Discs were soaring along with the temperatures Saturday at Mixson’s Disc Golf Skills Competition. Sixteen contestants ranging in age from 21 to 43 braved the heat to compete in three events, clamoring for prizes like a skill shot portable target, disc golf bags, and rolling coolers.
The disc golf enthusiasts sipped on Fat Tire from Icebox and nibbled on goodies from Geechee Island, Double H Dogs, and Wholly Pops. Meanwhile, spectators could stay cool in the shaded barn, or take part in what appeared to be the farthest-distance cornhole game that ever existed.
The event kicked off with the Ring of Fire hole-in-one contest, as all of the participants circled up around a target and tossed simultaneously. With Johnny Cash blaring in the background, those who made it on the first try backed up a step for the next toss. After a tie in the first round, all of the contestants circled up again until Don Tudor came up with the victory.
Next up was the long-distance competition, where each contestant had three tries to fire the longest shot of the day. Friends and family (and pets) stood in the shade to watch, regularly running from piles of ants on the ground. With a 375-foot toss, Hal Cauthen took home the first-place prize and the sweet disc golf bag as his trophy. The event commenced with a two-man trick competition, which only drew two teams because of the heat.
Event coordinator Thea Anderson plans to host more disc golf events in the future. “Eventually all of this will be developed, so we want to run around and enjoy it while we can,” she said.