Fostering Awareness & Active Events Nationwide

Throw Pink is a collection of disc golf events across the country with the purpose of encouraging women and girls to get out and be more physically active. 

The program was established to make a difference for women’s health initiatives, specifically breast cancer. First founded in 2013, today we have evolved to running tournaments and disc golf promotions for all aspects of women’s health and encouragement through physical activity.

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Encouraging You to Get Out and Go

Meet the Team

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Sara Nicholson - Founder

Sara Nicholson is an experienced promoter with a demonstrated history working in community outreach, recruitment, and event planning. She has 20 years working in program development and implementation through Americorps, Parks and Recreation, and disc golf companies, clubs, and organizations.

She received a BA in Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1999 and worked as a recreational counselor for children in youth homes and shelters following graduation. She started running disc golf charity events along with women and youth clinics in 2010. In 2013, she combined her two passions (supporting women’s health charities and encouraging more women and girls to play disc golf) and founded Throw Pink.

Team Empower

Allegra Archer

Allegra Archer

Hometown: Shelton, WA
PDGA Number: 83071
Played Since: 2014

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How you got into the game: Two good friends of mine, Katie and Ryan, introduced me to this amazing sport.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because I love the mission and what we represent. It has become my passion to grow the sport and encourage women to get outside, have fun, and become more physically active.

Favorite disc golf moment: Any and every moment I am on the course, playing with all the ladies I've developed such great relationships with over the years, competitively or casually.

Favorite quote: "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty" Winston Churchill

Ashley Collins

Ashley Collins

Hometown: Dallas, GA
PDGA Number: 62970
Played Since: 2007

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How you got into the game: Paul 'Batman' Childs introduced while in college and I fell in love and ran away with disc golf, teaching many friends throughout the years.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink to raise awareness of many of today's biggest enemies, sicknesses, and organizations that help those overcome their weakest times. It shows that there is someone that cares and we stand not beside them, but with them.

Favorite disc golf moment: The moment my wife got her first and second ace, the smile on her face. At that moment, I had a disc golf partner for life.

Favorite quote: "To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funnybone." -Reba McEntire

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Bill Newman

Hometown: Yorktown, NY
PDGA Number: 1603
Played Since: 1979

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How you got into the game: Through friends in college.

Why do you Throw Pink? My mother died of ovarian cancer and my cousin is fighting for her life now from the same thing.

Favorite disc golf moment: Whenever I get to make a charity donation to our local women’s cancer charity group.

Favorite quote: "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." -Amelia Earhart

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Britany Barnett

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
PDGA: 98672
Played Since: 2013

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How you got into the game: Was introduced to disc golf by my husband that took me on a date night.

Why do you Throw Pink?: I love to throw discs to make a difference. Whether big or small, we have an opportunity to raise awareness of healthy living for women by being active while having fun doing so. Providing the education and outlet for those to not only learn about different types of cancers that so many battle with daily, but also getting to be a part of helping meet the needs of those families through local charities.

Favorite Disc Golf Moment: One of my favorite disc golf moments that started my whole competitive disc golf journey was when my husband surprised me and brought me to Worlds for my birthday in 2017 following the FPO lead card. This is where I met Lisa Fajkus and she encouraged me to compete in US Womens in Johnson City. This is where my disc golf career started.

Favorite Quote: "Hakuna Matata"

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Carla Akers

Hometown: Windsor, CO
PDGA Number: 63249
Played Since: 2014

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How you got into the game: My husband took me disc golfing on our second date. I grip locked and he ducked just before I almost hit him. I realized at that moment that I needed to learn this game! Later, I met the most amazing women and they were my skill level and then I was hooked.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because it means so much more than just the game. It’s special people that give back, it changes lives, it’s awareness, it’s positive fun, it’s a friendship builder, it’s encouraging, and it makes a difference!!

Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc golf moment was not by playing but by running my first Throw Pink sanctioned tournament a women’s only event. I made sure no one went home empty-handed!

Favorite quote: ”When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad... I’m better!” Mae West

Cassie Sweetten

Cassie Sweetten

Hometown: Highton, Victoria, Australia
PDGA Number: 34655
Played Since: 2006

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How you got into the game: My husband Jarrath went to New Zealand on holidays and discovered the Queenstown Gardens Disc Golf course with a good friend who was living over there at the time. When Jazz got home we started playing object disc golf and from there started the Geelong Disc Golf Club and have been passionately playing since. 

Why do you Throw Pink?

Being able to to raise awareness of healthy living and being active to so many people in our community plus being able to throw discs to make a difference is pretty cool! 
 
But a huge one for me is being a Mum of 2 young girls that look up to you and to be able to set good examples of healthy living and being active and to teach them about the awareness you can create by raising money for cancer charities within the community. 

Favorite disc golf moment: Winning the 2014 Australia Disc Golf Championships 6 and a half months pregnant with my youngest daughter Eevie. It came down to the last 2 holes and I won by 3. Not to mention It was at the start of our Australian summer, super hot weekend, there were tears shed of absolute joy and happiness. I’ll never forget that weekend.

Favorite quote: "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe 

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Craig Compton

Hometown: Alma, MI
PDGA Number: 86782
Played Since: 2012

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How you got into the game: Two of my friends picked up disc golf at college, and while they were home they introduced me to it. I was instantly hooked!

Why do you Throw Pink? I have a wife and daughter who love to be outside and chuck plastic. I want them to have all the same rights and avenues I have in this great game. I want my daughter to grow up in a world with endless opportunities in the disc golf world!

Favorite disc golf moment: I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but it’s for sure my earliest memory. One of the first times I was out playing, still learning to throw and learning the rules, I threw my DX Wolf into the basket from about 200’ out. I think that was the moment that the fire started in me. Watching that disc track all the way and then smash chains was a feeling I had never had before.

Favorite quote: “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” -Michael Scott

Debbie Scott

Debbie Scott

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
PDGA Number: 43896
Played Since: 1995

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How you got into the game: Bob taught me while we were dating at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Why do you Throw Pink? It’s one of the most powerful nonprofits I’ve ever known.

Favorite disc golf moment: Winning my first major PDGA tournament (USWDGC 2010 - Intermediate women).

Favorite quote: Carpe Diem!

Jesse Hynie

 Jesse Hynie

Hometown (for now): Aiken, SC
PDGA Number: 50541
Played Since: 2004

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How you got into the game: I first picked up the sport in 2003 while living in Orlando, Florida recreationally with a few of my friends. After returning home to Las Vegas, I met my DG mentor and good friend Jeff Jacquart. I was dragooned into service by Jeff at the 2011 Gentleman’s Club Challenge, now known as the LVC and quite possibly the greatest tournament in the sport.

In the time since, I have served our local club in such roles as Board of Directors, recording secretary, treasurer, and President of the Las Vegas Disc Golf Club.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink to help women who are suffering from breast cancer.

I was first made aware of Throw Pink as a staff member for the Las Vegas Challenge. The partnership between Throw Pink and the LVC has always been a labor of love for me. In 2015, my wife Lyra Lynn Hynie was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer that would later develop into stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. Lyra’s battle ended May 20th, 2018 with her passing. She loved the work that Throw Pink was doing and I continue that fight for her.

Favorite Disc Golf Moment: Every year we seem to find a way to improve the Las Vegas Challenge. My favorite moments are those shared with all the return competitors.

