Conscious Party: Green Built Alliance Disc Golf Tournament

DISCMAN: A competitor in the 2017 Green Built Alliance disc golf tournament concludes a hole at Lake Julian Park's course. The nonprofit's fundraiser returns to the newly improved grounds April 14. Photo by Pat Barcas

WHAT: A disc golf tournament to benefit Green Built Alliance

WHEN: Saturday, April 14, noon

WHERE: Lake Julian Park, 406 Overlook Road Ext.

WHY: Following a successful debut disc golf tournament fundraiser at Lake Julian Park in 2017, Asheville-based sustainable design nonprofit Green Built Alliance returns to the course on Saturday, April 14, for another friendly competition on the newly improved grounds.

“We wanted to integrate the human health aspect of the Green Built Alliance mission with a cutting-edge sport that promotes both wellness and responsible, conscientious land stewardship,” says Raymond Thompson, the tournament organizer and a Green Built Alliance board member. “Last year was a success, and this year the course is boasting 12 new tee pads and substantial cleanup, maintenance and course preparation.”

All levels of experience are welcome. Participants will be divided into 18 four-person teams, each of which will start the tournament at a different hole on the course. Registration is therefore capped at 72 players.

“We encourage people to save their space by signing up in advance on our website, though we will also be accepting day-of registrations on a first-come, first-served basis,” says Cari Barcas, community engagement director for Green Built Alliance. “Last year, we had nearly 80 people show up and we hate to turn people away.”

In addition to enjoying a free taco bar sponsored by Alliance members at VandeMusser Design and beer donated by local breweries, such as Catawba Brewing Co., Hi-Wire Brewing and Wedge Brewing Co., participants will receive a tournament-branded disc as well as a mini-disc. Barcas says most participants in the inaugural tournament brought their own equipment, but players are welcome to use the provided tournament disc.

Entrants will play for the chance to win up to $200 cash, along with raffle prizes including tickets to LEAF’s spring festival, passes to the Biltmore House, and gift baskets and gift cards from Diamond Brand Outdoors, Frugal Backpacker, French Broad Outfitters, Innova Discs, Firewalker Hot Sauce and more.

“All proceeds of the event support the work of the Green Built Alliance as a whole,” Barcas says. “Every player who registers is helping us to offer community education tools, such as our classes and annual Green Building Directory publication; to provide measurable standards in the form of our certification programs, including Green Built Homes; and to inspire regional action toward a clean-energy future through our work on the Energy Innovation Task Force and Blue Horizons Project.”

The Green Built Alliance disc golf tournament takes place Saturday, April 14, at noon at Lake Julian Park. $25 per player. greenbuilt.org

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