Winnipeg – 27 year old Winnipegger Bryan Freese has become only the second Canadian to be named the Professional Disc Golf Association’s Rookie Of The Year since the inception of the award in 1986.
Freese was originally an avid skateboarder, but wanted to take up a sport he could compete in with his father. The suggestion of Disc Golf was received with a lukewarm response initially, but it didn’t take long for Bryan to get hooked after taking up the game four years ago.
“The feeling of always having something to improve on is next to none,” Freese said in a news release. “Disc golf always gives me something to work on and there is always more to accomplish. It is so intricate and I wish people realized that more. I have more than 20 discs in my bag and each does something different. Throwing a disc at a one per cent angle more to one side versus the other can have a huge impact.”
Disc golf is a flying disc game that is played in a similar fashion to traditional ball golf. Rather than clubs, players use an assortment of discs with different flight characteristics to get from the tee pad to the chain basket of any given hole. Whereas a traditional golfer might use drivers, irons, and a putter, a disc golfer uses discs similarly referred to as drivers, mid-ranges, and putters. Like traditional golf, a standard round consists of either nine or 18 holes with the average distance range being 250-350 feet. The player who navigates the course in the fewest throws (strokes) wins.
“I would love for disc golf in Canada to be valued the same as it is in the U.S. and Finland,” Freese says. “If it could get anywhere near that so many more people would play it. Although, since I’ve started playing, I’ve really seen the sport grow, not only locally in Winnipeg, but across the country. I think there is a great future for disc golf in Canada. It has a lot of potential,” he adds.
Freese says the PDGA Rookie of the Year Award has really boosted his confidence going into the 2017 Tournament season, starting with an A-Tier event in Iowa next month,