Trilogy Challenge spreads word about draw of disc golf

Grand Junction’s Jon Chambers makes his shot on the third hole Wednesday during the Trilogy Challenge disc golf tournament at Riverbend Park in Palisade. The tourney drew 64 participants.

Meet disc golf, the younger, laid-back cousin to regular golf.

It doesn’t have a dress code, you don’t have to pay a greens fee, and it offers players beautiful views.

On Wednesday, Triple Play Records hosted the 2014 Trilogy Challenge in Palisade. Rock Cesario, the owner of Triple Play Records, and his son Matthew, both avid disc golfers, said they were excited to promote the sport.

The Palisade tournament is one of 263 being conducted by Dynamic Discs. Forty-four states and eight countries are participating in the event, with the hope of spreading the word about disc golf.

Matthew Cesario said they were pleased with Wednesday’s turnout, particularly because the event was hosted on a weekday. Sixty-four people signed up, a number he expects to skyrocket next year when the tournament is scheduled to take place on a Saturday.

The course, which is situated in Riverbend Park, next to the Colorado River, shows exactly why Matthew Cesario was drawn to the sport. He loves the nature views and said disc golf courses are often in the most beautiful spots.

According to Rock Cesario, the reason most people get hooked on disc golf is because of the camaraderie between participants.

Gordon Cornelius is proof of this. The Glenwood Springs resident was introduced to disc golf by friends 10 years ago, and he hasn’t stopped playing since.

“Usually what happens when you play disc golf is they play it and they get hooked, and then they want to continue to beat what they did before and progress. Usually you take somebody out, and they just keep coming back,” said James Hatch, a friend of Cornelius and a disc golf player since 1996.

Cornelius said he loves that disc golf is open to so many different people.

“It is good for beginners or people who have been playing for a long time,” Cornelius said. “One good thing about disc golf is the diversity of it.”

Cornelius and Hatch said they play in eight to 10 competitive disc golf tournaments each summer. The two have watched proudly as their sport grew over the years.

Hatch said the Professional Disc Golf Association has gone from approximately 22,000 members when he started to more than 70,000. He and Cornelius hope to see that number grow even more in the future.

“(Disc golf) has been up and coming for 20 years, just on the low scene,” Cornelius said.


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