Professional disc golfers ready to rock in Reedsville & Manitowoc

Published: Jul. 13, 2017 at 9:45 PM CDT
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MANITOWOC, Wis. (WBAY) – There has been plenty of professional golf played in Wisconsin this summer. But it's not over yet.

Professional disc golfers are converging on the area, vying for more than $20,000 dollars in prize money at the Silver Cup XVII tournament in Reedsville and Manitowoc.

“I mean of course it gets competitive,” said 2016 PDGA Masters World Champion Johne McCray. “We are all trying to win. I mean most people that go to the tournament, they go there to win. They're not thinking 'I'm going to go and get last place,’ you know. They want to win.”

The tournament is part of the Professional Disc Golfers Association’s Super Series.

“We've been planning since last summer for this event,” said tournament organizer Jim Van Lanen. “It's our 17th annual Silver Cup Disc Golf Tournament. It's a 3-day tournament. We've got 125 professionals coming to town from all over the country. Rollin' Ridge is rated #3 in the country for disc golf courses and with 2,000 courses in the country, being #3 is a pretty big deal.”

“It's my 4th year touring around the U.S. and it takes a lot of practice just like is true for ball golf,” McCray said. “You have to put in a lot of work to know everything that you need to know. Like how far your discs are going to go into the wind, with the wind, with side wind. It's a whole science and a whole learning process for sure. You have to get out there and put in the work.”

“We've got 36 holes here at Silver Creek,” Van Lanen said. “That's 3.5 miles to walk all 36 holes from start to finish.”

The disc golfers will be playing at Rollin' Ridge in Reedsville on Friday, then Silver Creek on Saturday and Sunday.

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