Ashe hosts disc golf national
by Jesse Campbell, Staff Reporter
After a week that was chock full of treacherous rainfall and severe weather, Mother Nature provided a day of gorgeous weather for the High County on Saturday, just in time for the Inaugural High Country Throwdown Disc Golf Tournament at the Ashe County Park.
The tournament was a sanctioned Pro Disc Golf Association and Southern National Event and was sponsored by the Ashe County Parks, Innova Disc Golf, The Nations Inn, and the High Country Disc Golf Club. Due to the growing popularity of disc golf, 72 participants across the area as well as the nation participated in the tournament, including some as far away as New York.
The High Country Throwdown included a shotgun style format, allowing a more comfortable environment which only allotted four players per hole. Players ranging from amateur to professional skill level participated in the event as the divisions were divided into Pro Open, Pro Masters, Pro women’s, Advanced, Advanced Masters, Advanced Grandmasters, Advanced women’s, Intermediate, and Juniors. The tournament consisted of three rounds which ran through the course of Saturday and Sunday with tee off scheduled for 10 a.m. on both days.
Course designer and disc golf fanatic Todd Patroprsty commented on the event’s success.
“The event was a big success, I’m sort of lost for words because it is all so overwhelming for me,” Patroprsty said, “I looked at it as a wedding day scenario because of all the planning and anticipation, so when it’s finally over and completed you feel really relieved.”
Patroprsty also cited how the course was mentally as well as physically challenging, which is a contributing factor as why spectators were encouraged to remain courteous and quiet during the event as it takes a great deal of concentration to successfully land a disc in the metal baskets.
Jeremy Koling knocked everyone out with a combination of explosive blows, highlighted by a very impressive 43 from the white tees in the second round. David Wiggins Jr., 13, won first place in the advance division while Koling placed first in the Pro Open.
Remarkably, Henry Childers shot a 54 from the blue tees on Sunday, a new course record. As far as our local disc golfers went, Todd Patoprsty shot the overall best score placing 9th out of 16 in the Pro division.
Among other improvements and renovations made to the course, the installation of concrete platform t-pads through the assistance of Innova Disc Golf were the most noticeable additions to the course along with the completion of a back nine whole.
As the tournament drew to a close, it appeared as if the dedication and time the ACPR put into the course as well as the tournament had paid off as Ashe County is now home to one of the world’s premier disc golf courses.
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