CLERMONT – Colleges from Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania will converge on Clermont this weekend to compete in the College Disc Golf Mid-Atlantic Regional Qualifier. The battle takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The full field of 72 college players will compete at the new Shawmut Depot Disc Golf course to qualify for two coveted Division 1 entries into the College Disc Golf National Championship, which will take place in April 2023.
Brenda Walker and her nephew, Josh Menteer, began installation on the Shawmut Depot disc golf course in the spring of 2021. With over 100 acres of narrow wooded fairways, natural ponds, peaks and ravines, the course will to challenge the most advanced players. Disc golf enthusiasts have traveled from near and far to play at Shawmut Depot, including 2021 World Champion James Conrad.
Locals are invited to turn up at 14063 Wilcox Road, Clermont Saturday and Sunday to watch the discs fly and cheer on their favorite regional schools including Penn State, University at Buffalo, Houghton, Behrend and Rochester Institute of Technology. A handful of schools will also travel from other regions, including the University of Kentucky, Eastern Mennonite University, Ohio State University and the University of Toledo.
A large fundraising raffle will be held Sunday after the tournament to benefit elementary schools in Smethport and Johnsonburg, with proceeds going to disc golf equipment and the physical education teacher program. Raffle tickets will be available all weekend at Shawmut Depot.
“The sport of disc golf is exploding across the United States with an average of five new courses every day. As an underserved area, it’s amazing to be able to host such a large event right in our backyard,” said tournament director Rich Longer. “You can drive eight hours to an Elite Series event and find out, like me, (that) college sports remain the highest form of entertainment. They are the pros of the future and they play for more than a paycheck.
The tournament would not be possible without the generous support of local volunteers and event sponsors: Lantz Corners Getaway, Erie Insurance, Bonnie & John Orr, Ameriprise Financial, McKean County E-Sales, Paul’s Trading Post, Scentsy, Fox Financial and Horn & Hammer. .