Professionals turn out for event

by: JOHN BOWLER - Crooked River Ranch disc golf course designer Sean Remer, right center, cuts the ribbon at the course on Saturday, with Jim Tobish, who assisted with the course. Holding the ribbon are Ranch Club and Maintenance Association board members Mitch Poppert, left, and Vene Dunham, right.Despite being late in the season for golf course openings, a crowd of 100 or so attended the ribbon-cutting for the Crooked River Ranch disc golf club Saturday, Oct. 19, at the first tee, near the Ranch ball diamond.

The size of the crowd stems from the high degree of interest in the subject of disc golf, which has been talked about for over a year. Also contributing to the large number of people who were on hand at this event was advance posting with details on the Ranch website

Although it has long been a popular local contention that the Ranch website has been sorely underused for publicizing upcoming ranch events, Ranch Administrator Judy LaPora took up the reins of publicity and posted this event well in advance on with sufficient details to be clearly understood where and when the disc golf course grand opening would take place. The resulting large crowd on hand at the actual event illustrates the point that such postings on the website can produce the desired results.

When asked for his comments about the success of the grand opening of the disc golf course, Sean Remer, its prime designer and installer, said, “Mission accomplished. We had close to 100 supporters during our grand opening. I have to give a special thanks to the local association for propelling a disc golfer's dream into reality."

"Central Oregon has been in need of a full-length competitive course and we now have it here at Crooked River Ranch," said Remer. "The course has also increased the value and attraction to the Ranch, now a great place to also play disc golf!"

Of the 100 supporters, 43 were competitive disc golfers ready to experience the new challenge, 19 were professionals, including two world champions, Nate Doss and Valerie Jenkins. The others who played in the event were new to the game.

The "Fall Club Championship Tournament" will become an annual event with a perpetual trophy.

Also on hand was state disc golf champion, Zoe Andyke, a professional, who said she has been playing disc golf for seven years. Andyke represents Team Legacy in the Professional Disc Golf Association and attends many disc golf events, such as the one at the Ranch last Saturday.

The winners were: Nate Doss in the Open division, shooting -11; Valerie Jenkins in the Goddess division, shooting -5; and Joe Skelly in the Amateur division, tying for first at +4 with Matt Tapia, who won in a 4-hole playoff. Another notable was Leroy Jenkins, who shot -3 in the Open division.

Part of the tournament included putting and closest-to-the-pin contests.

Ryan Lane, of the Central Oregon Disc Golf Club, won the around 9 putting contest in a playoff against Jim Tobish and Joe Skelly. In the closest-to-the-pin contest, Mike Magilla Ruzicka won at second base, and Jim Tobish won the home plate contest.

For Ranchers interested in getting out and giving disc golf a try, discs are available at the Ranch Administration; all you need is a putter to start with. A practice basket is available at the course, so go throw some shots and have fun!

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