KANSAS, April 1 (Reuters) The emerging sport of disc golf may have been dealt a crippling blow after an injury sustained recently at a disc golf course in Emporia, KS. The game follows similar rules of golf, but is played with specially designed flying discs. Some of the discs have sharp profiles to enable them to fly farther and faster than a typical Frisbee, and many of the courses are built in public multi-use parks.
Deborah Blackwell, 21, was walking through Jones Park with her three year old daughter, Natalie, when seemingly out of nowhere, a disc golf disc came hurtling out of the air and crashed into Natalie's face. She was rushed to the emergency room and found to have a broken bone in her orbital socket. "I don't know how this game was ever considered a good, safe idea by the park," Blackwell stated.
Blackwell has since started a campaign to ban the manufacture and use of the type of discs known as "drivers," the models with the sharpest profiles. The campaign is quickly gaining momentum, as other concerned park users across the country echo Blackwell's concerns. She says that she already has well over 7,000 signatures.
"I just don't see the need for these flying weapons," Blackwell said, "I wouldn't even want to try catching one of those things, let alone have them flying into my loved ones." The campaign's initial focus is the removal of the drivers from the market, but they would eventually like to see foam products, like Hasbro's Nerf toys being used. "My kids have fun with Nerf, so I don't see why everyone else can't have fun with it too," said Blackwell.
Dave Dunipace, owner of Innova Discs, one of the primary disc golf manufacturers, could not be reached for comment.