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Student vets to hold disc golf fundraiser

LEWISTON – The Niagara University Student Veterans Organization will hold its second annual Memorial Day Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday in Joseph Davis State Park, 4143 Lower River Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

All proceeds will benefit the Sgt. Maj. Fred E. Kirtchen Memorial Scholarship Fund, which assists returning military veterans who are attending Niagara University.

Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, is very similar to traditional golf, but instead of balls and clubs. players use a flying disc, aiming for the low score as they shoot discs through a hoop on an elevated pole.

Entry fees range from $20 to $45 and are based on skill levels, from open to advanced to recreational divisions. Advance registration is available online at, or participants can register on the day of the event.

All participants receive a commemorative glow-in-the-dark Innova Disc. Trophies, challenge coins and cash prizes are awarded to top finishers in each division. Each player will receive an engraved dog tag with the name of a fallen New York hero whom they will play for.

Last year, 46 people participated, traveling from across the United States and Canada, raising more than a $1,000 for the scholarship fund.

Kirtchen graduated from Niagara University in 1980 and had been an instructor in the department of military science. During his service he was decorated for valor in Vietnam. He continued his education at Niagara after retiring from the U.S. Army and had maintained a close relationship with military alumni. In 2010, he was posthumously inducted into the Niagara University’s Military and ROTC Hall of Fame.

Information about Niagara University military benefits is available by contacting Veterans Service Coordinator Robert Healy at or 286-8341.

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