Inaugural women’s disc golf tournament held in Iron River

Tournament organizer and eventual advanced champion, Lydia Novitsky of Crystal Falls, eyes a short shot at the No. 3 hole at the Tailings Disc Golf Course along the picturesque Iron River.

RON RIVER—The inaugural women’s disc golf tournament in the Upper Peninsula was recently held at the Tailings Disc Golf Course in Iron River.
    Eleven participants took to the course adjacent to the Apple Blossom Trail in Iron River for the tournament called “The LumberJill NICE! Driven by Innova.”
    NICE stands for Northwoods Inconsistently Consistent Experience.
    “Never the same time, always a good time,” explained tournament co-organizer and competitor Lydia Novitsky of Crystal Falls.
    The event was also organized by Deanna Zeits, Novitsky said.
    “This was the first women’s disc tournament in the U.P,” Novitsky said. “It will become an annual event. It was hosted by the Yooper Dolls (Disc On! Ladies League), which is a free women’s disc golf league that plays every other Saturday in the summer. The idea of the free league is to grow the number of women playing disc golf by encouraging more women to try the sport and playing in a welcoming environment.”
    The tournament was comprised of two rounds of 18 holes from the red tees at Tailings. Division winners included:
    --Amateur Masters (40+): Heather Grimes of Bark River
    --Advanced: Lydia Novitsky of Crystal Falls
    --Recreational: Kylah St. Aubin of Marquette
    --Novice: Jessica Hoke of Kingsford
    --Junior: Sierra Starling of Florence
    Several local businesses sponsored holes in the tournament.
    “Disc golf is a great low-impact, low-cost activity for all age,” Novitsky said. “You can enjoy it casual, or with competition in leagues and tournaments. One more way to enjoy the outdoors of the U.P.”