LOCALS will be vying for a share of the prize money when the world’s best disc golfers return to Mundaring for the Aussie Open Disc Golf Tournament.
Aussie Open Disc Golf Tournament organiser Andrew Ferguson said the Mundaring Sports Club will host the event from January 26 to 29.
“Around 80 disc golfers from the US, Finland, Germany, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and Hong Kong are in Western Australia to compete for the Aussie Open title,” he said.
“The tournament will be played over four days at the Mundaring DiscGolfPark which is one of Australia’s most challenging disc golf courses.”
Mr Ferguson said disc golf was a modern version of traditional golf where players throw frisbees to an elevated target to complete each hole in the least number of throws.
“Disc golf has taken Perth by storm, with six new courses installed over the past year,” he said.
“People of all ages are enjoying the sport casually or in organised competitions, with top players throwing distance drives well over 150m as they navigate technical and professional courses custom designed for the sport.”
Mr Ferguson said the sport had enjoyed a meteoric rise.
“Two years ago, the Aussie Open was the first major level disc golf tournament ever played in the southern hemisphere,” he said.
“Four-time world champion Paul McBeth, from California, narrowly captured the title in 2015 over German phenom Simon Lizotte.
“McBeth will return this month to defend his title against an even larger field of elite players, including current world champion Ricky Wysocki, as well as many other players ranked in the top 10 on the planet.”
Darlington resident Jason Browne, Midvale resident Kristina Bair and Steve Lomax from Midland are part of the Australian contingent competing at the Aussie Open.
The public can get the best viewing of the Aussie Open on Sunday, January 29 from 12pm when the top cards begin their final round and the winner is crowned.
By Sarah Brookes