EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) – Throwing discs to fight hunger in Lane County, a benefit in Cottage Grove Saturday put on by the local disc golf community.
More than 100 disc golfers took part in the Eugene Disc Golf Club's first “Ice Bowl” tournament on Saturday, February 4th, 2012, at the North Regional Park in Cottage Grove.
Golfers raised about $1,000 for Food for Lane County and hundreds of pounds of food.
“Ice Bowl” disc golf tourneys, like the one in Cottage Grove on Saturday, are held worldwide each winter.
Organizers started the tournament locally as a way to give back and tap into the sport's growing popularity in Western Oregon.
“Almost 30 percent of kids in Oregon don't know where their next meal is coming from.. And Food For Lane County is able to take a dollar and turn it into three meals for people, who need food and have food insecurity issues, so we're hopefully going to make a big impact and just do our part and have fun playing disc golf,” says Matt Benotsch with the Eugene Disc Golf Club.
Local disc golfers are also in the planning and design process of a new 15-hole disc golf course at Alton Baker Park in Eugene.
The Eugene Disc Golf Club holds its annual mega-tournament every September.