Area Sports Briefs
Battlement Mesa’s Kung Fu class competed in the America’s Cup Martial Arts Open Championship Tournament at the National Western Complex in Denver late last month. The various disciplines on display were Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do, Karate, Kenpo and Kung Fu.Each Battlement Mesa competitor earned first- and second-place medals in his division. Tom Doudy, Instructor and black belt, earned first in traditional Kung Fu weapons – using the plum flower chain whip – and second in traditional and Wu Shu open-hand forms doing butterfly palm. Clay Matza, competing in advanced Kung Fu Chinese weapons in the 12- to 14-year-old age group earned first using the three-section staff. Matza also earned second in advanced fighting division. Erik Doudy earned first in 11-and-under in novice Kung Fu Chinese weapons using monkey stick.In addition, because Sifu Tom Doudy earned first in the elite divisions for black belts only, he qualified for and received an invitation to compete in the Disney Martial Arts Festival Oct. 26-28 at the Disney Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. This is the first year that a qualifying tournament for the Disney Martial Arts Festival has been held in Colorado. Jerry Backens attended a referee Taekwondo seminar for coaches and referees and received his coaching and referee’s credentials. The seminar was organized by the Pan American Moo Duk Kwan Society. As coach, he was allowed in the competition area to exchange information with the participants. The Disney Martial Arts Festival in Orlando attracts over 1,000 contestants. Doudy is doing fundraising to help cover his entry fee and expenses. Donations may be made at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center or the White Buffalo Restaurant. Checks may be made payable to Battlement Hung Gar. For more information, contact Doudy at 285-0196.- Submitted by Mary Lou Brackens
Rifle Creek Golf Course will be hosting its Gap Closer tournament Sunday, with a shot gun start at 9:30 a.m.The format will be one man, two-ball scramble. The entry cost is $65 and includes a cart.Information: 625-1093.
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