Disc golf continues to grow in the Peace Region, as the second annual Battle of the Peace demonstrated Sept. 2 and 3. The tournament, held at Lone Wolf Golf Course in Taylor, had 48 participants, the same as last year. However, the organizers felt good about the number of competitors that came out.
“Things improved from last year in that there’s more locals,” said co-organizer Daniel Martin.
With Fort St. John finally having a permanent course and Dawson Creek having a second course, there was a stronger local presence.
However, the winner of the advanced category was from out of town though. Mike Heckbert took home the top prize with a score of 105, posting rounds of 50 and 55 and finishing 10 strokes ahead of the nearest competitor.
There was one winner from Fort St. John as Jenna Stokmans won the women’s intermediate division with a score of 145.
Adam Lionas won the novice category with a two-day total of 127 while Jaron Nuefeld won the rec division with a 142. Greg Hearn won the very competitive intermediate division with a score of 123, winning by just two shots. Elizaveta Curtiss shot a 157 to win the women’s novice division.
Martin was happy with how the tournament went. A lot of people participated in the new glow round on the Saturday night, and the raffle held to raise money for the food bank was successful, bringing in more than $900. Their goal was to raise $600 to $800.
“If we hit $800 we’ll be super excited, 10 out of 10,” Martin said before the final amount was tallied.
The number of volunteers was also up from last year, to the point organizers almost had too many.
“Last year, it was just three of us and we did all the prep. This year we delegated a bit more and that was nice,” Martin said.
The course was held on the front nine of Lone Wolf this year, as opposed to the back nine last year. Lone Wolf held the back nine open for golfing, making for a very busy course on Sunday.
1.Mike Heckbert - 105
2. Ryan LaCroix - 115
3. Jeremy Soroule - 118
1. Greg Hearn - 123
2. Michael Lethbridge - 125
3. Andrew Ho - 126
1. Adam Lionas - 127
2. Ian Zackodnik - 135
3. Neil Clarke - 136
1. Jaron Neufeld - 142
2. Robert Jones - 147
3. Shane Stirling - 147
1. Jenna Stockmans - 145
2. Denise Spence - 145
3. Elena Warkentin - 146
1. Elizavetta Curtiss - 157
2. Corinne Stirling - 169
3. Karen Frederickson - 175