By Matt Echelberry firstname.lastname@example.org
June 16, 2014
People from near and far came to town on Sunday to watch some flying discs. Galion’s Reservoir Ridge disc golf course officially opened on June 15, and what better way to celebrate than with a tournament?
Forty-two people of varying skill levels registered to play. Some came from Columbus, while others traveled from Parma, Findlay and one even came from Detroit, MI.
Much like a golf scramble, there was a shotgun start that morning. It takes as long as three to four hours to get through the 24-hole course, depending on skill level and amount of time spent looking for lost discs—and discs are easy to lose on a course that extends through wooded areas and around the reservoir.
Nate Shifley was the event coordinator. “I’m happy with the turnout. This is good for the first ever tournament here,” he commented. He said it’s a tough course but the players have been giving positive feedback.
Reservoir Ridge is located at Amick Reservoir and shows off the natural beauty of the park. Shifley, along with Jeremy Makeever and Eric Webber, designed the layout of the course and intentionally placed holes so that players walk through most of the acreage.
After the first round, there was a one-hour break before players started the afternoon round of play. Phil’s Deli donated sandwiches for players and their families to enjoy.
Also, representatives from the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the City of Galion stopped by to check out the new feature. They did a ribbon cutting for the course.
Webber had a long list of people to thank. “We had a great support team for the installation and the support from the city was tremendous,” he said.
Since early spring, more than a dozen volunteers have helped get the course ready. Just a few days before the tournament, A&G Manufacturing donated a footbridge to cross the creek on Hole 19.
Mayor Tom O’Leary pointed out that without the course, some of the players would have never been to Galion. “The project came to city hall from the citizens, not the other way around. This was too good of an idea not to fund,” he said.
The crowd also gave a round of applause for the Service Department. Crews worked all week to get the park ready for the event by filling in the alley’s countless potholes, removing brush piles, mowing and weed eating. After years of maintenance neglect, Amick was completely transformed for the better.
Makeever commented that the city has improved the park tenfold. Now with the disc golf course adding more foot traffic, he hopes more people will come out to use the park, whether for disc golf, fishing, dog walking or just enjoying the great outdoors.
Improvements to Amick Reservoir will not stop here. The volunteers who installed the course will continue to clear brush from the wooded areas of the course in order to make the trails more accessible. The tournament raised about $200 that will be put back into the course, for general maintenance and to help pay for concrete pads (for teeing off). They hope to install the pads next year.