For the first time in school history, the 13th ranked UO disc golf team is sending its men’s A-team, men’s B-team and a women’s team to the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships April 16-19 in North Augusta, S.C. The team is holding a fundraising tournament Saturday April 5 to raise money for the trip. The “Duck Chuck” begins at 9 am and holes will span much of campus. Anyone is welcome to participate.
Paul Fraser, an integral part of a team that has grown from five players last season to 25 this year, is excited about the fundraiser’s ability to teach people how to play and help the team.
“The idea is that it’s fun for disc golfers and fun for non-disc golfers,” Fraser says. “Last year it was really great to see guys that we know bring their wives and kids along. Everyone gets to play. We designed this to be a family-friendly, totally accessible event that everyone can have fun at.”
Fraser estimates that between $2,300 and $2,500 was raised at last year’s event. The team is also using Indiegogo crowdfunding, having raised $528 thus far. To cover expenses in their quest to come back with a national championship trophy in hand, Fraser estimates $3,000 more needs to be raised.
“I am confident that our community will do what it always does, which is come out of the woodwork, show up to support the team and have a good time doing it,” Fraser says. “I think if somebody doesn’t already have plans Saturday they should make plans because this is going to be fun.”