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Disc golf tournament raises money for nonprofits

A recent disc golf tournament in Waynesville earned nearly $2,000 to support Haywood Waterways Association and Haywood County Special Olympics.

Held Sunday, Nov. 19, the Blind Hog Thanksgiving Hybrid Harvest brought in 71 disc golfers from seven states to enjoy a temporary disc golf course designed by Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department Program Supervisor Tim Petrea and located at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa. Players competed in seven different divisions during two rounds, enjoying the course and the challenges of water, high winds and out-of-bounds areas.

The tournament was a joint fundraiser and awareness event for Haywood Waterways and Special Olympics, with players greeted by Special Olympics Gold Medalist Morgan Bieleck and Haywood Waterways Executive Director Eric Romaniszyn. The tee signs also displayed quotes about the heavy need for Special Olympics coaches in Haywood County and the importance of protecting clean water.

Taylor Ford and Lisa Ferguson of Edward Jones Financial provided awards and golf carts. The event was sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association.

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