Thirteen teams from across Indiana and Michigan enjoyed perfect weather and beautiful surroundings while competing in the 6th Annual LaGrange Communities Youth Centers, Inc. (LCYC) Disc Golf Scramble at Delt Church Park.
Teams included several local players along with players from Angola, Ft. Wayne, Plymouth, Jonesville and Hillsdale, Mich., and two players from Indianapolis. This year the tournament added some international flare with a player from Argentina, Emiliano Fernandez, competing on the course for the first time. Players ranged in age from 11 to over 60, showing that disc golf is a sport for all ages. The tournament also included a record number of women, with nine competing.
This year’s tournament included advanced, intermediate and novice divisions. The advanced division proved to be just that, with all the teams throwing under par. The local team and former division champions Josh Bolin and Jeff Thompson regained their championship title after missing the top spot by one throw last year.
The second place team in the advanced division, Larry Wegrecki and Gerald Bontrager, took the runner-up title after a tie-breaking “throwoff” with Bolin and Thompson, when both teams finished with a tie score of 57, three under par. Tom Wertz and Shawn Rockwood, last year’s intermediate champions, moved up to the advanced division and finished one under par with a 59 to take the third place spot.
In the intermediate division, newcomers to the course Jake Music and Marc Adams took the championship spot with a 64, one point over last year’s winners Brad Cook and Michael Watts who finished in the runner-up spot. Course designer Randy Baumgartner and partner Mike Conway finished in third place with a 67.
The novice division saw the most entries, with six teams competing. This division also ended in a tie between the top two teams, who both recorded an 81. Lexie Myers and Jaci Vaughn ended up in the top spot with Kent Etherton and Hannah Myers finishing in second. New to the course, the husband and wife team of Alma and Emiliano Fernandez finished in third.
Tournament veteran Tom Wertz won the “Longest Drive” contest. Michael Watts from the intermediate division finish first in the “Closest to the Basket” competition.
The course, built by Lakeland High School Science Teacher Randy Baumgartner, is one of the premier courses in the area. Disc golf enthusiasts from around the state have visited the scenic course. The LCYC, in conjunction with the LaGrange County Community Foundation, along with the LaGrange County Parks Department and private donors, financed the construction of the course. The course is free to all park visitors and is open for play during regular park hours.
The LCYC hopes that as the appeal of this new, family friendly sport grows the course will become a popular attraction for LaGrange County.