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      Marquette disc golf starts season

      The first Marquette disc golf tournament of the year kicked off Saturday.

      Disc golf isn't exactly like normal golf as the ball is replaced with a throwing disc and the hole with a basket. Yet it stays true to ball golf rules with players teeing off from a set location and counting their throws as strokes.

      Tournament officials say the sport is quickly growing in popularity, primarily due to its easy access and learning curve.

      "Buy one disc and you can play the entire sport. You can also play with a Frisbee, it's a little more challenging because of the distance. But it's a very open sport to all ages and all levels of play" said tournament official Nathan Simpson.

      Marquette disc golf leagues begin in the summer. Simpson says they are beginnner-friendly.