L. MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. — Disc golf’s popularity has doubled during the pandemic, and a boy from Lehigh County is proving to be one of the best in the world.
“All the way back, all the way forward,” Cole Kresge told a mix of kids and adults at Camp Olympic, while holding up a disc for disc golf.
Running a clinic, any clinic, at age 9 means you’re probably good enough.
In the world of disc golf, there’s perhaps no one better under the age of 10 than 9-year-old Cole Kresge.
“All he does is disc golf, from the moment he wakes up until the moment he goes to bed. We have three baskets in our garden, and it rings and sings,” his father said. , Charlie.
All that tingling and chinging is paying off.
In July, the future fourth-grader competed in the Disc Golf Professional Association World Championships, held in Peoria, Illinois, where he crafted a rare eagle.
He finished second, but still retains the highest mark in the world for under-10s.
“What do you like so much about disc golf?” I asked him.
“I just watch the discs fly,” he said.
He started when he was 3 years old.
At 9, Cole already has sponsors, like Andrew Kline, owner of Out of Bounds Disc Golf.
“It’s amazing what he can do. His love for the game is unmatched,” he said.
Even in the snow, because it plays all year round.
“Have you ever had a hole in one?” I asked.
“I got 6,” he said nonchalantly.
Cole showed me these moves, because I’m a novice player, my best score is plus 4.
“You want to come from inside your body,” Cole said as he tossed the disc effortlessly into the basket.
“Well, that’s why I’m not world champion,” I said as my disc passed in front of the same basket.
“Well, I’m not one yet,” Cole replied.
Yet being the key word.