“I got started with disc golf when my family would go out and play a course near our shack (cabin) and just have some fun. I got really into it when my school started a disc golf club so I and my dad played a round to get some practice in before I played in the club. Then the club got canceled but by that time we were already addicted...”
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 Ethan Stelter (PDGA #230439)
Tell us about yourself! How old are you? Where do you live? What do you do (work/school/etc.)?
Hi, my name is Ethan. I’m 16 years old and I live in Grand Rapids Michigan. I am a Junior in high school but I also like to make disc golf Youtube Videos.
Tell us about the most important people in your life! Who do you live with (family, friends, etc.)?
The most important people in my life are my family. There is my Dad Matt, my Mom Susie, my Brother Eli, and My Sister Elena. Oh, and then there’s our Bulldog Gigi.
Disc Golf Journey
How long have you been playing disc golf?
I have been playing disc golf for around 10 years now but most of that was only very casual 2-3 times a year and just carrying around a few discs or frisbees I called them back then. This is my 3rd year of playing “serious” disc golf playing every week and having much more than a few discs.
How did you get started with disc golf?
I got started with disc golf when my family would go out and play a course near our shack (cabin) and just have some fun. I got really into it when my school started a disc golf club so I and my dad played a round to get some practice in before I played in the club. Then the club got canceled but by that time we were already addicted.
Share some of your memorable disc golf moments…
My most memorable disc golf moment is playing in tournaments. The tournament experience is one of the most fun things in disc golf, meeting people, and competing against people are my favorite things to do in disc golf.
Some Random Personal Stuff
What do you do when you’re not playing disc golf?
I am an avid hunter and fisher and I have been most of my life. I also like to throw some darts here and then.
What is your absolute favorite food (something you couldn’t live without)?
Chicken! There’s just so much you can make with it.
What’s your favorite fast-food restaurant?
Subway! I love getting to pick what goes on my sandwich.
What are some of your favorite movies of all time?
I’m a huge Adam Sandler fan so I’d have to go with Happy Gilmore, 50 First Dates, and the Murder Mystery movies.
What are some of your favorite TV shows/series?
I like Seinfeld, Breaking Bad and Stranger Things.
Do you have any pro or college sports teams you are fanatic about?
I’m not really into watching sports but I’ll always root for any team from Michigan.
In the Bag
What is the first disc golf disc that you ever owned?
Innova Champion Krait.
What are some of your favorite discs that are in your bag right now?
Westside Discs Harp, I currently am bagging 3 and they are my go-to discs for upshots and shorter holes.
What else is always in your bag other than discs?
Always have to have snacks and a drink.
Disc Golf Courses
Do you have a course that you consider your ‘home course’? Tell us about it.
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?
Maple Hill is definitely my bucket list course.
Let’s Play Disc Golf
Do you have any pre-round or post-round rituals that you do when you play disc golf?
I always like to get some warm-up putts in before my round and then after the round, I will chug some water.
Do you drink, smoke, snack, or partake in anything else while playing disc golf? What’s your go-to?
I always have some trail mix or granola bars in my bag for my snacks. For my drinks, I always have a bottle of water, and sometimes a Monster.
Are you just a casual disc golfer? Do you participate in any local leagues? Do you compete in disc golf tournaments?
I wouldn’t say I’m just a casual disc golfer. I like to participate in leagues and I like to compete in tournaments.
Do you have any tips for aspiring disc golfers?
Have fun! The more you have fun the better you get and the more joy you’ll find in the game.
Disc Golf Fun Stuff
Do you have any favorite professional disc golfers that you follow?
Ricky Wysocki, after I met him at DGLO he was instantly my favorite.
Do you have any disc golf goals that you are trying to achieve?
My long-term goal is to go pro but for this season is to get my rating up to 900.
Who do you typically play disc golf with?
I play mostly with my dad and sometimes my brother. Occasionally we will take my cousins out and that is always a good time.
What would a perfect disc golf round look like for you?
The perfect disc golf round for me would be shooting good but most importantly having a great time with my family.
Let’s Get Social
Instagram – I post a lot on Instagram showing you my disc golf journey.
Youtube – I have started this recently and I try and show insights into my game and how I play.