BHSU professor recognized for contribution to local parks and recreation

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, October 1, 2014/Categories: 2014


           Don Altmyer, professor of accounting at Black Hills State University, and the Spearfish Disc Golf Association (SDGA) received the Individual Citation Award at the 2014 South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association Conference held last week in Spearfish. Altmyer and the SDGA were recognized for their involvement and dedication to implementing and maintaining two disc golf courses in Spearfish.     

Don Altmyer, professor of accounting at Black Hills State University, received the Individual Citation Award at the 2014 South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association (SDPRA) conference held last week in Spearfish.

The SDPRA Individual Citation award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to parks, recreation or conservation at the local, state, regional or national level.

"I was surprised and humbled to achieve the award," Altmyer said. "When I received it, I said it was more of a team award for the Spearfish Disc Golf Association (SDGA), a group of community volunteers who share my passion for disc golf and donating time to give Spearfish two excellent disc golf courses."

Altmyer earned the award through his involvement and dedication to the implementation and maintenance of two disc golf courses in Spearfish. He was nominated by Keith Hepper, superintendent of the Parks and Forestry department in Spearfish, and Alecia Hoffman, director of the Spearfish Rec Center. Hepper and Hoffman noted that Altmyer, along with the Spearfish Disc Golf Association, dedicated more than 1,000 volunteer hours in maintenance, development and fundraising toward the disc golf courses in Spearfish. Altmyer is the president of the Spearfish Disc Golf Association.

"The disc golf courses in Spearfish would not be possible without the dedication and leadership Don has provided," Hepper said. "His expertise in design, especially at the Canyon Course, has created a unique and challenging course. The Spearfish Disc Golf Association is an excellent example of how volunteerism works in Spearfish. They have put in many volunteer hours of labor, secured private funding, and located donated materials and equipment to make the Canyon Course a world class course."

Altmyer introduced disc golf to the community in 1995 with the state&rsquos first 18-hole disc golf course on the BHSU campus. With the success of the BHSU campus course, the community was looking for a more challenging course. The SDGA was formed in 2011 for that purpose.

"The City of Spearfish has been a great partner and deserves a lot of credit for funding the baskets and granting us permission to install the course on a beautiful 50 acre property," Altmyer said.

The SDGA works with the city to maintain the course, make course improvements and run disc golf tournaments. Altmyer noted that local businesses have purchased tee sign sponsorships for all 27 holes.

The success of the Canyon Course has allowed Spearfish to host the South Dakota Disc Golf Championships for the past two years. This year&rsquos tournament Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 drew 71 disc golfers from six states.
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