What is it like to be a touring disc golfer? A roller coaster would best describe it. The highs of winning can be so exhilarating. The lows can be tough, and are often unexpected. Car trouble, illness, injuries, and the struggle of getting from one event to the next can tax even the most seasoned athlete.
Great accomplishments are seldom achieved without considerable personal sacrifice: Countless miles on the road and in the air. Unexpected car troubles, detours, and delays add to the expense of getting from point A to B. A place to sleep may be hotel rooms, car seats, couches, tents, and floors. All that time away from family and friends – life on the road can be hard.
It isn’t all drudgery, sometimes you get to do something to give back to the game. In the past two weeks alone, Innova Ambassadors have designed and helped to install new courses, worked to improve existing courses, performed clinics and demonstrations, attended trade shows and other promotional events, all to help push disc golf forward. Tournament players have thrown thousands of practice shots refining their games, and have competed fiercely in tournaments from New Jersey to New Zealand.
While it takes a dedicated player to set out for an extended trip to hit a string of tourneys, it relies on one important ingredient: Someone has to RUN all those tournaments! “The Tour” is only possible because of the hard work of hundreds of dedicated tournament directors, promoters and course designers. Behind each of those hard working souls is a network of volunteers and supporters who make things happen.
This week many of us will join our closest friends and family to celebrate the relationships, events, and accomplishments for which we are thankful. We wish to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to each and every member of the Innova family, for their passion and commitment to disc golf. We also thank them for their confidence in us to provide them with the equipment and support necessary for success.
Jay and Des Reading – Australian Disc Golf Championships (1st Place Open and Pro Women)
Jay Reading – Auckland Disc Golf Championships (1st Place Open)
Sandy Gast – DeBary Open (1st Place Pro Women)
Gregg Hosfeld – DeBary Open (1st Place Masters)
Brian Schweberger – Thanksgiving Lowlands Huker (1st Place Open)
Josh Childs – Pam B. Childs Memorial (1st Place Open)
David Wiggins – Forest Hills Open (1st Place Open)
Joe Rotan – Fly Ink Open (1st Place Masters)
Jessica Weese – SoCal Championships (1st Place Pro Women)
Chris Brophy – SoCal Championships (1st Place Masters)
Mike Moser – South Jersey Open (1st Place Open)
Joe Mela – Fall N Putt (1st Place Open)