January 12, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DISCS TO FLY IN CHARITY TOURNAMENT -
NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER
Charlotte, NC - Park Road Park hosts an unusual pro-am tournament for disc golf on Saturday, January 22, beginning at 10 a.m. It’s called the Ice Bowl Tournament, with the tradition to play no matter what the weather! This is one of more than 150 Ice Bowl disc golf tournaments nationwide. Park Road Park is located at 6220 Park Road (between Tyvola Road and Archdale Drive).
Disc golf is like playing golf with Frisbees. Competitors have a bag full of discs with differing flight characteristics. They change discs to fit the shot they are playing. The object is to fling discs down the fairways, through trees, and over water hazards and get them into a chain basket on each hole, with the fewest number of flings.
The event is organized by the Charlotte Disc Golf Club, which helped the Park and Recreation Department establish and maintain disc golf courses in six County-owned facilities: Hornets Nest Park, Kilborne Park, Reedy Creek Park, Renaissance Park, Sugaw Creek Park, and Veterans Park. Daily play at these courses is free for children and adults.
The Ice Bowl Tournament at Park Road Park will be played on a temporary course laid-out specifically for this competition. This is a charity tournament to raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank. Players’ entry fees go to the charity, and they are also asked to sign-up sponsors to make contributions. Last year, this tournament raised more money for charity than any other Ice Bowl event nationwide.
The week before the Ice Bowl, there are a series of preliminary competitions, including the “Birdies for Birds” tournament at Hornets Nest Park on Saturday January 15. This is a doubles tournament that raises money for the Carolina Raptor Center at Latta Nature Preserve.
Both events are open for media coverage and free public viewing. We would appreciate media putting these events on appropriate event calendars. The Ice Bowl Tournament tees off at 10 a.m., January 22 and will run well into mid afternoon. The Birdies for Birds competition tees off at 9:30 a.m. January 15. For more information or to play, contact Charlotte Disc Golf Club President Ralph Vickers: 704 566-0221 or Alan Beaver at Park Road Park: 704 643-5725.