“The Legend of Zack Kitchen.”
During the Am weekend of Throw Down the Mountain II (2014) in Brooksville, FL, 16-year-old Zack Kitchen became a local legend with a cliff-to-cliff eagle on hole 18 of the “Gran Canyon.” Hole 18 is one of the most memorable disc golf holes in all of Florida. This 580’ par 4 tees off from a canyon ridge, stretches down a long valley fairway and finishes atop a 40’ wall on the other side of the canyon. With out-of-bounds marked on either side of the fairway, and up the 40’ wall that defends the final target, most pros and am players focus their drives on fairway placement – positioning themselves for a long, tricky approach up to the pin. However, during Friday Doubles play, Zack Kitchen decided to go for it all. He crushed his drive from the red tees with a long swooping left to right hyzer flip shot which finished with a graceful fade right towards the basket. His drive successfully carried 570’ in the air from cliff-to-cliff, leaving him and his partner a 10’ drop-in putt for eagle. This feat puts Zack in elite company. Before him, the only known golfers to duplicate this feat were Professional disc golfers Garrett Gurthie and Ricky Wysocki in 2012. At just 16 years of age, Zack Kitchen is now the youngest disc golfer to have accomplished this epic shot, and thus has etched his name into the local lore for years to come.
Millennium Golf Discs has sponsored Zack, his father Lonnie, and his brother Jake since 2013. This traveling, disc golfing family reminds us of our own roots - traveling the country as a family and playing disc golf anywhere and everywhere we went. They are a class act group of guys who respect the game, their competition, and have values and etiquette of the highest level. They embody everything about the spirit of disc golf, and we couldn’t be happier to have them on our team and as our friends.