By Jenny Cook — Rattling Chains staff
Some of us are more competitive by nature than others.
I, for one, was born with a competitive edge. Just ask my father about the countless board games we’d play when I was a kid, or the many nights of staying up late just to play “one more game.”
Playing different sports growing up — including my favorite, soccer — taught me about perseverance and the determination to win, learn, and be challenged.
Jenny Cook getting her tournament game face on.
Which brings me to disc golf. Although I wish I would have discovered this sport in my early twenties (better knees back then!), I am grateful to be playing it now. Shortly after my first few rounds of disc golf, I heard from a friend that there was a governing body for disc golf, local leagues and even official tournaments.
They had me at “leagues,” and I was on board right away.
I immediately began playing in a local doubles league, which was an excellent place to meet people and to learn more about the rules that would later prepare me for the tournaments I’d play in.
I remember my first attempt at a tournament.
Jenny Cook was late to her first tournament and ended up spectating — but it turns out being in the gallery helped more than playing.
I woke up late that August morning and rushed down to the course. I was too late to sign up and play that day, but honestly, I was a little relieved. I’ll admit I was nervous for my first competition in a non-team sport. I said hello to some friends and, instead of going back home, I decided to stick around and follow the women’s intermediate card.
Walking around in a tournament setting really calmed my nerves — all of my expectations and preconceived notions were set straight, because this was reality. And I loved every moment of it.