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Disc Golf on the Rise in Northwest Ohio

Steven Lopez lines up a putt prior to a doubles round at Ottawa Park in Toledo.

One of America's fastest growing sports is perhaps biggest right here in Northwest Ohio.

Disc golf has been around for more than 30 years, but has recently sprung into national platforms. With at least seven disc golf courses within 30 miles of Toledo, more and more players are taking to the sport each year.

The Toledo Area Disc Golf Association consists of a group of individuals playing the sport for leisure and for competition. Leagues can be found every day of the week at different courses. From Ottawa Park in Toledo, to Parmalee or Vienna Park in southern Michigan, it's rare to spot an empty course at any point during the day.

Some of the country's top talent reigns from the area as well. Richard Wysocki was born in Brunswick, OH, but played here and has family in the area. Then it's guys like Chris Wojciechowski who teaches at Woodward High School, but is a professional sponsored by Dynamic Discs and has won 19 PDGA events. He also managed a third place finish at the 2008 Amateur Championships.

The sport can be played by anyone. Nathanael Hoyle started playing when he was just five years old. Now, at 14, he's considered one of the best players in the Toledo area.

Almost all courses are free to play, with baskets spread around community parks. Discs are relatively cheap as well, with most discs hovering around $15 to buy.

Go to PDGA.com for more information.

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