Preparations for state titles in full swing
DISC GOLF: In little more than two weeks a state championship event will get under way on the Granite Belt.
The rising sport of disc golf is taking flight worldwide, with Applethorpe set to hold the Queensland state titles for the second year running on July 20-21.
Granite Mountain Disc Golf course owner Nathan Lee said the competition was shaping up nicely.
"We've probably just got the lawn mowing left to go but the rest of it is looking pretty good,” Mr Lee said.
"Being that we're hosting it at our own house we're able to set up weeks in advance, where people would normally have to set up on the day.
"We've got a whole bunch of people coming out in the next few days to help pick up sticks and all those fun little jobs, so we should be right,” Mr Lee said.
Last year's state titles brought 50 players to town and Mr Lee said they were getting close to that figure.
"We've got 40 players registered so far. There was 50 last year, but there's always that last 10 who don't know what they're doing until the week before.”
Not only are player numbers important to lift the profile of the event, just as important is who attends.
"We've got two players coming from Victoria who are literally one and two in Australia, so it's good.
"They're both in the same club in Melbourne and it'll be good to see two of the best go up against our guys who know the course a lot better.
"So we've got two weeks to go to get everything in order and count down. We've got to make sure it looks amazing.”
Mr Lee encouraged people to head out on the day to watch the action up close.
He said he was starting to see interest in the game grow.
"We're thinking of starting a social day on Sunday afternoons because we've had a few people coming out to have a try.”
Visit their Granite Mountain Disc Golf Facebook page to find out more.
- Matthew Purcell, Stanthorpe Border Post