By ERIC X. VICCARO
Disc golfers battled muggy conditions during the second annual Pere Marquette Park tournament on Sunday, July 25.
Heat indices crept close to 100 degrees before rain fell during the final hole of the second and final round — golfers were able to complete play.
Excitement Disc Golf ran this C/B-tier Professional Disc Golfers Association-sanctioned tournament, which featured a professional purse of $1,512.
“It looked really cool seeing so many people out playing,” said disc golfer Barney Kemp on the Ste. Genevieve Disc Golf Throwers’ Facebook page.
Kemp participated in the recreational division, throwing a 9-over par 127, which was good enough for 17th place.
Seth Wood, a professional from Farmington, was the pro division winner firing a 36-hole total of 93. That worked out to 25-under par.
Wood essentially dominated the competition, winning with five fewer throws than Josh Coghill from Southaven, Miss. Cory Folkins, from O’Fallon, was third at 19-under par.
Thanks to the diligent work of Ste. Genevieve Parks and Recreation board member Geoff Duvall, the course played more difficult in 2021 — roughly 300 feet further as a par-59.
“Maybe it played a little harder with the pin placements,” Duvall said.
Duvall said heat, and the lush woods, were the main reasons for tough scoring.
The field was completely full with 90 participants; however, several golfers withdrew due to heat or poor performance.