By TIM HORAN
Not so different from the Ed Kuntz Memorial Golf Tournament 10 miles away, there were some long drives, chip shots and lipped out putts in Brown’s Park Saturday.
Both tournaments were played on an 18-hole course with tee boxes and holes.
One big difference, however, was the lack of golf balls.
The Kansas Disc Golf Association was hosting a tournament at the disc course located in the center of the park.
Kasey Jones of Abilene and one of the players said nine temporary baskets were set up to make the event 18 holes for the 40 players. The Abilene course has nine regular disc golf holes and the new holes were in some locations north of Turkey Creek.
The association describes the course in Brown’s Park: “Makes a circle except for one jog backwards at hole 6. Relatively flat with many trees and low ceilings. Fairly technical. Camping available nearby.”
The sport of disc golf is growing and there are 72 courses in Kansas.
Still, some wonder what the baskets are for.
“A lot of people think it’s a trash can,” Jones said, after his putt on Hole No. 1 fell just short.
Tournaments are also held at Lakewood Park and Thomas Park in Salina. Once a year, a tournament is held at the course in Brown’s Park.
“It’s a sport the whole family can get into, come out and play, and spend the day at the park,” Jones said.
Jones is working to get sponsorships to add a map of each hole with distances on the tee boxes.
“They need to add another nine,” said Brad Jamison of Abilene, who was also playing with Alan Baier and Alex Kijowski.
Baier said that there are plans in the works for
nine more holes.
Jones, who has been playing for seven years, carried a bag full of discs; mostly drivers and putters.
“Each driver is different. They turn different. They also are different sizes,” he said.
He said that how the discs are thrown can alter the direction of the disc. Flicking it side arm, the disc will go right. Using the forearm, the disc will go left, he said.
Disc golf is scored similarly to regular golf.
Jones said just like regular golf, being a good putter helps.
Each hole, regardless of the distance, has a par of 3. The goal is to get the disc, which looks like a Frisbee, into the basket in the fewest throws.
According to the Brown Memorial Foundation, the Abilene course was a senior class project of Dylan McKee. He designed and built the course in April 2004. The Foundation picked up the tab, which was $2,745.