i officially joined in 2009 [#99 on the website ]
i was at PIA Sports shopping for ski equipment and was trolling around the cash register waiting for my purchases to be rung up when i noticed a scorecard for Joralemon Park in Ravena Disc Golf Course
i was immediately interested, as i used to enjoy throwing Frisbee (i.e. "frolf" with my friends; we would pick out our own holes and throw at trees you know) and also the park was close to where i lived.
I had actually been to the J with my son before there even was a disc golf course, so i was familiar with it. We played on the swings and walked in the east side woods.
This time went back to Joralemon armed with Frisbees and ready to play the course.
When we got there and made our way to the first tee i remember there were a couple of dudes there who looked like they were working on the tee pad..i think they were moving stuff around.
They introduced themselves as Jzip and Scuba Shad...?????
They scoffed at our Frisbees saying "it'll take you a while to get around the course with those. You need to get some discs" I didnt even know what 'discs' were at the time.
they told me about the website and i think i signed up soon after. They had nicknames so i figured that i needed one...hence Skizzle was born
my first time playing disc golf was with my cousin in Virginia. I was truly awful but my cousin showed me how to flick at least
on my first trip back to J park with my own discs i met some other people and Tim J was the first to show me something about how to putt
one of my first times playing i remember playing with B Lynch and him just telling me way too much information...'hyzer'-this and 'anhyzer'-that..and telling me every other thing about disc golf that i had no idea. I had no idea what he was talking about because i didnt know what the hell a 'hyzer' was! I wish i had, then maybe i could have learned a lot
and i do remember meeting Kevin Rounds one of my first times out and he said that i was hooked and he could tell, again, i didnt know what he was talking about
when i started playing the J, the woods holes on the west side had been vacated so i never got to play them, but there were a couple other holes that were a little different at that time compared to what they are now...7 and 22
my first event was the Ace Race at Joralemon in 2009
i took my time coming to the sport and i have taken my time learning, but i think my enthusiasm has steadily increased over time
i am thankful for discovering a hobby that i enjoy [and is a great way to get outside and get some exercise], a wonderful course, and i am thankful for all of the wonderful people that i have met over the years...these discappers are my extended family
i think these stories highlight the fact that we didnt just discover a love of the sport..we discovered a family of people that have that in common