Jax Hat: par for the course

  • Andrew Mueller, left, of Decatur, jumps to block a pass as Gabriel Posluszny, of Urbana, reaches for the disc.
  • Spencer Waters, of Quincy, dives to catch a disc Saturday during the Jax Hat ultimate tournament in Jacksonville.
  • Robert Ryan, left, of Springfield, and Mat Duesdieker, of Quincy, run downfield to play defense as Jake Corley, center, pulls the disc to the offense to start the point.
  • Patrick Barton, of Beecher, pulls down a pass in the end zone Saturday in the red team
  • Jake Corley, right, of Champaign, looks downfield for an open receiver as defender Kevin Rogers, of Normal, attempts to block Corley
  • Michael Terhaar, left, of Springfield, sends a forehand throw downfield past defender Tanner Fillman, of Peoria, at the Jax Hat ultimate tournament Saturday, July 16, in Jacksonville.

Jax Hat, a hat-draw style ultimate tournament, drew more than 80 players from all over Illinois and one from St. Louis. The six disc golf teams each played five games between 9 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. The silver team finished with the best record. This year’s event was the tenth to take place over the past 12 years. The popularity of disc golf (Frisbee golf) has grown in the Jacksonville area specifically. Anyone interested in playing or learning to play ultimate is encouraged to contact Jacksonville resident Guido Strotheide (ultimateSPFLD@gmail.comof the Springfield Ultimate club. The group holds regular pickup games on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings and would consider holding pickup games in Jacksonville again if there were enough interest. 

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