The Portage Open disc golf tournament saw its largest turnout ever last weekend.
For the first time, the tournament was extended over two days, as they welcomed 72 golfers to Island Park. Chairman of the Portage Disc Golf Club, Cody Buhler, was very impressed with how everything went.
"This year, Marshall Toews was the winner. He actually won three years ago. He took the crown away from Eric Giesbrecht, who had won the last two years in a row," Buhler explains. "Marshall is one of the top disc golfers in Manitoba, but we had some really good competitors out. I think just over ten of the pros came out."
Buhler was very thankful for the conditions Mother Nature provided over the weekend, as that hasn't always been the case.
"We held the first one in 2015, and since then, it's just continued to grow. We've added holes and expanded the field. We had competitors from all over. Some from Winnipeg, the club down south in Winkler had quite a few representatives, and we even had some from Brandon. It was great to see."
The tournament organizer is proud to have this event on the Manitoba Disc Golf Tour circuit.
"This is something that they had back in 2015 and has been brought back this year after a hiatus. So, a lot of these disc golfers were earning points for the overall tour," Buhler continues. "There was a little bit extra on the line beyond winning this tournament. It's great to see how that part has developed."
It's not only the Portage Open that has seen the rise in interest. Buhler says the disc golf course is consistently being used in Portage, and that's something he loves to see.
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