2014 National Deaf Disc Golf Championship

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Fletch Kuehne pumps out his drive on hole 5 during the National Deaf Disc Golf Championship at Lake Casitas, Calif. on June 28, 2014. Fletch landed his drive within 20 feet of the basket and finished with a par on the hole. (© Jeremy Gehler 2014)

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Joseph Chavis from South Carolina takes a one knee approach at the 10 basket while competing in the National Deaf Disc Golf Championship at Lake Casitas, Calif. Chavis ended up within a few feet to finish up his par on the hole. (© Jeremy Gehler 2014)

 

Over the weekend of June 27 through June 29, 2014, disc golfers from all over the United States traveled to Lake Casitas, Calif., to participate in the National Deaf Disc Golf Championship at the challenging Coyote Point Disc Golf course.  Almost 100 players took part in the tournament and the winner takes home the title of National Champion in the deaf disc golf player’s field.  The championship is in its 14th year and is headed by tournament director Tan Nguyen who is not only promoting the sport to people all over the country but is encouraging deaf players to get out and compete.

To some players, the Coyote Point course will be a great challenge with changing elevations and trees that will grab a disc right out of the air and provide difficult lies for keeping a low score. The players will see multiple pin placements each round which can turn an easy birdy to a par or worse, making the player carefully chose when to run the basket or lay up. To experienced players like David Tomlinson, keeping the mental game together and keeping focus on the course is the key to conquering Coyote Point. Tomlinson holds the title of National Champion in 2003, 2005, 2012, and 2013 and hopes to keep the titles coming in 2014.

In the end, Tomlinson couldn’t hold on to the title.  Newly sponsored DGA pro Daniel Sweet took the title as National Champion and the $1,340 prize.  Fletch Kuehne took second followed by defending champ Tomlinson.  Sweet ended with a combined 274 on a 216 par and his National title is his first B tier win as a pro rated player.