Disc Golf Growing In Popularity

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

Disc golf is not your average game of frisbee for sure. It takes skill and precision and if you practice enough, you can get really good at it.

While some play baseball or softball when they are kids, disc golf world champion Valarie Jenkins grew up playing disc golf.

"I literally grew up on a disc golf course," said Jenkins. "Just watching and playing it and I guess when I was about 16, I started to play in tournaments."

Meanwhile for fellow world champion David Feldberg, his start in the sport came in his college days.

"Just went out and played with some buddies and started gambling, 25 cents per hole," said Feldberg. "Got getting into it and getting competitive and started playing in tournaments."

Tournaments just like the Augusta Classic, held at Wildwood Park in Columbia County this past weekend. In fact, playing in Augusta is special to David.

"I won my first big win here in 2002 against Ken Climo when he was in his prime and ever since then, I've always come back. I won the inaugural Hall of Fame Classic in Augusta so me and Augusta get along real well."

Now, Feldberg is the top ranked player in the world in a sport that is growing every day. With 900 tournaments in the U.S. alone, the sport is really catching on.

It's really getting big. We're almost on the verge of breaking out,: said Feldbegr. "I'd say we're almost where skateboarding was maybe five years ago so we're not there where we are a million-dollar sport but we're on our way."

But until disc golf does makes it big, just breaking even week by week can be a struggle.

In the women's division, there's not too many of us so have be in like the top three of the tournament to really break even," says Jenkins. "And for the guys, there are a lot more guys so the competition is really high and you also have to be pretty high to make a living and survive each weekend."

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