It's only been seven months since the launch of the Tournament Director Partnership Program, a great way for tournaments to partner with the Paul McBeth Foundation to move our mission forward. The mission of PMF is to develop and introduce disc golf courses to underserved areas of the world or where there is no access to the sport at all.
With this in mind, Pat Kelly (Kaposia Park Disc Golf League Director) and Blake Iverson (an Advisory Board member of PMF) jumped at the opportunity to benefit PMF, by hosting a disc golf fundraiser tournament called the McBeth Mulligan Madness on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at the popular Kaposia Park Disc Golf Course located in the South St. Paul, MN. Kelly and Iverson were the fundraising event Co-Directors which drew 61 total players and helped to raise $8,679 for the PMF.Philip Loprinzi, owner of the Kaposia Pro Shop helped oversee and facilitate the tournament organizational team made up of seven volunteers (Phalshie Larson, Bruce Sanburg, Pat Kelly, Blake Iverson, Billie Sage Ashton, Russ & Mahala Jacobsen) so that each aspect of the event ran smoothly and successfully.
Each entrant that played the event paid a $30 registration fee and in return received a custom stamped Discraft McBeth Mulligan Madness disc for supporting the event. Players could also buy an unlimited amount of mulligans for $2 each when they registered, making the tournament format truly unique by allowing players to use more than one mulligan per hole.
There was also a $5 ace pool with 50% going to the Mcbeth Mulligan Madness fundraiser and 50% paid out for any aces. A total of two aces were hit during the event. The first ace was made by Russ Jacobsen on hole 18, and the second ace was made by John Hart on hole 8.
Billie Sage Ashton, organized the silent auction aspect of the McBeth Mulligan Madness fundraiser and secured 29 individual donors from the local disc community, to donate a total of 54 different items that were all part of the bidding process to raise funds. The silent auction raised a total of $2,466.
A total of 150 discs were pre-ordered for the event, some were sold at the event and the unsold discs leftover from the event were purchased by the Kaposia Pro Shop and utilized as an additional $1650 raised towards the overall fundraiser.
All in all, this was the Kaposia Pro Shop's first organized fundraiser within the local disc golf community and their team of volunteers believes it was a great success and community effort. The Kaposia Pro Shop is planning to host the McBeth Mulligan Madness as an annual event and Loprinzi said, "if Kaposia Pro Shop can help drive down the cost of a course through hosting a fundraiser like this, we'll be committed to that vision yearly".
We are so thankful for all of the Tournament Directors who have partnered with us over the past year! If you are a tournament director who believes in our mission we would love to partner with you in 2022 and beyond. There are multiple levels of partnership, and it can be implemented in any type of event you are running. We will also set you up with some nice Paul McBeth Foundation items for you and your staff as a thank you. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please fill out this form and someone from our team will follow up.