Gold Sponsorship — Swannanoa, NC
As well as I can remember my mother bought a Frisbee for me around the time I was 8. That would be circa 1964. I immediately fell in love with it and was a natural. I remember eventually spending large amounts of time throwing all 8 of my Frisbees across the street at a neighbors tree and then back to one of ours - essentially golfing. In the 70's I spent literally hundreds of hours playing catch with a Frisbee at college. I could have earned a couple of PHD's in all the time I spent on Frisbee. It was there, at Illinois State, that I saw a little hand written sign for a Frisbee tournament on campus. I went to the distance and accuracy event and won. That got me to a regional event and lo and behold I won that too. That lead to the final - the first national intercollegiate Frisbee tournament sponsored by Wham-O. Before I really knew what I was doing I won that too, becoming the first national college Frisbee champion in 1977. Part of my prize was a free trip out to California to watch the World Frisbee Championships. That was it, I was hooked. I started competing the next year. For several years we only had the multi-event Frisbee tournaments to attend. Then disc golf took off. Again, this was something I immediately fell in love with and had an aptitude for from the start. I've never kept record of how much I won. I know there are a lot of PDGA wins, lots of course records, state, national and world titles. I learned over the years I didn't really care if I won, just if I played well.