My Professional Disc Golf Association Information
My PDGA number
and my PDGA statistics can be found here
. My PDGA rating
, and my PDGA rating detail can be found here
I started playing "frisbee" at about age 9 and remember having a Giant 3-foot Saucer Tosser! Keds Tennis Shoes even gave away a "flying saucer" shaped disc with each pair of shoes.
The first polehole I saw was in Bella Vista, AR about 1977. My first tournament experience was the 1979 North American Series overall event held at Penn Valley Park at the Liberty Memorial near downtown Kansas City, MO. I was 16 at the time and thought I was in heaven! Saw some great freestyle, learned about MTA and TRC, and watched the pros of the time throw a Wham-O 119g over 300 feet - they kept their discs in a cooler to keep them a little colder and thus more rigid. Disc Golf was contested by shooting at wire baskets on the ground. I began playing the Swope Park Folf course that summer using "old-school" Frisbee® Discs, and have never looked back.
After shooting with the "big boys" (I stand 5' 1") as they traveled, and I began traveling, I was lovingly (?) dubbed the "Compact Disc Player" by Gregg Hosfeld #1602, not long after he became the World Champ in 1987. John Houck #1688 says he was more than happy to give up the moniker, which I have kept to this day. I have had other nicknames (Little Man, Pin-High, and more)...