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A new round of golf set with no use for balls or clubs

The High Country has always been known for some excellent golf courses. Now it's found a new niche with the same concept but sans club and ball. It's called Disc Golf and involves a frisbee. It's growing in popularity, as highlighted by this weekend's 4th annual High Country Throwdown in Ashe County.

“The tournament field is full with 85 players coming from all over the Southeast to compete for several divisional trophies,” said tournament director Todd Patoprsty. ...

Disc Golf in ashe county“We have six players competing in the Pro Division, one of which happens to be the 2010 United States Women’s Champion, Sarah Stanhope from Easley, S.C. We also have the 2009 Amateur World Champion, Matt Keatts, from Charlotte,” said Patoprsty. “There are eight players representing the Pro Masters (over 40) division, two of which are in the Disc Golf Hall of Fame located in Augusta, Ga., Harold Duvall and Pete May. We also have a Pro Grandmasters (over 50) division for the first time with five players. The other divisions represented will be Advanced Men’s and Women’s, Advanced Masters, and Intermediate.”

The event is being organized by the High Country Disc Golf Club. The sport is played much like golf, only with occasionally more trees. Sometimes lots and lots of trees, as evidenced by this disc golf shot. But there's nothing like an open field for a championship drive.