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2008 marks the 5th year that I have been playing disc golf. It seems like just yesterday it was 2003, in August and I was buying my first discs ( a red 168 dx eagle and a white 175 aviar P&A). Since then I have had a sucessful amateur career (4th place <19 worlds in 05, Am champion 2005 MSDGC, and on the back cover of that DVD) and cashed in my fair of events in pro. Over time I have been sponsored by Gateway (that just ended), and 2007 was almost a disc golf less year for me. I have made tons of friends in the Disc Golf community that I keep in touch with despite not playing pdga events for over a year. I am a senior in college and an Accounting major. I had an internship with one of the big 4 firms this past summer and am contracted to work there this coming september. Meanwhile I have 6 courses this semester (my last as an undergrad) plus an internship with a small CPA firm. Disc golf was the cause for me meeting my current girlfriend of a little over a year. That brings us to today.

I had the opportunity of playing a doubles impromptu tournament which my team won, and it got me thinking. Disc golf has given so much to me, but it's hard to devote my time to it. College is expensive and I will have to pay for my grad courses this summer, as well as get a reliable commuter car. With school and work I will have about a 50hr work week. Not exactly a walk in the park. Yesterday I went to Marshall Street and picked up almost a whole new bag of discs, then played maple hill in the snow and ice. Tons of fun. I signed up for a non pdga tourney called tourney 54 for march 1st, and hope to be able to go. I have a course on my college campus and I rarely get time to play it. Finding balance will definitely be the key to getting through this semester. Hopefully while improving my golf game.

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Comment by Derek Tonn on January 21, 2008 at 5:10pm
If you're like me, Will, the hardest part of life is finding the time to do everything you want to do without killing yourself in the process due to a lack of sleep. I remember the days of working 23-25 hours/week on top of 16-18 credit course loads. You won't like hearing this, but it only gets HARDER after you get out of school. Sure, the first few years after college are nice, as you've got lower living expenses (with roommates?) and no dependents to share your $$$ and your free time with. However, once you get married and (ESPECIALLY) have kids, it's tough. Really tough. I wouldn't trade being a dad for the world...but you've got to become VERY efficient and very creative in how you manage your time, or you'll never be happy with the amount of time you have to dedicate to the sport. I know a lot of people who are hard-core disc golfers who have serious problems on the home front (divorced, poor relationship with their kids, etc.). Disc golf is AWESOME...but it's not worth some of those other things, IMHO. If you figure out that "balance" thing though, let me know...as I could use a little more balance myself. ;-)

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