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The first Professional Disc Golf Association tournament at the Okoboji Disc Golf Course will be held Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Battle at the Border event will be a full-day of competition, education and fun for disc golf players of all skill levels.

“Our whole thing is getting people interested in disc golf and growing the sport,” said tournament director Tanner Lyons.

Lyons’ shop, Ascension Disc Golf in Sheldon, is hosting the PDGA C tier tournament which will begin with registration 8-9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at the course in Kenue Park in Okoboji. A players meeting will be held at 9:45 a.m., and tee off will be at 10:15 a.m.

Players can register in several skill categories — pro, advanced, intermediate and junior. Pro level competitors will play for cash awards, and other skill levels will receive player packs with a custom-dyed disc and T-shirt.

Competitors also have the choice of playing in a team of five, and if multiple teams sign up a team trophy will be given out to the group with the lowest combined score. Lyons hopes to make the team competition an annual event with bragging rights.

Following the tournament will be a free putting and driving clinic put on by Ascension Disc Golf staff, and anyone is invited to attend, including people who do not wish to participate in the tournament.

The Battle at the Border will also feature a longest drive contest, which costs $1 per disc throw, and a raffle for a disc golf basket valued at $220. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each.

Lyons has been talking with Dickinson County Conservation Board naturalist Charles Vigdal for more than a year about bringing a sanctioned PDGA tournament to the Okoboji Gold Course and is excited for the event.

“Hopefully it can be something that grows bigger and bigger,” Lyons said, and he thinks the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course is the perfect place for the tournament. “In our opinion, it’s the absolute best course.”

Register for the Battle at the Border tournament by going to www.pdga.com/tour/event/20936. Registration is $50 for pros, $40 for advanced players, $30 for intermediate and $25 for juniors. An extra $10 fee will be charged to those competitors not members of the PDGA, but the additional fee is waived for competitors 16 and younger. The Dickinson County Conservation Board will receive $5 from each entry fee.

For more information on the tournament, call Lyons at 712-631-0476 or e-mail ascensiondiscgolf@outlook.com. To learn more about the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course, contact the Dickinson County Nature Center at 712-336-6352.

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