Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Disc Golf Anyone? ; New Course Open, Playable at St. Albans City Park; Venue Set for KVPDGA Tournament Aug. 15-16

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Disc Golf Anyone? ; New Course Open, Playable at St. Albans City Park; Venue Set for KVPDGA Tournament Aug. 15-16

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bcalwell@cnpapers.com 304-348-5188

Resembling a Frisbee, a "golf disc ricocheted off a tree and landed in some brush, as dappled sunlight sparkled "Hole No. 8 at St. Albans City Park's new disc golf course. The 18-hole disc golf course is open and playable, with just a few finishing touches required. During a recent visit to the park, Tank Scarbro, a health and physical education teacher at St. Albans High School, and a group of young men gave a disc golf demonstration at Hole No. 8, which is actually a metal basket anchored to the ground.

Scarbro was instrumental in getting the disc golf course installed at City Park. He became a disc golf enthusiast last summer when he played a course at Pipestem State Park.

"I fell in love with the sport, Scarbro said.

When he returned to St. Albans, he called his friend, Scott Tweedy, who is the director of the St. Albans Parks and Recreation Department. He urged Tweedy to get a disc golf course at the city park, but, as it turned out, there was already one of the drawing board, designed three years ago by disc golf hall of fame member Johnny Sias, a three-time world champion, from Lavalette.

"The money for the course was earmarked and ready to go, but, for some reason, it fell by the wayside, Scarbro said.

With Scarbro leading the charge, the disc golf course project was reinvigorated.

"It needed someone to revive the project and to kind of be a facilitator and get it rolling. I would call myself the project manager, he said.

Course construction began in March of this year, which involved installing the metal baskets and removing some small trees and brush. City workers and volunteers with the Kanawha Valley Disc Golf Club, of which Scarbro is a member, did the work.

The new St. Albans course joins those already built at Wine Cellar Park in Dunbar, Little Creek Park in South Charleston, Coonskin Park in Charleston and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Charleston.

The KVDGC's biggest goal "is to promote the sport, he said.

Scarbro said Steve Koepsel, president of the KVDGC, has been instrumental in the sport's growth locally. Koepsel maintains a disc golf pro shop at Redeemer Lutheran Church. …

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