About us

Parked, a non-profit educational blog, was created in 2016 to broaden the discussion of disc golf, generate insight on the sport through scientific research, celebrate disc golf photography, and help grow the sport.


Josh Woods


Josh is an associate professor of sociology at West Virginia University who plays disc golf and writes about it. He lives in Morgantown, West Virginia with his wife and daughter. He’s a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association’s Ratings and Statistics Committee, and writes occasionally for Ultiworld Disc Golf. Josh has two goals for Parked. He wants to convince the disc golf community that social scientific research can benefit the sport, and convince the academic community that disc golf is worth studying.

Jesse Wright


Jesse is the News Director at West Virginia Public Broadcasting and loves playing disc golf. He lives in the Cheat Lake area of Morgantown, along with his wife and three sons. Jesse is the key contributor of photographs for Parked, and a consultant on stories. His work has also appeared in DiscGolfer Magazine and Full Metal Basket. Jesse has a great passion for West Virginia, and is a tireless supporter of the local disc golf scene. Check out more of his photography at West Virginia Disc Golf.


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Thanks go to J. Gary Dropcho for guiding this story. Dropcho is a professional disc golf course designer, promoter and player. He was a founding board member of the Disc Golf Foundation, and currently serves as PFD’s course superintendent, as an Innova Ambassador and is the founder of Grip it and Rip it Disc Golf. Dropcho was inducted into the Disc Golf Hall of Fame in 2015.





Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Coltin Calloway is a filmmaker, dedicated outdoorsman and avid disc golfer. Through 18 years of filmmaking, he’s taken on many subjects. All outdoor, all fun. Check out his YouTube channel here.





Bill Flynn (PDGA #12313) lives in Warren, Ohio. He started playing disc golf in 1984 while attending the University of Cincinnati (Bachelor of Science, Engineering).




Dee Leekha, author of Business Consciousness®, is the co-founder of Circular Productions, LLC and Houck Design. As an entrepreneur, her business operations focus on uplifting communities and lives through the sport and game of disc golf.



Kristian Vernegaard


Kristian Vernegaard, faculty in the Health and Sports Sciences department at the University of Agder, Norway, is first author of the study, “Students’ motivation in a disc golf-lesson and a soccer-lesson.” The complete article is available here.





Kari Toivonen is a Turku-based advertising man who has been blogging about disc golf for over 10 years and has co-written the first disc golf guide book in Finland.



Kingsley Flett


When he’s not playing disc golf, writing and taking photographs, Kingsley Flett is a mild mannered biomechanist with twenty years of experience in coaching. You can check out more of his work at kingsleyflett.com.


Brian Wells


Brian Wells is a disc golf dad from Ocala, Florida. In October 2017, he began organizing an annual disc golf event to raise funding for ARC Marion, an organization that helps people with disabilities reach their full potential.



Valarie Jenkins


Among her numerous accomplishments in disc golf, Valarie Jenkins is a four-time Professional World Champion. She is the founder of Disc Golf 4 Women, and serves as the Chairperson of the PDGA Women’s Committee. Check out her personal website for great disc golf tips.


Jim Palmeri

Hall of Famer Jim Palmeri (PDGA #23) has been a promoter of disc golf since the early 1970s. He has organized numerous competitive events, including the 1974 American Flying Disc Open and the 1984 PDGA World Championships. He is the coauthor, with Phil Kennedy, of A Chain of Events — The Origin & Evolution of Disc Golf.



Adam S

Adam Snavely is the founder of Discs Against Heroin. He works as a physician in New Hampshire with prior recognition for compassion and community service.



Parked is underwritten in part by a grant from the Professional Disc Golf Association.

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