June 19, 2010 - Brad Hammock takes 1st Place and sets new course record in Blairsville, Georgia
Over seventy-five athletes recently visited Union County to compete in the Georgia Super Six Series Disc Golf Tournament. The 1st Place award of $350 went to Brad Hammock of DeKalb County. He not only won the tournament, but also set a new course record with 45 par 56 (11-under).
Brad Hammock is well-known in the Disc Golf circuit. He is six time World Champion! Brad also won Rookie of the Year in 1991. He has been involved in the sport of disc golf for over twenty years. Brad says, "The Meeks Park course is nice. I liked the layout and how it opens up at the end."
Players came to Meeks Park in Blairsville, Georgia from all over the southeast to play in the 4th Tournament of the series. The disc golfers were at it all day and results started coming in around 4:30 p.m.
Organizer Keith Johnson is from Woodstock, Georgia. He says, "This event is a PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) sanctioned C-tier event with two rounds of eighteen holes."
What is disc golf? Disc golf is played like traditional golf. Instead of using a ball and clubs, players throw a flying disc, or professional Frisbee (prices start at around $15). The sport, which was first played formally in the early 1970's, shares with 'ball golf" the goal of completing a hole in the fewest number of strokes (or throws).
Disc golfers begin play by throwing a disc toward an elevated target, often called a Pole Hole. As a player progresses through the hole, he (or she) must throw each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw landed. Trees, shrubs, and terrain changes provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. At the finish of the hole, the "putt" lands in the elevated target and the hole is complete.
There are several reasons disc golfers choose disc golf over ball golf. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee or cart, it can be played in public parks, and it can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Disc golf is so easy to learn that no one is excluded from the sport.
Other Super Six Series Tournament locations include White Oak Park in Dallas, Georgia, McCurry Park in Fayetteville, Georgia, Lake Russell in Elberton, Georgia, and Central Park in Cumming, Georgia.