The Central High Sierra Cup pro-am disc golf tournament is coming to Three Links Camp and Twain Harte this weekend.

Chad Inman, a resident of the Bay Area, is organizing the event and he calls it the first-ever professional disc golf tournament in Tuolumne County. Competition spots are sold out.

Inman said he’s sold $7,000 worth of registrations to 100-plus competitors for the two-day event, which is planned Saturday and Sunday at two locations, Three Links Camp off Highway 108 east of Sierra Village on Aug. 17, and Twain Harte Golf Course in Twain Harte on Aug. 18.

The 2019 Central High Sierra Cup is presented by the Disc Golf Association, which manufactures disc golf baskets, and the Delta Windjammers of Stockton, one of the largest disc golf clubs in the Central Valley, Inman said this week.

Disc golf players registered for the Central High Sierra Cup are also coming from Santa Barbara, Merced, Tahoe, Chico, Humboldt, Santa Cruz, Modesto, Lodi and the Bay Area, Inman said. Cost for each player is $60 to $80 each. Tee sponsorships for the event are sold out, at $50 each, to local businesses.

The event is sold out for competitors and there are 10 people on a wait-list if any competitors drop out, Inman said.

At the same time, the two-day disc golf tournament is free and open to the public. Spectators can get in free and park free at both venues, Saturday and Sunday, Inman said.

There’s about $2,500 in cash prizes available for 35 people competing in pro divisions and about $3,400 available for 60 people competing in amateur divisions.

People with the Professional Disc Golf Association say the sport of disc golf evolved over years from games invented as flying discs called Frisbees became popular in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. The game started with people using flying discs and Frisbees and aiming at targets made up of trees, trash cans, light poles, pipes or whatever else was around.

Another way of putting it, Inman said, is disc golf is like golf with flying discs. There are no golf balls and no golf clubs. It's called disc golf because people play it on golf courses and venues similar to golf courses. It’s also scored like golf.

A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, which is the hole. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets. The most common target is an elevated metal basket.

For more information about the Central High Sierra Cup pro-am disc golf tournament visit https://www.pdga.com/tour/event/41867 online.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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