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Employee Places at Amateur Disc Golf World Championship 

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Andrew Wallen (Sales Support Analyst) was introduced to disc golf around age six (6) when he was flinging ‘pie tins’ with his family at McNaughton Park. He became reacquainted with the sport in high school and started playing in the Peoria Frisbee Club League; in 2013, he applied for his Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) membership and competed in his first tournament. This past summer, after placing high in several large tournaments, he was invited to compete at the PDGA Amateur World Championship – and did well. ‘Am Worlds,’ as the disc golfers’ commonly refer to it, took place on July 18-22 at in the Quad Cities where over 600 players competed for the title of ‘Amateur World Champion.’ 

Andrew wanted to play in this tournament because it was relatively local compared to typical Worlds’ destinations. He felt good after shooting an 85 during his practice round Monday, which he then improved the first round (Tuesday) and shot an 83. After 4 days in the scorching heat and a blazing hot score of 69 on the final regulation round Friday Andrew placed well enough to advance to the semi-final round Saturday; he even threw a hole-in-one ‘ace’ on a 215 foot hole during Friday’s round.

Overall, Andrew’s goal was to shoot par for the tournament and to finish in the top 100. He finished the tournament by shooting 34 under par and placed in the top 25. He commented, “The activities for this tournament were well organized and the cities were greatly involved in making everyone feel welcome. I had a lot of fun!” It’s evident that he has come a long way compared to when he first started. When asked why he enjoys disc golfing, he stated, “It’s a lifelong sport and more challenging than people assume. It is more than simply ‘throwing a frisbee.’ Until you play the sport, it is hard to understand the satisfaction of throwing the perfect shot.” 

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