Ross Baxter of the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors (KPAR) loves disc golf and worked to get the first disc golf course built in Kenai. Today there are 3 disc golf courses in the local area with more people learning and enjoying the sport every day. Now disc golf tournament play is becoming popular for fund raising. August 10th at their Playing for the Peninsula Disc Golf Tournament KPAR raised over $10,000 that was split between two local organizations, Hospice of the Central Peninsula and Habitat for Humanity according to Melissa Duffy, chief executive officer for KPAR. “We all had a great time and are looking forward to doing it again next year. It made us all feel good today when Ross Baxter, our fundraising committee chair presented the checks to the two organizations,” she said.
“Disc Golf is a lot like regular golf,” says Baxter. “You have different discs for different shots just like you have different clubs for driving, chipping and putting just like different clubs in your golf bag but rather than hitting golf balls you toss discs that are much like the original frisbies, but these have different weights. We count throws rather than strokes and the neat part is there are no green fees and it’s free to play and open to people of all ages and very fun,” he says. There is even a Professional Disc Golfers Association (PDGA) and according to Baxter there are over 1,500 courses through out the world with professional players making up to $1,000,000 a year.
Teams at the KPAR tournament contributed $400 each to play in the fund raiser and Alaska USA Title was the tournament Gold Sponsor with Stewart Title and Kenai Spine, other sponsors also help in the raising funds for the two organizations. “We had the most talented realtors on the Peninsula here today with discs in their hands knowledge between their ears. This was our first tournament and we look forward to doing it again next year,” said Baxter.