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This fellow's name is Richard (Rick) Williams. He came up to me at the 2008 Worlds at the Robert Morris course and reminded me of a story from the first year I played competitive disc golf, in 1999. The disc he is holding in his hand is a key to the story.

I had begun throwing discs around late in the summer of 1998 and enjoyed it so much I decided to get competitive in 1999. Late spring, I heard that there was this big tournament in Rochester, New York. In fact it was the Pro Worlds competition. So I called the PDGA and found out that I could still get in, packed up my three kids and two of their friends, and headed to Rochester for Pro Worlds.

Truth be told, I knew little to nothing about competition, and I think I ended up 44th of 46 competitors—basically just ahead of the walking wounded. One round, Rick and I played on the same card. After the round, I went to lunch, then arrived at the Chili Disc Golf Course for round two of the day. When I told the fellow managing the course my name, he said: "Oh, so you're Terry Calhoun!" It turns out that I had committed a cardinal sin of disc golf by walking away from the morning round with our scorecard in my pocket!

Boy, was I embarassed. And chagrined to discover that each of the people on my card, not just me, was getting two penalty strokes because of my forgetfulness. I quickly seized on a way to get forgiveness, and as each of my card-mates arrived at the second course, I told them to pick out any two discs (get it, two strokes) from the merch and I would buy it for them.

They forgave me. I bought them discs. And Rick is standing there in the picture above holding one of the two I bought for him—his go-to purple putter—which he has had in his bag for the last nine years! (And I hadn't seen him since 1999!)

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Comment by Tuffi on August 20, 2008 at 10:59am
crying...that was truly a great story. :)~
Comment by lance on August 19, 2008 at 10:09pm
me too, ill drink to that,,, there sure is alot of karma in this sport, i guess that why im still palying!!!
Comment by beatz on August 19, 2008 at 10:05pm
no lie, I see rick at many nefa events. And he always is using his purple putter. Beat is an understatement to what that disc is. Never knew there was a story behind it.
Comment by JC on August 19, 2008 at 9:43pm
Further name correction...that is Rick Williams, but there is no Richard in his name. His given name is Donald Frederick Williams, but he goes by Rick. He is a great guy and the unheralded backbone of the entire New England disc scene.

I will see Rick this weekend and hopefully get a round with him. Hopefully I won't be cursing that darn purple putter too much. ;-)
Comment by Ben Calhoun on August 19, 2008 at 9:28pm
I can't count the times you forgot other important things at the course, like which disc is a Whippet and which is the Stingray, or leaving your bag at TC. I never knew about that happening though! Did you play Golden Gate Park dad?
Comment by mark mills on August 19, 2008 at 7:52pm
wow great story..... now we know why you aren't allowed to have the scorecard at the end of a round.....LOL
Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on August 19, 2008 at 7:10pm
Name now corrected!
Comment by eric beich on August 19, 2008 at 5:31pm
nice story Terry.
Comment by Dave Townsend on August 19, 2008 at 5:19pm
Awesome Story, but a minor correction, it's Rick Williams, not Lewis. Rick is awesome!! He it the NEFA(New England Flying Disc Association) Treasurer.
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on August 19, 2008 at 3:57pm
I'll drink to that!!!!

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