I would first like to personally thank all the 11 year old boys for pointing out the weakest points of our disc golf course. By nature there is no more of a destructive force than an innocent group of P5/6 boys left to their own accord in the woods, I'm certain I was the same. With no malcontent if it could be broken, twisted, knocked or tampered with at all as a group they achieved it. The course has been repaired, leveled and hardened and is now in a better stronger place because of you, so Thanks again.
In May we started this series of events to showcase the group that was exemplary at understanding our sport. We presented each group with a quick tutorial on grip, throwing technique and putting as well as other pointers like scoring and navigating the course. We played a few rounds of 'Ring of Fire' to warm them up before they teed off to become accustomed throwing the discs and focusing on the main objective of our sport, throw the disc into the basket. Each junior player had one disc and one go around our 9 hole Red Course. I cannot put into words how honored we feel to have hosted over 700+ Juniors (>=16) at our course in the last five weeks. The spirit, camaraderie and pursuit to succeed in a new sport was unparalleled and drove home how uniquely inclusive our sport can be. A few times we were able to organize 9 groups of 4 all starting at one time, a Junior shotgun start!! The participants traversed our wooded course which is about a Kilometer to complete this challenge, some went happily and asked to play a second 9 hole round, others needed inspiration but all felt the accomplishment of completing a round of golf. In the end Loretto Senior School reigns supreme posting an outstanding combined score of 143 by clinching the top 6 scores of the series. We play disc golf for the memories of enjoying time with our friends and encouraging them to succeed along our sides. Hitting a 30 meter putt for the first time is as exhilarating lifelong experience and generally lures players back for another chance of improvement. Loretto Senior School showed the camaraderie and etiquette that is driving the natural evolution of our sport. I believe this fundamental approach to a new sport made the difference for all these first time disc golfers and they now they can enjoy the thrill of scoring the best in our Series as well. Congrats!! Loretto Senior School!!
Speaking of impressive an honorable mention must go to our 3rd place group the North Berwick Bear Cubs, a group of 30 P5/6 pupils from Law Primary School. If you need any proof a little practice goes a long way they have 2 well used DGA disc golf baskets in their playground at the Primary School with enough discs for their entire class to use. We've gotten to know most of these young pupils hosting demonstrations and lunch clubs at the school. They absolutely crushed the Red Course only 7 strokes from 2nd place to students much older and rose above their next peer group by 15 strokes.
Over the last five weeks there were many rounds of ring of fire and more laughs than I'll remember as well as an impressive hole in one by Olivia from Dunbar Grammar, countless big putts and many, many lost discs. Working with all these young disc golfers has made me a better teacher of our sport as well as a more patient coach. Our hopes are that a few of these Juniors will grow up playing disc golf and in the future find success on the best courses throughout Europe and around the world. I would like to say Thank You to all who participated and we hope to see soon.
Seamus & Julie
"I have all my wisdom teeth, two up top, two beneath and yet I recognize my mouth says things that aren't so wise" CTD