However as some noticed there are some changes this year:
PDGA B-Tier Event (Previously a C-Tier)
Field is Open to more players
Format will be different from previous years
Pre-Tournament Friday Blowfly Doubles Round (for those in town early)
Island Hootenanny (on the island) with live music by EBDB Saturday evening
Mid-Tournament Saturday Night Singles Glow Round
Island is now in play with a basket on the island & a platform tee from the island
27 hole course layout in the works (final formats to be determined)
We are still early in the year with lots of time before the event. We are hoping the change from a C to a B Tier will help us bring in some more players and open up the event so nobody who wants to play will miss out this year. Each year the bar is raised a little and we have raised it again in hopes of taking the event in another step in the right direction.
Lots of course improvements were made in 2016 and we are hoping the State Park manages to find the time to make a few improvements as well:
Island bridge was installed (thanks to donors & volunteers)
More benches were built and installed (thanks to donors & volunteers)
Island platform / tee pad constructed & installed (thanks to donors & volunteers)
Plans to expand the course were established with the park
The state is to install restrooms at the course, hopefully before the tourney
The state is aware of the need for a larger parking lot
Events like this are made possible by donations and volunteers working with the Ohio State Park system through the Friends of Punderson State Park non-profit organization. Below is a video of a drive off of the platform tee on the island:
One of the most prominent features of Punderson’s disc golf is Pine Lake. This scenic, peaceful lake serves as a major water hazard for the disc golf course and has claimed many discs. Regardless of the hazard, the island in the middle of Pine Lake has tempted us since the course was installed to put in an island basket – something most courses don’t have. The only problem was finding a way to get out there. On Sunday, June 26th, after years of planning and struggling with one obstacle after another, a floating bridge was installed:
The Friends of Punderson could not have done this without the help of the Ohio State Park system, after locating and allowing us to refurbish old floating docks and giving us the go ahead with the project. Although we had the docks, trying to maintain the course, run our events and take on the bridge project was overwhelming. It took the ambitions of Paul Keller, John Luker and Travis Bailey to get this project moving – working to re-construct the floats, repair, and stain them. That isn’t to say that there weren’t others that helped, we are just thankful they were able to head the project while others kept the course alive.
The first throws out during our “First Official Round with the Island in Play” were exhilarating and rewarding. Above, Eric “Sharky’ Boyd takes his shot. The added basket is not currently considered a “long” basket on Hole #2 but will be considered an “alternate” or “B” basket location. This will make shooting from the Reds a Par 4.
The bridge is not located by the original basket for Hole #2 as many thought it would be – it was in fact installed just past the brush behind the basket eliminating any awkwardness in play by people walking back from the bridge while another group (who maybe can’t see them) are playing up behind them.
A putt on the island by Andy Morrison (below) – making the first official “Birdie” on the island – it is still very rough and a lot still needs to be cleared and mowed, but with the bridge installed it will now be easier to maintain. Although it was cleared a few years ago for the basket to be installed, the brush grows back quickly with no regular maintenance and this is why our volunteers have been so crucial to keep the course playable as park labor is limited.
We would like to thank EVERYONE who helped make this project possible. Without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers this project would have never been completed. More pictures are available on the Punderson Disc Golf Facebook Page.