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Disc golf event has impact

August 20, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

I want to publicly thank Trevor Boehne, his family and his friends, the event sponsors and the parks department of Fairmont for putting on a tremendously important, beneficial event for Fairmont.

Trevor grew up in Fairmont and now makes his home in the Twin Cities as a teacher. A good part of his year is filled with preparations for the Cedar Creek Open Disc Golf Tournament every August at our local Cedar Creek Park. He attends many disc golf events throughout the year promoting the tournament. He and friends design a new logo each year to be used on hundreds of T-shirts and golf discs, which he sells to raise money that all goes toward the tournament costs and payouts.

His family and friends cook a lot of delicious food that is sold to players during the tournament, and all that money goes back into the event.

Over the years of this event, the numbers have grown each year, but this year we had a spectacular leap in numbers, from 113 players last year to 155 this year. They came from six different states and 68 towns and cities. That means Fairmont hosted all these players, their families and friends for up to three days and nights. The economic impact for Fairmont is not a minor thing. Trevor asked the players to return receipts from sponsors the players visited during the weekend and the pile filled a pretty good-sized plastic tub by the end of the weekend. We had 27 sponsors for the event, 12 of them local.

The purse for this year's prizes and payouts was just short of $19,000. The first place pro player took home $1,500 in cash. I can't think of any event in town that boasts a larger prize purse. This is quite a draw for the players. Many make sure that Fairmont is an annual stop on their summer schedule.

A special thanks to the Festival and Events group for its generous support throughout the years, and to the parks department for doing a fabulous job keeping the courses mowed and trees trimmed. The players commented on all the nice touches as they played a total of 72 holes throughout the weekend. Many of these players come and play the courses other times of the year because they find them challenging and beautiful.

Jon Riggs




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