LAURINBURG —A host of smiling disc golfers gathered beneath the shade of a roofed shelter at Scotland Yard Sunday afternoon to receive awards after the completion of the Scotland County Disc Golf Association’s inaugural tournament.
While guzzling down water, the crowd reacted positively to the outcome of the first tournament, which was able to attract two dozen participants.
“For our first tournament, I think it was a really great turnout,” said Michael Myers, a member of the club, and a participant. “Everybody had a great time.”
The tournament began at 10 a.m, and featured two rounds of play, one that began in the morning, and another that commenced at 2 p.m. After 36 holes of competition, several players emerged on top in their respective divisions.
In the amateur division, the winner was decided by a one hole playoff after Mike Hodge and Alfred Hernandez were tied for the top spot after putting up scores of 120.
Ultimately, Hodge came out on top by outlasting Hernandez in the playoff hole. The top two finishers were both awarded complimentary discs from the club for their scores.
In the intermediate division, Bro Woody captured the top spot with a score of 101. Michael Myers came in second place with a score of 107, and Taylor Veshinski finished in third with 108. The top finishers in this division split the payout from registration
In the Pro Division, the largest division of the day, Tony Hoel secured the win with a score of 98, Brian Cordell came in second with 104, and John Anthony finished in third with 115. Each winner in this division was also awarded their share of a payout.
According to Andrew Batten, President and Founder of the Scotland County Disc Golf Association, the tournament had participation from several disc golf groups around the area, who had earlier contributed to revitalizing the course.
“We got an overwhelming amount of support from various disc golf associations from Southern Pines, Fayetteville, and Lumberton,” said Batten. “I was really happy with the turnout.”
After a successful first tournament, Batten added that the club will officially start holding tournaments every second Sunday of every month at Scotland Yards.
“Once word gets out that we are doing this here, and we make necessary adjustments to make the course better, then I think it will just continue to grow.”
Reach Jack Frederick at 910-506-3023