Central Illinois will play host to the 2018 Illinois Amateur Championships at three local courses this weekend, April 28-29. Approximately 200 Disc Golfers, from 7 Midwestern States, will converge on Pekin and Morton to battle for the title of Illinois State Amateur Champion.
The tournament will be played at three of the top-rated, most challenging courses in Central Illinois: McNaughton Park (Pekin), Northwood Park (Morton), and Sunset Hills Disc Golf Course (Pekin). Players will complete one round at each course, followed by a “Final 9” that will be held for the top four players from each division, at Sunset Hills DGC on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Competitors have been practicing for weeks to form a plan to navigate their way through a grueling lineup of championship-level courses, each presenting its own set of challenges: McNaughton Park, a favorite of many top Pro players, is known for being tough but fair, with a good mix of elevation, well-defined fairways, and tough rough. Northwood Park, a local favorite, boasts a mix of tight lines and wooded shots, where accuracy and control are put at a premium. Sunset Hills DGC, with its rolling hills, wide fairways, and water hazards, is a different beast altogether. “Risk versus Reward” is the theme at Sunset Hills, and players will need to be smart and decisive in order to avoid the numerous ponds, lakes, and out-of-bounds areas featured on this immaculately kept course.
“This is our 5th year hosting the event, and the turnout has been fantastic. Thanks to our generous local sponsors we have put together an amazing players’ pack, with each participant receiving a full-size metal practice basket, the first time that’s ever been done,” said Johnnie Harrison of Plastic Addicts Disc Golf Supplies in North Pekin, IL.
Spectators are welcome! For more information and for tournament schedule please visit “The 5th Annual Illinois Amateur Championships” event page on Facebook, call Plastic Addicts at (309) 712-2190, or visit Sunset Hills DGC at 1620 Summit Drive, Pekin, IL 61554.