My name is Quintin Becker and I am from Charles City, IA. I was introduced to disc golf with a casual round at Stable Run in Ames, IA. I don't remember much about those early days besides a fascination with throwing a frisbee. Freshman year of college I spent a lot of my free time at the 9 hole course in Mason City, days that I look back on with nostalgia. As college went on disc golf became something to escape the stresses of school and a place for me to enjoy nature.
A tipping point for me was stumbling onto the 2014 USDGC live stream, which inspired me to sign up for the PDGA. That dramatic final round at a major pushed me to pursue tournament golf. I played my first sanctioned event in April of 2015 and never looked back. Competition is something I have always gravitated towards, with baseball being a huge part of my childhood. I think disc golf culture is what kept me in it those early tourney days. The embrace of nature, inclusiveness and passion are things that resonate with me. I felt welcomed at disc golf tournaments, and I felt like it was where I was supposed to be.
I never intended to have disc golf take over my life. The flight of a pure shot is all I have ever chased, and that desire has given me some pretty amazing opportunities. As I pursue playing full time, I am honored and thankful to represent a brand like Epic By Hand.
Disc Golf has been a part of my life on and off for 10-15 years. Initially, disc golf was just a fun way for Andrew and I to go spend time together outside. We would play maybe once a week or so. We were your typical beginners out on the course.... We had no idea what the discs we had in our hands were meant to do, and at that time we didn't really care. It was not until June of 2016 when we ran into a local pro out on one of the courses that that all changed. I noticed this guy up ahead of us, just lacing these lines with his putters. It was amazing to us. When we finally caught up to him, he had just thrown a beautiful turnover putter shot, right to the pin. I will never forget that moment when I looked at him and said "You should teach me how to do that." ('That guy' ended up being Jeff Harper) If I had to go back to a specific moment....I think THAT is when the spark was ignited.
After that round, Andrew and I started becoming obsessed with how the discs flew (or how they should fly...haha), I started focusing on my form, and have been improving upon it ever since. (It's incredibly difficult to try to undo bad habits with form, by the way. Especially when you have pretty much zero athletic background) I started paying more attention to the pros, watching coverage, doing my best to emulate their form and technique. I started playing in local leagues, and finally with the encouragement from a dear friend, I started competing. I only played a few tournaments that first year to see where I stood among other women in the area. A year later, in 2017, I found myself competing at Am Worlds. I think it was maybe only the 10th tournament I had ever played, and I ended up making it to the final 9, by winning a playoff for the 4th spot. I realized at this point that if I wanted to continue to improve, I had to step outside of my comfort zone and move up to FPO. I played a couple more tournaments later on in 2017, cashing in both of them. Even though I knew I was not going to be playing Advanced anymore, I didn't accept the cash. I felt like my play during those tournaments was pretty mediocre, and below the standards I had set for myself. I wanted the moment that I 'officially' turned pro and accepted cash to be a special one. I did not want to just settle with my first opportunity. I'm really glad I held myself accountable and stuck to this goal. In May of 2018, I won the KC Diva Spring Feeva tournament. The largest Women’s Global Event of 2018 (129 players) I ended up beating Paige Bjeerkas. She was one of the people I found myself looking up to, and obviously went on to win her first world championship later that year. This was that special moment I had been hoping for and is still one of my favorite memories of my disc golf career thus far.
Disc golf has become more than just a hobby for me. It has become a part of my lifestyle. I feel pretty fortunate to have the support of all of my friends and family along with amazing companies like Dynamic Discs, Titan Disc Golf and Epic by Hand to help fulfill this lifestyle and grow the sport!