A success.

That was the consensus from players and organizers alike following the conclusion of Saturday’s Grande Ronde Open presented by Side A Brewing and Dynamic Disc — the first ever Professional Disc Golfers Association-sanctioned tournament held in La Grande.

“The tournament was run spectacularly for the first event,” said La Grande pro disc golfer Greg Stanbro, who won the Men’s Pro Open division. “Being a brand new tournament director, Alex (Duffy) did outstanding. He probably put on the best event for a first time tournament director I’ve been to, and I’ve been to 50 tournaments all over the northwest. It was outstanding.”

The tournament, held at Eastern Oregon University, saw 80 disc golfers take to what proved to be a challenging 24-hole course set up by Duffy the rest of the tournament organizers. The disc golfers spent roughly eight hours Saturday playing two rounds of golf, with holes ranging from lengthy, straight shots to shorter, tricky attempts between trees or attempting to avoid areas marked out of bounds.

Duffy said the variety of holes was what organizers were aiming for, and he received several comments about it.

“(You had) to go from a 500-foot hole that played as a very hard par-4 to a 190-foot super technical shot,” he said of the varying ranges.

Read the complete story in the July 17 edition of The Observer.