Biggest tournament in Canada

With 273 players, the tournament sets a new record for the number of registrants at a sanctioned Professional Disc Golf Association event in Canada.

"This is like the Mecca of disc golf right now in Canada for sure and arguably in North America," said tournament director Benjamin Smith.

Just under half of the participants are professionals, and the rest are amateurs. The players will compete at Hillcrest Farms and at the newly built Huck It disc golf course constructed this year in Middleton.

"I feel totally confident with the professionals and the amateurs that are coming here from all over North America that they will see this course and be blown away," Smith said.

Bringing more attention to the sport

Smith says he hopes the tournament will bring more attention to the sport of disc golf in the Maritimes.

Some players say they themselves first found out about the sport by accident.

"My dog found a disc in the Nicholas Sheran park where my home course is. I found a disc in the trees and I went and tried it and I was hooked from there pretty much," said 15-year-old Noah Higgins, from Lethbridge, Alta.

After five years of playing, Higgins is now competing for cash prizes. And he took a week off school to come to the competition in P.E.I., where he will be the youngest player in his division.

For some of the top disc golfers, the event is also a last chance to win a spot in a major American tournament.

The tournament is free for spectators, and runs Friday to Sunday.

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