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Disc golf tourney honors memory of Rockwall grad, draws players from across the country

(ROCKWALL, TX – May 26, 2015) Nearly 200 disc golf players from around the country honored the memory of 2011 Rockwall High school graduate Nick Hyde by participating in the Nick Hyde Memorial Disc Golf Tournament held at Harry Myers Park on April 11-12.

The huge event saw 190 registered participants – some from as far as Oregon, New York and Northern California – in the first annual memorial tournament to honor Nicholas, who was himself an avid, up-and-coming pro disc golfer and absolutely loved the sport.

“Nicholas was a gifted athlete and a beautiful person all around,” said Debe Hyde, Nicholas’s mother. “He was extremely helpful to other disc golfers and rarely turned down an opportunity to play. His contagious smile made you instantly comfortable with him and in awe at the same time. It was not uncommon for Nicholas to play complete rounds of disc golf at five different disc golf courses in the area in one day! He LOVED the sport of disc golf!!!”

Nicholas’s younger brother, Andrew, also played in the tournament and placed second in the Junior Division.

Debe said while not many of the out-of-town players personally knew Nicholas, they certainly knew he had been “one to watch” in the sport of disc golf, winning multiple local disc golf tournaments and receiving cash prizes along with a ton of disc golf merchandise.

According to Debe, the event couldn’t have been as successful without the countless hours and relentless efforts of Matt Siri, owner of Hyzerbomb, an online disc golf merchandise company established in 2011.

“Due to the hundreds of hours and the relentless efforts of Matt Siri, owner of HyzerBomb, our family is so proud and impressed with the number of sponsors and the amount of sponsorship monies that Matt was able to collect in the name of the First Annual Nick Hyde Memorial Tournament honoring our son, Nicholas,” Debe said. “Matt has promised that this tournament will continue each year – which we are very excited to be a part of!”

Nicholas graduated from Rockwall High School in 2011 and was attending Collin Community College. He had planned to transfer to the University of Texas in Arlington to obtain a degree in architecture.

Visit Hyzerbomb’s website, hyzerbomb.com, to check out its selection of Nick Hyde Memorial Fundraiser discs currently in stock.

By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News reporter. Photos courtesy of Debe Hyde. 

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