Sumter Showdown 5 disc golf tournament registration underway

Organizers for Sumter Showdown 5, the annual charity disc golf tournament held at Dillon Park, have opened registration for this year’s tournament, set for Saturday, Feb. 25.

The one-day, 22-hole tournament will host four levels of competition, based on players experience and ability.   Entrance fees are $20 for participants in the pro, women’s or amateur classifications, while players in the youth category have a $10 fee.

Online registration for the tournament, which can be found here, closes Feb. 24.  Participation is limited, so organizers advise those considering in participating in the event register early.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Sumter High School Drama Department and go toward paying for upgrades to the Dillon Park course, as well.

Established by volunteers in 2015, the par 56 (white tees) / 59 (blue tees) course at Dillon Park in mostly flat with wooden terrain and Shot Pouch Creek occasional coming in to play as obstacles.  The Professional Disc Golf Association gives the Sumter course a 4 out of 5 rating, saying the course provides ”a good mix of open and technical holes using two creeks for plenty of challenge.”

Kelly Melton, organizer of the tournament, said after a lunch break, competitors will also be invited to compete in a blind-draw doubles match from a new tee set being considered for potential redesign of the course.

For those not familiar, disc golf is played relatively the same way as golf, with the exception that instead of balls and clubs targeting holes, players use flying discs to target baskets.  The PDGA estimates about 500,000 people play the sport regularly, with about 1,600 courses spread across the United States.

For more information on the activities of the Sumter City Disc Golf Club, follow their Facebook page, which can be found here.

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