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TOURNAMENT PLAY: IT'S ALL GOOD!

So far this year I think I've played 6 disc golf tournaments, half of which were played before spring officially blew in. What I discovered was that I don't play as well in the snow, mud, or cold (okay, we can add rain to the weather mix as well), and my PDGA rating suffered as a result of my high level of enthusiasm for the sport and low level of performance the beginning of the year. But guess what, rating size doesn't always matter.


Yes, occasionally, when I'm having a bad round I ask myself how it is I can love a sport so much when I still suck at it! But the point is that I'm still learning. My game has measurably improved since March of this year and it shows in my scores.


This post is not to boast about my game (so far, there's not that much to crow about this year), but to encourage every woman who dares to think about playing this sport to pick up a disc and throw it. And throw it again, and again, and again. 


With some practice, and some good coaching, you'd be amazed at what you can learn to do. My first throws were approximately 35 to 40 foot long spiking hyzers. My drives now are mostly straight, maybe averaging 160 feet; sometimes longer, sometimes shorter. It all depends. What really counts? I'm still playing. And I'm having more fun than ever!


My next tournament is June 20 at Fitzgerald Park. It's the third annual Disc Girls Gone Wild, sponsored by the Lansing based "Trip C's" women's league and it is a blast. I have never won this tournament but I have my eye on the trophy this year. I'm tired of second place (I feel like "always a bridesmaid, never a bride") so it's time for me to change things up.


If you live in Michigan or nearby, have been playing for a little while and you've thought about signing up for a tournament, this would be the one I recommend. We have the time of our lives! You can contact me for more information or email the visionary woman who created this tournament, Erin Oakley, at valkhere@gmail.com.


C. Leslie Charles bills herself as the oldest female amateur player in MIchigan, discovering disc golf around the time she qualified for social security. In between hours of practice on the soccer field, Leslie plays on a women's league in Lansing MI and participates in tournaments. She is a member of PDGA and holds the world distance record for women 65 and older.

Last updated by Leslie Charles Jun 14, 2009.

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