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Aug 142013
 

By Julie Wiessner
Anthony Barela took first place in his age category in the Professional Disc Golf Association’s Amateur and Junior Disk World Championship held July 7-13 in Emporia, Kan.
“It was kind of unreal, it didn’t feel like it was really happening,” said 13-year-old Anthony.
During last year’s event he took third place and from that seemingly made up his mind to be on top this year. Trina Lettig, his mother, noted, “He worked really hard after he came in third place last year. Every single day he was out practicing his putting for at least an hour and sometimes two depending if he played all 18 holes or not.”
Anthony is the grandson of Severo Barela and Lila Barela, both of Holbrook, and the son of Jason Barela and Lettig, both of Mesa.
He is thankful for his parents and that they made it possible for him to make the trip. “Besides it feeling like it wasn’t really happening, I was thinking how my parents supported me and got me all the way from Arizona to Kansas,” he said.
Anthony knew he was going to defeat the eight players he was competing against as he reached the last hole.
“We were at the last hole and I was ahead by 17 holes. I kind of knew I wasn’t going to give up 17 holes and that was when I knew I was going to win,” he recalled.
Along with the honor of winning the tournament, Anthony received a glass trophy and a basket engraved with his name.
Next year, he will enter the junior category competing against older players through a number of tournaments in order to be invited to the World Championship Tournament.

Photo courtesy of Trina Lettig Thirteen-year-old Anthony Barela shows the concentration and form necessary to take the lead and hold it during the Professional Disc Golf Association Amateur and Junior World Disk Championship, where he took first place.

Photo courtesy of Trina Lettig
Thirteen-year-old Anthony Barela shows the concentration and form necessary to take the lead and hold it during the Professional Disc Golf Association Amateur and Junior World Disk Championship, where he took first place.