Daniel Sweet squinted through the Friday afternoon sunlight as he leaned forward and flicked a disc unto a target at Riverside Park.
Sweet, who has been without hearing since he was an infant, traveled from Austin to Victoria for the 36th annual Victoria Open Disc Golf Tournament. He spent the afternoon warming up as other disc golf athletes arrived for the annual tournament.
“Disc golf is non-physical – (it’s) all about mentality with aim,” Sweet, 39, wrote.
Sweet is one of more than 150 people registered for the annual Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned tournament.
The event will feature both professional and amateur disc golf competitors. The majority of the competitors are from outside Victoria, said Wallace Hall, an assistant director for the tournament. Top professional competitors will win a cash payout and top amateur competitors win merchandise from vendors, he said.
“The Victoria disc golf course and the tournament is well-known in the disc golf community, so it’s great to see people from out of town and out of state here at the competition,” Hall said.
Hali Trevena and her husband Kirk Trevena also arrived Friday for the tournament. The two, part of Team Millennium out of Conroe, spent Friday afternoon in the flex start doubles, a small competition before the tournament.
Hali Trevena has played disc golf since 2011. Her husband introduced her to the game, she said.
“It’s like they say – once you play, you get hooked,” Trevena, 29, said.
Besides disc golf being a fun sport, the sport is also an opportunity to travel, she said. Though the couple compete in about a dozen professional tournaments each year across the country, this is their first time in the Victoria Open.
“It’s a good family sport, and we always make new friends. Everyone we meet is like family,” she said.
Joey Hinkle, another competitor from Conroe returned to the Victoria tournament for the fourth time. Hinkle has played disc golf for seven years and said the competition can go either way, depending on the weather. His team name is Team Discraft.
“It’s always a great event here in Victoria. I’m looking forward to the tournament,” Hinkle, 40, said.