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PLAYER PROFILE – MEET THE TEAM – Sue Summers

📷 Kingsley Flett

Playing Division: FP40 / FPO
Predominant Throw: Right Hand Back Hand

Q: How long have you been playing and how did you get introduced to the sport?
A: I’ve been playing for 7 years and got introduced to disc golf by my husband Ken, who also introduce me to ultimate a few years prior.

Q: What are your strengths as a player?
A: I learn and adapt to new skills and techniques quickly and am prepared to work hard to improve my game. My game improvement has been erratic due to a busy work-study-volunteering-life schedule over recent years, but it’s meant I’ve learned to work with the time I have, and find ways to maximise the training I do.

 Q: What is your best or favourite competition result to date?
A: I threw a 891-rated round at the Fantasy Park Open in February – my highest rated round yet – which was an encouraging result, and reflected the work I’ve put into my game.

Q: What are your disc golfing ambitions and plans for the next two or three years?
A: I’d like to improve my rating to 850 within the next year and set my sights on 900 in two or three. Being competitive in an international women’s masters competition would be cool – I would be rapt to find myself on a card with Des Reading or Juliana Korver one day. I’d also like to keep contributing to the growth of women’s disc golf, and improve the sport’s inclusivity for more people in the community.  

Q: Can you share a practice tip or something you learned that substantially helped you improve your play.  
A: Listen and learn from others, but also remember no-one know you like you. Take advice from a range of coaches and guides and use what works for you.

 Q: What top pro player do you look up to and why? 
A: Kristin Tattar. I first noticed her career while preparing for the World Team Disc Golf Championships in Estonia in 2019. I admire her for just being amazing by what she does and the way she plays her game: she’s a humble, quiet achiever.
 
Q: What is your favourite disc in your bag right now and what do you use it for?
A: I just started throwing my newly acquired Latitude 64 Royal Grand Grace with the Kristin Tattar stamp. I’m using it to get distance and a fairly reliable fade, which may change a little as I beat it in. However I love its glide and am keen to get some more Graces for my bag. Prior to recent throwing sessions I would have chosen my RPM Cosmic Pekapeka for similar reasons. Some love for our local manufacturer too: the Fourth Circle Discs mid-range Dingo is my go-to tailwind upshot disc.

Thanks Sue, we’re stoked to have you on Team Australia!

📷 Kingsley Flett

Meet the Team – Jonathan Jonas

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Jonathan Jonas – NSW – PDGA#36449

Playing Division MP40

Current Rating: 934

Q: How long have you been playing and how did you get introduced to the sport?

A: I’m ADG member #39 – I started playing in Sydney in 2006 back when Albert Munoz, Sally Hill, Luke Williams and Kurt Karlsson were setting up a temporary course on campus grounds at Macquarie Uni. It had some fun shots, including a throw through the fountain.

Q: What are your strengths as a player?

A: I’m consistent and accurate, hit most fairways and approach well. I have less distance off the tee than most pro players.

Q: What is your best or favourite competition result to date?

A: Winning the first Jesmond Jam in a playoff against Martin Ryland-Adair in the pouring rain was a highlight, also it was so exciting representing Australia at the previous World Teams event in Estonia and competing against the big European teams with my friends and team mates.

Q: What are your disc golfing ambitions and plans for the next two or three years?

A: I’m excited to keep growing disc golf in the Newcastle and Central Coast areas, we put in a new (short) course at East Maitland in January which has been really popular and I’d like to keep that momentum going.Q: Can you share a practice tip or something you learned that substantially helped you improve your play. A: To echo Dave Bandy, “I just like watching it fly’.

Q: What is your favourite disc in your bag right now and what do you use it for?

A: Pro Cobra is my favourite for straight approach shots with glide, I have 2 very well used copies and will be sad when they break as I think they’re out of production in Pro plastic now.

Thanks JJ, fantastic to have you representing Australia for a second time.

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by David Kynaston

Meet the Team – Chris Finn

The eleven-strong team representing Australia at the WFDF 2022 World Team Disc Golf Championships has been selected and announced. Between now and the big event in August, we will get to know a little more about each of the players in a series of ‘Meet the Team’ Player Profiles.

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WA’s Chris Finn has competed at the highest level of Australian disc golf for over two decades. He has won four ADGC titles, an ADG tour title, has taken many career wins and is Australia’s career earnings leader from pro play. Chris is a prominent figure in disc golf in Australia and worldwide, he runs multiple businesses including The Flying Disc Store, course designer/installer RAD Creations and disc golf clothing brand Dude Clothing. Let’s hear from Chris, there’s a lot we can learn.

Playing Division: MPO
Current Rating: 984
Sponsors: Dude, RAD, FDS, RPM
Predominant throw: RHBH

Q: What are your strengths as a player?
A: Time in the game, I’ve played disc sports and disc golf since 1987 as an 11 year old. This means nothing unless you’ve put time in to learn. I have treated the game the same as a martial art, always working on different aspects of the game to get them better. I am very strategic on the course and also analyze the course I’m playing. At the end of the day, it’s only you versus the course, playing one hole one shot at a time.

Q: What is your best or favourite competition result to date?
A: Hmm, so many hard to decide, I don’t think one singular stands out for me so top 5 are these, Junior Disc Golf Titles were part of my early love but probably then top 2 in a Major in a Pro Division, United Stated Masters Championships top 20 then 2015 Aussie Champs Title, Last but not least winning Rob Hancock Memorial, every time 🙂

Q: What are your disc golfing ambitions and plans for the next two or three years?
A: My passion and legacy is to keep developing courses so more people find the game, as this is singularly the most important thing for people to find the game, courses in the ground and my legacy is to ensure I can help people find something like this to help them through life’s ups and downs. Actually putting myself 1st again for playing, and playing my best, no one elses, just to play my best and win or lose doing that is all I want to do knowing I haven’t left any stone unturned, practice, practice, practice. If I’m beaten it’s because someone played better than my best, not because I wasn’t good enough due to not putting in the effort.

Q: Can you share a top form tip or something that substantially helped you improve your play. A: Focus, clearly at the shot you’re about to take. The Wind, the Danger, The memory of a good shot on that hole or a similar shot you’ve played, visualize the shot, practice the shot in your mind and execute it in full, don’t have any doubts in which disc, or shot or line your about to take. When I’ve done this the results have always been 1,000 rated plus rounds.

Q: What top pro player do you look up to and why?
A ; Jay Reading, he’s everything a player and person can aim to be. Enjoying the playing, The competition, giving back to the game and community and furnish everyone with your positive presence, Jay has done this since I’ve known him. Honourable mention to Simon Feasey as well for being such an awesome bloke around the world, he’s the reason I keep pushing myself….

Q: What is your favourite disc in your bag right now and what do you use it for?
A: Most favorite….So hard, I love my discs, my RPM Piwakawaka, P2 Glow and PD2. Always reliable.
Thanks Chris, best of luck for Croatia.

Image by Kingsley Flett
Image by Kingsley Flett

By David Kynaston
Thanks and credit for images to Kingsley Flett