By Bonnie Seymour
News Star Reporter
The Elmore City Lake has a new addition, and this Saturday, April 21st, it will be put to good use with its first official tournament, benefitting the Elmore City-Pernell Foundation of Excellence.
The addition is an 18-hole disc golf course that was the brain child of the non-profit who provides improvements to local school campuses, senior scholarships, and other projects related to the area schools.
Mapped and designed by Dale Medford, Don Medford, their families, and Derik Thomas, the course was installed in the winter and fall months, and reached completion in March.
“I believe they were done pouring all the concrete then,” said J.R. McCaskill, member of the ECP Foundation of Excellence, though the lack of concrete hadn’t stopped people from using the grounds.
“On days with good weather, there was usually someone out there. The baskets were the first thing they put up,” continued McCaskill, speaking about the time before the course was completed.
McCaskill says they have seen people from Lawton and Oklahoma City utilizing the course and have also had people venture off I-35 who have discovered the course through its Facebook group.
The Foundation had a few objectives when they set out on the project, that ended up costing $10,000. “First, we wanted to provide a healthy and low cost recreational activity for local school students and families in our community.
Secondly, we needed a unique fundraising event to support school projects and scholarships. We plan on holding tournaments occasionally. Finally, we wanted to bring new visitors to our park area and our community,” shared McCaskill.
Funds generated from this Saturday’s tournament, which is being held in conjunction with the City’s annual Footloose Festival, will go back into the ECP Foundation of Excellence and will ultimately benefit the schools and communities.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. for the Advance Adults Division with a price of $40. Women’s registration will also be taking place with a price of $25. A minimum of 5 participants is required. Competition begins at 9:30 a.m.
Beginners and Intermediate registration will take place at 1:00 p.m., with competition beginning at 2:00 p.m. The price for this division is $10 and all ages can compete.
Prizes will be given for first, second, and third place in each division and $100 will given for an ace shot. That amount will be split if there is more than one.
The Elmore City-Pernell Foundation of Excellence wishes to thank the following donors, without whom the project wouldn’t have happened; First State Bank in Elmore City, the Walmart Foundation in association with the Pauls Valley distribution center, and the Medford family.
“It was huge when they stepped up. Had they not, we would still be trying to figure out how to get this done,” said McCaskill.
You can find out more about the course by requesting to join their Facebook group, Lakeside Disc Golf – Elmore City.