What better way to welcome spring than a free disc golf tournament? An outdoor adventure leadership class at Southern Oregon University has created just such an event, complete with disc golf prizes and swag. They’re calling it the “March Madness Disc Golf Tournament.”

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, participants can register and play, with the last registration of the day at 2 p.m.

Registration tables will be in the parking lot directly behind the SOU science building, near hole number nine.

The adventure programming leadership class was tasked with creating a disc golf tournament with the goal of at least 20 participants, but according to seniors Marcus Mayorga and Zach Nall, they’ve designed the tournament to accommodate many more.

The goal of the assignment is to successfully accomplish coordination of an outdoor event of at least a moderate level. Everything else is in the students’ hands. So they decided to reach out past the intimacy of a school invitation and involve the entire community.

One of Mayorga’s role in the event was finding a sponsor and, with a little help from some family in California, Legacy Discs Pro Shop has agreed to sponsor the event and donate equipment.

They’ve also agreed to donate larger prizes for the top first, second and third scores of the day. Students will keep track of scores and contact the winners, so it won’t be necessary to stay the whole time.

The class also collaborated with the SOU student food pantry for the event. Although not required, they have requested participants donate non-perishable food items and hygiene products such as diapers, feminine products and toiletries. They will also accept monetary donations. All funds received at the event will be donated to the food pantry, Nall said.

“The first 20-30 participants that provide a donation will receive a gift from Legacy Discs,” Nall said. “We constantly hear that they’re running low on items to support students in need on campus, so they need all the help and support they can get.”

Mayorga said the disc golf course on campus was created only a couple of years ago by Outdoor Adventure Leadership graduate Charles Mathias. He hosted the first disc golf tournament last year, but this is the first year a class has managed the tournament.

“We really want to honor the work and effort put in by Charles to create the course,” Mayorga said. “And it’s good to bring awareness to the course, not just for the students, but the community as well, to participate in disc golf and to know that this is right in their backyard.”

Check out the Facebook event for more information and contact info for those with questions: https://www.facebook.com/events/599735063697692/?active_tab=about.

—Contact Ashland freelance writer Caitlin Fowlkes at Caitlin.fowlkes@gmail.com.