Favorite quote: “These days are few, so open your arms and hearts” - Lyra Lynn Hynie

Kandace Agner

Kandace Agner

Hometown: Perry, FL
PDGA Number: 94332
Played Since: 2017

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How you got into the game: I was introduced to DG through a friend visiting us on vacation.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because I believe in making a difference in women’s health. So many ladies all over need encouragement and support. I'm grateful to be able to join in and be apart of a team that helps ladies become active, getting outside, learning the sport of DG while making a difference for all women’s health initiatives.

Favorite disc golf moment: Favorite moments in DG are bringing new friends out for a round and seeing how quickly they realize how much fun DG is and that it can become a lifelong, family outing. It’s also great when you have some of those friends that want to dive into the competitive tournament side of DG.

Favorite quote: “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”

Lisa Fajkus

Lisa Fajkus

Hometown: Round Rock, TX
PDGA Number: 32654
Played Since: 2005

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How you got into the game: I picked it up through a friend of a friend.

Why do you Throw Pink? Throw Pink stands for the right things! We want to raise awareness and funds to beat breast cancer. Throw Pink is an awesome community of spirited individuals that want to see positive change in their local community.

Favorite disc golf moment: Winning Pro Worlds Mixed Doubles with Matt Bell in 2018 at Smugglers Notch.

Favorite quote: "If you think you can’t, you’re right."

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Lori Beierle

Hometown: Shelton, WA
PDGA Number: 82950
Played Since: 2015

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How you got into the game: Driving by a course sparked my curiosity, brought the family once, and never looked away again.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because it encompasses perseverance in the face of adversity.

Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc golf moments are found in the times spent with my fellow lady golfers when we're traveling to and from tournaments. I cannot pinpoint one moment because they are all magical in their own right. These are the times where we take our competition hats off and share our vulnerabilities and weaknesses - those which make us shine our brightest. I am lucky to be surrounded by so many courageous and warm-hearted women in this sport. Thank you for all the moments!

Favorite quote: "Life isn't about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself."

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Renae Farr

Hometown: Austin, TX
PDGA Number: 84208
Played Since: 2015

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How you got into the game: I always played sports. After high school, I played co-ed softball. I would walk the disc golf course with my boyfriend until one day I said "I want to give it a try" and the rest is history.

Why do you Throw Pink? I love what we're doing. I love that we are doing something we love but also helping our local communities. There is no better feeling than being able to give back in some way, and for me, this is the best way to do it.

Favorite disc golf moment: Winning the 2017 U.S Women’s Disc Golf Championships - Intermediate Division.

Favorite quote: "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney

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Sara Sinclair

Hometown: Mt. Juliet, TN
PDGA Number: 41012
Played Since: 2008

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How you got into the game: A college professor invited me to play thinking I would be decent at disc golf since I was a competitive ultimate player. He was wrong, but I was hooked and eventually transitioned from ultimate to disc golf.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because I am passionate about the mission of promoting physical activity among women and girls and raising awareness for cancer. I lost my mom to cancer in 1998 and am grateful that I can use my love of disc golf to make a difference.

Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc golf moment was when I made the final four at the Amateur World Championships in 2014. I was five strokes back from Vanessa Van Dyken, so it was going to be really difficult to catch her. I had enough strokes in third place that I could just have fun and play my game. I remember having a huge smile on my face during the entire experience because I was so ecstatic to have made it that far.

Favorite quote: "If you don't like where you are, move. You are not a tree." (unknown)

Sherry Cato

Sherry Cato

Hometown: Quantico, VA
PDGA Number: 87251
Played Since: 2016

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How you got into the game: At first, it was a therapeutic outlet for mental health. However, it quickly became a daily routine where I could give back to a community that welcomed me with open arms.

Why do you Throw Pink? I can cut a very long story short, by explaining I suffer from a kitchen sink of mental health issues. Bipolar depression being the root cause of much of my passion for causes. Without a handful of medication in the morning and in the evening, I would without a doubt not be here today. I have a love/hate relationship with my health, but with my doctor’s suggestion, I found disc golf when told to look outdoors. Never did I ever imagine it would save me the way that it did, and I have a very personal story. I am supportive of all women's initiatives and a huge mental health advocate. This came about after finding a mass in my left breast in 2010. Not only did it ignite an ember, which at the time I did not know would eventually burn me to the ground like a wildfire, but it also set me on my path now with fighting mental health stigmas. I would go to doctor after doctor, eventually being sent to UNC’s Breast Center yearly for mammograms with a side of anxiety and panic attacks. Now I’ve turned 40 and the anxiety is back because it’s time for the yearly mammograms. I watched my aunt fight breast cancer twice, recently a co-worker, and so many others over the years. Some aren’t with me anymore. Throw Pink is my way of healing myself while helping others.

Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite moment was getting the opportunity to play in my first major, the 2018 Amateur World Championships in Charlotte, NC. It allowed me the opportunity to meet other players from across the country that shared the same passion for the sport as I did; friendships that I keep to this day.

Favorite quote: "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." - Mother Teresa

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Sherry Herzog

Hometown: Livonia, NY
PDGA Number: 88679
Played Since: 2016

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How you got into the game: After the death of my father, who I was taking care of 24/7, I needed something to fill my time and help with my grief. My husband had been a pro disc golfer for over 20 years and had been encouraging me to try, so I did. I now play over 30 tournaments a year.

Why do you Throw Pink? I believe in Throw Pinks's mission statement. I co-coordinate a women’s league in Rochester and I am always encouraging other women and girls to come out and try disc golf. We have grown the league from 6 to over 20 in two years. Another big reason is that my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and eventually had a double mastectomy. I run a tournament in October called Share the Love to raise money for the Elizabeth Wende Breast Care Center in Rochester. And I love Innova discs!

Favorite disc golf moment: This year I got my first ace with a forehand on a 265-foot hole where I couldn’t see the basket from the tee.

Favorite quote: “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter.

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Virginia Hawthorne

Hometown: Boaz, KY
PDGA Number: 87047
Played Since: 2012

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How you got into the game: Got into it when I started dating my now-husband (that sounds so lame) but now I play more than him.

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Amanda Murray

 Amanda Murray

Hometown: Philadelphia, MS
PDGA Number: 92167
Played Since: 2016

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How you got into the game: I followed my guys around, my son, my dad, and 3 brothers, and learned of the sport from them, and then I started working on a course for the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino in my hometown Mescalero, New Mexico. I was asked by the council and managers if I played and my answer was no, so they asked me why not and if I didn’t play why I wanted a course installed, so I tried it out and from then on I started playing disc golf and fell in love with the sport. Now I play in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Why do you Throw Pink? Because there are a lot of people who think women don’t play disc golf.

Favorite disc golf moment: The day I met my Husband Jay for the 1st time in Arkansas for the 36th Annual Arkansas State Disc Golf Championships June 1, 2019, and from this tournament, we have not been apart since. He found me on Facebook after I sponsored a tournament in Alabama. Accepting his friend request was the best thing I’ve ever done, we are now married and have a beautiful baby girl named Kaya Nizoni Juanita Murray.

Favorite quote: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Andrea Eaton

Andrea Eaton

Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
PDGA Number: 100197
Played Since: 2017

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How you got into the game: My best friend played and gave me a few discs. I didn’t really enjoy disc golf at first but fell in love with it once I started to play competitively.

