Yesterday afternoon the current World Champion Gregg Barsby (sponsored by Innova Discs) hosted the Barsby Battle at the Canyons disc golf course. It was a one-round eighteen-hole challenge with three discs.
“Really it’s a good time and a good chance for me to invigorate the local disc golf scene, and meet the local Barsbarians (fans).” Barsby personally selected the discs that were part of the player’s pack that came with registration. I sat down with him to find out more information on why he chose these three discs and how he got started in disc golf.
“The event is geared to help people focus on control in their game instead of just power, so that’s is why I chose the Leopard. The Rhyno is kind of a hybrid disc that maybe has been looked over for a long time, but I love the DX Rhyno. The Rhyno puts an emphasis on if you are really good at driving: do you need your driver? Or do you need your putter? The third disc is your choice. The idea is to kind of open up people’s minds and throw different lines and then really control all of their shots. Because a lot of people are all power these days, they might flip over a Leopard but it really makes it kind of toned down a bit.”
There were added bonuses for player’s in the event that included CTP’s (closest to the pin) and a putting contest. Dellwood Disc Golf is pro shop on-site at the Canyons and added to the CTP’s with branded hats as well.
For Barsby disc golf started very young. “I found out about disc golf riding a bike in the park that my Dad moved next to when I was six years old. I was riding with my neighbor Clint, and I found a Cyclone in the water. Clint had heard about disc golf because he was the elder on the street and he had a few discs. We went and played a couple of times. A guy traded me two-for-one, I traded him the Cyclone for Lightning discs (lighter discs). Clint and I went ends and bought our first Aviar together. That’s kind of how I got into it. Right across the street and played every day for a long time.”
Barsby’s first hole-in-one was hole 6 at Condon Park. “185 feet, I threw it with a side-arm right down the middle. It was with a 150g Raven. I was ten years old. I remember I ran home after I got the ace, telling my Mom ‘I hit the ACE!’ She’s like ‘that’s great honey,’ you know?, like didn’t care. I’m like ‘YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND!’ haha ‘IT WENT IN THE BASKET!’ It was really cool. I’ll never forget it.”
From here, Barsby will go to the World Championships to defend his world title. This year Worlds will take place in the Greater Peoria area, home of the Ledgestone Insurance Open. I will be close behind him, the competition starts on Tuesday. I will be there to photograph the Semi-Finals and Finals (Friday and Saturday). We hope to see you there! Until then, Keep In Flight.
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Story by Lauren E. Lakeberg