As I began to near 2,000 courses played, the goal I quietly had in my crosshairs since reaching 1,000 courses played in Inman, Kansas on February 27, 2017, I started to think about what comes next.

Do I just keep going? See if I can get to 2,500 courses played? 3,000 courses played? The more courses you play, the more time-consuming and expensive it becomes to reach new courses. I’ve never had any illusions about trying to get to #1 in the world in courses played, since the people in front of me are all retired, and/or single, and/or don’t have any children at home to care for. People with not (as) much else to do besides disc golf! And since I’m currently juggling the equivalent of TWO full-time jobs? Am married, and have two kids still at home? And I need to drive a couple of hours to get to (m)any new courses to play? I don’t know how I could possibly compete against those other people! But that’s okay…since “the player that has the most fun wins.” Copyright: “Steady” Ed Headrick 🙂 And I am ultimately only competing against myself…seeing what I can push myself to accomplish.

I’ve also started wondering about dipping my toes back into the tournament scene. Seeing if I could represent DGA as a COMPETITOR, in addition to being a course collector. I’ve won the past three tournaments I have played in, beating some excellent competition in North Carolina and the reigning South Carolina State Champion in my division! I also beat the current #1 player in the State of Oregon (in my division), on his home course, playing that course for the first time. I have ZERO illusions of being the next MPO that everyone is talking about. Ha! But I have wondered about dipping my toes into MP50 waters. Just to see how my level of play on the course collecting trail would translate to the scorecard with MUCH more pressure and MANY more people watching.

I’ve also teased my wife that I need to make a run at Avery Jenkins‘ record for most countries having played disc golf! I think it is somewhere around 23-24 countries? I’ve got the United States, Canada, France and The Netherlands (4). And I say that only jokingly…do you remember my earlier comment about having two full-time jobs and two kids still at home?! I don’t want bankruptcy or divorce in my future… 🙂

I’m guessing that I’ll likely just keep going as a course collector. See how many new courses I can add to the 2,002 I can already say I’ve played. I’m feeling a bit of a “tug” on my heart to do something more, however. Not for me! Rather, for DGA and the sport. I just haven’t yet figured out what that should be. If any of you have any ideas about what I should work on next? Leave a comment or drop me a private message…I would love to hear from you.

Magic Number = -2 (2,002 Courses Played)

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A main purpose of this blog will be to share information, helpful tips and tricks (everything from health and fitness to methods for saving money while you’re out “bagging courses” of your own), and ideas for better, safer course design. But I am also hoping to inspire others with my passion for the sport, via the stories I can share about all of the interesting experiences I have. All of the interesting people I meet. All of the amazing courses I am blessed to have the opportunity to play. If I can inspire even a handful of individuals to get off the couch, get “out of their bubble” or “security blanket” and explore more of this big, beautiful planet we all call home? Then I will consider this effort a success.

About Derek

What Next? - Tonn's Travels

Derek Tonn is a member of the DGA’s Ambassador Team. His company, Mapformation, LLC, has been DGA’s partner in the development of disc golf tee signage since 2012. The longer our two companies have worked together, and the more Derek has gotten to know all the great folks at DGA, the more he has wanted to formally sing the company’s praises. The more he has realized that “Steady” Ed’s (the father of disc golf and the modern-day Frisbee) vision for the sport and his company perfectly describes his own interests and priorities related to disc golf, and the more Derek has recently been encouraged to share his story.

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