posted on January 17, 2010 20:23
After a brief stint in the Carolinas, the Greater Cincinnati area has rejoiced the return of 37-year old Jim Stilgenbauer. Jim is a Manager at Paycor, he lives in Anderson Township with his wife Kirsten and two sons – Nathan, 7, and Andrew, 5. Jim is a lifetime member of the GCFDA.
First exposure to disc golf: I first played disc golf at Woodland Mound as a kid during the '80's. It was definitely "frisbee golf" then. I used to actually play at Woodland with the kicker for the Bengals at the time, Jim Breech, and his family, who lived in my neighborhood in beautiful Mt. Carmel. I started getting into competitive disc golf in 1992, after my friend Kevin Bessenbach met Claus Tandrup at World's Biggest Weekend and we discovered the GCFDA-ran tournaments. Life was never the same after that.
Favorite courses: Sentimental: Woodland Mound. Favorite that Doesn't Exist: Rapid Run. Most Fun: Banklick. If I had to pick one: Idlewild.
Favorite Tournaments: I really like the World Championships, because it’s such a grueling week and you have to play well for an extended period of time. The USDGC is unmatched by light years as far as a truly professional event. Locally it’s the BGO, BHMO, and Flying Pig.
Aces: Probably around 40 aces, mostly due to playing at Woodland Mound so much. I've won 3 mountain bikes due to aces during special competitions. I've had 3 aces in World Championship play also.
Disc Golf now...I don't get to play a lot right now, though I still think about making a comeback. I play more casual rounds with people new to the sport, which is fun after the intensity of trying to be a Pro for so long.
Other Hobbies: As I'm getting older, I'm trying to stay in better shape so I've been working out at a great Crossfit gym in Oakley called Crossfit Nasti. Highly recommend it.
Words of Advice: Read a book about the mental game of ball golf. Develop a pre-shot routine that allows you truly imagine how the shot will look and feel. Whatever you do should also help you relax and focus. Always use your routine in practice. Don't spend too much time trying to throw further...at a certain point, your body will only allow you to throw so far...you can probably make many more improvements in your putting, accuracy, and mid-range shots. Figure out a way to appreciate the good shots of your competitors...there is a calming effect and positive energy when you're not hoping your competitors fail. Much easier said than done when you want to win badly.