How blessed am I.
The past 5 1/2 years have been amazing! In 2015 I was working at a pizza shop named Famulari's and I decided it was a good idea to pick skateboarding back up, and now mind you I never was good as a kid 😬. So I'm doing my thing. I'm a few weeks in, getting comfortable with it. We go to this place locals call "The Wastelands, " and it's a old concrete foundation to some old building in the middle of a huge field. Locals have brought out their own concrete and made all kinds of ramps and things to grind on, but I'm attempting none of that😆. I'm just riding.
The owners of the location naturally don't like them on the property because it's a huge liability risk for them. They counter by taking a jackhammer and making 5 to 10 inch divets everywhere, but it is still skate able. I happen to hit one of these spots and YES, I busted my ass. Hard. I kicked the board out from under me and fell back on my right elbow. I had immediate pain and loss of movement in my right arm, but no swelling or protruding bone. And so I sit in anguish as my two fellow skaters skate on for about another 2 hours. Then the ride home and sitting at my friends house for about another hour still in anguish while he pokes it and ask me if it hurts repeatedly. Love ya Mike Sweeney 😉. I'm finally convinced to go to the hospital after the voice of reason shows up, a woman lol, Jennifer Schreiner. I'm immediately rushed to X-ray. Without any pain meds. Now at this time all I could do with my right arm was hold it to my chest. In order to take the X-ray I had to place my arm, extended, flat and palms up. The pain was so bad I had to tell the nurse to just grab it and do it. Still no meds. Pain was level 9 out of 10 going in and that broke the scale.
After X-rays the doctor found that I had fractured my elbow in two places. But no solid break 🙏. My work week was cut in half do to having one arm in a sling, so needless to say I didn't get back on the board. Couldn't risk the losing money factor in life lol. And after that I had another two friends suggest disc golf and I was like, I'm right handed, how? Lol. Tim Trizard and Trae Bogstad just said "throw with your left arm, duh. 🤔 So I did. And was instantly hooked. I was working at a local pizza spot; Famulari's on 2nd shift so I was able to play everyday. And I tried to 😉. Eventually it got to the point where I was playing by myself cause I played so much 🤷♂️. Still throwing left handed. I mean, it wasn't good. But it wasn't terrible either 💪. I played left handed for probably the first year. Hesitant to use my arm before I should.
Now this was 2015. I started playing that year around July or August and
hat year was the last year of the Charleston Classic being a part of the PDGA Pro Tour. It was called the Super Tour at the time. I remember going down there that Saturday trying to catch a autograph from Big Jerm. I waited by the pro shop stand for almost 4 hours. Never seen him lol. I continued to play and slowly working my game with my right arm. So I was using both arms. I needed no sidearm or ani shot. Although it was cool to use both arms I look back and think this was a set back. Sometimes you need the flick shot. It's now 2016, I join our local club, the Charleston Disc Golf Club. I'm playing leagues and signed up for my first tournament. It was a sanctioned event but I was not a PDGA member, yet. So here I am, playing my first tournament. Had my best friend, Kevin Rutherford caddy for me. Only one in the tournament with a caddy 😆. I can't remember my final scores from the rounds but let's just say they were bad lol. I ended up playing all the local events that year. The Ice Bowl, The Summer Sling and The Charleston Classic. 2017 rolls on in and i decide to join the PDGA. I mean, I plan on playing every tournament i can 😉. And this would save me $10 each event. Basically paying for itself. A win win situation.
-To be continued
-Robert McIntyre is a team member of Wicked Aces Disc Golf and the President of Charleston Disc Golf Club.