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July 29, 2013

Matt House rising up disc golf ranks

McALESTER — Matt House played all kinds of sports while growing up in McAlester, but baseball may have been his best. He won two state baseball titles with the Buffaloes in 1996 and 1998, then played baseball at Eastern Oklahoma State College and then Northeastern State University in Tahlequah while majoring in health and kinesiology.

When he moved out to the Lake Tahoe area of California in 2009, he started playing competitive softball. When his softball team had a two-hour break at a 2009 tournament in Grass Valley, Calif., House discovered yet another sport —one that would quickly become a huge part of his life.

Disc golf.

“They gave me a putter, a driver and a mid-range, and we went out,” House said Friday. “There was a crew of us on the softball team, probably like five to 10 of us, and we played a round of disc golf, and I had fun. It was something new and challenging. Similar to golf — ‘ball golf’ is what I call it — but challenged me in a lot of different ways. I was the apparatus, the thing propelling the object, instead of having a golf club in my hand or having a bat in my hand or another tool.

“I just fell in love with the beauty and the art of the shot.”

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