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story.lead_photo.caption Nathan Hyde-Burton tosses a disc Saturday at the Fulton Disc Golf Club's annual Ice Bowl tournament. The tournament serves as a charity event hosted by the Fulton Disc Golf Club and allows disc golf-enthusiasts from around mid-Missouri to practice their technique. Photo by Olivia Garrett / Fulton Sun.

With a clanging of chains, countless colorful projectiles sailed into the disc golf targets during the Fulton Ice Bowl at Veterans Park on Saturday.

The tournament, held annually in freezing temperatures, serves as a charity event hosted by the Fulton Disc Golf Club and allows disc golf-enthusiasts from around Mid-Missouri to practice their technique.

The flying discs, quick flashes of color against the white of winter, occasionally skidded across snow, hit trees and sailed into the creek during the Ice Bowl.

Will Wiggins, who came to the tournament with his son, Zach Wiggins, had to sacrifice one disc to the pond. Later, when one of his shots skipped into the creek, he opted to fish it out of the murky waters.

"I'm attracted to the water — I'm from the swampland in Louisiana," he joked.

Will Wiggins attempts to fish a disc out of the creek while his son, Zach Wiggins, watches to make sure he doesn't fall in at Veterans Park.
Photo by Olivia Garrett/Fulton Sun.

Will Wiggins was one of several participants toting backpacks full of discs who found themselves fighting the brush of the creek-sides to retrieve a disc.

The nearly 30 competitors made their way through the course in small groups. The Wiggins duo found themselves tossing with Fulton natives Nathan Hyde-Burton and Kevin Langdon.

Hyde-Burton and Langdon's friendship stretches back to grade school. The two have been playing disc golf together since high school.

As they played, the conversation ambled through a variety of disc golf-related subjects, from disc shape to tournament courses. All throughout, Zach Wiggins kept score.

"My dad doesn't know how to keep score," he said.

"All I have to say is I've done my part — that's my pencil," Will Wiggins said, gesturing to the pencil and clipboard.

The friendly competition benefited Our House, a local charity focused on fighting homelessness.

"We're hoping to get close to a thousand dollars, that'd be pretty good," Fulton Disc Golf Club President Tim Rickerson said.

In addition to registration fees and business donations, money was also raised through a raffle. Rickerson typically competes in about a dozen tournaments each year, winning disc golf gear in the process. During the Ice Bowl, Rickerson donated some of his tournament winnings as raffle prizes.

"It's a mixture of competitiveness, but at the same time a lot of fun," he said.

This article was edited at 9:29 a.m. Feb. 10, 2020, to correct the misspelling of Nathan Hyde-Burton's name. 

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