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pr Section C HaysFreePress.com CHAMBER SOIREE The Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce held a sold-out Texas Soiree in Kyle. - Page 1D February 23, 2011 i~ge 1C BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com The first round of Saturday's disc golf tournament in Kyle was drawing to a close, and the best putter in the world was standing 10 yards away from the 18th and final hole. Through a steady drizzle that had turned the course to mud, ]ames "Yeti" Reading sized up his distance from the target. "Shush, shush, keep it down guys," the spectators were urged. "Keep it down." Reading leaned forward. With his head lowered, he practiced his throwing motion a few times to warm up. Meanwhile, some putz was making a racket in the parking lot. The guy was stomping his feet, trying to knock the mud offhis shoes, and people were jumping and waving in a desperate attempt to make him be quiet. The guy was oblivious. With a flick of the wrist, Reading released the disc. It sailed wide left, landing around a dozen feet past the chain target. The best putter in the world- a man whose only job is to play disc golf- had missed. He promptly sank the next shot, no problem. When Reading came over to report his score, the spectators apologized for the guy making all the noise. Reading hadn't even noticed. "What?" he said, autographing a fan's disc. "No, no. Focused." Readin a former college football player who lives in Wlmberley, was the most cele- brated disc golfer this past m~ekend in a field ofmore than 50 competing in the inaugural Duke Bragg's Deuce Run at Steeplechase Park. The event included a book drive and raised money for a disc golf curriculum called EDGE - the Educational Disc Golf Experience. Disc golf borrows much of its rule structure and terminology from tradi- tional golf, the kind played with a ball and club. Disc golf competitors have the "same joys, the same frustrations of missing a short putt" that make the older sport fun, according to Reading. Unlike traditional golf, though, with its expensive clubs and greens fees, there are few financial barriers to disc golf. A person's first disc can cost less than $10, and most courses are flee to the public. And disc golf can be just as challenging. "Once you get into it, you realize it's not just playing Frisbee in the park," Reading said. "When you learn to let the disc do the work, the sport comes alive." Reading is a four-time doubles world champion in the Professional Disc Golf Association and has also won the past three consecutive putting world tides. His wife Dez is also a champion disc golfer. The couple moved to W'unberley from Iowa, he said, because the mild Texas win- ters allowed them to train year-round. People drive from all over Central Texas, he added, to play at Kyle's Steeplechase Park. Wimberley resident James Reading, four-time Professional champion, was a field celeberity at the Duke Bragg "This is a championship-caliber Course," he said. With a creek running through the middle of Steeplechase, the course offers plenty of variety for golfers, according to tournament organizer Sean Wanamaker. Many of the link are tight and technical, while others require longer "bomb shots." Saturday's steady drizzle didn't deter the competitors. "For the most part, the guys are gonna play through the weather," Wanamaker said. When all was said and done, Reading walked away with $410 as the first-place winner of the open competition. When a course becomes muddy and slippery, he said it's important to slow down, focus and show a little more patience when establishing footing before the throw. "I'm considered a mudder," he said. "In the rain, I just buckle down and play harder." P~0S BY UNCOLN RAMIREZ Disc Golf Association doubles world Deuce Run Disc Golf Tournament in Kyle. Results of the, Duke Brag Deuce Run Disc Golf Tournament RECREATIONAL ADVANCED 1 Douglas Branch MASTERS 2 Matthew Day 1 John Castruita 3 Steven Cao 2 Alan Brown 4 Adam Staeben 3 Gary Marotz 4 Randell Crockett INTERMEDIATE 1 Kyle Jones OPEN 2 Glenn Hardesty 1 Jay Reading 3 Louie AJvarez 2 Michael Olse 4 Devin Graham 3 Justin Ashton 4 Jeremy Mount ADVANCED 1 Mando Flores WOMEN 2 Chase Pruitt 1 Kfistina Gold 3 Jess Palmer 2 Mary Castillo 4 Matt Kessler 3 Autumn Emr STAFF REPORTS This Sunday, February 27, the aroma of hot soup, fresh bread and homemade cookies will fill the Old Kyle City Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as the Kyle/Buda Women Democrats once again host the Empty Bowls Project which benefits the Hays County Food Bank. For a $20 donation, the first 100 people through the doors will have their pick of a one-of-a-kind hand crafted bowl {cre- ated by Texas State's Ceramic Program students) to fill to the brim with a choice of a dozen or so homemade soups. Doing their share to help the Hays County Food Bank, Professor Michel Conroy's Texas pottery bowls to donate to the Emptly Bowls Project benefit on Sunday, Feb. 27. Darryl Cooper flings a disc In the first round of the tournament. Solo Castruita winds up for a long- distance drive. Edge Progra demonstrates a unique disc throwing style. C01NfflESY PHOTO State Ceramics Program students created 100 Buda could y~bu may have heard out the cuts that ouse Bill 1 and Senate Bill i are proposing for many state services, in- cluding public, college and school libraries. Here's what is proposed for elimination and what it possibly means to your Buda Public Library. The proposed budget eliminates funding for the TexShare Databases, which are used by public libraries, universities and commu- nity colleges. These data- bases give people access to a wealth of information, including 14,290 full-text journals, 2,612 newspa- pers and newswires, 5,224 reference books, 420,519 primary source documents, and 28,281 electronic books. There are databases for all reading levels and cover- ing a wide variety of topics. See PRORIS~ BILLS, pg. 2C this Saturday BUDA W~p~lterfest, Buda ementary School biggest fundraiser of the year is Saturday, Feb. 26. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. with lots of food, games, activities and entertainment. On Saturday, April 9, there will be another.big event at Buda Elementary School; this one is for the older crowd. The annual Buda High Forever Reunion will start at ~0 a.m. at the school, which the old timers remem- ber as Buda High School. Alittle bundle of joy came into the world on Friday, February 18, 2011, at St. David's South, weighing a healthy eight pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 21 inches. The baby girl, Julia Catherine, is the daughter of proud parents Chris and LindseyVeronica (Capps} Kimmitt of Austin. Buda grandparents are Terry Capps and Maly Capps. We extend our sympathy to the family of Pat and VeronicaVaUejo on the passing of Pat's mother, Louisa Vallejo. Mrs. Vallejo died on Wed., February 16 at the age of 90. See BUDA BITS, pg. 2C Currently acceptin9 new patients. Call (519) 995-1333 to make an appointment. Left to Right: Theodore (Ted) Smith, O.O., Sandra Lynn Worrell, M.D., & Kaleb Hamilton, M.D., Fmmlly Medicine; Robert Esparza, M.D., Jacquellne F. Foumier, M.D., Pediatrics; Juan Rodriguez, M.D., Aller~ & Asthma; Stephen Hanschen, M.D., General Surgery';, David Pytowski, D.P.M, Podiatry. (512) 295-1333 4100 Everett St. Suite 400 Kyle, Texas 78640 Mon-Frl: 8am-5pm