Why do you Throw Pink? I love that Throw Pink is focused on growing the sport and supporting women’s health initiatives. I love that we can have fun, create friendships, and support meaningful causes.

Favorite disc golf moment: I love the feeling of teaching a new player a skill and watching their excitement when they execute it. Those are the moments that keep a player coming back to the course!

Favorite quote: "Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion." -Michael Jordan

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Anne Reese

Hometown: Horsham, PA
PDGA Number: 126411
Played Since: 2014

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How you got into the game: My boyfriend brought me to Sedgley Woods in Philadelphia, one of the oldest disc golf courses in the country, to show me how to play and I got hooked on the game and the community instantly!

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because of the empowerment of women and girls in disc golf. Fostering awareness for women's health initiatives is a mission I am passionate about and believe we as a team can make a difference. I am grateful to be part of such an amazing organization.

Favorite disc golf moment: Each time I get to play with other women. I love the encouragement we all give to each other on the card. Sharing ways to improve, a better disc to throw for that shot, hollers, and heck yeah!s when we make a good shot. It's why I love this sport.

Favorite quote: "Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence." - Sheryl Sandberg

Carrie Ann Gehringer

Carrie Ann Gehringer

Hometown: Omaha, NE
PDGA Number: 62748
Played Since: 1998

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How you got into the game: In college, my boyfriend (now husband) was pretty into disc golf. I’ve always liked sports, so I decided to give it try. It only took 16 years before I tried to play competitively.

Why do you Throw Pink? My mom taught me early on to always be of service to others when I have the chance. Many incredible women in my life have fought, won, and lost battles with breast cancer. Throw Pink gives me the opportunity to be of service to girls and women in my community through disc golf.

Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite is not really a single moment, but rather a constant. I recently moved to Omaha, Nebraska where there is an amazing ladies league. Getting to spend my Wednesday evenings with incredible women playing disc golf is the absolute best.

Favorite quote: "If all girls were taught how to love each other fiercely instead of how to compete with each other and hate their own bodies, what a different and beautiful world we would live in." - Nikita Gill

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Casey DellaPenna

Hometown: Northfield, MA
PDGA Number: 102277
Played Since: 2017

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How you got into the game: My boyfriend suggested that we try disc golf and we got a group of friends together a played. I found it hard to keep up with the men so I didn’t like it much at first. I found a course with a great community of ladies that showed me some tips on how to throw and what level to enter into for my first tournament. I found something I loved to do and that was a huge turning point in my career.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink for many reasons. I love the message the company stands for as I’ve had multiple women in my life affected by breast cancer. It's a symbol of strength and resilience- and awareness for many. I also love pink because it’s easy to find on the course or in that winter snow on the course!

Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc golf moment was at the AM Worlds in 2019, where I got my first ever Ace! It was during the tournament round and I was on the hole debating throwing my putter or my mid-range. I threw my putter down and confidently put my compass down the fairway and it slammed right into the basket. I was so happy I ran all the way to the basket with tears in my eyes!! It was something I will never forget!

Favorite quote: "Hard work beats talent, if talent doesn’t work hard enough.” Yes, talent is very important in this sport but sometimes hard work and dedication can get you just as far.

Casey Sullivan

Casey Sullivan

Hometown: N. Charleston, SC
PDGA Number: 104546
Played Since: 2017

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How you got into the game: A local Innova team member lives in my area and he did a few beginner clinics in our area in the fall of 2017. I really enjoyed the sport and signed up for my first event in January of 2018. Since then I’ve been hooked!

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because I believe in the mission of getting women and girls active and I want to be able to empower others to take control of their health and wellness. Disc golf has led me back to an active life myself and I’m excited to share that with others. I think it is important to show others how disc golf is a low impact activity that anyone can compete in. Being able to bring light to Throw Pink’s mission of bringing together, helping, and empowering women is something I’m excited to be involved in.

Favorite disc golf moment: 2019 Pam Childs Memorial Tournament-I took on the IDGC blind for a two-round event. Those are some tough courses that’s for sure! They had to send a search party for us during the first round! 🙂 Our second round was much better and much to my surprise I pulled out a one-stroke win! It was a great day of fun where I met some new friends, camped, and even won a Throw Pink basket in the raffle!

Favorite quote: “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”- e.e. cummings

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Christie Hundley

Hometown: Boise, ID
PDGA Number: 77853
Played Since: 2004

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How you got into the game: Went on a jaunt with old roommates and fell IN LOVE! 

Why do you Throw Pink? To promote the sport in general, but, moreover on the ladies' side! 

Favorite disc golf moment: First time playing Beaver State Fling— first A tier at the most magical place I’ve visited.

Favorite quote:  “Don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever - it’s just a ride”. -Bill Hicks

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Daniel Wood

Hometown: Bonaire, GA
PDGA Number: 123679
Played Since: 2006

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How you got into the game: Some friends and roommates from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC introduced me to the sport. My hometown in Wilkesboro, NC had just got a course installed and we played every chance we got.

Why do you Throw Pink? Throw Pink to me is more than just wearing pink or throwing pink disc on the course. It is a movement of growth in disc golf for ladies of all ages. It is #RespectHerGame. It is raising money to contribute to the health and well-being of ladies battling sickness. Throw Pink is much more than disc golf; it is a community.

Favorite disc golf moment: On May 22, 2020, my {9 month} pregnant wife and I were out on the disc golf course. She was just spectating and trying to walk our baby out while I played. I hit an ACE that round and not long after hitting my ACE, my wife went into labor. We rushed her home to get our hospital bags and after several hours of labor at the hospital, our first son was born. That is the greatest disc golf moment I could ever have.

Favorite quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. {Philippians 4:13}

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Dawn Weygandt

Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
PDGA Number: 95791
Played Since: 2010

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How you got into the game: A friend of the family took my husband to play. He took me to see if I would enjoy it. I was hooked immediately!

Why do you Throw Pink? I have a couple of close friends that are breast cancer survivors. I also support the growth of the sport - especially for women! In the area that I live in, there are not very many women players. My goal this next year is to try and change that.

Favorite disc golf moment: I was fortunate enough to go to the Women's USDGC event in Virginia in 2019. Every moment there was special. I got to meet (and take selfies) with most of the pros that were there. I got to meet a lot of new people and make some new friends for life!

Favorite quote: "Get busy living or get busy dying."

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Emma Arp

Hometown: Omaha, NE
PDGA Number: 135383
Played Since: 2019

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How you got into the game: A friend from college introduced me to disc golf in my first month at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Why do you Throw Pink? I throw pink because it is an amazing opportunity to raise awareness about women's health issues as well as getting more women involved in a sport that I love.

Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc golf moment was winning the first tournament that I placed first in MA3.

Favorite quote: "Life will only change when you are more committed to your strengths than to your comfort zone." - Billy Cox

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Hope Brown

Hometown: Wilmington, NC
PDGA Number: 56121
Played Since: 1999

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How you got into the game: Some family friends invited us to join them one day at Johnson Street Park, NC. I was instantly hooked but life got in the way and I took a long break after only playing a year or two. 12 years later, I picked up a disc again and have not looked back since!

Why do you Throw Pink? Throw Pink is all about empowering females to get out and be active while making a difference for women's health. Why NOT Throw Pink?

Favorite disc golf moment: Getting my first ace and every ace after it has to be the best feeling in the world.

