Fun Fest's Eagles Nest Disc Golf Tournament draws record turnout

John Moorehouse • Jul 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — This year’s Eagles Nest Disc Golf Tournament drew 88 players, easily a record turnout since the event became part of Fun Fest.

Brian Frye walked away from Borden Park with the best round out of any of them.

Frye threw a 39 to win the pro division in Saturday’s tournament.

“I just held it together all day. Had a good wind, and everything just worked out,” he said.

Disc golfers competed in divisions representing four degrees of difficulty: novice, intermediate, advanced and pro. There were separate ladies and junior divisions as well, and the number of kids participating in the tournament was also a new Fun Fest high.

Kyle Morgan’s 40 took the top prize in the advanced division. Andrew Gouge claimed the intermediate first-place trophy with his round of 44, while Dusty Poe’s 45 proved to be the best among the novice ranks.

Heather Crawford won the ladies division with her 57, and Conner Davenport took first place among the juniors.

The top two juniors received trophies. In the other divisions, the top three took home hardware.

Frye can add the Fun Fest trophy to a growing collection. He said he has won 10 Pro Disc Golf Association events.

Frye said he plays many local tournaments, even traveling to places like Knoxville, Asheville and Chattanooga to play. This was his first time playing the Fun Fest disc golf event, however.

The hobby has earned Frye a nickname at work.

“Some of my co-workers, they kind of make fun of me,” said Frye, who noted he’s been playing disc golf for about four years. “You know about Tiger Woods; they call me Cougar Frye.”

Frye probably needed a catnap after Saturday morning’s event. He pulled a late shift at AGC Industries, his place of employment, and said he managed only three or four hours sleep before making the trek to Borden Park.

“I barely made it out here in time to get started,” Frye said.

Frye used an exact ritual before each of his throws. He pulled a small handful of grass, then dropped it from about eye level to gauge the direction of the wind before eyeing his target and flinging the Frisbee.

“I was reading the wind,” he explained. “Depending on which way the wind’s blowing, your putter might drop or rise on you.”

Competitors paid $3 to play and had to supply their own Frisbees. Two golfers went home with one extra disc. Brett Hyder and Jerome Lockhart tallied holes-in-one — both on No. 15 — and got a Frisbee as a prize for the feat.

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