The 2012 PDGA Disc Golf World Championship Tournament, the largest in the history of the sport, was held July 17-21 in Charlotte, N.C., and Chattanooga was well represented in five different divisions, with two golfers finishing in the top ten in their respective divisions.
Charlotte's 14 disc golf courses were host to 1,125 top players from around the world during the 5-day tournament, and determined champions in 9 pro divisions and 14 amateur divisions.
Michael Hoffman battled to take second place in the Men's Amateur Advanced Division, with a 37 under par tournament finish. Michael is a graduate of CCS and is a junior at Tennessee Tech. (Earlier this spring, Michael and McCallie graduate, Kevin Lutz, led their TTU disc golf team to a sixth place finish at the NCAA Collegiate Nationals in Augusta, SC.)
Another top finisher, George Summers, McCallie student, finished ninth in the Junior <18 Boys Division.
Other area disc golfers present were Charles Yoder, Advanced Masters; J.J. Kohlmann, Michael Yoder, and David Scott Snow - Advanced Mens; Amber Snow - Advanced Womens; Samuel Wood - Junior <16 Boys.
The popularity of disc golf, both recreational and competitive, is rapidly on the rise around the world. According to PGDA.com, it is "now a worldwide force and is growing faster than ever. The sport of disc golf is becoming every bit as professional as its older brother the PGA."