Disc golf tourney finally taking flight

By Tom Joyce - tjoyce@civitasmedia.com

After being postponed twice because of snow, a disc golf tournament is finally getting off the ground this weekend at Mount Airy High School.

The best thing about holding such an event on Saturday, May 12, is that wintry weather is guaranteed not to play havoc with the surroundings, although conditions could be on the warm side.

“It’s going to be beautiful weather, because it’s not snowing,” a tournament organizer, Polly Long, said of today’s (Saturday’s) event.

It will begin at 10 a.m. on a new public disc golf course completed in late 2017 in an area behind former junior high facilities on North South Street which was known over the years as Cub Park.

“It is open to everyone in the community,” Long said of the tournament, adding that organizers have “lots of discs” to lend to players without them. Concessions also will be available.

The cost of entering the nine-hole tournament is $10, with proceeds to go to a relief-effort for Hilliard Elementary School in Houston, which was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey last year.

Disc golf is similar to regular golf, with players using discs of all sizes to negotiate the course.

As opposed to trying to get a ball into a hole, a disc golf player starts by throwing a “drive” from a tee, gradually leading to “putting” the disc into a cage-like structure mounted on a metal pole with chains that catch that object. The sport can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels.

While there is a competitive element involved, the tournament mainly is aimed at emphasizing to the public that the new course is open and “disc golf is here,” Long said of a sport growing in popularity, including the forming of a club.

Mount Airy is the only high school in this area with a disc golf course in its midst. It largely was designed and built by students with help from Dr. George Sappenfield, an official at Surry Community College who is a pioneer in the sport.

The tournament originally was set for Saturday, Dec. 10, but rescheduled because of snow, which also fell on the makeup date and led to another postponement to this weekend.

“Now we’re trying to get it in before the next hurricane season starts,” Long joked.

By Tom Joyce

tjoyce@civitasmedia.com

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.