Favorite quote: "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible" - Audrey Hepburn

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Jane Ellen Hanks

Hometown: Athens, GA
PDGA Number: 62102
Played Since: 2008

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How you got into the game: I was dating a guy that played pretty competitively. He took me to play disc golf on our second date. I fell into a hole on the course; thought I might have broken my ankle and turned every par 3 hole into a snowman (8 strokes or more)! I thought disc golf was the dumbest sport created. However, my competitive nature kicked in and I really liked this guy, so I started practicing in the afternoons by myself to get better. I was ready to call it quits playing together one afternoon when I hit a field ace at Lake Russell from 200 feet out. I can still hear the sound of the disc hitting the chains! That sound created an addiction! I wanted to feel that thrill and excitement again!

Why do you Throw Pink? I love the mission and what Throw Pink represents. I might have gotten into disc golf because of a boy, however, it is the women and friendships that I have created over the years that keep me playing. I want to encourage other women to get outside, have fun, and become active. Disc golf is a sport for the whole family. It's a great way to have fun and build friendships. Throw Pink is an amazing way, I can encourage other woman and girls to get outside and get active while at the same time raising awareness for women's health and giving back to my community.

Favorite disc golf moment: There are few favorite moments that stand out. The first is the field ace that got me hooked on disc golf. The second would be hitting an ace warming up for USWDGC and then taking a bogey on the hole twice during the tournament. And third, winning Intermediate Women at USWDGC, a PDGA major in 2019.

Favorite quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" -Nelson Mandela 

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Janice Bumgarner

Hometown: Seattle, WA
PDGA Number: 124659
Played Since: 2004

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How you got into the game: My long time friend Fidelis invited me out to a round at Riverside DGC in 2004. I have always loved playing outdoors and this sport all the right ingredients for me: beautiful scenic parks, a challenging game, and go at your own pace. For many years I enjoyed playing casually. It became a great tool for stress relief while getting some exercise and fresh air. 2018 I found myself with a desire to challenge myself with learning proper body mechanics and strengthen my skills. NW Disc Group on Facebook opened that door for me where I found some great players that I could learn from and took lessons from some awesome coaches. So I "REALLY" started playing in 2018. Before that, I didn't even follow a map! I want to send a Thank you to UDisc and Disc Golf Review for putting resources together for all the players. It is just so awesome to see how much this sport has evolved over the years.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink for the beauty of helping to bring awareness and support for breast cancer and women's health. This is a great cause that I will proudly stand behind.

Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc moment was when I introduced my tuk-tuk driver in Cambodia to disc golf and gave him his first Buzz. Oh and successful top of the world shots.

Favorite quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
~Mahatma Gandhi

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Jenna Jiaxin Tan

Hometown: Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
PDGA Number: 118261
Played Since: 2012

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How you got into the game: My boyfriend (now husband) brought me to a disc golf course near my university campus for our first date. At first, I would just go with him and try to throw a couple of shots, but after a while, I was hooked. It gave me a sense of accomplishment to see my disc flying farther and going where I had hoped it would go.

Why do you Throw Pink? Throw Pink is an excellent platform that advocates an active lifestyle and promotes physical and mental health awareness to the public. I love outdoor activities, preferably to be close to nature. I believe through Throw Pink, I can share my passion for disc golf and make a difference through the sport I love.

Favorite disc golf moment: Winning the 2018 Singapore National Championship for the women's division while I was 8 months pregnant (have my strongest support system within me).

Favorite quote: "If at first you don’t succeed, fix your ponytail, and try it again!"

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Jennifer Snook

Hometown: Atkins, IA
PDGA Number: 123655
Played Since: 2019

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How you got into the game: Traditionally, my boyfriend got me into disc golf. and had me play a round in Vegas. Two months later, he signed me up for my first tournament in Wisconsin. After I dried off from all the rain and could feel my arm again from all 181 throws(mind you I had not played more than 1 round before this tournament), I was hooked on the competitiveness and technical challenge of attempting to master different shots.

Why do you Throw Pink? Sharing the gift of disc golf with other ladies in my community all while honoring those who have battled breast cancer, like my Grandma.

Favorite disc golf moment: Traveling to Las Vegas with Kiy to play in the Halloween classic with her for her first tournament(she won, beat 20+ people!).

Favorite quote: “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” ~ Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

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Jo-El Sidbury

Hometown: Wilmington, NC
PDGA Number: 147403
Played Since: 2020

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How you got into the game: On my birthday (8/16/2020) my boyfriend Cooper took me to play at Arrowhead Park in Wilmington. From that moment, I was a goner - I had my first discs within a week, my first bag shortly after that. I've played at least once a week since.

Why do you Throw Pink? II Throw Pink to grow the sport, to make a difference, to inspire others, to bring awareness, and because I'm high risk for cancer. My heart goes out to every woman who goes for those bi-annual doctor's visits and waits in terror for the week after, hoping the results come back in their favor. By raising awareness for women's health, I hope that one day, no one will have to know the anxious feeling of waiting for a test result.

I Throw Pink because I also want every woman to have the same experiences with disc golf that I have, to have somewhere they feel comfortable being themselves, to know that they are welcome without bias or agenda.

Favorite disc golf moment: My first clinic - the Throw Pink Ladies Clinic at the 2020 USDGC. I learned so much in one day from so many amazing ladies, I had only been playing for two months when I signed up for that clinic. It was truly the best thing I've ever done, it inspired me to work hard and do better - it also introduced me to an amazing non-profit, Throw Pink. It's also helped me to help others: Elaine King, Callie McMorran, and Tiger Borth taught me how to move while driving (rather than standing still); Debbie Scott & Ellen Widboom helped me learn how to throw midrange and to know that the circle of safety around the basket is better than cranking a disc and not being near the basket at all; Holly Finley helped me learn to use my hyzer putt to my advantage and that it's okay if my putts aren't always perfect (that's what practice is for) - all these memories and learned skills I use when someone asks me for help, I share with them what I was taught.

Favorite quote: "Women belong in all places where decisions are being made... It shouldn't be that women are the exception." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Jocelyn Keung

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
PDGA Number: 127385
Played Since: 2019

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How you got into the game: My ultimate frisbee team had a casual disc golf tournament to celebrate the end of the season. My boyfriend took the opportunity to teach me how to throw disc golf discs, and I was quickly captivated by the new challenges of the sport.

Why do you Throw Pink? Playing sports has been a great source of joy, growth, self-confidence, and wellness that I want others to experience. Women are underrepresented in both disc golf and ultimate frisbee, and Throw Pink's mission of improving the health of women through sport resonates deeply with me. Throw Pink also leverages its platform to promote the visibility of women in disc golf which facilitates a more diverse and equitable future for the sport.

Favorite disc golf moment: During my first tournament (that I played in the men's rec division), I told myself to play confidently but with low expectations. I didn't look at the scores all round, but on hole 18, my card mate told me I was tied for 2nd out of 35. That was my first 900+ rated round, and it was such a pleasant surprise when I had been nervous going into the tournament.

Favorite quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Karen Martel

Karen Martel

Hometown: Victoriaville, Québec
PDGA Number: 103743
Played Since: 2015

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How you got into the game: A friend introduced my son and my boyfriend to disc golf, then I tried it and got hooked, it became our family sport.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because the physical and mental health of women is important to me. Achievement through sport is a powerful tool for confidence and well-being. I wish to see more women grow through the benefits that disc golf can bring.  

