Columbia disc golfers set to compete on national tour

Monday, February 18, 2013 | 11:12 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Disc golfers Adam Morrison, 19, and George Smith, 41, are on the road again. 

The Columbia natives are driving west this week for the Gentlemen's Club Challenge in Las Vegas over the weekend. The next week they will continue on the disc golf tour at the Memorial Championship in Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, Ariz. 

Morrison, a 2011 Hickman graduate, is taking the semester off from Moberly Community College to dedicate his attention to the disc golf tour. 

He started playing the sport when he was 5 years old and won the 2012 Junior World Championship in Charlotte, N.C.

Smith, meanwhile, was the 2011 Professional Masters winner of the Memorial Championship. 

"He is a mentor of mine and an idol," Morrison said. "It's an honor to travel and compete with him."

Disc golf has evolved since Morrison, who will compete in the amateur division at the Memorial Championship, started playing the sport in 1998.

"It's getting bigger and better, and the popularity has created more funding," Morrison said. "The sport can be played by anyone, and that's what makes it so great."

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