The last night of our USDGC experience could not have concluded our trip more perfectly. Tracey (Ricky’s twin sister) and I wanted to go downstairs and throw discs. I had recently purchased a disc at the store they set up in the hotel lobby for the player’s party. I love that freakin disc! I just love the way it feels… the only disc golf I’ve ever played is putting in my backyard, while my husband practices. After watching that last round of the tournament, I couldn’t wait to test out my new disc. Tracey was dying to learn, so we all headed downstairs. We played around for awhile. I was in the zone and didn’t notice the others that had recently joined the group. All of a sudden, my husband comes up to me and says, hey there is Avery Jenkins and Big Jerm… Say what?!! I didn’t really know who these guys were until I saw them throw freaking discs across the freaking lake. And then my husband told me all about them. I quickly grew shy and just stood back… and observed. These guys are ridiculous… I felt like I was hanging out with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. And then, Ken Climo walks over… now, I did know enough to know who he was! I’ve watched so many disc golf dvds that I grew to love theses dudes… They call Climo “the Champ.” They are so crazy to watch. And so graceful! I could not believe my own eyes as I sat there in awe for a moment. I had to go get my camera. So I did… and, good thing I did because David Feldberg and Kenny Glassman showed up as well. I knew my husband was absolutely loving it, and I had to document him hanging out with his heroes… which, have become my heroes as well.
These professional athletes could not have been more down to earth nor cooler. Jeremy Koling was doing all kinds of crazy tricks and throws that I had never seen before… I’m used to watching amateurs play… I’ve never seen the pros play before this tournament. I’m so glad I was taught how to operate my camera manually because no way would these dudes have let me use a flash all night. BLINDING. Thank god. My husband asked Fledberg a question about how he throws a disc, and this, soon turned into a free, private lesson by one of the top ten disc golfers in the world. It was so crazy insane cool. Feldberg was a great teacher; and what a great guy to help an amateur out so much. That is why I love disc golf. There is so much heart in the sport. Next thing you know, Feldberg wants Ricky to dance with him… those were his words. dance. with. me. He wanted Ricky to truly understand the footwork and art of the sport. And then, he asked for someone to grab his umbrella so that Ricky could learn to throw it straight. Ken Climo joined in the lesson… I knew my husband wanted to turn around and call a Zack-Morris-Time-Out, so that he could jump up and down and make sure we were witnessing this. Haha! I love these photographs because it is hard to capture clear photographs at night without a flash. I thought the blurriness of the forms created an ethereal sense to the photographs… because that is how I was absorbing the moment. I felt like I was dreaming. When I awoke the next morning, I had to check my camera to make sure I hadn’t been dreaming. But I wasn’t… and I am so glad I documented. 🙂
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