EMPORIA, Kan. – Three area residents will be heading to Kansas to participate in the Glass Blown Open disc golf tournament sponsored by Dynamic Discs April 28-30.
D.J. Hunt of Lapeer, Cristina Carlstorm of Grand Blanc and Davison’s Tommy Mullin will be part of a 34-person contingent that will compete in the event. Hunt has participated in over 250 events just like this one.
“Glass Blown Open has grown to be one of the gems of the tour,” Hunt said. “My brother and I made the decision to play this event and focus our tour around it.”
The tournament received its name because of the number of glass blowers that they have in Emporia.
Emporia has always hosted the tournament and will also play host to the World Championships in August.
Unlike the Glass Blown Open tournament, the World Championships rotate locations. This just happens to be the year that Emporia will host both tournaments.
Over 1,200 professional and amateur disc golf players from 43 states and six different countries will compete in this year’s event. That makes the event the biggest tournament in the history of disc golf.
The event has grown considerably over the past decade. There were just 200 people who participated in the first tournament.
The event will take place on courses designed by 2010 World Champion and long-time Emporia native Eric McCabe. The courses were designed with different skill levels in mind.
“There are courses for professionals and amateurs,” said Casey Woods, the director of Emporia Main Street. “It makes disc golf more challenging.”
Emporia Main Street handles the logistics for the tournament. They also provide press releases and handle the activities associated with the tournament.
The three-day event features lots of activities for the participants. A bowling night and a poker night will be just two of events the disc golfers can take part in.
There will also be a block party featuring local food from vendors and merchants and live entertainment. The trophy presentation will be held on May 1.