Nothing can stop real disc golfers from their favorite hobby. The Ace Race held on the rainy, windy, and chilly morning of the last Saturday of September proved it! Only about 10 out of 45 people signed up for the tournament didn’t show to play.
The braves, wrapped up in slickers, hoodies, hiding under umbrellas, and some wearing just drenched wet t-shirts had a lot of fun fighting the wind, the slippery dirt and other consequences of the – oh - so desirable in this area, rain.
According to Billy Price, codirector of the tournament, Edwin “JR” Phelps and Dennis Dillard tied for 1st with one Ace apiece. Phelps won the tie breaker by having one metal hit as well (the disc hit the basket on the first throw but did not land inside the basket).
Cheryl Hopkins won the Women’s Division with one metal hit. Cheryl’s last throw rolled down the hill and barely glanced off the pole that holds the basket, but that was just enough to score a point and take home a prize for her division.
The one round mini tournament held after the Ace Race was also a huge success. By the time it had started, the rain was over and the shining sun was inviting everybody to give it a try on a disc golf course. Players participating in the event were asked to donate discs to four local church youth groups as a payment to play the mini. Around 50 discs were collected and later distributed among Faith Baptist’s, First Baptist’s, First United Methodist’s, and Lake View’s churches. The discs were greatly received by the churches’ youth groups and some have already been put to good use.
In mini tournament Matt Maze won and Derek Dimond took second place in the Advanced group while Nick Ward took first and Gary Smith became second in the Amateur group.
Billy Price also said that plans are being finalized for the tournament weekend on October 25th, 26th, and 27th.
Opened this spring, the Gordon Lake Dick Golf Course is gaining popularity in the area, attracting players from different parts of Texas and Oklahoma.