100 players turn out for disc golf tournament

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – 100 people were out hitting the links in a Fairhope golf tournament today, but not in the old school sense of the game.

“Although we’ve been in the ground for 16 years, this is the first time we’ve had a professional Disk Golf Association event here. We’ve had many other tournaments, but this is our first recognized event by the organization that runs disk golf,” Rock Searle, the course architect, said.

The game is almost identical to what players call “ball golf,” just minus the ball, gloves and clubs. Players here do it all with discs.

The course in Fairhope’s Municipal Park is the only permanent course in Baldwin County, compared to the six over in the City of Mobile.

“The City of Fairhope was behind this idea from the get go. I started talking with them at their recreation board meeting, and they’ve been more than generous to let us use their land out here,” Searle said

Saturday’s tournament of 100 brings in players from all over the South and of every age: from adults to kids.

“It’s the flight of the Frisbee to be honest, you know? The flight of the disk is amazing. To watch it fly through the air and to see so many different people: girls, boys, old people young people. Everyone can do it, it just depends on how far you can throw it and how good it looks when it flies,” Dustin LaMasters, a player who travelled from West Florida, said.

It’s pretty fun, you get a lot of exercise. It’s pretty fun,” Atreyu Upshaw, a 10-year-old player from Mississippi, added

And compared to regular golf, when you’re not playing in a tournament, it’s free. All you need is a disc and some spare time.

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