The 2014 Amateur Disc Golf World Championship recently concluded in St. Paul, Minnesota. This week-long competition is historically the biggest Amateur event of the year, and this year it hosted 612 competitors in 13 divisions from 14 countries. Women divisions made up 7 of those with girls from under 13 to women 60 years and older, further proving that Disc Golf is a sport for all ages.
At the end of this grueling week of Disc Golf, new World Champions were crowned. So, as these ladies were still floating on Cloud 9, I asked them a couple of questions like how they started and why other ladies should come out to play at next years event. Our World Champions featured in this article include Juniors under 19 Champion, Sai Ananda, Masters Champion, Ann Lundberg, Grandmasters Champion, Lisa Gallagher, and Senior Grandmasters Champion, Lynda Voss.
For our ‘veteran’ in the Amateur Worlds scene, Lisa Gallagher, this was her forth trip competing in this event. Lisa was first introduced to Disc Golf in 2009, when her good friend, Kirk Yoo, told her how to start. “I picked up some discs at a local sporting goods store, went out in a field and tried to throw. I was horrible,” she admits. “But when I went out to the local course the next day, I met Sam Smith from Portales, New Mexico, and he has been helping me ever since.” It was just two years later when she decided to play in her first world championship in 2011 and has competed in the event every year since.