Four is the number for Jeremy Koling as he claimed the top prize in the High Country Throwdown disc golf tournament for the fourth consecutive year.
Koling started playing disc golf while attending Appalachian State University, and his talents continued to develop to where they are today, making him one of the best disc golfers in the country and possibly in the world.
“He (Koling) is currently living in Charlotte and making a living playing on the Professional Disc Golf Association tour,” said tournament director Todd Patoprsty_. “His next stop is Finland, where he will be competing in the President’s Cup and then the European Open.”
Koling held on to beat Aaron Cunningham by four shots. Matthew Keatts, Sarah Stanhope and Todd Lion rounded out the top five in the Pro division.
In its fourth year of existence, the High Country Throwdown was a lot of fun for all the participants, and brought lots of competition to the area.
“We had another fantastic year. The weather was nice, the course looked great and everyone had a good time,” said Patoprsty. “I’ve heard nothing but compliments and some pretty impressive ones at that. Some have said that it’s their favorite course and some have said it’s their favorite tournament.”
“As tournament director and course promoter, that makes me extremely happy. Words like that make all the time and hard work worth while and rewarding,” added Patoprsty.
Several locals from the county competed and placed well in their respective divisions. Kyle Denny, Dustin Euchus and Chris Hamby all earned trophies from their good tournament scores.
Denny was also one of just two to score a hole-in-one during the tournament. Denny scored that on the fifth hole during the second round. Denny and Brian Kossol of Boone both earned $80 thanks to one terrific shot.
Lots of hard work, donations, and volunteer hours make this tournament one of the best around.
“I’d like to thank all our sponsors for helping make the 4th annual High Country Throwdown another big success; Innova Disc golf, Ashe Co. Parks and Rec. Dept., the Coyote Kitchen in Boone, Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, Chums, Wilkes Connections, the Brookwood Bakery, Skeet Scienski, and Mountain Outfitters,” said Patoprsty. “I’d also like to thank all of our volunteers; Wendy Patoprsty, Scott and Thelma Kastl, Tanny Staley, Michael Garet, Brooke Crossley, Chrissy Mitchell, Cody Hendricks, Austin Goodman, Shane Bare, Joey, Sloan Williamson, Mike Norris, Trey Williams, Brian Kossel and his band.”
Todd Patoprsty has volunteered hundreds of hours to help establish the disc golf course and tournament at Ashe Co. Park. He’s considered to be the course Pro and offers lessons and sells discs when he has the time. To contact Todd, call (336) 649-0888 cell or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org