Hometown: Sarasota, FL, USA
Pro since: 1976
2012 Events: 19
2012 Earnings: $8446
Dominant Hand: Right
Titles: 1987 World Champion, 2008 & 2010 Grandmasters World Champion, 2009-2012 Grandmasters US Champion, 1995 Masters 150 class World Champion, PDGA Hall of Fame Inductee, Played More than 1100 Different Courses, Senior Course Designer
Putt & Approach:
Rock Hill, SC
Cross Canyon Challenge
Alas, no more...
The Magnolia @ Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake-T2
Number of Aces:
Longest Measured Throw:
459' (set in 2010 at age 51)
1987 PDGA Worlds in Toronto. I was almost turned away at the border. My putting peaked at precisely the right time. Anything inside of 40' was as good as 'in'. I had to hit a 45' putt on the final hole to stay tied with Mike Sullivan, who lived by the course. On the the 3rd playoff hole, I hit another 40 footer from a small trench behind a tree to stay tied. On the 4th hole, Mike's birdie putt hit high, center, rolled off, caught a nub and hooked back up, landed in the basket and bounced out! Never seen that before or since. That win opened up sooo many doors for me.
Never teach newbies to play with a high speed disc. Learn to throw the slower, under-stable stuff 1st and do not forsake those discs as your game broadens to the faster, more over-stable drivers. Throw in a field. Learn several throwing and putting styles. Pick out things you like about players better than yourself and incorporate them into your game. Play every course you can, even the lousy ones. You'll appreciate the good ones all the more. When designing a course, PLEASE consult/hire an experienced designer!
Anyone who knows me understands my complete obsession with finding a way to rebuild the Gran Canyon disc golf course to its former glory and beyond. Even 5 years after dismantling the course, it remains on the top 3-5 lists of dozens of top-level players.
Only by knowing your (current) limitations can you expand them. "I've been beat up, broke and betrayed. But my TL never let me down." Blind Melon Disc'n. (Thanks Innova for your continued support!)
I absolutely LOVE this disc! The Star Mako allows me to hit some the most pure, straight lines of any disc I've ever thrown, with glide that approaches a fairway driver. The newer runs (the Champion plastic in particular) are far domier and less stable. Flatter seems to be better!
With a little to no break-in time, the Pro Wraith gives me a wonderful combination of distance and control. I will often forego a faster disc in favor of the combination of speed, glide and accuracy of the Pro Wraith.
The Ontario mold is my Roc of choice. I prefer the O-Roc's glide and stability over the San Marino & Rancho. The DX runs have been great lately as well, producing a nice, stout feel at 4 (or so) grams off max.