How the LDGA came to be
In September of 2008 the city of Lawrenceburg installed 9 disc golf baskets inside the walking track of the Lawrenceburg American Legion Park. The course immediately became a hit and people of all ages could be found playing disc golf. Some were playing for the first time and others with disc golf experience were playing to improve their skills. But everyone was having a good time. By the summer of 2009 a core group of players who were playing together almost on a daily basis decided that there was enough interest to support a weekly league night. In July the first league night was held with 10 participants. The league was handicapped so that beginning players could competitively compete with advanced players. Interest in the league grew week by week and by the end of the league in September over 50 people had played at least once in league play. Following league play, a successful Glo-Tournament was held on Halloween night. (A glo-tournament is played at night with glow in the dark discs.) With support from both city and county officials, the core group of players sought and obtained 9 new baskets to be installed at Anderson County Community Park. These players provided the labor to install the new baskets in early December. In addition to the labor, the group has also contributed $ 1,250 towards the development of the new course. After some discussion it was decided that in order to help promote disc golf in Anderson County the group should become formalized. On January 20, 2010 the Lawrenceburg Disc Golf Association was formed. The following officers were elected: Jon Winfrey (President), Ricky Spaulding (Vice-president), Kevin Harris (Treasurer), Rex Richardson (Communications Officer), George Hanks and Ricky Kirkpatrick (At-large members). Click here for a list of current LDGA members. The LDGA wants to positively promote the sport of disc golf to the general public with a focus on our community, to introduce and attract new players of all ages to the sport and to become an active and integrated sport and participant in our community. Some of the short term goals the club had set included installing concrete tee boxes at the Community Park course along with posts and tee signs, install a message board, host a PDGA sanctioned tournament, conduct the 2nd annual Burgoo Tournament and 2nd annual Halloween Glo Tournament, course enhancements (waste baskets, benches, practice baskets, etc.) at both courses, and to host an Ice Bowl Tournament with proceeds going towards a charity. The first event that the LDGA hosted was the 2010 “Slide & Glide” Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, Februrary 27, 2010 which raised $276.00 and 311 canned foods for the Open Hands Community Food Pantry. The plan in 2010 was to have two summer league night sessions utilizing both courses but success prevailed and there were three 6-week sessions with sessions 1 and 3 held at the county park and session 2 held at city park. The LDGA hosted their first PDGA-sanctioned tournament, the 2010 Autumn Classic, which was very successful. The 2nd annual Halloween Glo had a large turnout. The LDGA held their inaugural member appreciation cookout at the city park to close out the season. LDGA elections were held with all officers being re-elected with 1 exception, Allen Miller replaced Ricky Kirkpatrick as an at-large member. The first event of 2011 wast the 2nd Annual Slide & Glide Ice Bowl Tournament. Over 30 disc'ers showed up in single digit temperatures to make the tournament a success with benefits going to the Anderson County High School disc golf club.