The fourth annual Maricopa Meadows Disc Golf Tournament is Jan. 21-22.
The tournament’s capacity of 135 players was filled in the first week of registration, according to tourney director Dave Feldberg. Eleven of those players are from Maricopa.
Outreach by Feldberg, a professional player, has brought in others from farther away than ever before, including Finland’s Seppo Paju, a champion on the European Tour.
“It seems like disc golf is really growing in Maricopa,” Feldberg said. “It’s kind of exciting.”
The tournament has a limited capacity because of the size of the 27-hole course in Maricopa Meadows. Disc golf, in general, plays only five players per hole.
They will play 54 holes over the two-day event. There are divisions for professional, intermediate and recreational for men, women and juniors. They are playing for prizes and cash.
The Maricopa Meadows Disc Golf Course starts on Honeycutt Avenue across from Maricopa Wells Middle School.
The quick response of players wishing to register for the tournament again has renewed Feldberg’s push to have a larger course established somewhere in the city.
“I’ve seen tournaments at larger courses draw 1,100 players,” he said. “Imagine the impact of that in Maricopa.”
This year, the tournament is incorporating a food drive for the Against Abuse women’s shelter in Maricopa.
Residents are welcome to come out and cheer on the players. The schedule has not yet been announced.