I first played disc golf on an object courses in 1989 in Fraser, Colorado and was instantly hooked. The course ran behind the YMCA and through the tall pine woods and open glades surrounded by snowcapped peaks. A few weeks later my friends asked me if I wanted to play another course with baskets. I asked them what a basket was? The rest is history.
My journey since then has included tournament player, league coordinator, TD, graphic artist/illustrator and general disc golf enthusiast. I and am a Legacy member of the PDGA, a member of the disc golf course designers group, disc designers group and the Wisconsin Disc Sports Association in marketing and education roles. As a school teacher I get to introduce young people to disc golf during the school year and for Summer school. I enjoy playing competitively and introducing as many new people as I can to the sport. 2006/2007 was my busiest year ever as a volunteer: designing hot stamps, logos, websites, working with Chuck Kennedy on Highbridge HIlls, designing a caddy book for Am Worlds and acting as volunteer coordinator for Pro Worlds.
I started doing hot stamps in the mid 90s and after Duster Don Hoffman asked me to make a basket out of words for the Mad City Open I was off and running. Over the years I've created artwork for hundreds of events including: Wisconsin tour events, worlds championships, official ice bowl since 2004, elite players, retailers and finally for myself. My first tour stamp was in 2019 after becoming a member of team MVP in 2017. I love that I get to combine my passion for art and creating with disc golf. I feel very fortunate and consider it an honor that I get to express myself through the sport. I've recently made an effort to choose a charity or worthy cause and give a portion of my proceeds to make a difference and do something bigger than myself.
I finally shot my first 1,000 (1013) rated round at the age of 58 during Master Worlds in Florida in 90 degree weather with 90% humidity. Go figure.
John Dorn #13295