Snapper Pierson – Course Pro

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Voted into the Disc Golf Hall of Fame in 1994.
Snapper can be found running the San Diego
Morley Field Disc Golf Course in Balboa Park.

Career Highlights

2006

Winter Time Open February PDGA B tier GM 3rd $125
Higher Flyers Open Huntington Beach April GM 1st $250
Golden States at La Mirada May PDGA NT A tier GM 1st $460
Master Cup Santa Cruz PDGA NT A tier GM 2nd $575
Summertime open 1st GM $200
PDGA Worlds 2nd GM $1660

2005

WFDF World Overalls
Open – 1st Golf
Senior grandmaster – 1st Golf
Senior grandmaster – 1st Controlled Pace Discathon
Senior grandmaster – 1st Accuracy
Senior grandmaster – 1st DDC
Senior grandmaster – 2nd Distance
Senior grandmaster – 3rd SCF

Hall of Fame Classic – 1st GM – $500

PDGA Worlds in Grandmasters – 4th
WFDF World Overalls in Open golf – 1st
US Masters Championships at La Mirada – 1st GM Division

2004

SoCal – 1st GM
PDGA Worlds 2nd GM-$1250
Wintertime Open – 1st GM – $150
Memorial – 2nd GM – $250
Masters Cup – 1st GM – $925
Halloween Classic LV-1st GM-$170
U.S. Masters -1st GM -$750
So Cal Championships-1st GM-$250

2003 WFDF Senior World Overalls – Madison WI
6/21/03 – 6/28/03

Open Golf – 1st Place

2003 Teva Tree Bash – Flagstaff, AZ
6/7/03 – 6/8/03

Masters Division – 1st Place tie

2003 HigherFlyer Open Huntington Beach, CA
4/12/03 – 4/13/03

Grandmasters Division – 1st Place

2002 Master’s Cup  Santa Cruz
May 4th -5th, 2002

Grandmasters Division – 1st Place

2002 Memorial – Phoenix, AZ
March 1st – 3rd, 2002

Masters Division – 1st Place

2001 SoCal Championships Pro Super Tour – La Mirada, CA
10/20/01 & 10/21/01

Grandmasters Division – 1st Place

2001 PDGA National Championship – Whittier Narrows, CA –  Aug 24th-26th, 2001

Grandmasters Division – 1st Place

2001 PDGA Worlds – Minnesota –  Aug 5-12, 2001

Grandmasters Division – 1st Place
Doubles – 1st Place with partner Tom Monroe

2001 WFDF Overall Tournament – San Diego, CA July 23-28, 2001

Open Golf – 1st Place
Open Overall – 8th Place
DDC – 2nd Place with partner Rick LeBeau
Open Accuracy – 8th Place
Discathon – 5th Place

2001 Masters Overall Championship –  Boulder, CO

Grandmasters Division Golf- 1st Place

2001 Masters Cup – Santa Cruz, CA 5/5/01

Masters Division – 8th Place tie

2001 Wintertime Open – Oak Grove, CA – 2/10/2001

Masters Division – 2nd Place

2000 SoCal Series – La Mirada – 10/21-22/2000

Masters Division – 1st Place

2000 US Masters Disc Golf Championship

Doubles – 1st Place with partner Rob Wilson
Singles – 2nd Place

2000 Worlds 2000 – 7th Place tie – Masters

2000 Senior Worlds Overall

Open Division – 1st Place – DDC with partner Harvey Brandt
Grandmaster – 1st Place Accuracy

2000 Tahoe Classic 2000 Super Tour – 2nd Place – Masters
2000 Whittier Narrows Open – 1st Place – Masters
1999 World Masters Overall Championships

Grandmaster Division – Overall Winner
Individual categories won were:
Disc Golf
Discathon
Accuracy
DDC with partner Mark Horn.

