“It’s like a state championship,” Adam Fletcher said. Fletcher and his wife, Sarah, run the golf course at Lucky Mud, two avid disc golfers. Sarah was playing on Saturday, too.
Each Summer Series contestant earned points for each match attended and points for playing. At the end of the series, all these numbers will be collected, and a hero will be named.
The best $370 purse went to Madison Tomaino, who scored two subpar at Lucky Mud this weekend.
Saturday’s event was the 100th PDGA Championship for Ravensdale’s Jodi Dixon, who has been playing the sport for 10 years.
“I’ve always loved playing Frisbee, like a game of hunting,” said Dixon. “My husband and I, we actually came up with the idea for disc golf. So we invented it.”
Dixon’s girlfriend, Edmonds’ Jennifer Rice, who’s been playing for four years, started laughing.
See, that’s the thing. Golf is fun, but friendships, laughter and ribbing could be better.
And in this case, perhaps the taller tales, too.
“Because we’ve been playing catch all the time,” Dixon continued, “so we were like, hey, let’s see who can get to that tree faster by throwing the fewest throws.” So we came up with the idea of disc golf before, you know, this has become a huge hit.”
She admitted that her brother-in-law later informed them that there was actually a sport. She’s been competing ever since.
Rice, Dixon, and her daughter, Olivia Demker, from Vancouver, who was there to support her mother, all love coming to Lucky Mud.
“This is the best place,” said Dixon. “I love this course.”
When I asked Pek In of Edmonds how long she’s been playing, she said, “Too long to no better.”
Her friends protested. “she’s lying!”
She finally admitted to playing this sport for 17 years.
I said, “So I invented disc golf.”
I could hear Dixon laughing in the background.
To be fair, the sport is a lot older than In or Dixon, but it definitely keeps them young.