The Hot and Cold Classic disc golf event drew participants of all ages and from across Kansas and out of state competitors too.
The air was filled with colorful flying discs this weekend as the Pratt Disc Golf Club hosted the Hot and Cold Classic at May Dennis Park. Dynamic Discs sponsored the event.
Some 73 participants took the course that features long, open fairways while some short holes have lots of trees to navigate. Several holes have greens that can't be seen from the trees.
Among the Pratt players is Micheal Wells who has been playing for 2.5 years. He got started at the encouragement of PDGC Director Jason Winkel and member Joe Burt.
Wells said he saw the PDGC did a lot for the community including a food drive tournament and that was one reason he decided to join."I've stuck with them," Wells said. "It gets me involved with the community. And it's definitely a stress reliever."
Wells, who carries 23 discs, likes to practice at least twice a week and take in from three to 12 tournaments a year. He has competed in the Tick Ranch Tournament in Rose Hill and at Hutchinson, Wichita and Ponca City, Okla.
"I like the tournament scene," Wells said.
On a couple of holes in the Classic, Wells made sure he was using a certain disc that was covered with names. On Father's day, he had a hole-in-one on Hole 4. Two months and two days before that, he had another hole-in-one on Hole 16. Everyone who witnessed the hole-in-one signed the disc. He didn't hit a hole-in-one at the Classic this year but he made sure he was using that disc on those holes.
A bit of history was made at the Classic this year when 8-year-old Joshua Tubbs of Pratt became the youngest person ever in the event. He got interested in disc golf when his uncle Dustin Wheatley taught him how to play. They practice together and Tubbs likes it. He has stuck with it every since.
"It's a sport," Tubbs said. "I like doing it because it's fun."
Tubbs said the hardest part of disc golf was getting the disc into the basket. But no matter what happens, he gets to have fun. Tubbs has 20 discs to choose from.
Another local child, Gaby Eubank, was in the same threesome with Tubbs. Eubank got involved with disc golf because of her uncles Jordan and Cody Ervin who both play.
Her biggest challenge is to throw the disc straight. It has a tendency to go some other direction.
She, like a lot of the competitors at the classic, said that Hole 18 is the hardest one on the course because of the trees. There's also a lot of out of bounds around the trees. Players either have to go over or around to get to the green.
Also playing in the same threesome as Eubank and Tubbs was another child, Mason Snodgrass of Dodge City.
The Hot and Cold Classic started in 2001 and has become an annual tradition in Pratt, drawing players from across the state and other states as well. Players at this years tournament came from all over the state including Pratt, Hutchinson, Wichita, Dodge City, Salina and other places plus players from Oklahoma.
Two rounds were scheduled for Saturday with a couple of changes in hole order. A two disc challenge with one round was held Sunday with Winkel and Burt taking top honors with a 10 under par, Winkel said.
Second place in the two-disc challenge went to Lyndell Masters and Kyle Schelling with a seven under par. Winkel, Burt, Masters and Schelling are all Pratt residents.