Deaf disc golfers to hit the links in Frisco, Copper
“I don’t know if I’ll do good or bad,” he said in sign language Thursday afternoon. “I’ve been playing almost every day.”
An estimated 150 golfers from 15 states are expected to show up for the first tournament hosted by the national Deaf Disc Golf Association (DDGA).
Fournier, who lives in Frisco, took Thursday off from his daily practice to rest before the tournament.
“A friend says there will be people from the East and West coasts,” he said. “I don’t think it matters. I just want to play.”
According to Kevin Harrer, chairperson for the event, the organization was founded a year ago to provide a venue for deaf people to participate in the increasingly popular sport. Harrer, who teaches deaf high school students in New Mexico, used to live in Frisco.
“This is going to be one of the best deaf tournaments,” Harrer said via a TTY system. The technology enables deaf people to communicate with hearing people with an operator serving as an intermediary between the two. “Frisco is one of the best entertainment towns, the campsite is close – the atmosphere is perfect.”
The tournament this weekend is a fund raiser for Colorado wildfire activities, Harrer said. Members also will establish bylaws and start the process to become a nonprofit organization.
Weekend events will include a men’s pro single, women’s single, men’s amateur/novice single and co-ed doubles. Saturday’s events will be closed to the public, but hearing people are encouraged to join co-ed double play Sunday.
Fournier said he’s played at courses in Huntington Beach, Calif., and that in comparison, Frisco’s course is more challenging.
“Those courses are wide open,” he said. “Here, you don’t know if you’re going to hit a tree.”
“In Frisco, I enjoyed the course, but it is a little different than before,” Harrer said. “The course has fewer trees due to (removal for) fire hazards, but it’s still challenging. Some holes are easy to get par, but some holes you have to throw wisely or you can get a lot of bogeys. Copper’s course is difficult and unpredictable,” he continued. “If you throw poorly, say goodbye to your discs.”
– Morning: Men’s Amateur single and Pro Women single play at Frisco; Pro Men at Copper
– Afternoon: Men’s Amateur single and Pro Women single play at Copper; Pro men single play at Frisco
co-ed doubles for both deaf and hearing
Jane Stebbins can be reached at 668-3998 ext. 228 or email@example.com.
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