LEARN Students Compete In The Vermont State Championship

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Members of LEARN’s disc golf club are, from left, Logan Sawyer, Jeremy Avery, Andrew Fisher, Josh Dunham and Charlie Smith. Smith won in his division at the Vermont State Championship.

JEFFERSONVILLE, VT -- Disc golf is the fastest growing sport in the world, and LEARN students from Lyndonville have been part of the sport's growth. After being introduced to the sport at the beginning of the year, a group of four students has been spending time practicing at the course at Lyndon State College and learning the rules of the game.

LEARN teacher Andrew Fisher believes that disc golf teaches students many important skills that apply directly to graduation proficiencies across the board.

"This is a sport that is not only great exercise, but one that focuses upon honesty, following rules, critical thinking, problem solving and physics. It is a sport that is inexpensive to participate in and that is open to people of all fitness and ability levels," said Fisher.

Recently the LEARN disc golf team, comprised of Charlie Smith, Josh Dunham, Jeremy Avery and Logan Sawyer, traveled to the Brewster Ridge disc golf course at Smugglers' Notch resort to watch some of the top professional players in the world participate in the Green Mountain Championship -- a PDGA top-level event and one of the biggest tournaments ever held in Vermont. After watching the pros, the group traveled to Brewster Ridge the following week to play the course themselves and prepare for the last major tournament of the year hosted by the Green Mountain Disc Golf Club. All four students competed well and played some of their best disc golf ever. Charlie Smith even won his division and earned a trophy.

LEARN students will continue to participate in disc golf as a wellness activity as long as the weather allows, and will be volunteering to help clean up and improve the existing course at Lyndon State College.

For more info, go to the Green Mountain Disc Golf Club page at www.gmdgc.org.

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