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 Kat Mertsch -  PDGA 99455  Currently ranked Number 2 in the World in the FJ18 Division, Kat's showing at the 2018 Junior World Championships in Emporia, Kansas, was a lesson in patience, focus, and determination. She is one of a select group of women under the age of 18 who consistently and skillfully play World Class Disc Golf. We see a World Title in her very near future. 

Kat Mertsch - PDGA 99455 Currently ranked Number 2 in the World in the FJ18 Division, Kat's showing at the 2018 Junior World Championships in Emporia, Kansas, was a lesson in patience, focus, and determination. She is one of a select group of women under the age of 18 who consistently and skillfully play World Class Disc Golf. We see a World Title in her very near future. 

Kathryn Mertsch 

I have been playing for two years. My brother, Wedge, introduced me to Disc Golf. At the time, I was living with my father in Bryant before the Traxx was built in Bishop Park. There was a short 9 hole course there. That's where I learned the basics.

Driver: Gold Line Ballista from Latitude 64
Midrange: Roc3
Putter: DX Aviar

I am predominantly a right hand forehand thrower. I find it more relaxing than a backhand. I've got a good backhand when it's necessary.

I joined DSDGA because I liked the way it was structured, and I found everyone to be clean cut and fair. Playing with DSDGA made me realize my love for the game was evolving and growing. I love tournament play, and my goal is to tour as a professional.

I tend to change my tee-off songs but if I had to choose one to tee-off to every time it would be "My Name is Human" by Highly Suspect.

Player Info

  • Location: Rose Bud, Arkansas, United States
  • Classification: Amateur
  • Member Since: 2017
  • Membership Status: Current (until 31-Dec-2018)
  • Official Status: Certified (until 27-Apr-2021)
  • Current Rating: 853 (as of 31-Jul-2018)
  • Career Events: 12
  • Career Wins: 5
 

lauren nufer

Lauren Nufer, 29, a transplant to Arkansas originally from Houston, Texas. She started playing disc golf 3 years ago after she and her husband ,Chase, recieved a couple of discs as a wedding gift from a friend. She is a right hand, forehand dominant player. Some of her favorite discs include a Blizzard Boss, Convict, Heat, Mako3, and Roc. She is actively involved in growing the sport of fastpitch softball in Hot Springs and looks forward to assisting DSDGA in growing disc golf in the area as well, especially with growing interest among women.

 

Player Info

  • Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
  • Classification: Amateur
  • Member Since: 2017
  • Membership Status: Current (until 31-Dec-2018)
  • Current Rating: 790 (as of 26-Jun-2018)
  • Career Events: 2
  • Career Wins: 2
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Brock mudie

I’ve been playing for 3 years. My favorite discs are the champ Tern, champ Firebird, XT Nova, and ESP Zone. I’m mainly RHBH with a RH thumber; forehands used sparingly. My favorite song is The Rubberband Man by the Spinners. I love disc golf because it’s a sport where I can constantly work to improve physically and mentally, as well as because it’s outside and can be competitive and casual simultaneously. DSDGA has been the main avenue through which disc golf has gone from a fun sport to a fun sport in which I can compete; I love how they reach out to disc golfers of all skill levels to create a community in which everyone strives to improve the sport they hold so dear.

Player Info

  • Location: Arlington, Texas, United States
  • Classification: Amateur
  • Member Since: 2017
  • Membership Status: Current (until 31-Dec-2018)
  • Current Rating: 929 (as of 31-Jul-2018)
  • Career Events: 7
  • Career Wins: 4

kooper kessler

Kooper Kessler, 25, I have Been playing disc golf for almost 16 months.  My Favorite discs are the Westside BT Hard Harp, Biofusion Defender, and Lucid Convict. I throw LHBH and RHFH.  Favorite song is Paradise by Coldplay. I like DSDGA because of the involvement and the commitment DSDGA has to the Central Arkansas members and community. I love disc golf because I am competitive and I enjoy getting to compete every week in club minis and tournaments. 

Player Info

  • Location: Conway, Arkansas, United States
  • Classification: Amateur
  • Member Since: 2017
  • Membership Status: Current (until 31-Dec-2018)
  • Current Rating: 920 (as of 31-Jul-2018)
  • Career Events: 10
  • Career Wins: 2
  • Upcoming Events: 6th Annual Rock Cities Open
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James lecy

James Lecy started playing disc golf in 2001 with the then Central Arkansas Disc Golf Club. Learning the ropes of how things worked he digested the processes of not only how to throw but how to be involved in the disc golf community. Since then he has been involved in playing, running, and/or sponsoring tournament golf for over almost 17 years. During that time he has played in over 100 tournaments and is one of the founding fathers of the DSDGA (est. 2008). He is involved in course implementation, maintenance, and overall growth of disc golf in Central Arkansas. He continues show support to not only the local players in the area; but to all of his friends and extended disc golf family around the great state of Arkansas as well as across the country.

Predominantly a backhand thrower and an above average putter, James still looks to not only refine his game and grow the sport through the DSDGA but also to continue his push for championship caliber courses in the Little Rock area. James’ efforts for the growth of disc golf did not go unnoticed and in 2018 he received an Innova Ambassador Sponsorship.

“I am blessed to be involved with Innova and the DSDGA team, it warms my heart to see where we’ve come and the direction we are heading. Things are going to be exciting over the next few years and there is no way I would be able to do any of this if wasn’t for the people that helped me along the way."

Drivers: Star Destroyer, Champion Beast, Champion Tee Bird, Champion Wraith, Star Roadrunner
Mid Range: DX flattop Roc, Champion Rat, Champion Roc
Putters: DX Aviar, KC Pro Aviar

Player Info

  • Location: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • Classification: Professional
  • Member Since: 2007
  • Membership Status: Current (until 31-Dec-2018)
  • Official Status: Certified (until 04-Jul-2021)
  • Current Rating: 924 (as of 31-Jul-2018)
  • Career Events: 41
  • Career Wins: 1
  • Career Earnings: $932.98
  • Upcoming Events: DSDGA Rated Round League6th Annual Rock Cities Open