'Patience is the key' Slatington Recreation Commission's open disc tournament poses challenge
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS George Buckland prepares to flail the disc during the fifth annual Victory Park Open disc golf tournament held recently at Victory Park in Slatington.
The precision with which they flail the discs in an effort to score a birdie is uncanny.
Yet, that's part of the allure that continues to attract participants to the Victory Park Open Disc Golf Tournament in Slatington.
Sponsored by the Slatington Parks and Recreation Commission, the fifth annual event held recently had 45 entrants, said chairman Robert Stettner.
"This is the most ever," Stettner said. "I attribute it to the weather and good word-of-mouth."
Stettner said those who participate in the event genuinely seem to enjoy it.
"People are glad we have this event," he said. "They get to see a lot of familiar faces."
The nine-hole, 18-tee course consists of one round of golf. The course was designed by disc golf pro Dr. John Duesler of Disc Golf Services in Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County.
Also referred to as frisbee golf, the objective of the game is for individuals to throw a flying disc into a basket.
George Buckland, of Fogelsville, was all smiles after he shot a birdie on hole No. 17.
"It's great, and you get to meet some new people," Buckland said. "It's available for anybody."
His son, Sam, 10, said the sport was "fun to watch."
Jim Miller of Slatington said the activity is a great all-around event.
"I would say the course is average difficulty, because you have a lot of obstacles," Miller said. "Patience is the key, and not getting upset when you hit a tree or go out of bounds."
The event consisted of several categories: ages 17-and-under, 18-39, 40-and-over, and a pro category. Trophies were given out for first, second and third place performances.
Proceeds raised go toward Slatington Recreation Commission projects, said Stettner, who added the event is a strong attraction for the borough.
"The goal was to fix up and renovate Victory Park along with beach volleyball to give the residents more activities to do," he said. "And it brings people to the area."