Junior Grant Winners
2019 Junior Grant Winners
Allison Menchaca – PDGA #108317 – Modesto, California – I have been around disc golf my entire life. I started playing with my Dad when I was 6 years old. This year I’ve helped get my Mom and little sister to start playing with me. I would love to get more juniors playing the sport as well as get more adults to encourage juniors to play. Many tournaments I have played don’t even have other juniors playing, and when there are other kids, we have fun together. I am trying all the time to improve my disc golf game.
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Carver Whitfield – PDGA #79251 – Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada – I love disc golf so much! I started playing with my dad six years ago. I was only born with 1 finger and a thumb on each hand. However, I’ve been able to figure out how to throw a disc quite well. I am over 900 rated and I play mainly in the intermediate and advanced divisions. I am rated as one of the top ten Juniors under 18 in Canada. I love to do clinics for lots of different groups from Kinsmen, Rotary, Okanagan Club, Girl Guides, special needs, and adaptive programs for people with physical disabilities.
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Chase Luster – PDGA #86313 – Calico Rock, Arkansas – I want to be an ambassador for disc golf in my community. I had a school administrator ask me one time, “where is disc golf going to take you”? I want to show the community and show the students that just because you do not fit into the typical athletic mold, you can be successful. Hard work, practice, and determination. I want to show the community that even if you do not play the sport on a competitive level, you can still grab a disc and have a great day out on the course just having fun and enjoying the day outside.
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Kailash Sanjivi – PDGA #101553 – Nelson, British Columbia, Canada – I started throwing discs around as soon as I could walk and I’ve been playing seriously for the past 6 years. I got my first A tier win last fall, in the Intermediate Men’s Division at the Farragut Open in Idaho. I play every chance I get, and practice putt almost every day to make myself the best player I can be. I am really interested in growing the disc golf scene where I live, especially encouraging other kids to pick up the sport. The nearest official course is a one hour drive from where I live so some of us have been meeting regularly to work on creating a local course.
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Lily Marr – PDGA #94613 – Frederick, Maryland – I have a conviction that playing disc golf together strengthens families. This summer, I plan to invite families from my church to join mine for a family clinic and some friendly competition on the course. My family and I have plenty of discs to start them off, and we’ll start with a clinic on how to putt and drive. We’ll show them the difference between the discs and teach them forehand and backhand shots. I will share me and my father’s story and I hope to inspire them that with God at the center, families that play together stay together.
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Miles Sayer – PDGA #91543 – Gray, Maine – I am constantly working to improve my game, teach others, and helping to grow my disc golf community by putting on junior events and getting others into the sport. I plan to help my P.E. teacher put on a disc golf clinic for the whole school sometime in April or May. We are going to get some local pros to help out and we will run a few different stations to teach different things. Basics of the game and safety, driving, approach shots, and putting will all be taught. We are really excited to get all the kids in school playing disc golf.
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2018 Junior Grant Winners
Evelyn Heath – PDGA #84438 – Doncaster, Australia – I want to spread the word about disc golf as much as I can. A few months ago, m and a few other local juniors were featured on an Australian Children’s TV program called “Totally Wild”, on a segment about Disc Golf. It was very exciting and I enjoyed being interviewed and showing the host of the show how to play. I would like to meet other junior girl disc golfers and my disc golf idol Paige Pierce.
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Nicolas Marr – PDGA #87932 – Frederick, Maryland – I love disc golf because I’m enjoying God’s creation and I love meeting new people. Recently, the leader of my middle school ministry asked me and my sister, Lily, to set up a series of disc golf workshops to teach them how to play. We will teach 3-5 workshops during class time on Sundays. It is my goal to try to get as many kids into disc golf as I can.
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Wyatt Mahoney – PDGA #89460 – Glastonbury, Connecticut – I try my best and continue to work hard while playing and also showing others why I love Disc Golf! I am deserving because I believe in Disc Golf and I believe in myself! Others can see how much disc golf sets my soul on fire! On April 15, 2018, I will TD my first tournament, “Disc CT Junior Spring Warm-Up,” to help grow the sport where I live and give local junior players an event in CT to play in.
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Jordan Smith – PDGA #77952 – DeQuincy, Louisiana – It is my goal to spread the game of disc golf throughout my community. We do not have a local course, so growing the sport and attempting to teach disc golf in my community is more challenging. Hard work, determination and discipline all make up my character. Watching the pros play and Simon Lizotte’s insane 600 foot bombs keep me working towards a longer throw using a variety of daily workouts.
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Lucy Burks – PDGA #70025 – Boring, Oregon – I enjoy giving back to the disc golf community. During 2017, I was an assistant TD for a charity event and a TD for my own Throw Pink event. I’ve been teaching clinics as opportunities have become available. My goals for 2018 all include giving back to my community to include two more Throw Pink events, more clinics, and TD a junior’s series. With the help of my sponsors, Innova, and DISTrict, these events will be free to anyone that arrives.
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Jason Casper – PDGA #91724 – Jackson, New Jersey – I would like to get more involved in not only the disc golf community but the community at large. I would like to run food or clothing drives on behalf of our local disc golf club, Central Jersey Disc Golf, that would benefit my town’s clothing and food pantries. I began disc golf in 2015 with my dad and I have been obsessed with the sport ever since. I plan on continuing with this sport and I am very excited to see where disc golf takes me.
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2017 Junior Grant Winners
Lydia Lyons – PDGA #58968 – Normal, Illinois – I truly love disc golf! I am 13 and have been playing disc golf since my dad started teaching me when was 8 years old. Only in the last two years has disc golf really become my own. Every year my game has definitely gotten better. Since 2015 my rating has shot up 200 points! I eagerly share this sport with others whenever I get the chance! I have learned from my dad and other local disc golfers, to respect the property of disc golf courses.
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Silas Schultz – PDGA #79047 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana – My name is Silas Schultz. I’m currently thirteen and the fourth of the eleven kids in my family. Eight of us play this fantastic sport. Playing Worlds has been a dream of mine since my older brother won sixteen and under in 2014. Disc golf has been my passion since the age of six. I will be conducting an hour-long class on all things disc golf. About nine people will leave with at least one disc and a fun disc golf experience.
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Virginia Polkinghorne – PDGA #76009 – O’Fallon, Missouri – I got my first disc at three. I have more than ten discs. I’m doing this for me and my family. I want to become a pro, that is my dream and every round count. All these amazing people that support disc golf and disc leagues make these awesome community’s. There are so many tournaments and even Am Worlds, it’s crazy. I love that you can meet new friends and I have made a best friend at a tournament. Thank you disc golf.
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Parker Riding – PDGA #84188 – Clovis, CA – Every time I walk onto the disc golf course I try my best in many ways. I love to learn from and respect the more experienced players at my home course. I am involved in a putting league at my church to help players, ranging from absolute beginner to seasoned pro, with their putting game. I am also involved in the maintenance of my home course. On Saturday, every other month or so, a bunch of volunteers and I go out to the course and help with the landscaping and course maintenance,
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