Men of Disc Golf: Five Professionals Who Are Up for Rookie of the Year

I recently wrote about five women professional disc golf players who are candidates for the PDGA Rookie of the Year award in 2011. Now it's the men's turn. Here is a look at the career highlights of 2011, so far, for the five male candidates.

Richard Wysocki

Ricky Wysocki is from Fort Mill, South Carolina and has been all over the place this year, competing in 41 events since the end of January. In 2010 he was the Junior World Champion. 2011 has been an impressive year for the 18-year-old.

Wysocki was the winner of the Sneeky Pete Classic and the PDGA Championship this fall, and he had an impressive 19th place finish (out of 176 in the Open division) at the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships this summer on the central coast of California. He also won the San Francisco Safari, the Turtle Creek Open, and the Ironwood Open in addition to many other victories. His goal this year is to win the Rookie of the Year Award, and it looks like he's well on his way to accomplishing it.

David Wiggins, Jr.

David Wiggins, Jr., is the 2010 Amateur World Champion and is from High Point, North Carolina. At only 16 years old, he's had an exceptional year as well, competing in 24 tournaments, with four victories. He had an 11th place finish at the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships, and he was the winner of the Oak Hollow Open in August, the Zebulon Cha-Ching & Zing in July, the Mooky's Cup and the Asheboro Relay for Life Benefit in February.

Wiggins is also a five-time Junior World Champion. He talked to the Disc Golf Guy, Terry Miller, at the United States Disc Golf Championships in October, you can watch the video here.

Teemu Nissinen

Teemu Nissinen is from Nummela, Finland. Nissinen has competed in several major tournaments this year, including the European Open. He had a sixth place finish at the Copenhagen Open in Denmark, a seventh place finish in the Swiss Open, and was the winner of the Frisbeepoint-tour & Discmania Cash Money Tour.

John Tompkins

John Tompkins is just 17 years old, and already an impressive player. He is originally from East Grand Rapids, Michigan, but now calls Glendale, California home. He started playing disc golf when he moved out to the west coast in 2005, and said he was instantly hooked.

This year, Tompkins had a seventh place finish at the Shelly Sharpe Memorial last month, and at the Wintertime Open back in February.

James Proctor

James Proctor is from Rohnert Park, California. He competed in the 2011 Disc Golf Pro Worlds this summer, finishing at 65th place. He had an eighth place finish at the Auburn Open, and a ninth place finish at the Stafford Lake Pro/Am.

Daniel Myrrusten

Daniel Myrrusten is from Langevåg, Norway. The 20-year-old is an ambassador for Discmania and has been playing disc golf for six years. He says he trains for as much as 30 hours a week. This year, he had a second place finish at the Tiga Open, and a third place finish at both the Sula Open and the Bodo Open.

Congratulations to all these great players on an exceptional year! The Rookie of the Year will be announced in early 2012, but they are all likely to be on their way to an impressive career in disc golf.

The first time K.C. Dermody played disc golf was in the spectacular Black Hills of South Dakota. She has since become addicted to the sport, and enjoys playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She welcomes comments and suggestions, with the goal of promoting the sport of disc golf throughout the world. Find her on www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter.

More from this contributor:

Five of the Best Disc Golf Players Around the World

Women of Disc Golf: Five Professionals Up for Rookie of the Year in 2011

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