Taylor Ranch holds annual disc golf tourney

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com
Bobby C. Barnes Jr. gets started Saturday morning on a round of disc golf at Taylor Ranch’s Moccasin Creek Course. Robert Smith/Journal-Capital

Taylor Ranch, south of Pawhuska along Highway 99, last Saturday marked the decade anniversary of its annual Green Country Open disc golf tournament and announced a new name in the process.

The tournament, which is a national tour event, will now be called Whispers of Wooster. The name refers to nearby Wooster Mound, where members of the Taylor family are buried.

There were 31 players competing in the tournament Saturday.

In addition to the disc golf tournament, the Lodge at Taylor Ranch also held its second annual fall festival Saturday afternoon. The festival featured food, live music, hayrides and games for children.

Tournament players were greeted Saturday by a blue sky and sunshine after two miserably rainy fall days. Weather forecasters had speculated Saturday morning could be miserable, too, but to the relief of disc golfers and the Taylor Ranch cat, the sun returned.

Avery Jenkins, a tour pro and member of the Taylor family, was among those hitting the Moccasin Creek Course early. Those following him just a few minutes later included 2017 Pawhuska High School graduate Caleb Bruce, Taylor Sears of Tulsa and Bobby C. Barnes Jr.

The tournament Saturday consisted of playing a round, stopping for a meal, and then playing another round. Disc golf is a sport on the rise in the Pawhuska area, with the local Country Club opening a new disc golf course to complement its traditional golf course. Avery Jenkins designed the disc golf course at the Country Club.

Heather Wagle, the tournament director for Saturday’s event at Taylor Ranch, said she grew up in a family that loved disc golf and “would happily put a disc in anybody’s hands.” The sport is good family fun and it’s generally very inexpensive, she said.