Disc golf tournament hosted by the Surry County Disc Golf club raises 1.5k pounds of canned food for local non-profit


Tourney draws crowd, nice weather

By Terri Flagg - tflagg@civitasmedia.com



Charlie Sealey “putts” in the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Participants raised 1,504 pounds of food in the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Participants pose together at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Roger Raasch, second place winner in the grand masters division, poses in the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Ashley Hogen, second place winner in the ladies division, shows off a prize at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Chase Dickens, third place winner in the intermediate division, poses with his prize at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Prizes wait to be claimed at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Meredith Dickens throws and Candace Hawk watches during the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Chase Dickens throws during the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Chad Pulsfort won first place in the amateur division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Dennis Wilson won first place in the masters division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Nathan Hodges won first place in the pro division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Henry “Bear” Griffin won first place in the grand masters division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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Candace Hawks won first place in the ladies division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.


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All Donnie Rakes wanted for Christmas was to collect more canned food donations through the annual disc golf tournament he organizes than last year — “to blow it out of the water” — he said.

It appears Rakes has gotten his wish.

The Third Annual “Feeding the Hungry” tournament hosted by the Surry County Disc Golf Club was held Saturday at the Armfield Civic Center.

About 85 participants gathered 1,504 pounds of food and $206 for the Helping Hands Foundation of Surry County.

That’s well up from the 550 pounds from the 2014 tournament.

In a word, it was “awesome,” Rakes said. “We were expecting a lot but I didn’t think we’d get that. It’s the best we’ve done so far.”

A disc golf tournament is played similarly to ball golf. Players throw discs at “holes” made of baskets on poles, and the player with the fewest throws wins. Just don’t call it a Frisbee.

Rakes founded the club in 2013 and the first canned food drive tournament was held that year.

Now with about 50 active members, the tournament is a chance to raise interest in the sport while giving back to the community that supports it.

“We’re really happy with how the event went,” Rakes said. “It was beautiful weather and everything went smoothly.”

Rakes said the folks at Helping Hands were pleased with the donations.

“I think they were really tickled with it,” he said.

And players were happy for all the prizes provided by sponsors such as the Mount Airy Chick-Fil-A, ProHealth, Disc King, Innova Disc Golf and Discstore.com.

“We appreciate the countless sponsors we had to donate towards our tournament,” Rakes said. “I think everyone walked away with something.”

Some players had traveled from Charlotte to participate in the tournament.

“We’re all kind of a family,” Rakes said.

“We’ve got food on the table and a roof over our heads. We’re blessed to be able to come together that way.”

Winners

In the pro division, Nathan Hodges won first place, Landon Mummert, second and Antony Gonzalez took third.

In the intermediate division, Matt Hawks won first place, Jordan Beaver, second and Chase Dickens, third.

In the amateur division, Chad Pulsfort won first place, Kevin Lafferty, second and Ryan Deavers, third.

In the masters division, Dennis Wilson, won first place, Jim Hysmith, second Chris Piteo, third.

In the grand masters division, Henry “Bear” Griffin won first place, Roger Raasch, second and Matthew Aloi, third.

In the ladies division, Candace Hawks, first, Ashley Hogan, second, and Chris Rakes, third.

For a dollar, players could enter the “ace” pool. (An “ace” is a disc golf hole-in-one.) Any player who threw divided the pool, which was won Saturday by Jordan Beaver, who won $51.

Three discs autographed by professional players were also auctioned off.

Tyler Grubbs won the Will Shusterick and Valerie Jenkins discs.

Jeanne Weeks won the Joshua Childs disc.

“We appreciate all the players who came out for the tournament,” Rakes said.

The club plans on hosting a membership drive tournament in late February.

Charlie Sealey “putts” in the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_1.jpgCharlie Sealey “putts” in the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Participants raised 1,504 pounds of food in the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_2.jpgParticipants raised 1,504 pounds of food in the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Participants pose together at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_3.jpgParticipants pose together at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Roger Raasch, second place winner in the grand masters division, poses in the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_4.jpgRoger Raasch, second place winner in the grand masters division, poses in the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Ashley Hogen, second place winner in the ladies division, shows off a prize at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_5.jpgAshley Hogen, second place winner in the ladies division, shows off a prize at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Chase Dickens, third place winner in the intermediate division, poses with his prize at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_6.jpgChase Dickens, third place winner in the intermediate division, poses with his prize at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Prizes wait to be claimed at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_7.jpgPrizes wait to be claimed at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Meredith Dickens throws and Candace Hawk watches during the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_8.jpgMeredith Dickens throws and Candace Hawk watches during the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Chase Dickens throws during the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_9.jpgChase Dickens throws during the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Chad Pulsfort won first place in the amateur division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_0010.jpgChad Pulsfort won first place in the amateur division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Dennis Wilson won first place in the masters division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_0011.jpgDennis Wilson won first place in the masters division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Nathan Hodges won first place in the pro division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_0012.jpgNathan Hodges won first place in the pro division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Henry “Bear” Griffin won first place in the grand masters division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_0013.jpgHenry “Bear” Griffin won first place in the grand masters division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted

Candace Hawks won first place in the ladies division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_151214_DiscGolfFoodDrive_0014.jpgCandace Hawks won first place in the ladies division at the Third Annual Surry County Disc Golf Club “Feeding the Hungry” Tournament on Dec. 12 at Armfield Civic Center. Submitted
Tourney draws crowd, nice weather

By Terri Flagg

tflagg@civitasmedia.com

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