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Elevating her game

This safety specialist finds disc golf fosters fitness and friendship

A woman holding a disc that is used for disc golf.
Heather Asselmeyer, a Connecticut District safety specialist, enjoys playing disc golf in her spare time.

My name is Heather Asselmeyer and I’m a safety specialist for Connecticut District.

When I’m not at work, you can find me playing disc golf. I’ve been playing casually since 2021 but recently stepped out of my comfort zone and competed in eight tournaments during the past year.

Disc golf is similar to ball golf except the hole you’re aiming at is usually an elevated basket. There are three types of discs: putters, midrangers and drivers. They range from 140 to 200 grams.

My boyfriend and I try to play once a week and we practice putting in our apartment. We even set up a putting basket in the corner of our home office — we’ve gotten good enough so we don’t hit anything, but we do put up blankets to protect the walls.

One of the cool things about tournaments is that there are all sorts of groupings. A stranger at an 8 a.m. tee time may become a friend by the time the round’s over at noon.

Tournaments give players a pack that usually includes a T-shirt, hat and discs. I had amassed so many of those items, I made a bag for a co-worker who mentioned she was interested in trying disc golf. She went on to take part in a putting league.

Anyone can get good at disc golf it they’re willing to put in the time and practice. It’s a fun way to get outside and exercise that’s not too physically demanding and a great way to meet new people.

“Off the Clock,” a column on Postal Service employees and their after-hours pursuits, appears regularly in Link.