“Was just a casual golfer until 3 years ago, started playing local leagues then and just started my tournament journey this year. Shot a 950 rated round my first ever sanctioned round! …waiting 10 years for my first ace, and then having it be with my best friend and long time disc buddy. Playing on a mountain in Montana was unbelievable…”
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 Joseph Thomes (PDGA #230203)
Tell us about yourself! How old are you? Where do you live? What do you do (work/school/etc.)?
I’m Joey Thomes, 23 years old from Sauk Rapids Minnesota. I work as a Fleet mechanic on semi trailers for a trucking company.
Tell us about the most important people in your life! Who do you live with (family, friends, etc.)?
The most important people in my wife would definitely be my girlfriend, and our son
Do you have a nickname or just something else that you go by?
My name is Joseph but I go by Joey or Joe
Disc Golf Journey
How long have you been playing disc golf?
12 years, but only started playing seriously in the last 3
How did you get started with disc golf?
My uncle and his longtime friend took me to play for the first time on a ski hill during the summer. Pretty epic but also pretty brutal for a first timer
Share some of your memorable disc golf moments…
I would say waiting 10 years for my first ace, and then having it be with my best friend and long time disc buddy. Playing on a mountain in Montana was unbelievable
Some Random Personal Stuff
What do you do when you’re not playing disc golf?
Play with my son, also love playing board games and anything that brings me outside, (camping, fishing, canoeing)
What is your absolute favorite food (something you couldn’t live without)?
What’s your favorite fast-food restaurant?
McDonald’s, great stop after a road trip round with some buddies
What are some of your favorite movies of all time?
The Outlaw Josey Wales, Forrest Gump, What’s eating Gilbert grape.
What are some of your favorite TV shows/series?
Parks and Rec, The office, Trailer Park Boys
Do you have any pro or college sports teams you are fanatic about?
In the Bag
What is the first disc golf disc that you ever owned?
What are some of your favorite discs that are in your bag right now?
AGL Locust and Sycamore
What else is always in your bag other than discs?
Snacks and water, range finder, towels and dirt sack
Disc Golf Courses
Do you have a course that you consider your ‘home course’? Tell us about it.
Mayhew Creek DGC, A gold level 18 with a good mix of open and wooded holes. A tough track but really cool layout and shot shaping out there.
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?
Would really love to play Toboggan someday
Let’s Play Disc Golf
Do you have any pre-round or post-round rituals that you do when you play disc golf?
Do you drink, smoke, snack, or partake in anything else while playing disc golf? What’s your go-to?
Smoking and snacking:)
Are you just a casual disc golfer? Do you participate in any local leagues? Do you compete in disc golf tournaments?
Was just a casual golfer until 3 years ago, started playing local leagues then and just started my tournament journey this year. Shot a 950 rated round my first ever sanctioned round!
Do you have any tips for aspiring disc golfers?
Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, just do what works for you. And you don’t have to try as hard as you think
Disc Golf Fun Stuff
Do you have any favorite professional disc golfers that you follow?
Simon Lizotte, Calvin Heimborg
Do you have any disc golf goals that you are trying to achieve?
I’d love to win a tournament, and hopefully an A tier someday, and to be able to throw 450’ consistently backhand and 350 forehand
Who do you typically play disc golf with?
Myself, or my closest friends
What would a perfect disc golf round look like for you?
A quick smoke before the round, then a round at the Airbourne preserve with my 3 best friends