By CALVIN ADKINS
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Keeping the dream alive of building a Disc Golf course in Tarboro, Brian Schweberger and his mother-in-law, Shirley Wainwright, pitched the idea to the Tarboro Rotary Club Thursday in hopes of receiving financial and moral support.
Schweberger and Wainwright first shared their idea with the Tarboro Town Council and the town's recreation department. The council gave the approval to build the course on one of three town properties provided resources to pay for it would not come from the town's budget.
Of the three properties, Wainwright said Indian Lake Sports Complex is the best choice compared to Clark Park and Riverfront Park for the proposed 18 hole $9,000 disc golf course.
Each hole is estimated to cost $500. Sponsors for six holes have already been tagged. Schweberger and his family are adamant about building the course in Tarboro. They put their money where their mouth is by sponsoring a hole.
"I want to support my son-in-law in his endeavor here and my daughter, (Ashely Barnes Schweberger) she is involved in it too," Wainwright said. "Really, my first concern is for Tarboro. To get the sports complex back up and moving and get people out there to enjoy it.
Schweberger is a 16-year veteran professional disc golfer. The Tarboro resident has won 150 tournaments including the 2013 Pro Disc Golf Association Master's Championship. When the project is officially approved, he will play a major role in designing the Tarboro course.
"It's going to be a great thing for the community," Schweberger said. "It's going to bring in revenue. I know the town is not the biggest in the world but it has a lot of old money in it. If we can bring some new money in the town, it will be awesome. I hope that everything comes to fruition."
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, players use flying discs, or Frisbees which are thrown in baskets. The sport shares with traditional golf's object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, which is the "hole."
Tarboro Park & Recreation Department Director Cheryl Gay has been supportive of the proposal. On at least three occasions, including the November monthly meeting, she has addressed the project in front of the town council. Gay also presented the proposal to the Rotary Club.
Schweberger said the sport is growing fast throughout Eastern North Carolina. Rocky Mount has five courses and Greenville one — even Farmville has a course. He believes a course in Tarboro will give the town an economic boost. A tournament can host up to 90 players, and spectators attending it could be at least 100 strong he said.
"This sport is enjoyed by males and females in all age brackets," Wainwright said. "Our wish is for this sport to become available within our recreation department to incorporate into their summer program."