Consider Ken Climo the ambassador of the sport of Disc Golf. Few athletes in any sport can claim the distinction of winning seven consecutive individual world championship titles.
This weekend, Climo's talents were on display at Pendleton King Park and Riverview Park, and, as expected, he didn't disappoint. On Sunday, Climo set a course record at Pendleton King by shooting a 14-under-par 40 in Round 3, en route to a seven stroke victory in the 7th annual Augusta Disc Golf Classic.
Climo, 29, attributed the win to good putting and consistency on the fairway. After the first two rounds on Saturday, he held a three stoke over Ron Russell. Climo's record-low third round score extended his lead, giving him his sixth victory in Augusta in seven tries.
After picking up the game in 1987, Climo won his first Disc Golf tournament less than a year later. "My brother and some friends got me started in the game, and I fell in love with it quick," Climo said. "I played baseball in high school, and my lefthanded swing was similar to the motion of throwing a Frisbee. I started playing Disc Golf every day, and just decided to enter some tournaments."
Climo has traveled around the U.S. and Canada over the past seven years to play in Disc Golf tournaments. He is one of a very select group of Disk Golfers who is able to make a career of the sport. Climo is sponsored by Innova Champion Disks, and recently started his own disc line.
"If properly promoted, Disc Golf could really become big," said Climo, a Clearwater, Fla. native. "It can coexist with ball golf courses if the pole holes are placed next to the greens. This is already being done in some places."
Climo also writes a column in the bimonthly publication Disc Golf Journal. He sees the sport growing at the college level in the near future. Numerous schools, such as Florida, Winthrop, and California-Santa Cruz already have Disc Golf in their P.E. curriculum.
"Anyone who wants to have fun inexpensively should try this," Climo said. "Everyone can throw a disc."