In June of 2005 I was just 11 years old but was fortunate to hang out with my much cooler older brothers. My oldest brother, Derek, and my middle brother Evan and I were headed to Fairmont, MN where we were going to try out this odd “sport” that was completely new to us. Little did we know that after one round of 18 holes, Disc Golf would instantly become as cool as it truly is. So, almost a full 8 years later. we have played hundreds of holes, sometimes racking up 50+ in a single day. After much practice and repetition, I would say the three of us are fairly decent disc golfers Derek being clearly the best – but also with the most practice.
Now a Freshman at the University of Northern Iowa, I have truly become almost as ‘addicted’ as one can be to this sport. Up until this last year I hadn’t played as much as I wanted to for lack of reason or playing partner. On a Campus of 13 thousand + students, I no longer have that excuse. I decided that I wanted to take my love for disc golf and spread it. I wanted to introduce the sport to people and I also want to compete. Being only a freshman I had no idea how much or how little work would be involved in creating a disc golf club/team but I decided I would at least check into it – last fall (2012).
Well most of my work over christmas break would be writing a club constitution but the real work would start when I got back for second semester. Getting people to join. So as I would change my second tire of the week on my truck – this time in the parking lot – I saw two guys walking toward campus from the parking lot wearing disc golf bags on their backs. So I, semi-reluctantly, stood up and yelled “DISC GOLF MEETING ON TUESDAY NIGHT IN THE REC. CENTER!!!” ….Much to my surprise, they turned around and walked over. Vinnie and Bryant were apparently very interested in what I had said and were thinking along the same lines as myself in that they were planning on starting a club – but I had already started the process so they joined and started helping. Vinnie, Bryant and I are friends now and play rounds together on a semi frequent basis. (Tonight is our first official club round. We’re expecting around 10-12 people to show up) – more on how that goes later this week.
A few days ago Vinnie asked if I wanted to play around and seeing as how I wasn’t doing anything I was more than happy to play, until the first hole. Let me paint a picture for you, I can take a 2 on this hole any day of the summer with relatively nice conditions and have no confidence issues with any hole. It has a nice wide lane through trees straight off the tee and the baskt is just off to the right right after the trees. Plenty of room for a soft anhyzer. But I usually throw a hard turning gator off to the right and hit a smaller gap and have it cut back to the hole. Well I pulled a four on this hole and on the third hole which is even easier. This round was not starting well. I decided not to let it bug me – turns out this was a decent decision. As i played the rest of the round, Vinnie was on fire, – even with a four on the first hole and a spit out birdie put the guy was on pace for -10. (this course is not a terribly hard course – not to discredit Vinnie’s ability or my own because we can shoot neg. on a LOT of courses) I was on pace for -5 wich was pretty average of me on this course this winter. Hole 17 – 117ft. skinny tree on the right half way to the hole taking away the perfect slight hyzer angle and closer tree on the left taking away the annie. I pulled out my crystal FLX Banger GT that Derek had given me for christmas. and decided to put it as close as I could with my putter. I typically never drove with a putter until this day. I threw a RHBH (right hand back-hand) throw with my putter and my release point was dead-on. As it got closer to the hole my eyes widened, hy hopes were on the rise and time seemed to slow just a little bit. I have been playing for almost eight years, played hundreds of holes and hit the basket or parts of it so many times that I should be kicked off of the course for abusing the baskets. – There was no way this was happening -or is there?
Just as time slowed and I froze my disc rose up just a little, than back down to where it was right when …..CHING!!! The disc pounded into the chains and was immediately shoved down into the basket where it would come to rest. Finally, My first ace, Vinnie and I exploded with excitement as high-fives were exchanged and we briskly walked up to the basket where I paused slightly before taking my disc out of the basket to really relish in the moment. After a picture, I took out the disc and grabbed a sharpie from Vinnie’s bag and wrote the date, course and hole # on the bottom of the disc and Vinnie verified it with his initials. I finished the round -6 and Vinnie finished -10 which, once weather conditions, A.K.A. wind is accounted for – is a very solid score.