The Spin Crazy Disc Golf Team, in conjunction with the Hattiesburg Disc Golf Association, hosted the Big Rip Classic (Presented by Discraft) Disc Golf Tournament on Oct. 3-4 at Little Black Creek Campground in Lumberton.
This year’s Big Rip Classic was classified as an A-Tier event by the Professional Disc Golf Association. The event gave the opportunity for many local players, promoters and the property owners of the campground to showcase some of the region’s finest courses as well as southern hospitality at its finest.
The weather was more than cooperative as early October proved to be the perfect time to for the event.
Michel Munn, tournament director, was the driving force in bringing some of the sport’s top players to the area. Although the pandemic may have limited participation from some top pros due to scheduling changes, the event still had a full field of 167 players and paid out over $8,000 in cash and prizes.
For information regarding disc golf and in and around the Pine Belt, visit HDGA's Facebook Page. The Hattiesburg Disc Golf Association welcomes all players regardless of skill level to join and has recently added a women’s league. New courses are popping up all around the Pine Belt, and the sport is fun for all ages.
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Photos by Jesse Johnson with The Pine Belt News
WHAT IS DISC GOLF?
Disc golf is played much like golf.
Instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc.
The sport was formalized in the 1970s and shares with golf the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws).
A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, which is the “hole.” The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets, the most common being an elevated metal basket. As players progress down the fairway, they must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw ended up.
Trees, shrubs and elevation changes provide challenging obstacles for disc golfers.
Finally, when the “putt” lands in the basket, the hole is completed.