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February 2008

Release Date: February 26, 2008

Campus Disc Golf: It’s in the Basket

Disc golfers at Angelo State University will get a more competitive course soon when essential baskets are added to the West Mall’s nine-hole course.

University Recreation and Intramurals Director Bradley Petty said that baskets used in the increasingly popular game have been ordered and should be installed about March 1.

As it plays now, the 1,672-foot short course uses stakes to mark holes. The par 20 course winds its way around the buildings along the West Mall area, starting at the Hardeman Administration Building. The course winds up behind the Mayer Administration Building.

Intramural matches and morning physical activity classes use the course regularly, said Petty. He estimated that 75-100 play in intramural matches. Five to six classes are conducted with 30 students in each class and more than 200 people come to play on their own each semester.

Petty said the baskets’ addition should lure the more competitive disc golfers to the course.

After classes and intramurals are finished, it’s an open course for anyone with a flying disc and opponents who think they are better. The course is permanent and available for play when there is enough daylight to see, Petty said.

Angelo State’s course is one of several in San Angelo and has two- and three-par holes, most suitable for putting. The other city courses are long ones that match the lengths of regular golf courses, according to Petty.

Some of the country’s best disc golfers live here and several have won national tournaments, Petty said. The upgrade to baskets is designed to inspire more Angelo State disc golfers to elite status or just to have fun in the sun.

For more information, call Petty at 942-2034.