Dan Maxfield, State Disc Golf Champion!
The tournament took place at Oahe Downstream and Steamboat Park, along with a temporary course at Hilger's Gulch. The tournament consists of multiple divisions, opening it up to all ages to participate. The attendance for the past 2 years has been about 138 players.
Dan was able to walk away as this year's state champion! He explained that he has played disc golf for about six years; however, this is his first ever state championship. When asked what his favorite part of playing disc golf was, he explained:
The best part is playing disc golf with my son, Matt. I started playing with my son about six years ago. We bought a couple of discs and went to a local disc golf park in Rapid City. We love playing the game together and traveling statewide to compete in disc golf tournaments every year. We usually compete in 6-10 tournaments annually. Disc Golf is also a good way to meet new people, Matt and I have made some good friends all over the state because of this sport.When asked for advice he would give to someone thinking about picking up the sport, Dan said:
My advice to anyone thinking of starting would be to do some research on the types of discs out there and to buy discs that are specifically designed for a beginner. Some of my early frustrations with the sport was that I would buy a disc and would not be able to throw it right and then later on would find out that the disc was designed for a more advanced player. A person can get started with as little as one disc but some companies sell beginner kits that have a driver, mid-range, and putter to make it easier to get started buying discs. Also getting involved with a local disc golf club and ask questions, our club is a very open group that welcomes new players and offers any advice to help a new player. Our club the Sharpe Shooters Disc Golf club, which also works with the YMCA to run a disc golf league that starts in June to promote the sport and is designed for all ages and levels of players.