Wallace State hosting state disc golf tournament Nov. 21

Wallace State will be hosting a PDGA state tournament Nov. 21. (photo courtesy of Chris Pugh)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Disc Golf is one of the fasting growing sports in America and it has become quite popular here in Cullman County. With the growth of disc golf in Cullman, the Cullman Disc Club (CDC) was born. It has a board of leaders that lead in the club by hosting a variety of events throughout the year including seasonal leagues and several one-day tournaments. Currently they are hosting “Glow-N-Throw” Friday night’s at 6 p.m. at Heritage Park. To help cap off a great year, CDC is partnering with WSCC to host a two-round Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) B-tier tournament, which is a state level tournament, Nov. 21 at WSCC. The tournament will be hosting several of north Alabama’s best players, have an extra $750 going towards the payout in the pro divisions, and each round with be filmed by SoBlue Productions. While the tournament will have some of the best locals completing for the title, it is a tournament friendly to any skillset because in disc golf tournaments divisions of varying skills are offered to men, women, and juniors, as well as age protected divisions for anyone 40 and older.

Disc Golf is played like regular golf but with frisbees called “discs.” Discs come in different shapes and weights that cause them to fly different distances and in different directions. You play 18 holes, which starts on a tee pad. The goal is to throw the disc into the hole, which is a basket, in as few of shots as possible. Each course has an established par that you are competing against, along with other players and yourself. In 2011, disc golf came to Cullman when Heritage Park had a course put in. After big success, Fairview installed one in 2013 and Wallace State followed suit in 2015.

Kyle Huckeba, head Tournament Director, and Chris Pugh, assistant Tournament Director, are both excited for what will be called “The Lion’s Den.” “We already have 90 people signed up, with a growing waitlist, so I’m really excited about hosting this tournament. Wallace State has an elite level course, so we have been looking forward to putting together a tournament like this. It’s going to be a great way to end 2020, and we have a lot of exciting plans for 2021 so the future is bright!”

Current CDC President Scott Campbell added, “Even as COVID-19 put a damper on a lot of our 2020 plans, it’s actually provided a lot of growth in our sport. We had an extremely successful spring league and have been able to host two greatly attended tournaments, including ’The Lion’s Den’ in a couple of weeks. And we are on track to have our best glow league to date. The club is excited about what 2021 is going to bring!”

The tournament also serves as a great opportunity for advertising for local businesses. If any local businesses are interested in sponsoring the tournament Chris can be reached through email at pastorchrispugh@gmail.com. Also, if there is anyone interested in learning more about disc golf or the CDC you can reach out to Chris, or the club page on Facebook at “Cullman Disc Club.”

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