Release Date: March 24, 2008
ASU Faculty Member to Tee Up for Disc Golf
An Angelo State University assistant mathematics professor will toss out the first disc on Thursday, March 27, to launch the recently upgraded disc golf course on the West Mall of the ASU campus.
Dr. Trey Smith will make the inaugural throw in a 2 p.m. ceremony March 27 at the course’s first tee near the Hardeman Building. The ceremony leads into a campus-wide recreational tournament to celebrate the addition of basket targets required for quality disc golf play. The tournament is open free to everyone on campus.
Contestants should arrive at 1:45 p.m. on March 27 in front of the Houston Harte University Center to enter the tournament, said Bradley Petty, director of university recreation and intramurals. UREC will give T-shirts to all participants.
Smith was picked to throw out the first disc because he has been an avid participant in the sport for years. Smith said he has visited courses in cities around the country.
“If there was a disc golf course where I went, I would play it,” said Smith. He doesn’t play in serious Pro Disc Golf Association tournaments, but said he enjoys the game socially.
Smith is also enthusiastic about education. He was the recipient of ASU’s 2007 Teaching Excellence Award given annually to a faculty member to recognize and encourage teaching excellence.
On March 27, though, he will help mark a new facet to recreational activities at ASU.
The course’s targets are the disc golf equivalent of holes in regular golf. The top-of-the-line equipment is installed permanently on the 1,672-foot, par 20, nine-hole course laid out near the buildings along the West Mall.
The all-metal targets are mounted on posts set in the ground. A yellow top rim secures 24, 2-foot-long chains that hang down and connect to a round, horizontal basket that catches discs. Hitting the chains helps discs fall into the basket.
For more information on the tournament, call Petty at 942-2034.