Finn Etter - U.S. Junior Champion | Kids Disc Golf

 Photo used with permission: Alyssa Van Lanen Images

Photo used with permission: Alyssa Van Lanen Images

Finn Etter is the current U.S. Junior Disc Golf Champion in the Junior 8 Division. Eight year old Finn didn’t just scrape by with the win either; He won the tournament convincingly, by 16 strokes, over the current Junior 8 PDGA World Champion, Landon Brooks. See full results for the national title event here: United States Junior Disc Golf Championships

We met Finn at the USJDGC and was able to catch up with him to get some questions answered. We always enjoy getting to know these super star disc golfers a little bit better and we hope you do too!

 Photo used with permission: Alyssa Van Lanen Images

Photo used with permission: Alyssa Van Lanen Images

KDG: Where are you from?

FINN: I was born in Oregon and now live near Burlington in Vermont

KDG: How old are you?

FINN: 8

KDG: How old were you when you were introduced to disc golf?

FINN:2 or 3

KDG: Why do you like disc golf?

FINN: It’s fun and it’s like, you have some strategy but it’s also some luck

KDG: What’s your home course?

FINN:Smuggler’s Notch and there is also a nine hole course in Charlotte that’s even closer to my house. So both, I guess.

KDG: Is that course wooded or open fields?

FINN: both

KDG: Do you prefer fields or woods?

FINN: Woods. They are more technical, they have more strategy

KDG: When did you start playing disc golf?

FINN: When I was 3

KDG: Who taught you to play?

FINN: My dad

KDG: How do you learn to get better?

FINN: Practice, I guess, and playing

KDG: How often do you practice?

FINN: Once a week maybe, more in the summer

KDG: What’s your favorite disc/s?

FINN: My bluish-purple Valkyrie

KDG: How often do you get out to play a round of disc golf?

FINN: Maybe a couple times a week in the summer. Maybe more.

KDG: Do you play the junior tees/short tees if they have them or the normal tee locations?

FINN: About half and half

KDG: Do you like playing! in tournaments? Why?

FINN: Yes, it’s exciting!

KDG: How far do you think you can throw a disc?

FINN: I don’t know, maybe 250 feet? or 300 feet maybe if it’s downhill.

KDG: Straddle or Straight style putting?

FINN: Straight

KDG: Do you ever straddle/straight putt

FINN: I have tried straddle but I do straight usually

KDG: Favorite disc golf manufacturer? Why?

FINN: Innova. They make lighter weight discs so it’s easier for kids to throw them.

KDG: Favorite professional disc golfer? Why?

FINN: Simon Lizotte because he throws really far and he throws crazy shots. Can I do more? Ricky Wysocki. Because of his raptor legs. And Paul McBeth because his nickname is “The Beast”

KDG: What else do you like to do when you’re not disc golfing?

FINN: Baseball, and looking at wildlife, and soccer, and kayaking, and playing around in streams.

KDG: Are you a member of any disc golf clubs or organizations?

FINN: PDGA and soon I want to join Kids Disc Golf!

KDG: Do you have any sponsorships?

FINN: Not exactly, well, Innova said they wanted to sponsor me starting next year, I think.

KDG: Do you hope to be professional one day and play in the pro events?

FINN: yes

KDG: Do you prefer playing with other Junior players or adults?

FINN: Junior players because they are just as good as me, they are the same level as me

KDG: What would you tell someone who has never heard of disc golf before? Why should they play?

FINN: It’s fun and it’s not that fast! You can kind of rest and play it without getting tired.

KDG: What’s one course you’ve heard of or seen on YouTube that you would love to play if you had the chance?

FINN: Maple Hill and Fountain Hills, the course at the Memorial

KDG: Do you have any aces?

FINN: Yes, one, at Smuggler’s Notch hole 1. Also, I have mini baskets and I have a few aces with those!

KDG: What weight discs are mainly in your bag? Light weight or standard 160-170’s

FINN: 140s or 150s

KDG: Do you side arm more or backhand more?

FINN: backhand

KDG: Is there anything you would like to tell other junior players out there

FINN: Come play in tournaments!