Rotaract Club,” said Stephanie Musgrove who coordinated the event. “We are the only 19 hole disc golf course on the Peninsula and we are proud that such a small Rotaract Club was able to complete such a large project. We raised about $12,000 for course construction and had a lot of in-kind and volunteer help. The tournament was a premier event for us, but was intended to get the word out to the disc golfers of Alaska that our new course was open and unique. We were thrilled with the turn out over 25 golfers participated from as far away as Anchorage and Homer and even a mom from Germany presently stationed at JBER. It was a lot of fun and we had great comments from the participants. We hope to have the Salmon Toss tournament annually as a fund raiser for out Rotaract Club so we can fund other community service projects,” said Musgrove.
Disc Golf follows many of the rules of regular golf and has as many options for discs as clubs including a putter. Taking first place in the youth division was 5-year-old Mikhail Parrish from Germany who is stationed with his mother at JBER Anchorage. Taking the first Salmon Toss Championship was a thrower from Homer Edan Badajos who says he started throwing in the mid nineties, “I started playing in California and fell in love with it. I love the sport and love playing the new courses and appreciate the communities that are sponsoring the sport. I play all over the state and when I heard there was a new course opening here in Soldotna I wanted to come up for the grand opening event and was happy to be able to win my first time on the course,” he said. According to Badajos Homer has weekly league disc golf play and will be hosting a tournament in September this year. He has already taught his 5-year-old son Jai to throw, who joined him during the tournament and made some impressive shots.
“This is not an easy course,” commented Mike Guilliame of Anchorage, “I had to pull shots out of my bag of tricks, but the course favors a lefty,” he said. Guilliame says he’ll be back to win next year. Musgrove says the Rotaract Club hopes to make the Salmon Toss an annual event, but will need to put in concrete tees to become sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Assoc. To find out more about joining the River City Rotaract Club find them on Facebook.