Disc golfers developing true love for the sport

BALDWIN — Four Lake County boys were testing their golf skills, disc style, Tuesday, during Disc Golf League action at Baldwin High School.

Daniel McCarthy, 13; Roger See, 13; Austin Deltour, 14,  and Darrin Thomas, 13, all of Baldwin, were playing nine holes at the high school course.

McCarthy has been playing the sport for three years. He got interested through former players.

He’s had first places in the local tournament, second place in the state final and third in another tournament.

McCarthy said sidearm is his best move.

“He’s a good putter too,” Seth Hopkins, Lake County 4-H program coordinator, said.

Concentration is the key to having success in the sport, McCarthy added. He wants to go back to the state final and shoot for first place.

See, a two-year player, said Hopkins came to the school to make a presentation on the sport.

“It’s fun, enjoyable,” See, who also plays basketball, said. “I went to state with Daniel last year. I want to go back to state.”

Like McCarthy, sidearm is See’s strength as a disc golfer.

Deltour is making his disc golf debut.

“It’s challenging,” he said, adding that he’ll stick with it for awhile.

Thomas has been involved with the sport for half a year.

“Seth showed up at an after school program to announce that they were starting disc golf,” Thomas said. “It sounded good. I get to hang out with my friends. You need to have concentration.”

Like any sport, practice makes perfect in disc golf, Thomas added. Putting is his strength.

“You have to concentrate on the basket,” he said.

Thomas also likes football and baseball.

“I think (disc golf) is more enjoyable,” he said.

Play is about three weeks old. Hopkins said interested individuals can still sign up for the sport by contacting his office.

“It’s $20 and you get three discs,” Hopkins said. “That’s a good deal. They’re $10 apiece normally. For $20, you get to be a 4-H member and participate and get three discs. Contact my office or show up there Tuesday or Thursday at 4 p.m. We have registration forms. We’ll run until the end of August. State finals are usually the end of August or first weekend of September.”

Hopkins keeps track of each player’s handicap.

“Are you lowering your handicap?” Hopkins said. “That’s what we try to do.”