Favorite disc golf moment: The Canadian National Disc Golf Championships 2018, this event put stars in my eyes and gave me wings.

Favorite quote: "The longest journey starts with a single step."

_Katie Hudgens

Katie Hudgens

Hometown: Indian Trail, NC
PDGA Number: 117972
Played Since: 2010

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How you got into the game: I got into disc golf thanks to my boyfriend Travis Hayes. He played in college and has been a member of the PDGA since 2016. When we first met he took me to an open field to teach me how to throw and I instantly fell in love. As a former softball athlete, I was all about throwing objects for a sport. From that moment on I was hooked and couldn't get enough of the sport... or him ; )

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink in honor of my grandmothers' who both had cancer and unfortunately passed away while battling a very hard fight. They both were such strong women before being diagnosed and it amazed me how much stronger they became while battling cancer and somehow managed to stay positive. They will always be warriors in my mind. Throwing Pink helps allow me the opportunity to mix disc golf and raising funds to help others affected by cancer and it is an honor. I also Throw Pink to help encourage others to keep a healthy lifestyle while enjoying the great outdoors!

Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc golf moment would have to be when we held our first disc golf tournament on our private course, located on our horse farm. My boyfriend Travis Hayes and his friend Tim Gaddy started building the course about 4 years ago. When I came along he introduced me not only to the sport but also to building a course and course maintenance. I had the opportunity to not only learn about the sport as a player but also see all the hard work that goes into designing, building, and maintaining a course. I have such a high appreciation and respect for those individuals that take this endeavor on. In July 2019 we had our grand opening and held our first tournament at the course. There was nothing like the feeling of seeing the course "come to life" with players and seeing all of Travis' and Tim's hard work pay off. It was an incredible day and I still get that feeling every time we get ready to hold a tournament at what is now officially called, "The Horse Course"!

Favorite quote: "The Best Way To Find Yourself, Is To Lose Yourself In The Service Of Others"
-Mahatma Gandhi

_Ken McCullough

Ken McCullough

Hometown: N. Charleston, SC
PDGA Number: 21157
Played Since: 1995

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How you got into the game: I was an avid Ultimate player in my youth - from recreational weekend play to tournaments in the south. In 1995, my friend was laying out for a catch at a tournament and broke his collarbone. While sitting in the emergency room waiting for them to reset it, he mentions to me that there's this thing called disc golf and you don't have to run, jump, or lay-out for catches. This was intriguing since we were both getting older and slower, so after he healed up, we started playing. My first course was Earlewood in Columbia, SC. I learned a lot from Ed Garris (local pro) and my buddy. Back then, there weren't a lot of discs, so we threw whatever we could get our hands on. I think my beginning bag had a Cyclone, Cobra, Gazelle, Cheetah, Shark, and Aviar.

Why do you Throw Pink? I try to promote and grow disc golf to everyone I meet. I like Throw Pink's mission and feel like I can use my talents and abilities to help encourage more women & girls to get out, play, and be more active through the sport that I love.

Favorite disc golf moment: When I hit my first ace while playing in a tournament at Earlewood. It's all the more special because it was where I first started playing.

Favorite quote:  "A true friend will come down and bail you out of jail. A really good friend will be sitting next to you saying, "WOW! that was fun!"

Lauren Walsh

Lauren Walsh

Hometown: San Diego, CA
PDGA Number: 142146
Played Since: 2020

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How you got into the game: I truly got the “disc golf bug” when quarantine started. I always knew the basics on how to play, but in February of 2020, I began playing every day as a way to stay active during the pandemic; my love for the sport escalated quickly. I still play 5-6 times per week!

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because I whole-heartedly believe in the mission and cause. Having lost a few friends to other forms of cancer, and having an Aunt who battled and survived breast cancer, I cannot think of a better organization to represent. From the brand to the people, and everything in between, Throw Pink is a MOVEMENT!  

Favorite disc golf moment: How to pick just one?!? My favorite disc golf moment was my birdie-3 on a 600’ par-4 at David L. Baker Golf Course during the West Coast Disc Golf Fall Sanctioned Series. I threw an epic 400’ roller, followed by a precise hyzer upshot, followed by an easy tap-in putt. I later placed first in that same 10-week series for the FA1 division, my first ever win!

Favorite quote: “Disc golf is a sport you can learn in a day, but take a lifetime to master.”

_Lindsey Westberg

Lindsey Westberg

Hometown: Mosinee, WI
PDGA Number: 56939
Played Since: 2011

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How you got into the game: My dear college friend, John, brought me to a league night. It only took one round with amazing people for me to fall in love with this sport. As my friend John states, "I've created a disc golf monster, metaphorically speaking." My life changed from that day forward.

Why do you Throw Pink? I am a breast cancer previvor. Living ‘Pink’ has been part of my life since December of 2014. With guidance from my primary medical provider and countless peer-reviewed articles, I have made changes in my life to decrease my cancer risk. Disc golf was an integral piece that helped me with overcoming my fears of getting breast cancer. Introducing a healthy avenue to others has helped me persevere and overcome my own battles is why I Throw Pink.

Favorite disc golf moment: In Wisconsin, the DOLLs (Disc On! Ladies League) hosts the Wisco Disco, a women’s only event. One year I chose not to participate as a competitor but as a supportive staff member/cheerleader. I ended up assisting with the raffle after the event. Since that year I have been deemed as the Official Raffle Boss of Wisco Disco. I am happy to travel for said Raffle Boss services in trade for a place to rest my head; full ‘disc’losure.

Favorite quote: 1. “Bogeys are dumb!” ~Ellen Widboom
2. "Life is finite. What you do with your time is infinite." ~Lindsey Westberg

Maria Coca

Maria Coca

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
PDGA Number: 58176
Played Since: 2012

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How you got into the game: My boyfriend (who is now my husband) took me out to play. I didn't understand the sport but the more I came out, the more I felt comfortable. There were many patient people who helped me learn and gave me advice!

Why do you Throw Pink? I would like to continue to teach my daughters that women deserve to be respected and should feel comfortable and confident around anyone.

Favorite disc golf moment: There are too many to choose from. It doesn't really come down to a win or a shot in a tournament...it's the memories made with others throughout the years.

My wonderful husband DID propose to me after our state doubles tournament in 2019. So it's hard to top that one!

Favorite quote: "It always seems impossible until it's done."

Melissa Ybarra

Melissa Ybarra

Hometown: Menifee, CA
PDGA Number: 153698
Played Since: 2015

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How you got into the game: My friend Jason introduced me to disc golf. We played a round at Hellyer Disc Golf Course in San Jose, CA. I fell in love with the sport. When I moved to Southern California, I started playing regularly and entered in some tournaments.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink for my mom who lost her battle to cancer. I also Throw Pink for the survivors and for those who are battling cancer. 

Favorite disc golf moment: Coming back from surgery and throwing with my non-dominant arm and getting a birdie from a long distance 2nd throw into the basket.

Favorite quote: "Love the life you live, Live the life you love."

Michelle Berger

Michelle Berger

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
PDGA Number: 119371
Played Since: 2018

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How you got into the game: My brother-in-law, Steve, got me into it. He and my husband, Kevin, had been trying for years to get me to do it, and finally one day, Steve gave me an old Roc and said "grip it and rip it", and I did. It was awesome. Since then, disc golf has become such a huge part of our life and is directly responsible for all my friendships. The disc golf community was so open and welcoming from the moment we moved into this new city, and now they are like family to me.

