Kolby Sanchez - Kids Disc Golf - Featured Player - August
Here at Kids Disc Golf we get excited and are passionate about youth disc golf competition! This means that when the 2017 PDGA World Championships for both Amateurs and Juniors took place a few weeks ago, in July, that we were eagerly watching to see what would happen between all the kids competing for a world title! We have been following all the talent leading up to Worlds and expected to see some good competition. We did!
Kolby Sanchez of New Mexico took down the win in the PDGA Division, MJ4 (10 and younger). He did it in a convincing manner, winning by 18 strokes. In the final nine holes alone He shot a minimum of seven strokes better than his competition! (Check out his results here) If you follow Kids Disc Golf on Instagram or Facebook you've probably seen us post a few videos of Kolby throwing. If you want to learn a thing or two about form, be sure to find one of his videos!
We were able to catch up with Kolby right after he won the world title. We asked him some questions that will hopefully give you a little bit of insight into who he is. While we were conversing, before the interview started, we heard a bunch of "Yes Sir's". This kid is the real deal! We don't want to give it all away, BUT he only started playing disc golf last year! Check out the full interview below!
KDG: Where are you from?
KS: Roswell, NM
KDG: How old are you?
KS: 9 years old
KDG: How old were you when you were introduced to disc golf?
KS: 8 Years old!
KDG: Why do you like disc golf?
KS: I like meeting new people and playing new courses and I like the challenge
KDG: What’s your home course?
KS: Enchanted Lands
KDG: Is that course wooded or open fields?
KS: It has a lot of open fields
KDG: Do you prefer fields or woods?
KS: I like playing in the woods. We don’t have a lot. We have mountain courses too.
KDG: Who taught you to play?
KS: My grandad. We watched a tournament last march. We were riding bikes and road by a tournament and he stopped and we watched for a minute and we went to the course and started practicing and we loved it!
KDG: What tools or training do you use to get better?
KS: I watch YouTube. I like to watch the pro rounds.
KDG: How often do you practice?
KS: 3-4 days a week.
KDG: Do you practice at home or the course?
KS: We actually go out to the course.
KDG: What’s your favorite disc?
KS: 154g Prodicgy D4 400 and my mid-range which is an M4
KDG: Do you play the junior tees/short tees if they have them or the normal tee locations?
KS: I like to play both.
KDG: Do you like playing in tournaments? Why?
KS: Yes, because I like meeting people and making friends.
KDG: How far do you think you can throw a disc? We know you were just measured at worlds. How far did you throw?
KS: 255 feet!
KDG: Straddle or Straight style putting?
KS: Straight putt
KDG: Do you ever straddle putt?
KS: Yes, if I’m behind a tree I’ll take my foot and put it to my other side.
KDG: Your putting style looks familiar. Can you tell me who it looks like?
KS: Paul McBeth. It’s how I learned to putt [By watching Paul McBeth]
KDG: Favorite disc golfer?
KS: Will Schusterick from Prodigy.
KS: Because he is friendly and he helped me grow the sport and umm, I like to watch him.
KDG: Who is your favorite female disc golfer?
KS: Paige Pierce
KDG: What else do you like to do when you’re not disc golfing?
KS: I like to team rope. You rope a cow, a steer, a header ropes the horns and heeler ropes the back feet. I started that when I was 5.
KDG: Did you hear that Junior Worlds will be a stand-alone event in 2018? Are you excited about this?
KS: Uh huh because I really, well, I like playing with kids uhh and that’s really it!
KDG: Are you a member of any disc golf clubs or organizations?
KS: Yes, the PDGA.
KDG: What does your PDGA rating mean to you? Do you have a goal in mind to try and reach?
KS: I am rated 806. I don’t care about the rating. I just play!
KDG: Do you have any sponsorships?
KS: Yes, Prodigy.
KDG: Do you hope to be professional one day and play in the pro events?
KDG: Do you prefer playing with other kids or adults?
KDG: What would you tell someone who has never heard of disc golf before? Why should they play?
KS: Let’s go to the course and let’s go play!
KDG: What’s one course you’ve heard of or seen on YouTube that you would love to play if you had the chance?
KS: Sipapu in New Mexico
KDG: Do you have any aces?
KS: Uh huh, at Brown Field. I threw a big hyzer and it was downhill. It was 310 feet!
KDG: What weight discs are mainly in your bag?
KS: Most of them are light. The putters are heavy.
KDG: Do you sidearm or backhand more?
KS: Backhand. I sidearm when I need to.
KDG: You just won 2017 Worlds, that’s pretty awesome, can you tell us about some of your favorite things experienced out there?
KS: Flying in airplane. I got to meet Johne McCray and Paige Pierce. My favorite course was Prospect.
KDG: We heard it was pretty hot during the tournament rounds, do you agree? What did you do to stay cool?
KS: Yes, it was hot. I drank a lot A LOT of water!
KDG: Can you tell us what feelings you were having when you hit your last putt to win worlds?
KS: I was really happy, overwhelmed, and excited!
KDG: Is there anything you would like to tell other junior players out there?
KS: I would like to tell them to keep playing, and uh, practice and keep trying and never give up!
Kolby, you've impressed us! Keep up the good work and we hope to see you out there competing! Check out our previous featured players below.