Disc golf has been a major part of my life since I discovered the sport almost 15 years ago. I was introduced to disc golf here in Charlotte while in high school and like most of you, I quickly got hooked. Within a few months of picking up a disc for the first time, I joined the CDGC and began meeting people like Stan McDaniel and Jim Banbury who taught me in my formative years that service to the sport is an essential piece of being a true disc golfer.
I have been extremely lucky in my disc golf life to have the opportunity to experience a lot of different areas of the game. Some of the things I am most proud of include founding the North Carolina State University Disc Golf Team, serving on the PDGA Disciplinary Committee, traveling to 48 states and playing over 450 courses, and serving our club through course work and most recently designing and constructing Eastway Park (over 500 hours of volunteer hours spent in 2021).
Our club is in an incredible place right now. We currently have around 700 members, several great local Tournament Directors and leagues, an unmatched repertoire of courses, a parks department that is excited about disc golf and the service we provide to them as a club, and a handful of members that are dedicated to keeping our courses in as good of shape as possible. This year alone, our community contributed over 1,700 hours of volunteer work at Eastway Park and that’s only 1 of the 15+ courses the club manages. I cannot speak enough to how lucky we are to be able to live in what I consider to be the best city in the world for disc golf.