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Divining rod for discs

3/20/2014

As the owner of a pair of insulated waders, Greg Jones had the unenviable honor of taking to 40-degree water to find lost discs -- his own and those of others.

Jones, a Fort Hays State University music student, donned his chest-high waders a week ago and went in search of a disc he had lost two afternoons earlier.

During his foray into Big Creek and its 40-degree water, he found four discs.

But not the one he had lost.

Instead, he kept poking at the streambed with a metal rod, hoping to locate it -- or those lost by others who play the disc golf course at Frontier Park.

"It's bearable," he said of the water. "If I took these off, a couple minutes and my legs would be red and I couldn't feel them."

He knows that, of course, from real experience.

"I have no idea where it's at," Jones said of his disc. "But I'll look until I find it."

With a bag full of discs, you'd wonder why he'd worry about something that costs anywhere from $12 to $15 apiece. Tie-dye discs are a couple bucks higher, he said.

"It takes half a year to break it in," he said.

So, even if he replaces the disc, he'll have to spend months getting it just right.

Of course, when you're serious about disc golf, details matter.

Jones and friends play often.

In the winter months, he said, they would play nearly every Sunday.

"Now we get three to five rounds every week," he said.

While he frequents the Frontier course, he also plays the smaller Rolling Hills Disc Golf Course along 41st Street.

He also plays other courses.

"Ellis has one of the better courses in the state," he said.

He's partial to a course in Kansas City, Kan., as well.

"We went to Oklahoma and played in Tulsa and Oklahoma City," he said.

When he's not playing disc golf, Jones is a voice music student at FHSU, playing horn as well.

In his fifth year at FHSU, he expects to graduate in May.