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Group Makes Donation To Disc Course

December 9, 2011

File photo/Beth Lipton: Israel Hoying plays disc golf on the course located at K.C. Geiger Park.

ST. MARYS — Four area residents are making a large donation this holiday season to the Grand Miami Disc Golf Course in K.C. Geiger Park.

“Christmas has come early for the disc golf course, it really has,” Grand Miami Disc Golf Course Founder Nate Metz said. “What these guys have done is just amazing. It’s going to add so much more to the park.”

T.C. Cipollone, Dominic Cipollone, Chad Rohrer and Randy Garmen donated $1,000 to put concrete t-pads in the course. Metz said the pads will add a touch of class.

“That just makes it safer, it makes it a classier course,” he said. “It’s another perk that’s going to separate us from other disc golf courses.”

T.C. Cipollone said the group decided to go try disc golf after reading an article on TheEveningLeader.com.

“I read the article and I didn’t know anything about disc golf, and it sounded like a fun game,” he said. “I called my brother to see if he wanted to go out there and give it a try, and we went out there and played. It was a really good time, and we fell in love with it. Then I invited some friends of mine, and that’s how it all got started.”

Cipollone said the game was easy to learn.

“I’ve always enjoyed throwing the Frisbee and that, along with the similarities it has with golf, it really just  clicked for me,” Cipollone said.

He noted that the course was unique.

“I thought the course was awesome,” Cipollone said.

“It was challenging, I liked the parts in the woods. It’s a real unique course.”

After spending some time playing, Cipollone talked to his brother and friends, and the four decided to make the donation.

“When I first read the article, I read that they were going to be seeking donations for the concrete throwing pads,” Cipollone said. “I just thought that since we’ve been out there playing for a while, it would be nice to contribute to the course.”

Metz said the t-pads, which are scheduled to be installed in the spring, will cover a 4-foot by 10-foot section.

“It’s going to be a little unique,” Metz said. “We’re going to make it 4.5 feet wide in the front and 3.5 feet in the back so it’ll give more of an angle to release your disc.”

In addition to the t-pads, Metz noted that there are several improvements in the works for the course, including moving the hole near the soccer field and an information kiosk made my a Minster class, among other amenities.

“We’re still going to seek business sponsorships to add extra amenities like trash cans and park benches and alternate basket placements,” Metz said.

He encouraged any individuals or businesses interested in donating to the course to contact him.

“Anyone that is interested in helping us out, they can give me a call,” he said.

Metz said he is grateful for the support of the community.

“We’re thankful to the community for how much support we’ve gotten already,” he said. “There’s been a lot of players out there and everyone I’ve met really likes it, and I encourage anyone to call me or give it a chance. You’d be surprised at how much fun it is.”

For more information on the course, contact Metz at 419-733-9794 or “Like” the “Grand Miami Disc Golf Course in K.C. Geiger Park” page on Facebook.

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