over $2,000 for the Raleigh’s Place organization at their disc golf tournament on September 17th. Over 45 players came to Camp 1:27 to help the Christian non-profit organization.

“Everyone was super happy and everyone said it went very smoothly,” said Tournament Director DJ Hines. “They were thrilled to support the charity and the Raleigh’s Place organization and what they do.”

The event was an amateur C-Tier event and had a flexible start, meaning all players could play their round anytime from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The event was originally scheduled for April but was moved from Easter to the September 17 weekend. The flex start was introduced to combat fall college football Saturday.

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The Professional Disc Golf Association supports charity events by waiving the charity tournament penalty fees, as they did with the Raleigh’s Place Charity Event.

Thomas Lyon of Jemison won the 13-man novice male group, the largest group of the tournament, with a -7. Lyon was the only Chilton County player to take home a group win at the tournament.

Micah McKerley of Alabaster had the best result with a -9 to win the male intermediate group. Players had the opportunity to donate $5 to Raleigh’s Place to try and improve their score, and Empire’s Zach Mullins scored a -9 in the advanced male group after his donation to win the group.

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In the recreational male group, Corey Martin jumped from Elmore after his $5 donation with a -4 to a tie for the group win. He tied Jared Kornegay from Tuscaloosa. Austin Gates of Montevallo won the men’s open group with a -8, and Paul Randall of Mount Olive won the male amateur masters 50+ group with a -4. Brian Thompson won the Male Amateur Masters 60+ group with a -3.

An auction was held during the event, featuring items donated by Chilton County businesses and autographed items by well-known disc golf content creators such as Luke Humphries.

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“We were very grateful for the help of everyone who made this event possible,” said Hines.

Hines said the plan for next year’s event is to make it a one-day, two-round event and it will remain sanctioned by the PDGA. The Clanton Disc Golf Club Fall League is currently underway and the next tournament the group will be hosting is the Frozen Disc Championship in January next year.

Camp 1:27 is a summer camp for foster children and has served over 1,000 children from across Alabama.

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