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I had never really heard of disc golf until the spring of 2006. I played a few rounds here and there with my brother. By a few rounds I mean maybe like 4 or 5 all spring and summer. I was busy working to pay for school as well as working out so that I could keep my college soccer scholarship. I liked disc golf, but I wasn't hooked yet.

Spring 2007 rolled around and I bought my own discs. I began to play more. In fact, I began playing multiple rounds a day most days of the week. If I wasn't at school or work, I was on the course working on my game. I played round after round. I began to meet many of the other locals. Most if not all were better than I. All were men. I am a perfectionist when it comes to sports so I wanted to get better and better. I found myself still having fun as I strived for improvement. I loved being outside and just playing a casual game with some of my new friends. My brother began to hate playing with me because I was now beating him every round we played.

At the beginning of the summer, many of the men told me I needed to play in the weekly doubles tournaments as well as some PDGA tourneys. I declined saying that I wasn't good enough. They kept pestering as well as coaching me. Finally, I obliged. I played my first couple of rounds of random draw doubles and ended up at the bottom or near bottom every week. Granted, I was again, the only woman or one of only two women in a group of 20-30 disc golfers. Many in my groups said I was doing great. I had a few big throws here and there for the birdie or to save par... but I was still lacking consistency. However, I had fun and continued to learn and improve.

I finally got talked into my first tournament, the Vienna Park Open. I played Am Women, and ended up second even though I felt like I played horrible (there's the perfectionist). I outshot many of the men in this tournament. I continued to play and began driving further than many of the guys I played with. This kept me wanting more. I was becoming much more consistent as a friend taught me a different way of covering the tee box which made my releases and throws much straighter.

The weekend before I moved to Minnesota, someone had convinced me to play in the FeMillz (Michigan Women's Championship) Tournament at Hudson Mills Metropark. I played Am3 on a very tough course. My first round I had the privilege of playing in a group with Elaine King. She was a great player and also very helpful/ encouraging. I came in from the first round feeling like I had a lot of work to do (we were in mixed groups the first round and I played with no one in my division). I was wrong. I had a decent lead. All I had to do was relax and play my game and not do anything stupid. Came out with the win and a berth to the State Championship (would have played but I moved to Minnesota and school had started). I was stoked and humbled playing amidst so many great and more experienced players than myself.

There is a course on campus where I go to school now, so I was playing as much as I could in the fall between classes. If we didn't have a few feet of snow I would be out there now practicing putting and such. I still have a long ways to go, but I love the freedom. I love the serenity. I love the joy of a great shot. I love watching the disc glide through the air. The new friendships. On the course, everyone is equal. This is a sport I can enjoy and continue to improve throughout the rest of my life. That is why I'm hooked on disc golf!

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Comment by Mary on January 2, 2008 at 6:32am
Hey Jayne hope you get to play alot in MN.


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