Player Profile: Jeff Nichols
San Diego Aces 2009 Club President
Pro Grand Master
Began Playing Disc Golf:
In 1981 I was a young man with too much time on my hands, so I joined some friends at Morley for some “Frisbee Golf”. I was hooked instantly and started coming back every time I could. My first aspiration to play competitively was when I saw Donny Olow park a Super Puppy on Hole 7 (now Hole 11) in its short position. I knew at that time I wanted to play in competition.
First golf disc was a 100 mold Midnight Flyer.
The one I’m going to throw next.
Boss, Destroyer, TL.
Rocs beat to various degrees, Cobra.
In My Bag:
Depends on the course.
My usual Morley bag is:
2 Champion Boss’
2 Star Destroyers
Tee Bird L
’02 USDGC Roc
KC Pro Roc
Champion Cobra – super straight flyer
9x KC Pro Aviar
Super Puppy – sometimes carry one of my vintage ones, circ. 1984
Tourney wins and / or Top 5 finishes (not necessarily from Morley):
1990 San Diego Spring Fling – 4th place
2001 San Diego Open Pro Masters Champ
Santa Maria Open – 2nd place (beat Johnny Lissaman in a playoff for the 2nd place trophy)
2004 Emerald Isle Open Pro Masters Champ
2005 Emerald Isle Open Pro Masters Champ (including a course record 1051 rated round)
2005 World Masters Flying Disc Championships – 2nd Place
2009 EIEIO – 2nd place.
Favorite Disc Golf Website:
Favorite Pro Player:
“The Champ” – Ken Climo
I had the pleasure to play with him on his home course in Clearwater, FL before he won his first Worlds. I had met a lot of people who were very passionate about the game, but none more that him. His skills and professionalism are unsurpassed.
Tips for newer players and players looking to improve:
Beginners should learn to throw a putter or midrange disc before moving on to a driver. I see many players who think they need to throw drivers while they could probably throw just as far with a midrange disc and retain much more control. This is a game of control first, and only after control is mastered will distance be of any benefit.