Lilly Ruthen - January
We recently caught up with an up and coming female junior disc golf player. She won the 10 and younger junior division at the PDGA Am World Championship in 2016, and is a recent MVP sponsored player. There were a total of 4 girls competing in her division. She had to work hard to to earn the title of World Champion, and she did it in a convincing fashion by winning with a 24 stroke lead!
We asked her the following questions in hopes that all of you might be inspired to make sure that children all over get involved with this great sport!
KDG: Where are you from?
KDG: How old are you?
10 years old
KDG: What’s your home course?
KDG: Is Mount Airy wooded or open fields?
KDG: Do you prefer fields or woods?
Field or woods is good, but I prefer woods because there are more obstacles.
KDG: When did you start playing disc golf?
About two years ago I started playing comps but started playing at 7 or 8 years old.
KDG: Who taught you to play?
KDG: Where do you learn how to get better?
Practice in back yard often and my Dad takes me to pro clinics.
KDG: How often do you practice?
Any time I have the time.
KDG: What’s your favorite disc/s?
Insanity by MVP
KDG: How often do you get out to play a round of disc golf?
Like once a week or whenever someone will take me
KDG: Do you play the junior tees if they have them or the normal tee locations?
KDG: Do you like playing in tournaments? Why?
Yes, I like playing with other people.
KDG: How far can you throw a disc?
KDG: Straddle or Straight style putting?
KDG: Do you ever straddle putt?
KDG: Favorite disc golf manufacturer? Why?
MVP because my Dad started out with MVP and I started throwing discs out of his bag and I like their discs.
KDG: Favorite professional disc golfer? Why?
Scott Stokely. He stayed at our house for a little while when he was doing a clinic near our house.
KDG: Who is your favorite female disc golfer?
I can’t remember her name.
KDG: We asked if listing some names would help. So we did…We made it to Sarah Hokom and:
“Yes, Sarah Hokom”.
KDG: What else do you like to do when you’re not disc golfing?
Fishing and running track , oh and Football.
KDG: Do you want to play any big tournaments this year?
New years day tournament.
KDG: Going to Am Worlds again?
KDG: Did you hear that Junior Worlds will be a stand-alone event in 2018?
KDG: Are you a member of any disc golf clubs or organizations?
Yes, PDGA and The greater Cincinnati Flying Disc Association
KDG: Do you have any disc golf sponsorships?
MVP. The Nati...It’s my shop sponsor at Mount Airy, and Tiger Disc Golf.
KDG: Do you hope to be professional one day and play in the pro events?
Yes. Being able to travel excites me.
KDG: You won am worlds in the Junior Girls division 10 and younger. How old were you when you won?
10 years old when I won. The tournament was the first time I played with other girls my age.
KDG: Do you prefer playing with other junior players or adults? What do you think?
Doesn’t matter to me.
KDG: Why do you like disc golf?
I just like being outside with other people who play and I really like competition.
KDG: What would you tell someone who has never heard of disc golf before? Why should they play?
People that play disc golf are really nice.
KDG: What’s one course you’ve heard of or seen on YouTube that you would love to play if you had the chance?
None stand out to me.
KDG: What does your PDGA rating mean to you? Do you have a goal in mind to try and reach?
No. Doesn’t really matter to me.
KDG: Do you have any aces?
Yes, I have one tournament ace, and a few aces at Winton.
KDG: How far was the tournament ace?
KDG: Do you remember which hole?
KDG: You have a picture with Ricky Wysocki on your fan page on Facebook. Where was that picture taken?
It was taken at a clinic at the Nati a few months ago.
KDG: What did you think about Ricky?
He was really nice.
KDG: According to one of your sponsors pages they list a bunch of full weight discs (170’s) that you throw. Have you tried throwing lighter weight discs?
I like heavier better because they fight through the wind better. More control. Light discs go further but not much control.
KDG: Your fan page says you enjoy teaching others about disc golf? Do you teach junior players mainly, or adults too?
I give lessons to both adults and juniors.
KDG: What’s one thing you give them for pointer usually?
Grip for sidearm. Two fingers inside the rim.
KDG: Do you side-arm more or backhand? Or does it just depend?
Sidearm is my go-to
KDG: Is there anything you would like to tell other junior players out there?
It’s a fun sport and stick with it!
Be sure to keep up with Lilly and her progress in her disc golf adventures! We can see why MVP didn't wait any longer to pick her up. We think Lilly is pretty cool and enjoyed talking to her on the phone. She thinks disc golfers are nice, and well, she can throw pretty far! Good luck this year, Lilly!