Flying discs take over Grand Park

Flying discs replaced soccer balls and softballs at Grand Park Aug. 13-14. For the first time, USA Ultimate Select Flight brought its sanctioned event to Grand Park where 48 collegiate club teams from across the country competed.

Ultimate is a mix of football (although this is a noncontact sport), soccer and Frisbee. It’s played by two teams who use a flying disc on a field with end zones. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. The sport has been gaining attention locally and nationally. Two of the 48 teams competing at Grand Park are based in Indianapolis – Tequila Mockingbird in the mixed gender division and team Brickyard in the men’s division.

To secure the bid for the tournament, Hamilton County Sports Authority worked with the nonprofit Indiana Ultimate Foundation, which promotes the growth and development of the sport throughout the state.

“It was an exciting tournament, and it was a great way to show that Grand Park can accommodate so much more than traditional ball sports,” said William Knox , Hamilton County Sports Authority director.

The event was one of four in USA Ultimate’s Triple Crown Tour, which features 700 teams competing for entrance to the National Championship.

Rain doesn’t dampen BMW Championship

Sure it would have been nice to have had six days of sunshine for the BMW Championship , but even rain couldn’t spoil the tournament at Crooked Stick, which brought in more than 125,000 spectators, who saw Dustin Johnson win his third title of the year. This event was more than watching golf.

“It was the place to be that week, and a lot of business took place there,” said Sally White, Western Golf Association tournament manager. “It’s always so well supported by the community.”

The BMW Championship attracts avid golfers. But, it also has a real celebrity feel, according to White. “Even casual fans get excited to see the top 70 golfers in the world. Crooked Stick has a wonderful reputation, and it’s a wonderful championship layout,” White said.

Of course that credit goes to renowned golf course designer Pete Dye, who lives on the course with his wife Alice.

“It’s his first course, and that makes it really special,” White said.

Rugby championships come to Fishers

The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) is bringing its men’s Central Regional Championship to Fishers, Nov. 12-13. Eight collegiate teams will compete in the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup playoffs at Cyntheanne Park in Fishers. Hamilton County Sports Authority worked with Hamilton Southeastern Youth Rugby to win the bid to bring the regional championships to Hamilton County for the first time.

When Stephen Cohen, NSCRO president, saw that Hamilton County wanted to host more than a playoff, but also make it an event involving local youth leagues, he was impressed. In addition to the collegiate games, HSE Youth Rugby teams will play in exhibition games.

“We’re thrilled to work with Heather Harley and her team with HSE Youth Rugby to put on a terrific event,” said William Knox, director of Hamilton County Sports Authority. “Rugby continues to gain popularity in Indiana as well as around the country, and this will be a great way for fans and youth players to watch some great action.”