Champions BR team takes home disc golf trophy

Thunder Schultz, Casey Cox and John Fowler, from left, show off the Southern National Championship trophy the Baton Rouge Disc Golf Club claimed this spring.
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by colette dean

Special to Be Fit BR

The competition was fierce, but the Baton Rouge Disc Golf Club triumphed over rival Alabama to win the Southern National Championship this spring.

While the game was throwing Frisbees into chain baskets rather than footballs across goal lines, any day you beat Bama is a good day.

And bringing home that big shiny trophy cup for Baton Rouge was an excellent day, given that Mobile, winner for the past three years, is known as “chain city” because of all the disc golf courses there.

The Baton Rouge area has six courses of varying lengths – 9, 18 and 27 holes.

But local members, who number about 70, say more and more people are starting to play.

“It’s definitely a fast-growing sport,” says member Dexter Braud.

Disc golf has been around since the 1970s, and the course at BREC’s Highland Road Park opened in the early 80s.

Nationwide, the Professional Disc Golf Association estimates there are 4,000 public courses. Local club member Casey Cox says he played all along his vacation route from Baton Rouge to Maine last summer.

“I played 100 courses in 20 states in 60 days,” he says.

Braud says the sport is easier to learn than traditional golf, adding “there is some technique in learning to throw the disc.”

Golfers start each hole from designated tee areas then use different discs, just like golfers use a variety of clubs, to move toward the hole — a chain basket encircling a pole. There’s a disc for driving, another for a fairway shot and a putter. As in traditional golf, the lowest score wins.

“The throwing motions for disc golf are very similar to tennis,” says Cox.

One of the attractions of disc golf is that it’s an inexpensive sport to play. Discs cost about eight bucks apiece. Courses located in public parks are free. There’s

  • o greens fees, tee times or costly club memberships.

It’s also fun and great exercise.

“You may end up walking 5 to 6 miles during a game, and you are using your upper body to throw,” Braud says.

Dylan Schultz, a local pastor and father of 11, brings four of his kids to play local courses two or three times a week.

“It’s definitely a sport the whole family can enjoy,” he says.

Schultz says you can learn technique by watching YouTube videos.

If you want to learn to play, join local club members on courses most afternoons, or in league play on Sunday afternoons at Greenwood Park in Baker.

While the sport is becoming more familiar to the public, there’s still room for improvement.

“Every so often, you hear a story of someone using the chain baskets as

a barbeque pit,” says club member

Stephen Harrison.

Learn more at www.pdga.com or

www.dgcoursereview.com.

Courses

  • BREC Highland Road Park
  • BREC Greenwood Park, Baker
  • BREC Flanaucher, Zachary
  • Broadmoor United

Methodist Church

  • St. Andrew’s United

Methodist Church

  • Duplessis Primary School,

Gonzales

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