Why do you Throw Pink? Throw Pink is very special for the disc golf community in Las Vegas. There are personal ties for our group, and it is important to continue the Throw Pink legacy built here in Vegas by Jesse Hynie.

Also empowering women, building the sisterhood, and supporting each other in all that we do, even outside of disc golf. Encouraging women to understand that their health and well-being is SO important, both mentally and physically, and Throw Pink is exactly what that embodies. I am proud to Throw Pink.  

Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc golf moment was definitely volunteering to help with my first big tournament in February 2019. Every February, Las Vegas hosts the LVC (Las Vegas Challenge), and everyone I know volunteers to work it; it's an amazing event. There is so much heart and sweat that goes into this tournament, and being a part of it the past 3 years has solidified me into the disc golf family. I get to meet the pros, sell merchandise, mingle with other players, work behind the scenes for weeks leading up to it, and learn so much about the ins and outs of this sport and how to run events. It is definitely one of the coolest things I have ever been a part of.

Favorite quote: "Nothing changes if nothing changes."

Monica Boatright

Monica Boatright

Hometown: Rancho Cordova, CA
Played Since: 2020

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How you got into the game: My sister and her husband introduced the game to me on his birthday.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because it is important to me to share the sport with everyone and let them know the many physical and mental health benefits of playing. I also believe that providing education on breast cancer awareness is important for everyone and is a great start to prevention efforts.

Favorite disc golf moment: When I got my first ace at hole #3 at Santa Anita Park after starting out a month beforehand. I looked around to see if someone else saw because I was in disbelief, but no one was around, not even the local ducks or squirrels. So I just laughed and smiled.  

Favorite quote: "Everything you do now is the investment in life and happiness of your future self."

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Raphael Cruz

Hometown: Napa, CA
PDGA Number: 153669
Played Since: 2015

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How you got into the game: My best friend kept bugging me to try it and I finally caved. He picked it up when living in Washington and he convinced me to give it a shot when he moved back to California. He set me up with a few discs and the rest is history. I was hooked after my first great drive and haven't stopped since!

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink for the ladies in my life. My mother, aunt, and grandmother are all survivors of breast cancer, and after all of their struggles with breast cancer, I wanted to show them the same level of support they've shown me my entire life. When I first heard about Throw Pink I knew I wanted to get involved and help spread awareness of women's health through my favorite sport. I'm proud to be a small part of such an amazing organization.

Favorite disc golf moment: First time playing at DeLaveaga! It was my bachelor party and most of the guys hadn't ever played before. It was super fun teaching my boys how to toss and checking a dream course off of my bucket list.

Favorite quote: "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." - Dwight D Eisenhower

Raven Klein

Raven Klein

Hometown: Burnsville, MN
PDGA Number: 138272
Played Since: 2020

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How you got into the game: I tagged along with a friend just because that’s what he was doing that day, and then one day he said, “okay, we’re going to disc golf this year” and I said okay! I didn’t really know what that meant but then I fell in love with the sport and all the intricacies of disc flight and I couldn’t put the discs down. Before I knew it I was doing fieldwork and signing up for tournaments.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink to help grow the game of disc golf among women and girls and get people outside! I also Throw Pink because in March of 2020 my family found out that my stepmom had breast cancer. I had introduced her to disc golf that summer and she has continued to play through her first round of chemo, second round of chemo, and into radiation. I love that disc golf is something I can still do with her.  

Favorite disc golf moment: One of my favorite moments this year was winning my first FPO tournament at the Haunting at the preserve.

Favorite quote: “Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.”
– John Wooden

RUTH ROMILLO

Ruth "Rewthie Toothie" Romillo

Hometown: Nashville, TN
PDGA Number: 126954
Played Since: 2019

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How you got into the game: My husband has been playing since he was 16 Yrs old. (We are 43 Yrs old now) He tried to get me to play but I would throw a few times and absolutely hated it. I was a dedicated softball player 4-5 nights a week. Then his family The Weinackers from Mobile, Alabama came to Nashville for the Music City Open in August 2019. We drove them to all the various courses that the 5 of them were scheduled to play. I would watch & walk with them when I picked them up. I was like “Wait a minute! This is organized and competitive! I thought this was some dumb recreational activity.” So once I found out that disc golf had organized tournaments. We played casually as much as we could. I went to a course maintenance workday; nervous as hell, just waiting for some man to say something mean & ill to me. The guys were nice. I kept coming back.

There you go! I fell in love with the competition and community. Something that I was missing in softball for some reason. I played my first tournament in October 2019 and have not looked back once. Y'all are stuck with me! 

Why do you Throw Pink? I hate to say it but I do not like the color pink or any shades of it. But I know that it’s far beyond my color preferences. It represents women’s health and that is extremely important to me. That far outweighs my petty color preference. I love disc golf and I support women and I am a woman so why not Throw Pink. It just makes sense. Duhhhh! 

Favorite disc golf moment: I don’t think that I have one particular one. I love playing with my local ladies. I love playing out of town! I love traveling and hunting for courses with my husband! I love playing all women’s tournaments such as Ben Swam’s Alabama Women’s Disc Golf Championship, Jenny San Filippo’s Sparkle Open, and the Atlanta GaLS Fall Frenzy!   

Favorite quote: Carpe Diem

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Sara Wozniak

Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
PDGA Number: 109358
Played Since: 2017

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How you got into the game: My fiance at the time and now husband got me started. I thought it was so cool that disc golf was so similar to golf. I played golf in college and loved that disc golf was new and different. I got hooked to it! 

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because I love what Throw Pink stands for. I want to help women get outside and to be more active. I love that being outside allows you to relax and enjoy what's around you. As a Certified Personal Trainer, it is so important to get exercise and I love that Throw Pink encourages women and girls all through the game of disc golf to be active. Throw Pink is great at bringing women and girls together in a safe and fun environment based around disc golf.  

Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc golf moment would be when I got an ace on number 5 at Fewell Park. It was a short uphill backhand hyzer shot with my Harp. I got such a huge rush and sense of accomplishment when it smashed into the chains. I jumped up and down in joy for about 2 minutes with my husband haha!

Favorite quote: "Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you."

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Serenity Madison

Hometown: Newcastle, CA
PDGA Number: 26720
Played Since: 1995

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How you got into the game: I was introduced to disc golf when I was 15 years old by my brother and cousin. I wanted to get out of the house, and this was something that quickly became an interest to me. I have taken several breaks since my teens but the passion that was ignited has always burned deep and true.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because I believe in uplifting, empowering, inspiring women to thrive in their lives, and Throw Pink is all about that life! It's an honor to be a Throw Pink team member with the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of others.  

Favorite disc golf moment: In 2005, when I took the California Amateur State Championships. It was a fight to the finish with a shoot out as I was tied for 1st. Working hard for that title, I carried that accomplishment with me for many years until I came back to the sport 15 years later. I love how the many moments of accomplishments and successes hold a special place in my heart, which I treasure to this day. Making many more to last a lifetime!

