A popular disc golf tournament is back in central Illinois.
The 2017 Ledgestone Open presented by Discraft returns for its seventh year. A record number of disc golfers, both professional and amateur, will compete.
Tournament Director, Nate Heinold, says the event brings a big boost to the local economy.
“There will be about 940 competitors,” Heinold said. “But the economic impact will probably be close to $2 million. Last year it was $1.5 million.”
The tournament has grown each year, with about 890 disc golfers competing in 2016.
“There is no issue here. In terms of clarity everything is marked appropriately. We make it like a professional golf event,” Heinold said.
Heinold says the overall purse is bigger than any disc golf tournament in the U.S.
“For the men, the first place price is $6,500,” Heinold said. “The overall prize money, for amateur and professional combined, is about $100,000.”
The ten top women in the world will compete while 11 of the top 15 men are in as well.
The tournament format has competitors playing four rounds of 18 holes starting Thursday through Sunday, with final round play on Sunday at Lake Eureka Disc Golf Course in Eureka.
Amateur competition kicks off Friday, with each competitor playing three rounds throughout the course of the weekend. Admission is free to all events.