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Disc golf tournament to honor 2 players

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Whether it was at Forked Run State Park in Ohio, or here in the hills of the city at Rotary Park's even more challenging courses, disc golfer, "Little" Jimmy Hicks loved nothing more than walking with his buddies throwing disc golf.

Saturday, the Huntington Disc Golf Club will conduct the second annual Huntington Disc Golf Memorial Tournament to honor the memory of Hicks, who died of a heart attack in 2010, and fellow member, Tom Epperly, who was killed last year.

Held on the 18-hole Rotary Park course and the more challenging 18-hole Indian Rock course, the PDGA-sanctioned tournament has a tee-off at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 with two rounds of action, one on each course.

Open to the public, the tournament has a wide range of divisions including: junior, recreational, intermediate and advanced.

Registration is from 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m., players meeting is at 9:15. The cost is $25 with players getting a prize bag as well as a chance to win a bunch of closest to the pin prizes at various holes.

After lunch, the second round will start about 1:30 p.m.

Organized by Aaron "Fed Ex" Kirwan, Johnny Sias and other members, the tournament is a fun way to honor the memories of their buddies.

In fact, Sias said Hicks' ex-wife Becky and their daughter, Mary, who is 13, will scatter half of Hicks' ashes on the 19th hole. They are scattering the other half of his ashes at another of his favorite courses, Forked Run State Park in Meigs County, Ohio.

Sias said they also plan to do a small raffle and give money raised from the raffle to Hicks' daughter.

Sias said the tournament will give folks a chance to play both courses from the challenging Indian Rock, which snakes past the cliffs near the front of the park up through the woods and back to the top, as well as the older Rotary Park course, which has benefited from new pin placements a few months back.

"We put those new pin placements in maybe three months ago and it made it a different course, it really did," Sias said. "That course is looking better than it has for a long time."

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/HuntingtonDiscGolfClub or the Professional Disc Golf Association site at www.pdga.com for more info.