Favorite quote: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

Shelby Stremus

Shelby Stremus

Hometown: Rockford, MI
PDGA Number: 132691
Played Since: 2016

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How you got into the game: My ex-boyfriend's friends took us out to try disc golf one day and I was immediately hooked. After we separated, I continued with it and eventually introduced my current boyfriend to the sport once we got together. We've both worked together to learn and improve our game and it's taken over our lives, in a positive way of course. After realizing that disc golf is the only thing I've stuck with and have a passion for, I've decided to dedicate most of my life to it. Just from the short amount of time I've been apart of the disc golf community, so many doors have opened and I'm so excited to see what the future holds.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because I'm passionate about supporting women's health and know how important it is in every aspect of life. Promoting women's health through activity is important for physical and mental health, and disc golf is a tool that can be used for both. After battling many health issues myself, I've come to realize how broken our healthcare system is, which has pushed me to become passionate about the subject. I want to help other women realize that we aren't helpless when it comes to improving ourselves and our health and we can take charge to bring light to the issue.

Favorite disc golf moment: In my very first tournament, I got my first ace and ended up taking first place. This was the first time I had confidence in my game and knew I needed to believe in myself more.  

Favorite quote: "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." -Henry Ford

Shirley Van Vleet

Shirly Van Vleet

Hometown: South Haven, MN
PDGA Number: 129016
Played Since: 2015

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How you got into the game: Through my husband. It was one of our first dates and he was so supportive I quickly fell in love with it. I love hiking and nature so it just all fit. The disc golf community is amazing and watching myself grow is so much fun.  

Why do you Throw Pink? To help support women's health and to help show that disc golf not only promotes a physically healthy lifestyle but it also supports mental health. I hope to someday integrate my future career as a social worker with getting more women involved in disc golf and Throw Pink's format is the way to go.

Favorite disc golf moment: My first tournament. It was such a great group of people and everyone was so welcoming. It made me want to do more.  

Favorite quote: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Ann Frank

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Stephen Miller

Hometown: Stafford, VA
PDGA Number: 29922
Played Since: 2006

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How you got into the game: My uncle introduced me to the Frisbee and disc world before one of our extended hikes in the Daniel Boone National Forest when I was younger.

We would toss a Frisbee in the parking lot to warm up while we waited for our hiking group to arrive. Hole one would usually start something like this...

"Tee from here. Around the tree, under the car, hit the trash can to score in the least amount of throws as possible".

The rest is history.

Why do you Throw Pink? Throwing Pink allows me an opportunity to have a significant impact and influence in my direct community through disc golf; a sport we all love.

We raised just over $2000 in 2020 during our Tee-Off for Tatas event in October.

Favorite disc golf moment: Qualifying for the United States Disc Golf Championships for the first time

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Experiencing the 2018 Amateur World Championship as a spectator and volunteer.

Favorite quote: For those I love, I sacrifice."

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Tara D. Richardson

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
PDGA Number: 110837
Played Since: 2007

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How you got into the game: My mom took me to play for the first time when I was in high school. Then in college, I started dating a guy who loved the game. We went to play disc golf on our first date. He is now my husband and it's still one of our favorite activities to do together.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because of what it stands for. My grandmother and my mother-in-law are both breast cancer survivors so this organization is something I'm passionate about. I get to help raise funds and awareness for some amazing charities while playing the game I love!  

Favorite disc golf moment: When my husband proposed to me during a round of disc golf in 2013 (at the same course where we went on our first date).

Favorite quote: "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." - Amelia Earhart

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Camdyn Turner

Hometown: Cheyenne, WY
PDGA Number: 113302
Played Since: 2016

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How you got into the game: My now-husband would play and I thought I can do this. I want to do this!

Why do you Throw Pink? What's better than sharing something your passionate about with other people while shedding light on a good cause? Disc golf has brought me so much confidence and keeps me active and I want to share that with my community.  

Favorite disc golf moment: My first sanctioned tournament. I had to move up a division since there weren't enough females playing. We tied after three courses and went into sudden death for 5 holes taking my first win.

Favorite quote: “We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” - Dr. Suess

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Grace Watson

 Grace Watson

Hometown: Anita, IA
PDGA Number: 113502
Played Since: 2016

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How you got into the game: My dad introduced me to disc golf. My first disc was a yellow DX Leopard that was also my dad's first disc. 

Why do you Throw Pink? I first learned about Throw Pink when I won a Throw Pink package in a raffle for the Eagles Wings Juniors Virtual Putting League. I like Throw Pink because we encourage girl's and women's participation in disc golf. Also, we promote women's health. 

Favorite Disc(s): My favorite discs are the Blizzard Katana, ESP Buzz, and a Fusion Emac Truth. 

Fun Fact: I enjoy disc golf because it's outside and I like playing new courses and seeing all the cuddly wildlife that I want to pet but can't. 

Hayden Wiebusch

Hayden Wiebusch

Hometown: Apple Valley, MN
PDGA Number: 113370
Played Since: 2018

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How you got into the game: My dad introduced me to disc golf. We both played our first 9 holes of disc golf the same day. My first disc was a bright yellow/green Lightning #2 Upshot.

Why do you Throw Pink? Last spring, I was in a junior's virtual putting league and won a Throw Pink prize pack, which had lots of cool things. I Throw Pink because we support girls playing disc golf and I also love their gear.

Favorite Disc(s): Right now, my favorite discs are the Diamond driver, the #2 Upshot, and the Polecat.  

Fun Fact: Outside of disc golf, I enjoy swimming, dancing (I take hip hop, ballet, tap, modern, and jazz classes), and reading. 

Lauren McKanna

Lauren McKanna

Hometown: Terre Haute, IN
PDGA Number: 149474
Played Since: 2020

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How you got into the game: My brothers. My first discs were the #3 driver from lightning discs, a DX Roc, and a Blizzard Champion Vulcan.

Why do you Throw Pink? I learned about Throw Pink from my dad when he saw it on Instagram. I Throw Pink because I love to play with other women but, unfortunately, we don't have many female disc golfers in my area. I want to advocate for women's disc golf. Plus, my grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and has come to watch me play tournaments in the past. 

Favorite Disc(s): My favorite discs are the Mamba, Fierce, and Focus. 

Fun Fact: My dog's name is Teddy and he has an old Soft Magnet Putter that he chews on in the yard. 

Layla Gager

 Layla Gager

Hometown: Jessersonton, VA
PDGA Number: 146317
Played Since: 2020

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How you got into the game: My dad and his friend, Russ, first introduced me to disc golf. My first disc was the TL3.

Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because we raise money for cancer through tournaments and promote disc golf for women. I first learned about Throw Pink playing in the Tee Off for TaTa's event with my dad. Later on, I volunteered at the Fredericksburg Nats event with Stephen.  

Favorite Disc(s): Sidewinder, Mako3, and the Sockibomb Aviar3. 

Fun Fact: My favorite color is turquoise and I love math and reading. 

MJ Gager

MJ Gager

Hometown: Jessersonton, VA
PDGA Number: 146304
Played Since: 2020

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How you got into the game: My dad and I threw the TL3.

Why do you Throw Pink? Stephen Miller and Sherry Cato told me about Throw Pink. I started to Throw Pink because the discs are pink and I like that they encourage more girls to play disc golf. 

Favorite disc(s): Blizzard Beast, Throw Pink Mirage, and the TL3.

Fun Fact: My favorite food is the taco. I love trying new things and exploring places with my family.

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Savanna Nicholson

Hometown: Perry, GA
PDGA Number: 151020
Played Since: 2020

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How you got into the game: My dad introduced me to disc golf. My first disc was a yellow Prodigy F7.

