Players brave the arctic front at New Year’s Day Mini

Players from across two states competed in Timpson Disc Golf’s first official disc golf tournament at SoSo Park

Players brave the arctic front at New Year’s Day Mini

Players from across two states competed in Timpson Disc Golf’s first official disc golf tournament at SoSo Park


On Monday, January 1, 2018, twenty players from towns across Texas and Louisiana competed in a New Year’s Day Mini, the first official disc golf tournament in SoSo Park.  Earlier in 2017, the Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce and Timpson Economic Development Committee established the full 18-basket course in historic SoSo Park.  Sponsors of the new course include Timpson Quick Stop, General Shelters, FEW Ready-Mix Concrete, Whataburger, Factory Direct Portable Buildings, Premium Graphics & Design, and Smith Sawmill Service.  Designed by Craig Lewis, the course is challenging with a fun and beautiful terrain of rolling hills nestled in the pines of Timpson, Texas.  An arctic front couldn’t stop these players from competing.


Hosted by Jamie Callis of New London, Texas, the tournament consisted of random draw Doubles mini.  The entry fee of $15 was divided up as $2 per entry to the local club, $2 per entry to the Ace Pot, $1 per entry to the CTP (closest to pin), and $10 per entry payout to the winners.  Prizes were donated by Jamie Callis with MINT DISCS, Miles Seaborn with Dynamic Discs, and Kevin Pelton.


Players competing were Harold Ande of Lufkin, Texas, Kevin Pelton of Shreveport, Louisiana, Brian Kirks of Shreveport, Louisiana, Jeremy Bledsoe of Nacogdoches, Texas, Caleb Koonce of Nacogdoches, Texas, Erik Rasmussen of Shreveport, Louisiana, Travis Smith of Nacogdoches, Texas, Shane Jackson of Nacogdoches, Texas, Mark Sowell of Nacogdoches, Texas, John Gold of Round Rock, Texas, Phil Painchaud of Georgetown, Texas, Brady Condit of Nacogdoches, Texas, Wesley Burch of Nacogdoches, Texas, Dan Paige of Nacogdoches, Texas, Justin Daniel of Nacogdoches, Texas, Jay Whitaker of Nacogdoches, Texas, Rick Hightower of Timpson, Texas, Miles Seaborn of Logansport, Louisiana, Jeremy Cook of Center, Texas, and Jamie Callis of New London, Texas. 


1st Place – cash prize $100 Phil Painchaud & Erik Rasmussen (Score 48)

2nd Place – cash prize $50 Jeremy Bledsoe & Miles Seaborn (Score 51)

3rd Place – cash prize $30 Jamie Callis & Kevin Pelton (Score 53)

4th Place – cash prize $20 Wesley Burch & Brady Condit (Score 54)

5th Place – Caleb Koonce & John Gold (Score 56)

6th Place – TIE: Harold Ande & Dan Paige, Brian Kirks & Jay Whitaker (Score 57)

8th Place – Justin Daniel & Rick Hightower (Score 59)

9th Place – Jeremy Cook & Travis Smith (Score 60)

10th Place – Mark Sowell & Shane Jackson (Score 62)


Longest Putt (hole 2) – Prize: Deputy disc to Erik Rasmussen

CTP (hole 4) – Prize: Alpha disc to Harold Ande

CTP (hole 5) – Prize: Culverin disc to Brian Kirks

CTP (hole 7) – Prize: River Pro disc to Travis Smith

CTP (hole 8) – Prize: Thermal mug to Kevin Pelton

CTP (hole 9) – Prize: Cash to Travis Smith

ACE – no ace for the day, throw off winner Wesley Burch

What is disc golf?

The Professional Disc Golf Association describes disc golf as being played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970's and shares with "ball golf" the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the "hole". The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket.

As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are a few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won't need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad "tee time." It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.

Timpson Disc Golf welcomes you to come out and enjoy the course at SoSo Park.  SoSo Park is open to the public during park hours.

By Chad Pate, East Texas Press

Photos by Jack Bryant