Tue, Nov 9, 2021 7:25 AM

Disc golfers descend on Saxton

James Scoltock, Mitchell Wilkinson, Andrew Sheppard and Ben Cooper let their discs fly during the Saxton Sling. Photo: Jonty Dine

Jonty Dine

With players as young as 12 and old as 69, Saturday’s Saxton Sling proved that disc golf is truly a game for everyone.

They came from all over the South Island to Saxton Field with 40 players getting out on the greens for the tournament.

The competition was fierce at the Saxton Sling with a two-way tie for first.

Isaac Sasanuma-Howard, and Ashton Clark finished all square at -8 after two rounds.

Isaac won the playoff while Ashton took out the overall series champion title after finishing runner up in each of the three events.

The sport, while in its infancy, is continuing to grow with the Nelson Tasman Disc Golf Club established just this year.

Though there has been a course set up at Isel Park for 10 years, there has been no central body to oversee operations.

Secretary treasurer Ben Cooper says the club was formed to connect players around the region.

“We have been running a series of tournaments to generate some interest.”

Ben hopes that permanent disc golf facilities can be installed at Saxton Field.

“We are talking to council, it would be good to have one as it is the centre of both districts and the biggest sports facility in Nelson. It will just be a matter of fitting in with other park users.”

However, the clubs will first establish a course at Branford Park.

“We are just working through details in terms of funding, construction, layout.”

Ben says almost 200 players regularly use Isel Park, and they are seeing new players every week.

“You can play with one disc which costs 20 bucks, and a starter set is about 50. It is affordable to get into and free to play for any age.”

Ben says the game offers plenty of flexibility.

“You can go out on your own and have a nice walk for a round of nine, get together with a bunch of mates and have a friendly competition, or just have a social game.”

To register your interest in joining the club, go to https://www.nelsontasmandiscgolf.co.nz/ Or https://www.facebook.com/NelsonTasmanDiscGolf/