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The Carthage Press
  • Kellogg hosts first disc golf tourney

  • Madison Rogers may only be 14 years old, but she has big dreams of becoming a professional in the sport of disc golf.
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  • Madison Rogers may only be 14 years old, but she has big dreams of becoming a professional in the sport of disc golf.
    Rogers, who came to Carthage from Rogers, Ark., with her dad, was one of 54 players who participated in the inaugural Big Splash Open Disc Golf Tournament, held Saturday at Kellogg Lake Park's new disc golf course.
    It was the first official tournament held at the park, which was installed last summer. It was hosted by Disc Golf Monkey and Russ Burns, the owner of the company and designer of Carthage's course.
    Rogers placed first in the advanced womens division with a score of 138, or 30 over par, in two rounds.
    As she was practicing her putting, Rogers said her dad introduced her to the sport, which involves throwing specially designed discs, similar to Frisbees, into baskets, or holes.
    Rogers said she's not a professional disc golfer, but she hopes to be one in a couple of years.
    "I'm playing in the advanced womens division, but I hope to go pro in the next year or two," she said. "I started back into it in 2011 and I just love it."
    Rogers said Carthage's course was challenging in Saturday's high winds, but it was also a beautiful course.
    "It's really pretty, I love the shots by the lake," Rogers said. "The park is a really pretty landscape to play on."
    Rogers said she plans on playing in tournaments in Kansas City, Emporia, Kan., and Minneapolis, Minn., among many others over the summer.
    She said disc golf takes patience, just like golf with a stick and little white ball.
    "If you have a bad drive, you have to get past it," Rogers said. "You have to know your discs and how they fly in whatever winds."
    For results of Saturday's tournament, see the website http://www.pdga.com/tour/event/16814.

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