Many people may not realize that the year you (Cam) won your PDGA World Championship title, that Lesli actually finished 2nd to Juliana (Korver) in Pro Women. What fond memory comes to mind from the experience in Minneapolis back in 2001?
Lesli: One of my fondest memories from Worlds that year was the time we spent with Ted “Chief” Williams. Cam uses a Birdie Bag on almost every shot and the dust would create a cloud around him before he threw. Ted talked to both Cam and I one night at the host hotel and he told us that we were going to win that year. He kept calling the Birdie Bag dust clouds “Magic Dust.” Chief also happened to win a World Title that year in the Legends division. I regret that I didn’t get the job done so that the three of us could have been Champions together. If you don’t know much about Ted Williams I recommend doing a little research. He is just one of many fascinating people I have met playing disc golf.
Cam: Hanging with Lesli and Chief Ted Williams.
Do you remember what your go-to discs were that year (2001)?
Lesli: Red CE TL (Teebird-L). One of my favorite discs of all time!
Cam: 1st run CE TL (4 of them), 8 Time Rainbow stamp Roc (4 of them), KC Aviar (3 of them). Multiples were for different stabilities. If you notice what I was playing with you may figure I was sponsored by Innova at the time. Thanks Innova for making great disc.
How competitive are you with each other when it’s just you two on the course?
Lesli: We don’t really compete on the course or keep score when we play practice rounds together. However I am pretty competitive when it comes to putting games and challenges.
Cam: Not that competitive with her on the golf course. I mostly try to help her amplify her game.
So if you guys were to go play putt putt right now, who is going to beat who? And who is going to talk the most trash?
Lesli: Cam would probably beat me by a stroke or two but I would definitely talk the most trash!
Cam: I concur with her response.
Let’s talk life passion for a minute. Cam you have been cranking out art for years that keeps getting better and better. And Lesli, you have have been a dancer or dance teacher for as long as we’ve known you. Is is fair to say that those are the top passions for each of you?
Lesli: Dance will always hold a special place in my heart but traveling is a close second.
Cam: I am an artist in Life and many ways. It will always be a major part of my life.
Looking back over your disc golf careers is there anything you would have done differently?
Lesli: I would have been a better student of the game.
Cam: I did get a pull cart recently, and it sure makes me wish I would have used one years earlier. I think they are easier on the body for almost any age. I feel much better after using it for even such a short period of time. I think starting early with a cart could help people avoid most muscle, tendon, and posture damage from carrying something too heavy on our shoulders. Otherwise I would not have changed a thing. I may not be who I am without it. I only hope I have grown as a person and implement change for the future.
You are just getting back home from a pretty lengthy road trip. Would you give us one cool story from the trip?
Cam and Lesli: Well, we gave up our home to resume full time Disc Golf Tour so the trip is indefinite. There are many amazing stories so we would encourage people to check us out on Facebook or visit our web site at camtoddproductions.com .
And certainly you were able to play some new courses… Is there one course in particular that stands out as a “must play”?
Cam and Lesli: Milo McIver in Oregon, definitely!
Cam, you have had a vision for a smaller target for a long time. Can you tell us more about what you have in mind?
Cam: I have worked for 12 plus years developing a new and improved target for disc golf. My target is made to have absolutely zero putts cut through the chains and catch every disc that hits any portion of the chained catching area with the correct speed. I also have constructed the size to be more accurate for equal percentage play for every type of shot. Drives, upshots, and putts should be fairly close to equal percentage of the game disc golf.
One specific memory we have of you (Cam) was from one of the first USDGC events at Winthrop. You made a bold prediction that was more than talk; you actually backed it up pretty quickly. Tell us about “that” Cam.
Cam: I started disc golf as I started life, bright eyed and bushy tailed. I was so eager to accomplish things in life that I had the potential to make happen but never had. Part of my success came by making claims out loud to people that I felt were receiving with open hearts. I claimed I was going to win the PDGA World Championships. I made these claims so I couldn’t back out and I would have to dig deep with all I have of belief, skill, and beyond to make it happen. I feel truly blessed for this to have become a reality. I called many aces and many throw ins right out of people’s hands and many aces of mine before I even threw. If I were to call something now it would be that I will love life and feel grateful for what I have been given.