ALTAMONT — Two Professional Disc Golf Association sanctioned tournaments, one at Idle Lake in Altamont and one in Parsons, took place on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The two tournaments represented some of the first competitive sporting events in Labette County in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were just ready to get back to normal,” said Derick Spencer, the director of both tournaments. “We’re excited to get back outside and playing again. It was nice to be around other people and getting back to the norm.”
The PDGA instituted various safety regulations to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus, such as limiting mass gatherings at tournaments as well as how many competitors can be in a single group.
“With our area, we still had to do paper cards,” Spencer said. “It’s good to keep everybody safe. We want everybody to show up, have fun and go home the same way they showed up. That’s the best way to keep the sport growing. We’re just happy to get it going again.”
The Idle Hour Open in Altamont had a maximum capacity field for the tournament with 84 total competitors.
“We’re always excited to field a tournament,” Spencer said. “Two weeks ago, the PDGA still wasn’t going to allow a tournament. So we only had a few weeks to prepare. Overall, we were just excited.”
Emerson Keith of Argyle, Texas won the Open Division, shooting a 24-under par. Rebecca Cox shot seven-over par to win the Open Women’s Division. John Belty of Bixby, Oklahoma shot six-under par to win the Pro Masters 50+ Division, Kyle Roberts of Tulsa shot two-under to win the Advanced Division, Jeffrey Jones of Owasso, Oklahoma shot two-under to win the Amateur Masters 40+ and Rick Simmonds of Topeka shot 14-over par to win the Amateur Masters 50+.
Noah Yearout of Bartlesville, Oklahoma shot six-under par to win the Intermediate Division, Jared Koons of Tulsa won the Recreational Division by shooting 18-over par while Osha Coon of Girard won the Recreational Women’s Division.
As for the PK Open in Parsons on Sunday, 57 competitors in total competed.
“It went really well,” Spencer said. “Both courses were maintained well. Both courses in Parsons and Altamont were ready to go. A bunch of volunteers got the courses up and running. The towns did a great job.”
Derick Manly of Chanute won the Open Division, shooting seven-under par.
Frank Hebert of Neosho, Missouri won the Advanced Division, shooting three-under par. Jon Lindblom of Bartlesville shot seven-under par to win the Amateur Masters 40+ Division, Adam Holmes of Overland Park shot six-under par to win the Intermediate Division, Derek Webb shot four-over par to win the Recreational Division and Coon won the Recreational Women’s Division.
Spencer is now gearing up for another PDGA tournament in Chetopa on June 27.
“I feel pretty good,” Spencer said. “We’ve got another tournament scheduled in Chetopa here in a few weeks. Moving forward, it’ll be a new norm. I don’t think it’ll get back to the way it was before. There will be a lot of changes for safety. We’ll learn to live with it.”