Disc Golf Talent Discovered
Jacky Chen exploded across disc golf social media following his performance at the 2020 Asia Open in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Competing with veterans James Conrad, Philo Brathwaite, and others, Jacky was mostly unknown to the disc golf community outside of Taiwan. Following three rounds of 1030-or-greater rated golf—his first PDGA sanctioned event, ever—he became the 2020 Asia Open champion.
Following social media posts highlighting Jacky’s victory, he became headline news across disc golf media. Terry Miller was the official media provider at the Asia Open, witnessed Jacky’s competition debut, and recently talked with 1984 World Champion and Innova Representative Sam Ferrans about Jacky and additional Innova news in Asia.
Jacky Chen Joins Team Innova
Jacky threw all Innova at the Asia Open and after connecting with Team Innova, he’ll be throwing Innova into the future. Since joining the team, we had a short Q&A session. Here’s what Jacky had to say.
How did you discover disc golf?
My parents taught me how to play Frisbee when I was kids (around 5 years old). That is about the time I knew disc golf. Actually, I really play disc golf in 2017.
What was your first disc?
Taiwan made Fast Back disc.
What Innova discs are you throwing?
These are the discs in Jacky Chen’s bag
Star Destroyer (175g): stable
Star Wraith (175g) : turnover
Champion Boss (170g) : very far
Star Thunderbird (170g) : stable 120m
Star TL3 (172g) : turnover
Champion TeeBird (170g) straight
Sexton Firebird (175g)
Star XCaliber (175g)
Star Roc3 (175g) : Straight
DX Roc3 (180g) : Turnover
Star Caiman (175g) : Very stable
Putt & Approach
KC KC Aviar (175g) Putter
R-Pro Pig (175g) : Very stable
Where will you be competing this season? Anywhere in the U.S.?
Yes, in 2020 I plan to play Ledgestone Insurance open In Eureka, Illinois in August. It is a DGPT Event. My friends live there so he can take care of me during the tournament.
I would like to play 32nd Japan National in Maiko, Japan in September. I want to win a champion in Japan.
I also plan to play Shenzhen Open in Shenzhen China in November. Definitely, play for 2020 TDGA Disc Golf Championship in December. Please visit Taiwan and play with me!
How can people follow you online?
What’s your favorite course, and why, in Taiwan?
Shinhai Bridge disc golf course. This is my home course. I play and practice disc golf on the course every weekend.
What courses outside Taiwan do you hope to play someday (and why)?
Winthrop Gold. It is USDGC course and my dream to play. I hope I can get the USDGC qualification in the future.
Why do you love disc golf?
It is fun playing and chatting with friends together on course. Meet more friends!