When did you start playing disc golf?
I began playing disc golf 6 years ago. My partner took me on a hike through the Redwood National Forest in northern California. He brought along a bag of discs and threw them through the trees towards metal baskets. It took a couple of months before I threw my first disc. At first, I just tagged along because most of the courses were often on scenic hiking trails with amazing views! Once I began playing it was difficult to tag along without also playing. Hiking without throwing discs became super boring! I’ve been hooked ever since. Shoutout to my partner, Diego Alvarado, for introducing me to this awesome sport!
Do you coordinate any women’s disc golf happenings? Leagues, tournaments or other things to promote women’s disc golf?
In 2018 I began Empowered Disc Golf, a sports media company focused on developing content to empower women to participate in disc golf. Participation does not always have to be competing. It can be utilizing your skills of photography, graphic design, event planning, crafting or the number of other skills I didn’t mention!
Since then Empowered Disc golf has evolved into an amazing community of women empowering women, with the first Crew of Catalysts including; Kate Berger, Madison Tomaino, Nikki Nash, Caley Allen, and Alyssa Martinez.
For the 2020 season, we are focused on growing our sport by empowering women to host their first disc golf event. Whether it is a disc golf clinic, putting league, sanctioned or unsanctioned tournament. Resources to come!
I will also be hosting Throw Like A Girl – 2020 Women’s Global Event Presented by Empowered Disc Golf on the Big Island of Hawaii on May 9th! Information can be found on Discgolfscene.com or our website Empowereddiscgolf.com. We have a number of side activities planned for those traveling to the state for the first time! The Discation begins with an adventure through the Volcano National Park, then a Doubles tournament (So your partner agrees to come along!), Followed by Throw Like a Girl, Celebrated with a Snorkle BBQ & Dolphin Cruise, and finished off by with a relaxing evening on a beach in Hawaii.
More information on optional side events to come! Any questions contact us at EmpoweredDiscGolf@gmail.com!
Backhand, Forehand or both?
Righty Backhand dominant, Lefty Backhand backup
What is your biggest personal accomplishment in disc golf?
This is a tough question to answer! I have had so many amazing opportunities, it’s hard to choose! I have been able to collaborate with a number of inspiring women, produced footage of the 2018 Beaver State Fling, have worked to grow Empowered Disc Golf into a strong community, and assisted in building the new 6 hole Kona Disc Golf Course. I feel my biggest personal accomplishment in disc golf is yet to come.
If you could only play with 3 discs for the rest of your disc golf life which 3 would you choose?
- Legacy Pinnacle Rival
- Latitude 64 Opto Ruby
- Westside Burst Harp
What are your top 3 courses?
Redwood Curtain DGC – Arcata, CA
Waterloo DGC – Waterloo, OR
Gargoyles Garden – Mountain View, HI
What is the best part of playing disc golf in Hawaii?
Summer disc golf year-round!
If you could have an official beverage of disc golf what would you choose?
Do you have any specific goals for your 2020 Throw Like a Girl WGE in Hawaii?
For the women who attend the tournament to have fun and unforgettable memories! It will be the first Women’s Global Event I host. And also the first women’s only tournament so overall my goals are to ensure we all have a good time regardless of how many of us attend!
How can people learn more about Empowered Disc Golf?
Follow us on social media @EmpoweredDiscGolf! Find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube! Keep an eye on our website www.EmpoweredDiscGolf.com! Also, you can contact us at EmpoweredDiscGolf@gmail.com for collaboration opportunities or with any questions!