Missouri native has helped put disc golf on NC map

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Thirteen years have passed since Todd Gillihan won a gold medal at the Powerade State Games, but a Professional Disc Golf Association rule might give him the chance he needs to reach the top of the podium once more in 2012.

Today, Gillihan will be competing in the Advanced Grandmasters division — a group limited to competitors 50 and older — despite only being 49.

Per PDGA rules, Gillihan is allowed to compete in the Grandmasters division because he will celebrate his 50th birthday during the 2012 calendar year, even if his special day hasn’t come by the time of the tournament.

That means that Gillihan will probably be the youngest competitor in the group, but he definitely won’t be lacking in experience.

The Missouri native picked up disc golf at a young age and never stopped playing, entrenching himself in the sport’s community after arriving in North Carolina in the mid-1980s. Since then, Gillihan has just about done it all for a sport growing in popularity.

“Todd has been a big factor for disc golf in the disc golf world,” said Steve Coe, who met Gillihan 20 years ago and has played with him ever since. “He’s done so much for the sport.”

This article was written by Jacob Feldman and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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