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Disc golf returning
Atlanta Open set for March 29 at Central Park
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In the misty morning Al “Speedy” Guerrero dries his disc during the during last year's tournament. - photo by Emily Saunders
Local disc golf player Dave Kenney encourages spectators and those just curious about the sport to venture out to Central Park (click for map) on March 29 to see “some of the world’s best players battle it out.”

Disc golfers from all over the country will be in Forsyth County for the Professional Disc Golf Association Atlanta Open National Tour.

As an added bonus, 12-time world champion Ken Climo is scheduled to talk with fans and give some pointers from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.

The sport requires players to hurl a flying disc at metal baskets. As in golf, the object is to score as few points as possible.

To fare well on the 27-hole course, golfers must excel in distance, accuracy and control.

Disc golfers typically use three different types of discs depending on distance from the basket or goal. Players use “distance drivers” for long shots, “putters” for short range and “midrange” for all throws in between.

Kenney said there’s no better park to hold the tournament.

“It’s my home park, so I’m biased, but I’ve played a lot of different parks,” he said. “The way they have it set up, it’s just an incredible place to play.”

The Forsyth County Disc Golf Club manages the course and holds doubles tournaments every Sunday.

The park will fill up with professional players March 29. Residents interested in seeing these athletes compete can show up about 9 a.m. at Central Park.

There’s no cost to watch and Kenney said Central Park’s course is “very spectator-friendly.”

“It’s got lots of space for spectators, so it’s easy to get a good look at the players without getting in their way,” Kenney said.

Tournament organizer Rand Eberhard agreed.

“Central Park ranks among the top in the state for watching these players,” Eberhard said. “It’s fun to watch these guys compete.”

Kenney said the opportunity to watch Climo play is “nothing short of amazing.”

This is the event’s fifth year at Central Park, and its second at East Roswell Park, which plays host to the first day of competition on Saturday.

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