Why do you Throw Pink? I learned about Throw Pink during a local event last October (2020). The way the program is designed to not only introduce women and girls to disc golf, but the way it created a community around it as well is why I Throw Pink. Since the Throw Pink event, I've been playing more often and getting better and better.

Favorite Disc(s): My favorite discs are the Mako, Roc3, Aviar, and Sapphire. 

Fun Fact: I enjoy playing other sports like volleyball, soccer, and softball. I'm also very involved in school working as a peer to peer tutor in math and science. 

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Wicked Aces Disc Golf is an online custom apparel, disc, and accessory company based out of Pooler, GA that prides itself on growing the sport worldwide. We offer custom items with our logo, and customers will have the ability to add logos!

"I started playing disc golf in 2015 just for fun to toss it around because it was in my store. I never really actually played a round of disc golf before, but my local club asked me to order discs and vend my first tournament in 2016 and after watching the players I was amazed at the community and togetherness. I soon played my first round after that and was hooked. It has been the best stress reliever for me and I have thrown my whole heart into it and making others happy. The disc golf community has become such a family that I don't think I will ever leave it!" - Valerie Williams, Wicked Aces Disc Golf owner

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ZÜCA has been on a roll since 2004, making lives better—and making people smile—with our patented, super-durable, and versatile, fashionable carry-all bags. We have revolutionized how people transport their belongings by helping them get around in a healthy way. Kids can transport all of their books without straining their backs, and they can grab a seat anywhere. Professionals can organize and protect their tools and samples on the go—and look totally put together for every client meeting. Travelers & pets can move in style. ZÜCA bags are perfect for today´s fast-paced, always-on-the-go lifestyles, and are now a global sensation.

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From humble beginnings as a solo operation in Todd Curran’s guest room in 2009, VII Apparel Company has grown into one of the top brands in the sport of Ultimate while expanding into other markets including Soccer, Disc Golf, Quidditch, Dodgeball, and Spikeball.

Now headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, VII is proud to keep all of our production in-house, from design to printing and sewing. Even more noteworthy, in 2019 VII unveiled the GreenLine, a new generation of fabric made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Lightweight, sweat-wicking, antimicrobial, comfortable, sublimation-friendly, and rated UPF 50+, the GreenLine fabric represents VII’s commitment to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint.

With 10 years in the customizable apparel business, VII knows what it takes to make our customers happy—quality products, on-time delivery, easy ordering processes, and strong customer service. The VII team has been trained to provide customers with all the information they need to make an informed decision when ordering activewear.

In 2020, we made the decision to change our name to VII Apparel Co. We have more than a decade of history being called Savage, but we feel that this is a necessary step toward a more inclusive future. We are grateful for your support as we enter this next phase of our company, knowing that the most important things will not change: the quality of our gear, our commitment to our customers, and the people who work hard to make this company what it is.

Ladies First

Ladies First Disc Golf Website

Jenny San Filippo, owner

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Ladies First disc golf is for all disc golfers. Whether it is a woman looking for women-friendly disc golf discs, apparel, and gear. We are also here to serve men who are interested in getting the ladies in their life playing disc golf. Ladies First Disc Golf wants to make the shopping process for disc golf products easy for all of our patrons.

 Our disc inventory consists of various ranges of weights and stability to serve players of all levels. We specialize in lightweight discs... When it comes to apparel, we put a lot of thought into our products. We want to ensure that the clothes you purchase from us are comfortable, but also fashionable!

Ladies First Disc Golf is a woman-owned business formed in 2015.  Jenny San Filippo saw the need for a company where the ladies of disc golf come first! Jenny has an extensive history in women’s disc golf from running leagues, tournaments and serving on the PDGA women’s committee. She dedicated to serving the women, girls, and ladies of disc golf. Together we can grow disc golf for women, and girls!

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Amy DiBartola

Amy DiBartola

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Amy S. DiBartola has been a Human Resources Professional for over 20 years. She holds senior-level certifications from both the Society of HR Managers and the HR Certification Institute.  She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism, a Master’s degree in HR, and has completed Brown University's Leadership and Performance coaching program. During work hours, Amy can be found directing the development and implementation of leadership and job training programs for over 3,000 seasonal employees in Yellowstone National Park. In her off time, Amy is an equal partner in Cairn Consulting, LLC. and an avid adventure traveler with a love for doing all things outdoors in the company of her two adopted shelter mutts, Alma and Rostov.

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Christine Barker

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Christine Barker lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and their two adorable kittens. She works on payment card systems for the JM Smith Corp and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Wofford College, as well as a Master's degree in Computer Science from Florida State University. Christine started playing disc golf in 2008 and became a PDGA member that same year. Between 2011 and 2018, she has held various executive positions including president within the Upstate Disc Golf Club. Her involvement with Throw Pink events started in 2014. Over her disc golf years, she has helped orchestrate hundreds of tournaments, clinics, and leagues. Outside of work and disc golf, she enjoys helping her community through work with Let There Be Mom, Special Olympics, Mobile Meals, and DSS Christmas Wish Lists. She also loves travelling to new places with her husband.

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JoAnna L. Floyd

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JoAnna L. Floyd, J.D. is the Director of the Office of Industry Contracts at Clemson University. Her office is responsible for supporting Clemson researchers in their pursuit of research funding from private industry and managing and negotiating sponsored research contracts and other related agreements with companies. JoAnna was appointed to this position in July 2013 when the office was created by the Vice President for Research. JoAnna was responsible for establishing the office and creating and implementing new policies and procedures for managing Clemson’s industry contracts.

JoAnna previously served as Assistant Director of Licensing and Contracts with the Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) from 2008 to 2013. Prior to her employment with CURF, JoAnna was the Interim Director of the Intellectual Property Office at the University of South Carolina. 

JoAnna holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

JoAnna lives in Greenville, S.C. and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, watching college football, reading anything other than contracts, and listening to true crime podcasts.

Leigh Tanner

Leigh Tanner

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Leigh Tanner is a dentist living in Asheville, NC with her wife, shaggy rescue dog, and 2 cats. In her free time, she enjoys getting outside by foot or on 2-wheels. Her most recent creative endeavor was fulfilling a life long dream of learning to play the double bass. She has a B.S. in Botany from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a DMD from the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Nikki Tabron

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Nikki Tabron serves as the Vice President of Education for the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center in the Boston Harbor. She oversees all education programming, with a focus on increasing the number of public schools that partner with the Island for multi-year sequence STEM and Social Emotional Development programming. Dedicated to public service, Ms. Tabron has over 20 years of experience working with and meeting the needs of a diverse range of young people and educators.

Prior to joining Thompson Island, Nikki served as the Senior Impact Director for City Year Boston. During her tenure at City Year, Nikki cultivated school, community and corporate partnerships in many capacities including once being an AmeriCorps member herself.

Nikki grew up in Durham, NC and attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Ms. Tabron received her graduate degree at the McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies at UMASS Boston. She currently resides in Boston, MA with her partner and dog, Mojo.

A lifelong athlete, Nikki loves to get outside and get active. She believes strongly in supporting opportunities that engage women and children in the outdoors. In addition to her work with Outward Bound, she serves on the boards of Strong Women Strong Girls of Boston, Orchard Gardens K-8 School and Boston Green Academy.  She’s excited to be a member of the Throw Pink Team. 

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