Golfers will descend on Delaware County, and some surrounding counties, this week.

Golfers will descend on Delaware County, and some surrounding counties, this week.

These golfers won't use drivers and putters. They are disc golfers competing in the 2010 Professional Disc Golf Association Amateur World Championships.

More than 600 competitors from 36 states and Canada have registered for the event scheduled June 29 through July 3. It will be hosted by The Ohio State University Marion campus with support from the Delaware County Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as tourism bureaus in Marion, Bucyrus, Wyandot and Seneca counties.

In disc golf, individuals walk an 18 "hole" course, trying to throw a flying disc into a basket or at a target with the fewest number of throws. Most courses are set up in local and state parks.

The competition will occur on six courses throughout the mid-Ohio region: Delaware State Park, Alum Creek State Park, Sawyer Ludwig Park (Marion), Reservoir Park (Upper Sandusky), Hedges Boyer Park (Tiffin), Aumiller Park (Bucyrus), and Ohio State's Marion campus, which will contain a course created for the final leg of the event.

"The CVB wants the players to have a great experience," said Debbie Shatzer, executive director of Delaware's CVB. "Some players may bring friends and family and make it a vacation week. Delaware County attractions are very family friendly and enjoyable. We want them to be aware of all the fun things to see and do in Delaware County and how easy they are to find."

It will also be good for the local economy, she said.

"Most will need somewhere to sleep, eat and buy gas. We also look forward to any additional economic benefit the event may bring to other businesses in the area," Shatzer said.

"Our PDGA World Championships have gained considerable appeal to the sports tourism folks around the country," said David Gentry, PDGA tour manager. "With the growth of disc golf, we have seen the World Championships draw players, not just from around the country, but from around the world. And our amateur World Championships provide a strong impact to local economies, because our players usually travel with their families and friends. This multiplies our value."

"We could not do this alone," said Ken Rollins, tournament director. "And just like almost every other successful endeavor we have here in middle Ohio, the entire community has rallied behind our efforts. It is so rewarding to see disc golf embraced by everyone here and working toward making our world championships a success. This is a dream come true for me."

For more information or a schedule of rounds at each course, visit www.pdga.com.