Best of the best: The annual Guts National Frisbee Tournament takes place at Tourist Park this weekend | News, Sports, Jobs
MARQUETTE – Sixteen of the nation’s top Guts Frisbee teams will compete this weekend in Marquette at the US National Guts Frisbee Tournament being held at Tourist Park today and Sunday.
At stake is the Buck Buchanan Memorial National Championship Trophy, and the loaded platoon will attempt to walk away with it. Marquette’s own O’Malley’s Alley repeated as champions last year and is looking to make it three in a row.
This tournament has had no problem attracting large crowds in the past, and Tournament Director Kurt Lahtinen doesn’t foresee that being a problem this year either.
“We’re getting a huge draw from Marquette,” said Lahtinen. “(There are) big fans here, a long history of having tournaments at Marquette. We have such a huge history, amazing tournaments.
The round robin draw was released Thursday and those games will be shown Saturday morning starting at 10 a.m.
Around 3 p.m., when the round robin matches are over, double elimination bracket play will begin and the seeding is based on the round robin results. The bracket game will continue until Sunday, when the league game is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Although O’Malley’s Alley is the two-time defending champion, Lahtinen imagines some parity on the pitch with potentially six or seven teams having an excellent chance of winning the title, he said.
Admission is free for fans, and those who come won’t be disappointed with Guts Frisbee action.
“It was the original extreme sport, and it was invented in the UP,” said Lahtinen. “It’s the longest running sport of Frisbee and it’s just plain exciting. It’s great for the fans, there’s action in every game, and it’s just great spectator sport.
The history of Guts Frisbee in Marquette is really what made it such a popular sport here. The first US National Guts Frisbee tournament was held in Marquette in 1976, and it has hosted it ever since.
This happened because the international Frisbee tournament was held in Marquette in 1974 and 1975, and the crowds were so large that Marquette took over the national tournament, according to Lahtinen.
This history is now used to transmit the sport into the future, and hosting this tournament does just that.
It’s a family atmosphere, and Lahtinen and the tournament staff seek to take the sport to the next generation by handing out frisbees to kids to keep and try to get them hooked on the game. will stay in Marquette, the future looks just as present.
“I love Marquette, and I love that we have this tournament every year here, and we hope to do so for a long time,” said Lahtinen.
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