On Friday, Jan. 10, the Grip-n-Rip and Halo disc golf clubs will be sponsoring a two-hour clinic featuring two-time U.S. disc golf champion Will Schusterick. The cost of the clinic is $20 and is open for all ages. Then, on Saturday, Jan. 11, the clubs will be hosting a disc golf tournament starting at 9 a.m.
Stephen Robertson, owner of Custom Shirts & Signs in downtown Jasper, is a member of the Grip-n-Rip team. He, along with other team members, would like to see a good turnout for this weekend’s event.
“Basically, it’s $20, and you show up. Our club and Halo, actually, orchestrated it. Halo is paying for over half of the clinic — the clinic is $60 a person, and they’re paying $40 a person for him [Schusterick] to do it,” Robertson said. “It’s everything from the basics of how to throw a disc all the way up to the proper form, how to be a professional player, the whole nine.”
Schusterick is from Nashville, Tenn., and turned pro at the age of 16. He is ranked as one of the top five disc golf players in the world, currently standing at No. 3, Robertson said. Through a contact, Randy Fortenberry of Halo Disc Sports in Birmingham, Robertson and others were able to bring the clinic and tournament to Jasper.
The object of the game is to complete the course with the fewest number of throws per hole, otherwise known as a pin or basket. Similar to ball golf, wherever the disc lands, after you tee off, is where you will continue by picking it up and throwing it again until you reach your target.
Both the clinic and tournament will be held at the North Jasper Park located at 3403 Coral Blvd. just off Brakefield Dairy Road. The clinic will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, last two hours and cost $20.
“It’s the most fun you can have for as little money as possible. I mean it really is. It’s a great sport, great to get out and be active,” said Robertson, who has a personal collection of between 350 to 400 discs. “It’s not really strenuous. ... It’s really a sport for anybody and everybody.”
The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and will include the following divisions and entry fees: $30 for amateur, $40 for advanced and $50 for open. Division leaders will receive a prize, as well as a prize for “closest to the pin.”
“For the recreational division, the winner of it will get a basket. There are a ton of ctp prizes, which stands for closest to the pin, and included in the ctp prizes is a brand new bag and a bunch of discs,” Robertson said. “... The Jasper course is perfect for beginners and amateurs. [We are] bringing in these guys that are big time players so people can see how these guys play and just to get an idea.”
Currently, the Grip-n-Rip team has 50 active members. For more information about disc golf and more details on division entries, visit www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/The_Jasper_Freeze_2014 or the club’s Facebook page Grip and Rip Disc Golf.