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Hahamongna News

Title:

Aiming for a hole-in-one

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Date:

2004-08-02

Author:

Mark R. Madler

Publication:

Glendale News-Press

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On the ninth hole at the Oak Grove Disc Golf Course, James Coffin needs to sail his flying disc over low trees and bushes and between two electrical poles.

Coffin does just that, with the disc landing near the basket. What snowboarding is to skiing, [disc golf] is to 'stick golf,'" said Tana Dubbe, of Hollywood, who was playing with Coffin and friend Tom Watson on Sunday. All carried canvas bags filled with various colored discs used for different situations.

Like in regular golf, disc golfers will run into obstacles that need to be played around, which explains the need for discs that fly to the right or left, said Kevin Lupica, of La Crescenta.

And, just like golf, a disc golfer needs concentration to pick a line from the tee to the basket, he added.

"And there's always the mighty hole-in-one," Lupica said. "You always want one of those."

Like other sports, disc golf has its own professional association, its own tour, its own specialized equipment, its own terminology -- "hyze," "pancake," and "worm burner" -- and its own point of origin in the sport's creator, "Steady" Ed Headrick, who died two years ago.

Oak Grove, located in the Hahamongna Watershed Park, bills itself as the first permanent disc-golf course in the country, opening in 1975. Regular players are a frequent sight during the week, although on Sunday there was a low number of players, leading Coffin to speculate that a tournament was taking place elsewhere.

"You'll see players who have been playing here since it opened," Coffin said.

Dubbe and Watson said disc golf is good for families, and the equipment is easy to carry around. They like Oak Grove because it is free to play there.

Dubbe started playing about 20 years ago, dropped the sport, and then got back in about five years ago, she said.

"Like golf, it's easy to transition in and out of," Dubbe added.

For more information on disc golf and the Oak Grove course visit www.pdga.com or www.ogdgc.org.