Ace Race & Smokeout Recap

Posted on: August 25, 2012

When Will Jenkins realized how many disc golfers supported cannabis law reform but were unaware of the local fight to legalize marijuana, he decided a NORML sponsored disc golf tournament would be the perfect way to bring a new crowd of activists into the fold. He was right.

Last Saturday’s Ace Race at Veteran’s Park in Arlington brought in 55 registered golfers, many of whom had never attended a NORML event before, as well as plenty of supporters and pot-luck picnic goers. The event was sponsored by DFW NORML and Discraft, as well as the DFW Disc Golf Center at Quik Stop and DiscGolfStation.com.

Registered players received a pack including three brand new Discraft discs which were used in the Ace Race. Terry Toolen won the tournament by throwing the most aces in 36 holes. Hannah Grant and Dale Lewis won the ring of fire contest. Our newest sponsors, DFW Disc Golf Center at Quick Stop and Discgolfstation.com made generous donations including over $100 in disc golf merchandise as well as tons of water, chips and bananas for the players and spectators.

“The great turnout and response from the disc golf tournament showed me that even if you are skeptical about incorporating your ideology into your regular activities,” Will said, “as long as you are professional and somewhat well-spoken, people will listen more than you realize. Displaying confidence about your beliefs helps others to do the same.”

DFW NORML is always looking for new ways to reach out to potential NORML supporters. The success of the Ace Race shows that there are many ways for DFW NORML to cross over into any of our members’ favorite hobbies or sports. If you do volunteer work, play sports, participate in a crafts group, or whatever it is that you love, and you think your fellow enthusiasts might be open to learning more about the cause, talk to us about heading up a NORML sponsored event. What could be better than bringing your two favorite things together?

Herb’s the word.