A few dozen golfers traveled from across the region to the Lucky Mud course in Skamokawa on Saturday to compete in the final match of the Battle of the Chain Maidens, a women-only series by the Professional Disc Golf Association that took place this year.
“It’s similar to a state championship,” said Adam Fletcher. Fletcher and his wife, Sara, run the disc golf course at Lucky Mud and are avid disc golfers. Sara was playing on Saturday too.
Each summer series competitor received points for each match they participated and points for each game. At the end of the series, all these numbers would be added up and a champion would be named.
The $370 jackpot went to Madison Tomaino, who hit two under par at Lucky Mud this weekend.
Saturday’s event was the 100th PDGA tournament for Jody Dixon of Ravensdale, who has been playing the sport for 10 years.
“I’ve always loved playing Frisbee, like catch,” said Dixon. “My husband and I actually came up with the idea for disc golf. So we invented it.”
Dixon’s friend Jennifer Rice of Edmonds, who has been playing for four years, burst out laughing.
See, here’s the thing. Disc golf is fun, but friendships, laughter and teasing can be even better.
And in this case, maybe the tall tales too.
“Because we were playing ball all the time,” Dixon continued, “so we thought, hey, let’s see who can get to that tree the fastest with the fewest shots. You know, this became a big hit.”
She admitted that her brother-in-law later informed them that there was indeed a sport. She’s been competing ever since.
Rice, Dixon and their daughter, Olivia Demkier from Vancouver, who was there to support her mother, all love coming to Lucky Mud.
“This is the best place,” Dixon said. “I love this course.”
When I asked Edmonds’ Pek In how long she’s been playing, she said, “Too long not to be better.”
His friends protested. “She’s lying!”
She eventually admitted to playing the sport for 17 years.
“So you really invented disc golf,” I said.
I could hear Dixon in the background, laughing.
To be fair, the sport is much older than In or Dixon, but it definitely keeps them young.