INMAN — Discs will be flying through the air as participants compete in the third annual Inman Food Drive Disc Golf Tournament in Lambert Park on Feb. 24.
Last year, the event raised $900 and brought in 700 food items for Inman Food Pantry, said Inman Disc Golf League member Bentley Richert.
Richert is the organizer for this year's disc golf tournament, which is expected to draw in more than 40 participants from around the state.
The tournament is held as part of a series of Kansas Disc Golf Association events. The organization is in its ninth year of sponsoring food drives.
"It's a good cause and it's fun," Richert said.
Richert took over coordinating the Inman Food Drive Disc Golf Tournament from his daughter, Paige, who was instrumental in the design and installation of the course.
"It's a fun little course that anybody can play," Richert said.
The disc golf tournament will begin with a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the community building in Lambert Park, located near the intersection of East Center Street and Park Lane in Inman.
A player's meeting will be held at 9:45 a.m. and tee times start at 10 a.m.
"When participants sign up, they get a disc with their entry fee," Richert explained.
Players also receive a raffle ticket with their entry fee. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 or by donating a food item to the McPherson County Food Bank. The tickets give players the chance to win prizes such as practice baskets and disc golf bags.
"Inman community businesses and some businesses from McPherson and Hutchinson are quite generous with donations," Richert said.
Having played disc golf for nearly four years, Richert has become familiar with the different types of discs used for varying shots.
"You've got to throw a lot of Frisbees before you can get them to do what you want them to do consistently," Richert said.
Richert said the tournament will go on no matter what the weather conditions are that day.
Part of disc golf's appeal is the people that come from miles around to play the game.
"It's good for Inman, because it gets exposure for our little community," Richert said.
Some disc golfers who come for the tournament stick around afterwards to play the course again.
"It's kind of turned out to be a whole day affair," Richert said. "A lot of the players that will show up, they'll stay around for an afternoon doubles round."
The fee for the tournament is $20 per player, which includes the breakfast, a KDGA Food Drive disc, one raffle ticket and 18 holes of disc golf. Participants can register the morning of the tournament.
"If anybody wants to come play, they can just walk up that morning and get into it," Richert said.
A listing of upcoming disc golf tournaments in Kansas can be found at http://kansasdiscgolf.com/kdga.
For more information about Inman Disc Golf Course, visit its Facebook page.
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