, 2023-04-12 00:00:00,
Instead of looking at fluctuating profit graphs, business management senior Mason Marchbanks keeps his eyes on discs curving into the air, hoping they land on an elusive metal target.
Marchbanks took a semester off school to invest himself in professional disc golf, and it’s paying off.
He currently plays nationally on the Disc Golf Pro Tour, the professional disc golf circuit for the best men’s and women’s players in the world. He also placed 14th in The Open at Austin from March 17 to 19, taking home $1,075.
“It’s my craft. It’s my sport. It’s what I do,” he said. “I treat it as something with regard.”
Disc golf is played similarly to regular golf, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association. Instead of a golf ball, players swing discs or frisbees from a designated tee area to a target “hole,” which is typically an elevated metal basket, in as few throws as possible.
The sport’s popularity has grown significantly, with membership increasing 75% between 2020 to 2021, according to The New York Times. The Metroplex has a big disc golf presence with many courses and tournaments, Marchbanks said.
His performance in Austin led to an invite to the European Open in Nokia, Finland, in July, he said.
“That’s a tournament I’ve actually watched and kept up…
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