Disc golfers out for solstice tourney

It’s easy to spot who the hardcore disc golfers are. They’re the ones chucking discs until 4 a.m. under the midnight sun.

It’s easy to spot who the hardcore disc golfers are. They’re the ones chucking discs until 4 a.m. under the midnight sun.

Some golfers did just that during the inaugural Solstice Tournament, hosted by the Whitehorse Disc Golf Association (WDGA) at the Solstice DiscGolfPark June 23-25.

“In the future we’ll call it the Solstice Open and hopefully it will be a sanctioned PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) tournament and we can attract visitors from other clubs Outside — B.C., Alaska — and be a tourism experience,” said WDGA president Ryan Norquay.

“We had a little bit of rain yesterday through the day, but all and all the weather was really good to us and we were able to play midnight glow … doubles both days until almost four in the morning.

“It was a fun weekend and we’re happy to have such good support of the community to have this park to enjoy.”

It was a long weekend for the advanced division golfers, playing two rounds of 22 holes.

Whitehorse’s Sheldon Casselman came out on top for his first title since winning the Whitehorse Fall Classic in 2015.

“It feels good to get back into the win column,” said Casselman. “I’ve been getting second and third, so it’s nice to put in a couple solid rounds in a row and come out on top again.”

Casselman, 34, took the win with a two-over 72 and a six-over 76 for eight over par. Ben Monkman took second with 82 and 79, Alan Hill third with 76 and 90, and Norquay fourth with 81 and 90.

Since the Solstice course, which opened last summer, is so challenging, there’s no shame in finishing over par, said Casselman.

“To shoot under par on this course … is a pretty outstanding score,” said Casselman. “To shoot over in the double digits is not uncommon on this layout…. The layout we have here is top-notch, it’s so hard.

“Disc golf is evolving and holes are getting harder and longer. Ryan and the disc golf association and all of us have done a great job on this new course.”

The inaugural tourney also featured intermediate, women’s and junior divisions.

Over two rounds of 12 holes, Wayne Rochon won the intermediate with 31 and 36 for a 15-stroke win. Alex Oberg and Carl Pearce tied for second.

Carole Dumont pieced together a 43 and 47 to win the women’s divisions. Andrea Norenberg (45, 47) took second and Megan Stallabrass (47, 46) third.

Caiden Cruickshank won the junior title with a 42.

Local players will be back in action at the Canada Day Disc Golf Tournament at the Marsh Lake Community Centre on July 1. Registration is free for the tournament that will be held on the 18-hole course.

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dawson the dog sits next to the Chariot Patrick Jackson has loaded and rigged up to walk the Dempster Highway from where it begins, off the North Klondike Highway, to the Arctic Circle. (Submitted)
Walking the Dempster

Patrick Jackson gets set for 405-kilometre journey

Liberal leader Sandy Silver speaks outside his campaign headquarters in Dawson City following early poll results on April 12. (Robin Sharp/Yukon News)
BREAKING: Minority government results will wait on tie vote in Vuntut Gwitchin

The Yukon Party and the Liberal Party currently have secured the same amount of seats

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
YUKONOMIST: The Neapolitan election

Do you remember those old bricks of Neapolitan ice cream from birthday… Continue reading

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Exposure notice issued for April 3 Air North flight

Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued another… Continue reading

Crystal Schick/Yukon News file
Runners in the Yukon Arctic Ultra marathon race down the Yukon River near the Marwell industrial area in Whitehorse on Feb. 3, 2019.
Cold-weather exercise hard on the lungs

Amy Kenny Special to the Yukon News It might make you feel… Continue reading

lwtters
Today’s Mailbox: Rent freezes and the youth vote

Dear Editor, I read the article regarding the recommendations by the Yukon… Continue reading

Point-in-Time homeless count planned this month

Volunteers will count those in shelters, short-term housing and without shelter in a 24-hour period.

The Yukon’s new ATIPP Act came into effect on April 1. Yukoners can submit ATIPP requests online or at the Legislative Assembly building. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News file)
New ATIPP Act in effect as of April 1

The changes promise increased government transparency

A new conservancy in northern B.C. is adjacent to Mount Edziza Provincial Park. (Courtesy BC Parks)
Ice Mountain Lands near Telegraph Creek, B.C., granted conservancy protection

The conservancy is the first step in a multi-year Tahltan Stewardship Initiative

Yukon RCMP reported a child pornography-related arrest on April 1. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press file)
Whitehorse man arrested on child pornography charges

The 43-year-old was charged with possession of child pornography and making child pornography

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The postponed 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been rescheduled for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2023. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
New dates set for Arctic Winter Games

Wood Buffalo, Alta. will host event Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2023

Victoria Gold Corp. has contributed $1 million to the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun after six months of production at the Eagle Gold Mine. (Submitted/Victoria Gold Corp.)
Victoria Gold contributes $1 million to First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun

Victoria Gold signed a Comprehensive Cooperation and Benefits Agreement in 2011

Most Read