ROCK FALLS – Nims Park could soon make its way into the Guinness World Records book.
Joe Duncan and Garry Murphy, and members of Basket Cases disc golf club in Crete, have chosen the park at East Third Street and Avenue E for their attempt to set a record for most disc golf holes played in 24 hours.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, and end at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 4.
Since its founding last year, the club has raised money and awareness in hopes of growing the sport. That mission has included improving courses at various parks, and hosting disc golf events at as many sites as possible.
There is no cost to watch the event, but any money raised will be split evenly between the golf club and the Coloma Township Park District, parks director Mike Sterba said.
"The group raises money through its website and sponsorships," Sterba said. "We are still planning for concessions, and there will be workshops and things like 50/50 raffles."
The world record holder is Michael Sale, who played 1,310 holes in 24 hours at Isla Vista Peace Course in Goleta, Calif., on Feb. 10-11, 2013. Along the way, Sale had 1,009 birdies, 283 pars, two aces, and just 16 bogeys.
One of the reasons that Duncan and Murphy chose the Rock Falls course was its size. When Sale set the record, he logged 78.1 course miles. The duo expect to cover between 40 and 60 miles at Nims' shorter course.
"This is a shorter course in length than some other sanctioned courses, but we are still recognized by the Professional [Disc Golf] Association," Sterba said.
Duncan and Murphy did some trial runs last summer and decided that Nims gave them a great chance to break the record. They met in January with Sterba, who quickly gave his approval to hosting the event.
Given the stakes, this has been a detail-laden process, Sterba said.
"It took them 6 months to fill out the Guinness paperwork," Sterba said. "Several officials must be present throughout the event, and every hole must be videotaped."
Park neighbors have been notified of the event, and Sterba doesn't think the late hours will be a problem. The discs and goals will be lighted, and the field lights will be shining toward the canal.
The club will bring several volunteers to run various contests, and invites other charities to have fundraisers as well.
Duncan and Murphy said they feel they can play an average of between 90 and 95 holes an hour. They hope to be able to play the same number of rounds so they can share the record.
Should one of them get too tired to go on or sustain an injury, Duncan said, "I think the victor will have more smack talking rights in the foreseeable future.
"Either way, if one wins or both of us win, we are doing this for awareness, and our mission is still accomplished."
If the record falls in May, it could set off a flurry of disc golf activity at the park.
"If they set the record, others may want to try to break it at the same place," Sterba said.
– SVM correspondent Kimberly Watley contributed to this story.
About the event
The attempt to set a Guinness World Record for holes of disc golf played in 24 hours will be from 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 4, at Nims Park, East Third Street and Avenue E, Rock Falls. There is no admission cost
To be an event sponsor, donate $100 and receive a color lawn sign at the front of the course on display both days of the event.
Those donating $10 will receive a custom Basket Cases Disc Golf mini marker, $20 donors will be given a Basket Cases T-shirt with a commemorative message, and those giving $25 will receive both.