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Disc golf puts spin on traditional putting

Disc golf puts spin on traditional putting

The designer of a new course for a specialty sport said the south side park offers a quick game for players of all ages.

Larry Ast designed the new Capital Springs Course, in the Capital Springs State Recreation area just south of Lake Farm County Park. He said the game is much like traditional golf but does offer its own spin.

"It's just like ball golf: You throw a drive, you do an approach putt … but you're throwing it into a basket," Ast explained.

The sport also offers different tools to achieve game goals. Instead of a variety of clubs, the discs are of varying sizes, weights and designs.

The Capital Springs Course is a family-friendly park that lends itself easily to the group activity with shorter games, representatives said.

Pick Six: Beau Allen

Pick Six: Beau Allen

In News 3's "Pick Six" series, we get to know prominent local athletes a little better. This installment features UW Badgers defensive lineman Beau Allen.

Allen is a great player, a leader on the team and a funny guy who's not shy about his great head of locks.

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McNett-Emmerich wins Women's All City Golf Tournament

McNett-Emmerich wins Women's All City Golf Tournament

Former Madison West standout Brittany McNett-Emmerich wins the 2013 Women's All City Golf Tournament Wednesday with a three-day total of 223.

She carded a three over par in Wednesday's final round at Cherokee Country Club.

She had a birdie on the 14th hole and tied with McKenzie Parks for the day's best round (+3). Parks finished seven shots back with a three day total of 230.

"Winning any tournament is great, especially when you're in high school," McNett-Emmerich said. "Then once you graduate from high school and you win something like this, it feels great."

Mary Welch took third, Michelle Madden placed fourth and Pat Roisum rounded out the top five.

Pick Six: J.J. Watt

Pick Six: J.J. Watt

Former Badger and current NFL star J.J. Watt comes from a football family.

His brother, Derek, is the starting fullback on the Wisconsin football team, and his younger brother T.J. will be a freshman with the Badgers this fall.

J.J. said he has fond memories growing up, going on family cruises and enjoying his Mom's chocolate chip pancakes.

Learn more about J.J. and the Watt family by viewing our "Pick Six" feature.

Catch up on other "Pick Six" athletes:

Pick Six: Get to know Mark Johnson

Pick Six: Get to know Derek Watt

Pick Six: Get to know Ethan Hemer

Matheny gives Mallards walk-off win

Matheny gives Mallards walk-off win

The Madison Mallards are still battling to get to first place in the Northwoods League, and a walk-off win Wednesday helped them in their quest.

Madison Mallards center fielder Tate Matheny knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday to give the Mallards a 2-1 walk-off win over the Battle Creek Bombers.

Matheny hit a ground ball to the shortstop with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, but the throw home was late, and the Mallards walked off with the victory to go 16-10 on the season.

Right fielder Luke Meeteer of UW-Milwaukee got the other RBI for the Mallards in the bottom of the seventh, when he nailed a triple over the head of Bombers center fielder to knock in Jeff Zahn.

Mallards starter Jamie Nunn struck out eight batters but lasted just five innings. He allowed one run on five hits and walked one batter.

The Mallards start a two-game home series against the Wisconsin Woodchucks Thursday.

Andersen spends time coaching kids

Andersen spends time coaching kids

New Badger coach Gary Andersen spent Saturday giving back to the community by teaching area kids the game of football.

Andersen and his staff hosted a one-day youth football camp at McClain Center in Madison.

“It’s my favorite camp, to be around little kids,” Andersen said. “They’re so full of life and energy and excitement.”

Kindergartners through eighth graders were welcome to participate in drills and rotate through skill stations, have lunch with and take photos with the coach.

Mallards pound Wisconsin Rapids at Duck Pond

Mallards pound Wisconsin Rapids at Duck Pond

Strong offense and good pitching help a baseball team get some easy victories. They were key elements in the Madison Mallards win Monday night against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

The Madison Mallards hit three home runs and batted around in the second inning to win convincingly Monday night against the Rafters 13-3.

Mallards starter Luke Staub was also impressive. The pitcher from George Washington struck out 10 and allowed only two hits in seven innings of work.

The Mallards are now 14-10 on the year, and are only 21/2 games behind the Lakeshore Chinooks for first place in the Northwoods League South Division Standings.

Mallards first baseman Jeff Zahn led the offense by going 4-for-5, including a home run. He finished a triple away from the cycle, and got two of his hits in the second inning.

The Mallards will play their third game of a six-game home stand tomorrow against the Battle Creek Bombers.