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SAN ANTONIO -- There were 165 wet and muddy disc golfers tromping through the woods over the weekend for the 2011 Fly Ink Open.
Only in its second year, the tournament had a total payout of $12,000, and attracted competitors from as far away as Chicago, New York and Oregon. Some of the sports biggest names traveled to San Antonio to not only compete, but also to teach.
"It was a lot of bad weather," said Dave Feldberg, perhaps one of the best disc golfers of all time. "Overall it was nice. The courses were fun to play; I didn't see any holes that were unfair."
Feldberg had been the top ranked disc golfer world-wide for the last five years, just recently getting bumped to number two. Coming all the way from Oregon, Feldberg hosted a clinic on Thursday and competed at the Live Oak and McClain courses through the weekend with local golfers and other pros, including 2011 women's world champ Paige Pierce and 2010 world champ Eric McCabe.
Despite the soggy weather and a second place finish, Feldberg said he really enjoyed getting to know the players in the San Antonio disc golf community.
"The people in the San Antonio Disc Golf Club were really nice to me," he said. "They took me in, they let me stay at their houses, they cooked me food."
There were still a couple dozen disc golfers hanging around at the Live Oak Disc Golf Course on Sunday afternoon. The tournament had officially ended two hours ago, but the golfers still lingered.
That's a great sign, Feldberg said. "It's on the rise."
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