“Oatmeal Crème Pies, all you have to do is ask if you find me on the course and I’ll have one for you!… As long as I can leave the course learning something new, it’s been a good round. Whether it’s just a new stance in putting, or knowing I can hit a certain line will make me feel like I’ve accomplished something to help me in the future.…”
Welcome to another edition of our Disc Golf Player Profile publication – where we feature disc golfers that you may or may not have heard of before. Everybody has their own disc golf story to tell. This is the place where those stories are being told and shared with the world!
Meet Brandon Oakes (PDGA #182290)
Tell us about yourself! How old are you? Where do you live? What do you do (work/school/etc.)?
I’m 34 going on 35 (only 5 more years until MA40 lol) and I work in logistics and event coordination. I’ve been out of school for over a decade and earned two bachelor’s degrees in communications and journalism. I focused on marketing and public relations.
Tell us about the most important people in your life! Who do you live with (family, friends, etc.)?
My family and my baby cat Stellaluna!
Do you have a nickname or just something else that you go by?
I’m called any name under the sun and I’m always open to nicknames, but I’m mainly called “Oakes” or “Flippy.”
Disc Golf Journey
How long have you been playing disc golf?
2 ½ years
How did you get started with disc golf?
During the beginning of the covid lockdowns, my friend asked if I wanted to go out and play. I was hooked from the start, and my stress and frustration had to accept that they were a bigger part of my life now.
Share some of your memorable disc golf moments…
My first win was a little lack luster, but it was also a win. But, my third win was the one that stuck out the most for me. Also, acing my last practice throw before the two minute warning was another fun experience, although frustrating that it wasn’t scored.
Some Random Personal Stuff
What do you do when you’re not playing disc golf?
I used to be a semi-professional Overwatch player and I used to be a beat writer for a pro team. My main hobbies outside of disc golf are gaming, traveling and disc dyeing.
What is your absolute favorite food (something you couldn’t live without)?
Hands down, cheese.
What’s your favorite fast-food restaurant?
In and Out, I’ve only had it twice, but it was a dream!
What are some of your favorite movies of all time?
There are a lot, but most recently “Everything Everywhere All At One”
What are some of your favorite TV shows/series?
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Prison Break, Community, Game Of Thrones. Again, there are way too many.
Do you have any pro or college sports teams you are fanatic about?
Pittsburgh Penguins, Charlotte Hornets
In the Bag
What is the first disc golf disc that you ever owned?
DX Wraith, DX Valkyrie and XT Nova
What are some of your favorite discs that are in your bag right now?
I’m really digging the Lone Star Ranger, Frio and Artemis.
What else is always in your bag other than discs?
Oatmeal Crème Pies, all you have to do is ask if you find me on the course and I’ll have one for you!
Disc Golf Courses
Do you have a course that you consider your ‘home course’? Tell us about it.
There are a lot, but the closest to me would be Oak Hollow.
What are a few of your favorite disc golf courses to play?
What is a dream disc golf course for you that you hope to play someday?
Let’s Play Disc Golf
Do you have any pre-round or post-round rituals that you do when you play disc golf?
I listen to music while warming up to get myself into a rhythm.
Do you drink, smoke, snack, or partake in anything else while playing disc golf? What’s your go-to?
Oatmeal Crème Pies and Liquid IV
Are you just a casual disc golfer? Do you participate in any local leagues? Do you compete in disc golf tournaments?
I play in multiple local leagues and play at least one tournament a week.
Do you have any tips for aspiring disc golfers?
You may not be great today, but you always have tomorrow.
Disc Golf Fun Stuff
Do you have any favorite professional disc golfers that you follow?
Hailey King and Connor O’reilly
Do you have any disc golf goals that you are trying to achieve?
I am currently trying to get a 900 rating and I’d like to win two more tournaments this year.
Who do you typically play disc golf with?
Aside from tournaments, I typically play alone.
What would a perfect disc golf round look like for you?
As long as I can leave the course learning something new, it’s been a good round. Whether it’s just a new stance in putting, or knowing I can hit a certain line will make me feel like I’ve accomplished something to help me in the future.
Let’s Get Social
Instagram – @Oakenwraith
Twitter – @Oakenwraith