1998 US Open DDC Champion with partner Rick LeBeau- Dallas,Tx.
1998 US Open Accuracy Champion-Dallas
1998 WFDF Grandmaster World Overall Flying Disc Champion-Santa Maria, Ca.
1998 WFDF Grandmaster Champion in Disc Golf, Discathon, and DDC.
1998 2nd place PDGA World Disc Golf Championships-Grandmaster division-Cincinnati, Oh.
1997 WFDF Grandmaster World Over Flying Disc Champion-Vancouver, Can.
1997 WFDF Grandmaster Champion in Disc Golf, Accuracy, Discathon, and DDC with partner Mark Horn.
1997 Set a new Senior world accuracy with 21 out of 28.
1996 US Open DDC Champion with partner Mark Horn-Fort Collins, Colo.
1996 2nd place PDGA World Disc Golf Championships-Grandmaster division-Oceola, Ind.
1995 1st place Grandmaster Disc Golf at Masters Cup-Santa Cruz
1995 WFDF Senior Champion DDC with partner Mark Horn-San Diego
1995 WFDF Senior Champion Discathon -San Diego
1994 Inducted into the PDGA Disc Golf Hall of Fame-PDGA Worlds-Huntsville, Al.
1993 WFDF DDC Champion with partner Rick LeBeau-San Diego
1993 WFDF Master World Overall Champion-Santa Rosa
1992 US Open DDC Champion with partner Rick LeBeau
1991 WFDF World Overall Flying Disc Champion-Open division-Santa Cruz, Ca.
1991 WFDF World Overall Flying Disc Champion-Masters division-Santa Rosa, Ca.
1991 WFDF Disc Golf Champion-Senior division-Santa Rosa
1991 WFDF SCF and Accuracy champion-Senior division-Santa Rosa
1991 PDGA National Doubles Champion with partner Glenn Triemstra-Round Rock, Tx.
1990 1st Place Open Division – Kleinman Klassic warm up to Worlds
1990 US Open DDC Champion with partner Ron Vingerelli-La Mirada
1990 Sset world accuracy record for seniors at 20 of 28 at US Open.
1990 PDGA National Disc Golf Champion-Masters division-La Mirada
1989 Morley Field Course Champion
1989 US Open DDC Champion with partner Ron Vingerelli-La Mirada
1989 PDGA National Disc Golf Champion-Masters division-La Mirada
1989 PDGA World Disc Golf Champion-Masters division-Cedar Falls, Iowa
1988 US Open DDC Champion with partner Ron Vingerelli-La Mirada.
1988 WFDF World Overall Champion Open division.-San Francisco
1988 WFDF World DDC Champion with partner Ron Vingerelli-San Francisco
1988 WFDF World Disc Golf Champion- San Francisco
1988 WFDF World Senior Overall Flying Disc Champion-Santa Rosa
1988 WFDF World Senior Champion in Disc Golf ,Discathon, and Accuracy ( tied world record of 18 out of 27)-Santa Rosa.
1988 US Open Folf Champion (Disc Golf- Master division) Kansas, Mo.
1987 PDGA World Masters Disc Golf Champion -Toronto
1987 US Open DDC Champion with partner Ron Vingerelli- La Mirada.
1987 World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) World DDC Champion with partner Ron Vingerelli.
1987 WFDF Senior Overall Flying Disc Champion-San Diego
1987 WFDF Senior Champion in Disc Golf, Discathon, Self Caught Flight (SCF), DDC, Distance, and Accuracy. Held world distance record for seniors (35+) for 1 year at 482.5 ft.
1986 US Open DDC Champion with partner Ron Vingerelli- La Mirada
1985 US Open DDC Champion with partner Ron Vingerelli- La Mirada.
1985 2nd place PDGA Worlds Open division- Helsingborg, Swe.
1985 2nd place PDGA Worlds Open division- Tulsa.
1984 World Flying Disc Accuracy Champion-Santa Cruz.
1983 World DDC Champion with partner Sean Sheldon.
1982 World Flying Disc Accuracy Champion-Santa Cruz (world record for outdoors 55 of 75 throws)
1982 World Double Disc Court Champion (DDC) with partner Sean Sheldon.
1981 World Flying Disc Accuracy Champion-Santa Cruz.
1979 World Frisbee Golf Champion – Rose Bowl

12 Responses to “Snapper Pierson – Course Pro”

  1. Ausha Lingard Says:

    Snapper,

    I just recently got back into Disc golf after being absent for about 14 years. However, about 24-25 years ago….while my mom was pregnant with me…you played with my dad Ron Lingard and my “Uncle” Pat Jenkins. I told my dad that I started playing again, and he told me stories about disc golf with Snapper. He said that he helped to pour some of the cement pin holes. If its true, I’m proud to continue in my dad’s footsteps and enjoy the game as much as he did and still does.

