Don Wilchek- #1274 Class of 2014

Don Wilchek

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 #1274

BIRTH YEAR: 1957
HOMETOWN: Damon, TX
MENTOR(S): John Connelly #992
PROTÉGÉS: Snapper Pierson #691

GOLF ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Played disc golf in 5 different decades
  • Improved basket design with the invention of the sliding chain
  • Designed all four of the courses used for the 2002 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships at Tom Bass Park
  • Tournament Co-director of the 2002 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships
  • Part of a team that ran many of the Texas State Disc Golf Championships

COMPETITIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
50+ combined wins in Open and Masters including:

  • 2nd place in Masters at the innaugural PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships
  • World Doubles Champion and National Doubles Champion, both with partner Eric Marx
  • World Mixed Doubles Champion with partner Becky Powell
  • Wintertime Open
  • LaMirada Open
  • American Flying Disc Open
  • Texas State Disc Golf Championships
  • Veterans Park Open
  • Kansas City Wide Open
  • Waco Charity Cup

STATEMENT OF PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS:
To enjoy every day doing what makes you happy

HOW AND WHEN HE BEGAN PLAYING DISC GOLF:
In 1976 a friend David Hilger knew about disc sports and we used to play disc golf and guts in the neighborhood till we went to Gilson park in Chicago and discovered pole holes and met John Connelly and the rest of the Chicago area frisbee players. After that there was many trips to the beautiful course on the shores of Lake Michigan.

HOBBIES, TALENTS, INTEREST:
Kayaking and fishing for sharks and other big fish in summer. Trout fishing in the winter.

“Originally from Chicago, Don Wilchek was a multi-disciplined “frisbee” player in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. He competed at a world class level in many disc sports – most notably Guts and Disc Golf. Famous for his thumber roller, he carved up courses and became the most consistent and winning player of the sport’s early events. For a brief period he took his phenomenal skills on the road as one of the original “traveling pros”. After settling in Houston, Don resumed his winning ways and competitive career, directed major events, designed courses, and engineered basket improvements. While an incredible talent and champion, he humbly represented the sport in a friendly, positive way to all who met him, inspiring many new players to become disc golfers.”

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Jim Oates- #3351 Class of 2014

Jim Oates #3351

BIRTH YEAR: 1961
HOMETOWN: Sacramento, CA
MENTOR(S): Charlie Callahan #347, Michael Travers #1702
PROTÉGÉS: Drew Gibson #48346, Derek Billings #28965, Josh Anthon #17946

GOLF ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Tournament Director of the 1994 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships
  • Tournament Director of the St. Patrick’s Classic from 1990-1997
  • Co-Tournament Director of the St. Patrick’s Classic from 1997-2013
  • Course designer of Orangevale Park, Finnen Lake Park, and McClatchy Park

COMPETITIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
100+ combined wins in Open, Masters, and Grandmasters including:

  • 1st place World Overall Disc Golf Champion 1991, World Flying Disc Federation
  • 1st place in Masters at the 1999 PDGA Pro Worlds
  • 1st place in Masters at the 2007 PDGA Pro Worlds
  • 1st place in Grandmasters at the 2011 PDGA Pro Worlds
  • Finished in the top 10 in the Masters divison at all of the PDGA Pro Worlds between 2002-2010, a majority of the time in the top 5
  • 2X winner of the Tim Selinske US Masters Championships

HOW AND WHEN HE BEGAN PLAYING DISC GOLF:
Jim started playing disc golf in 1984 after breaking his feet. No longer able to compete in soccer, Jim took up disc golf as hobby, and even played his first few rounds on crutches.

HOBBIES, TALENTS, INTEREST:
Annual mission work to less developed countries building disc golf courses.