Pittsburg Disc Golf Draws Crowd

Four Staters Gather in Pittsburg for the 4th annual Pitt Open Disc Golf Tournament. Organizers say they’ve planned months in advance and worked with the Chamber of Commerce to generate interest.

Disc golf is a sport gaining popularity across the country, especially in the Four State area. The annual Pitt Open Tournament at Schlanger Park in Pittsburg is seeing the growth first hand.

“It grew to 110 last year.” Organizer Kevin Elrod said.

Both courses have 18 holes, or “baskets”, but instead of clubs players toss a Frisbee. Fifty individuals registered in advance and more sign ups came in on opening day. Organizers say the city should see some revenues.

“Staying in hotels eating in restaurants and buying tanks of gas so yeah hopefully were giving some business,” Elrod said.

“It’s a very nice town we were surprised to see the nightlife there’s a lot of things open and things to do so it was nice to stay here.” says Jessica Feldbaumer, who traveled from Wynonna, Missouri.

“Pittsburg was the closest tournament to me and I have heard some good things about the Pitt Open so I decided to check it out,” said Wes Sturges, from Bartlesville Oklahoma.

Many who came say they traveled hours because of the lack of courses and tournaments near their homes.

“I’m loving the course they are really nice props to the parks and rec or whoever kept all this cleaned up its really well done I’m having a blast,” said Deneil Hedrick, from Jefferson City.

In the future the Pitt Disc Golf Club plans to see more sponsorships and will partner with local businesses.