Ottumwa had been so busy the last few months getting ready for the thousands of people who came to enjoy our Oktoberfest and all of the activities. Even though we have events all year long, this event pulls the businesses and hundreds of volunteers together for planning and execution so everybody will feel welcome and enjoy their time here. Indian Hills Community College has their Homecoming week the same week. All of the alumni are invited back to socialize with old classmates and instructors. Most are from the local area and enjoy the opportunity to see old friends and family.
Indian Hills sponsors two events that bring people to Ottumwa at this same time that the general public may not know much about. Both involve disc golf. One is the Heartland Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, and the second is the Indian Hills Area High School Disc Golf Tournament. With 16 courses in 12 surrounding cities within 40 miles, Ottumwa is in the middle of this little mecca. We have four courses here with two that are championship quality – Memorial and IHCC.
At the national level, Indian Hills has been the highest ranking junior college in the nation for the last four years. As a result of this, Indian Hills has the honor of being a Select Qualifier for Region #3. The top two college four-person teams win a seeded spot in the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships in South Carolina in April.
This year, we had a three-day event with Friday as a hospitality day for the schools coming early to learn the courses. We had two events — distance and putting — at Wildwood Park, which set records for our tournament. Jake Lauber of ISU set our Distance record of 455 feet and Adam Padget of ISU set out putting record with a putt of 50 feet. Prizes were donated by HyVee North and South, Walmart and 18 under par disc golf (Tom Cremer).