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Austin hosts Texas State Disc Golf Championship

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The PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) Tour is rolling through Austin bringing most of the world's top players with it. This is the first time the Capitol City has hosted the Texas State Disc Golf Championships - a prestigious event that has previously crowned its champions in Houston.

"We were amazed to see the number of courses here," said PDGA Events Manager Downes, "and the courses that are in the tournament are perfect for this event."

Tournament Director Vinnie Miller enjoys playing inaugural host.

"To bring in our elite players to a community that's been dubbed the mecca of disc golf in the state of Texas is a huge opportunity."

Professionals and amateurs will play on three local courses - including the brand new Roy G Guerrero layout in East Austin.

"It took a little more than $300,000 to build this course," said local PDGA pro Garin Wootton. "They closed down Pease Park - people were a little bit upset - but now we got a gem and it's bringing people from all over the United States and across the world!"

One of them, former world champion David Feldberg, actually makes a decent living playing disc golf, but he's earned his place at the top of his sport.

"I traveled professionally in a motor home where I lived in a luggage rack because I was a rookie! And basically I played every day for 4-5 years."

David Wiggins is a current "new kid on tour". The 17 year old from North Carolina owns the world record with an 836 foot drive!

"Yeah! Feels pretty good to have the furthest!" said Wiggins. "(It's) definitely cool to think I can throw one of these further than anybody."

For more information visit www.texasstates.org and www.pdga.com.

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