    Ausha

  2. Hey uncle! A disc golf fan around the office mentioned your name the other day! I told them you were my famous uncle….love the site! Scott and I need to escape the dreary northeast and come visit you guys in sunny San Diego!

    Cheers,
    Alisa

  3. Hey snapper as a new player to disc golf i am looking for any tips possible…..

  4. Greetings Snapper,
    In 1980 I was 14 and visiting my uncle, who was in the Navy at that time, stationed in S.D. He dropped me off one day at Morley Field, while he was visiting the V.A. hospital in Balboa. He had given me $5 and pointed me twords the “Disc Hut”, telling me to ask for a rental disc ($1) and “Have fun!” When I approched the “Hut’s” counter, you greeted me with a smile. You gave me my first disc that day (for the $5) a #175 Roc, and told me “Here ya go kid – Have fun!” Here we are 29 years later, I have three kid’s of my own. And we’re still “having fun” playing the game you taught me to play and love, so long ago. Thank you, Snapper

  5. I curl the disc towards my body at the wrist during the reach back. A buddy swears that if I keep my wrist straight through the reach and pull, while snapping the wrist out on release, my distance will improve by a good bit. While this seems to make sense, I found and read your “Disc Golf Tips” page and it also seems, based on your own descriptions, that roll my wrist as well!

    I’m frankly astonished, because in less than one hour I’ve discovered what’s been bothering me for more than three years! It all makes perfect sense when you consider that every disc in my bag is overstable and heavy: all this time I thought I needed these for power control when it’s actually because they’re the only discs that will hold a decent line due to wrist curling and rolling. Amazing!

    Anyway, could spare a few words more on the problems of curling and rolling the wrist? It’s obvious I have some painful months ahead of me relearning how to throw a disc, since my entire “game” is tooled around my bad wrist technique. Any further tips and advice on this subject will be greatly appreciated and revered as gospel – bless you…

  6. tory cardiel Says:

    Hi Snapper I learned to play back in 79′. I was taught by a fratunity brother and friend of yours, Kelly Rowe. I have a few friends that have been looking for any info on him. Could you pass on any contact info on him if you have it. Thanks Tory the disc I got from you have warn out, do you have any replacements?

  7. hello snapper, I dont know if you remember me but in the early 80’s you got me and my brother dennis started playing disc and we used to play with you at morley, we moved to washington in 84 and stayed playing the game couse were lucky enough to move right next to a course that was begining to develope, its called fort stiellacoom discgolf course. well I remember those fun great days with you and everybody, I’m coming to san diago soon and I hope to play with you at my home course well I dont know if I can call it that now but the first place I play discgolf.

  8. Hey Snapper,
    This is David McCormack from Gateway Disc Sports.
    I hope all is going well in sunny SoCal, its seems your course is as popular as ever.

    I am trying to get in touch with you to see about getting you set up as a customer for selling Gateway discs.
    We have been getting a lot of requests from players in your area.
    I’m fairly certain you will have good success selling our products as our popularity and sales numbers are growing rapidly.

    We have lots of give away items like minis and stickers as well as merchandising display racks and point of sale literature.

    I tried calling earlier today,. I’ll try again soon, if you want to call me number is 314 303 1488 and my email is david@gdstour.com

  9. 30 years ago fixed chevy van(brown) remember? you married kitty stopped selling waterbeds and started “frisbee”

    hope all is well

  10. Ethan K-J Says:

    Hey Snapper and Morley affiliates,
    Six years ago i approached the pro shop after being talked into going with my buddies to learn “frisbee” golf. I walked up and decided on the spot that i would buy my first disc instead of rent, because i assumed i would be back more than once. I asked you if i could get a green midrange. You showed me a green buzzz and explained to me that it is a great first disc. My response was “i liked to get buzzed!” and so i purchased a 172g Bar Stamp Buzzz. I didn’t realize then that i would get so involved in the sport, and to this day i still have my old buzzz(it still out-drives my drivers!). I no longer live in San Diego and i’m not sure when i will be back to play, but i just wanted to say thank you for changing my life in a positive way and thank you for running a great course!

  11. John Babin Says:

    I am proud to say I tied for 3rd at this years Sylmar Open 2013 GM with Snapper at -3 Good guy and great golfer

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