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My Name is Chris "Smokey" Hoyle (Nickname relates to the Big Lebowski)

I was Born December 29th 1977 in Blythville, AR

I started playing disc golf at the age of 14 with my uncle vernon in Lebanon, T.N (cedars of lebanon state park) I wasn't immediately hooked, I played on occasion for fun & owned a Gazelle, a Shark & an avair. I didn't really get hooked on the game until 1996 when I moved back to TN and started playing My Home Course Henry Horton State Park near Columbia, TN, it is at that park I honed my skills. Everyday after work at the carwash I went to HH and played 3 or 4 rounds, practiced drives & putted until dark. I started playing tournaments as a rec player in Nashville, TN at 3 rivers. When I moved to O.H in 1998 I kinda stopped for a year then found Ottawa Park & David O'Shea who told me I was really good & he really honed & brought my game to a new level I had never experienced.

My first local tournamnt was played in 1999 Random Draw Doubles & MY partner was Tim Grabowski. I remember me telling him i was sry i sucked so bad & rember tim really helping my game, making sure I was relaxed & had a good time & we won! I was hooked. I played about 3 or 4 am-2 tournaments with the highlight winning the 2000 Mark Ellis Lizard Lawer Doubles B tier with ricky gryza (tying the open score)

David O'shea encouraged me to go from am-2 straight to pro that year, I took several beatings before I figured out what smart golf was and my first unofficial pro cash was at the 2001 Ottawa Park Spring Fling ($80 for 2nd to guess who, tim grabowski)

I am very happy to win the Inagural TADGA points series in 2003 Winning the

BG Spring Fling, Norwalk Open, Ottawa Ice Bowl, and several other small events.

After that I haven't really played allot of sanctioned events. I now have 2 wonderful children one of whom Loves Golf just like his daddy. I would like to make a run at the 2008 TADGA points series & have my sights set on that goal. I am even renewing my PDGA membership.

wish me luck!

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Comment by Jayne on January 3, 2008 at 1:33am
and when ya see OSH again, tell him hey for me. I miss that man. He has been an awesome help to my game and attitude on the course as well. I think he needs to join up on here!
Comment by Jayne on January 3, 2008 at 1:33am
Nice Hoyle! All the best of luck. Thanks for being so encouraging to me and helping me in the one or two rounds I was in your group for dubs! Kind people like you make me want to keep playing and make me want to pass it on to others who are newer than I am to the sport. Keep it up Hoyle!
Comment by Bill Bullington on December 21, 2007 at 10:55pm
Ever run into Billy Drake at Horton?
Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on December 20, 2007 at 9:44pm
Nice post.

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