Up North: Disc golfers tee off a new decade of disc in Superior

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: August 05, 2020 10:50 PM

There's a National Best Friends Day, a National Pie Day, and also a National Disc Golf Day.

This year's was last Saturday, August 1st. It happened to fall in the middle of the 10th Annual Lake Superior Open.

"There's always disc golf going on somewhere and a tournament somewhere but yeah it just worked out the way they scheduled them and we happen to get this time slot," said tournament director Tyler Masseth.

The disc golf tournament is typically held at Mont du Lac, but this year it was split between the resort and the public course in the Superior Municipal Forest. 

Masseth said, "because the tournament's grown so large they needed more space and other courses to be able to put competitors on. So this is the first year we've been able to use this course because it's the first year it's been 18."

"In total I think we had about 230 competitors sign up, so overall it was a big turnout and being able to spread people around really helped," Masseth added.

Some of the region's top competitors golfed through the wooded terrain. Minnesotans Nicholas DeWeerdt, throwing in his ninth Lake Superior Open, and 23-year-old Noah Meintsma called the new course challenging but a nice change.

"The fact that it's a new difficult fun course and it's not the same old same old makes it actually a treat," said DeWeerdt. 
"It definitely changes up the gameplay playing a new course," said Meintsma. "I think it definitely fits the categories of the courses as well because every course is a little bit more unique, so it takes a full well rounded game to win the whole event with all the different styles of play at the [two] courses."

The new surroundings didn't seem to rattle Meintsma. He finished second overall and threw a hole-in-one during the three day weekend tournament.

Having played for ten years, disc golf for Meintsma is not only about competing but about having fun.

"Every week is a new adventure. Starting fresh every round and every day is really unique so I really enjoy the lifestyle the most."


Alicia Tipcke

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