FAIRMONT — After more than a decade, the Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Tournament continues to grow, change and continue to serve the memory of its namesake.
The 12th annual Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Tournament wrapped up Sunday after three days of competition by the nearly 200 entrants at Morris Park. Within Morris Park, the tournament was held in the disc golf complex which was built in honor of Seth Burton, who died in 1999.
“It’s really amazing,” said Phil Burton, Seth’s father and assistant tournament director, during a game on Saturday. “We have been building this tournament for years. We had 150 last year, and we changed the format to be able to take more. We’ve had about 200 this year, and we’re very excited.
“It’s a wonderful thing for our community, everyone is having a great time. We were able to raise the funds we needed from the community to give everyone a good time, so we’re thrilled.
The tournament saw professional and amateur competition divided into men’s and women’s divisions. Brad Schick, Ellen Widboom, Oz Mert, Jonathan Baldwin, Donna Griest and Das Loomis have each won first place in different professional divisions after three days of play have ended.
In total, more than $20,000 in merchandise and cash was awarded to professional and amateur tournament winners.
The tournament started with 20-25 people, but with the playing field growing to around 200 people, the tournament took on a new form this year. Instead of the usual shotgun blast, groups were assigned tee times, one round per day for three days to space out when players would be on the playing field.
The change was one of many that made competing a seamless process for tournament riders.
“This is the first year we’ve done tee times instead of a quick start, and it’s been a lot more manageable,” Phil Burton said. “It’s all online now, they’re keeping scores online, it’s taken away a lot of the work at the end of the day that we used to do. We’re just amazed at how well it all turned out. went well and delighted with how it works.
And the extended duration also meant more downtime for competitors.
“Players had time to enjoy Fairmont, had more time to spend in the area,” tournament director Josh Smith said. “We attract people from everywhere, there are people here from Colorado, from Florida, from Connecticut. It’s a great time and we appreciate that they came and spent time here at the Fairmont.
Tournament success has returned to the course over the years and brought it national acclaim.
“There have been long stages and grassroots effort to build two incredible disc golf courses here in Fairmont, West Virginia,” Smith said. “And being able to host such a big PDGA event at this level means a lot to us.
To learn more about upcoming disc golf competitions, visit the Fairmont Flyers Disc Golf Club page on Facebook.