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By Tu-Uyen Tran, Published July 14 2009

New name, support for GF disc golf tourney

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – A Grand Forks disc golf tournament that won some notoriety for its seemingly marijuana-related name will get a name change.

Instead of 4-2-0 Frolf, the event at Lincoln Drive Park will be called Frolf-a-palooza, a reference to the alternate name for disc golf, Frisbee golf and the alternative music festival Lollapalooza.

The number 420, slang for marijuana or lighting up a joint, caused some City Council and Park District leaders to balk.

Event organizer Hugo “Achilles” Gomez said he’ll do as they ask and change the name.

He said earlier that 4-2-0 only meant $4 for the entry fee and two players to a team with the circle representing the disc.

After the name change, Gomez went before the council Monday and won some mild words of support for a tournament that he bills as a signature event for the city. It’ll feature live music, a beer garden, food, children’s games – and lots of security.

He goes before the Park District tonight. If park commissioners give him the thumbs up, several council members said the city will help out however it can, including providing extra policing free of charge.

Police Chief John Packett said it would cost the department about $10,000 to pay seven officers overtime for three days of work.

The department had earlier indicated that’s the minimum number needed for an event with up to 1,000 players, as Gomez has said he hopes to draw.

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