When we started our Junior Grant Program this year we were blown away by some amazing junior disc golfers who are really doing some great things both on and off the course. They have all worked so hard to make a difference while working on their own disc golf game. Our main objective was never to support the best players, but those who understand the importance of giving back and investing in those around them. What has been particularly exciting is that it seems to have worked out that we chose not only great ambassadors, but also incredibly talented players as we saw at the PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships in Iowa this year.
While that was a great week together we now want to celebrate another achievement of one of our grant winners. Recently, 14 year old Silas Schultz, had an incredible showing at the Next Generation Disc Golf National Championships. This tournament was the culmination of a series of events from around the country with the intention of finding the top amateur player who would be rewarded with a brand new car. Not only did Silas make it to the tournament, a great accomplishment in itself, he never found himself outside the top three throughout the event! After taking a one stroke lead into the finals he ended up finishing second place after an epic six hole playoff by just a stroke.
We are incredibly proud of Silas for not just the way he competed, but for how he conducted himself on the course throughout the competition. Over the past several days we received a number of comments from people who met Silas at this event and were compelled to tell us how great a young man he is! Check out the video below to watch some of the coverage.
While we do not have all the details in place quite yet we are excited to announce that we will be again offering a junior grant for 2018. This year we were able to give the grant to four winners, and in 2018 we are planning to extend this offer to six young disc golfers! In addition to that part of the grant will be paid entry to either the Junior Disc Golf World Championships OR the United States Junior Disc Golf Championships. Both of these events are brand new for 2018 and we are excited to be playing a role in both. We could not have offered the grant without the support from a great set of sponsors this past year. If you are interested in being part of our Junior Grant in 2018 please contact Dustin Leatherman at firstname.lastname@example.org.