With a 25% winning percentage over 20 years, Lavone has won over 40 disc golf titles marking him as one of the sport’s steadiest players. Recognized for his ‘ unwavering character as a professional disc golfer, Lavone was awarded the Bob West Sportsmanship Award in 1989. His influence is widespread as a teacher, director, promoter and supporter of the sport. Lavone’s commitment to running high-caliber tournaments, including two PDGA World Championships, have helped to set standards for the sport to follow.
LEO "SNAPPER" PIERSON — As a full-time disc golf course pro at the Morley Field course in San Diego, Snapper’s life is devoted to the sport he loves. His total dedication to the world’s busiest disc golf course has attracted legions of new players and elevated the image of disc golf as a professional sport. A fierce competitor on the course, Snapper has earned numerous titles including seven world championships. As both a promoter and a player, Snapper has always strived aggressively to be disc golf’s best.
A spirited pioneer of disc golf in the northwestern U.S., Doug’s unbounded enthusiasm for the sport subdued the doubts of parks officials in his quest for permanent courses. Doug is recognized for helping to forge the idea of a player’s organization that the PDGA was to later become. As PDGA #016, Doug volunteered himself from the beginning and worked hard at advancing the sport until his untimely death in 1989. A widely loved figure, Doug’s legacy as a disc golf competitor, instructor and promoter will be outshined only by the memory of his passion for enjoying life.
As one of disc golf’s earliest promoters Dan helped set the standard for tournament directing. His work as the course pro at California’s famous La Mirada Park and the programs he established helped to cultivate many of the world’s best players. The long successful running of the La Mirada Open and the U.S. Open are great achievements attributed to Dan. Dan continues to serve the disc golf community worldwide through his Discovering the World business.
As administrator of the PDGA from 1986 to 1993, Darrell diligently dedicated himself to the progression of the sport and the representation of the players. Throughout many Board changes in the PDGA, it was often Darrell who shouldered critical responsibilities and took on the tasks necessary to ensure the integrity of the organization. The early proliferation of professional disc golf around the world would not have been possible without the perseverance and personal sacrifices of Darrell Lynn.