Former Winona resident Clay Ebertowski, age 16, received second place in the junior division of the 2013 Amateur World Disc Golf Tournament.
Five years ago, Ebertowski moved to Rochester, where he was introduced to disc golf. “I moved to Rochester and I met a kid who became my friend, and he lived right around a disc golf course,” Ebertowski explained. “ We started playing and I started liking the sport more and more.”
Ebertowski has been playing in tournaments for the last few years, working up to the world tournament. “This year it was in Kansas, but it changes every year,” Ebertowski noted. Next year it’s going to be in Minnesota.”
With 547 participants, this was the biggest tournament Ebertowski has played so far. “Being in the final nine this past week, I felt like I was finally actually being recognized by everyone,” Ebertowski said. “It’s just fun having a scoreboard and being videotaped with a bunch of people following behind me.”
Ebertowski is quick to point out that the sport is not just for recreation. “It’s actually really turned into a professional sport, and most people don’t know that is has a competitive side to it,” Ebertowski explained. “It’s really exploding right now and it’s gaining a lot of popularity throughout the whole world.”
In the future, Ebertowski plans to become more involved with the sport. “Not necessarily just playing the sport for myself, but expanding the sport by going to schools and doing some clinics, maybe donating some stuff,” Ebertowski explained. “Just getting as many people as I can involved.”
For those unfamiliar with the sport, Ebertowski has some advice: “It’s a sport you can play just for fun, or competitively. Get out there with your whole family and just have fun!”