OSTERTIP
Mar 05 2007, 05:46 PM
The Board of Directors of the Professional Disc Golf Association is pleased to announce the selection of Brian Graham of Augusta, Georgia as the new Executive Director for the organization. The selection was made as a result of a nation-wide search process, which began in November of 2006. Candidates from both inside disc sports and from other fields were considered. That process was necessitated by the resignation of Brian Hoeniger, who has served the PDGA since 1996. A transition period of eight weeks has been scheduled as Mr. Graham will be starting work on April 2, 2007 and Hoeniger will be stepping down on May 31. Graham will be formally introduced as the new Executive Director at the Grand Opening and building dedication of the International Disc Golf Center in Appling, Georgia, which will be on April 20, 2007. One of Graham’s early responsibilities will be the selection of a new PDGA Memberships Manager as Lorrie Gibson will also be departing her position on the same schedule as her husband Brian Hoeniger, the current Executive Director.

Brian Graham brings a wide range of organizational experience and success to the PDGA position. Most recently he served as the Tournament Director for the 2006 PDGA World Championships, held in Augusta. He also has been a pivotal figure in the establishment of the International Disc Golf Center. He has been named the PDGA Volunteer of the Year and Tournament Director of the Year. His disc golf and sports association experience is extensive:

• Founded the Augusta Disc Golf Association
• Founder / creator of the PDGA International Disc Golf Center
• Co-owner Epicenter Disc Golf Services – EpicenterDiscGolf.com
• Board of Directors of the Greater Augusta Sports Council
• Board of Directors of the Pendleton King Park Commission
• Instituted the addition of disc golf as a sport in the Georgia State Games Championships
• PDGA Region 8 Coordinator (1999-2003)
• PDGA International Disc Golf Center committee chairman
• PDGA National Tour committee member (2003)
• PDGA Operations Marshal / Rules Official
• PDGA liaison to Deaf Disc Golf Association
• Major contributor / fundraiser for the Disc Golf Hall of Fame
• TD – Augusta Classic (PDGA SuperTour)
• TD – Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic (PDGA National Tour)
• TD - 1996 PDGA Amateur World Championships (PDGA Major)
• TD – 2006 PDGA Pro World Championships (PDGA Major)
• TD – United States Disc Golf Championship (PDGA Major)
• TD – Georgia Games Championships (State Games)

He has also been an active course designer:

• Lake Olmstead Park - (Augusta, GA)
• Riverview Park - (North Augusta, SC)
• Pendleton King Park improvements - (Augusta, GA)
• Patriots Park - (Columbia County, GA)
• Odell Weeks Park - (Aiken, SC)
• Perry Park - (Aiken, SC)

Brian has also had great success as a fundraiser, being responsible for raising in excess of $600,000 for local, national and international disc golf projects.

In short, our new Executive Director brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to this challenging job. In accepting the post, Brian had these words for the members of the PDGA:

"I am extremely honored and excited to have been selected as the new executive director of the PDGA. I look forward to devoting my full energy and passion for the game into promoting the sport and serving the members of the association."

Chris Hysell
Mar 05 2007, 07:16 PM
You looked all around the country and he was right there all the time.

Rhyno
Mar 06 2007, 10:40 AM
Youth and experience in one package! Let's hope he can bring the PDGA to the next level!!!

OSTERTIP
Mar 06 2007, 11:03 AM
I can absolutely promise you that Brian Graham is going to do what ever he can to further disc golf and disc sports around the world. I have never met anyone with more passion for the sport than him.

ck34
Mar 07 2007, 10:58 AM
Youth and experience in one package! Let's hope he can bring the PDGA to the next level!!!



Brian Graham is almost four years older (44) than Brian Hoeniger (40) was when he took over in 1996. Brian Graham maybe looks a little younger and has a bit more hair than Hoeniger did though. :)

(I still agree with your statement though. New Brian will be good for the org.)

lauranovice
Mar 07 2007, 11:11 AM
Congrats and best wishes to Brian. By the looks of your resume, the chose a good candidate to fill the position. Thank you for taking on this task.

briangraham
Mar 08 2007, 12:09 PM
Thanks for the compliments and well wishes. The show of support I have received from the disc golf community has been heart warming. For the record, I am 43 ... but I feel 33.

Regards,
Brian Graham

ck34
Mar 08 2007, 01:18 PM
For the record, I am 43 ... but I feel 33.



That was the "almost four years older" part... :) You'll roll the age odometer before the older Brian leaves though.

OSTERTIP
Mar 08 2007, 04:20 PM
For the record, I am 43 ... but I feel 33.



That was the "almost four years older" part... :) You'll roll the age odometer before the older Brian leaves though.



hahahaa

Good one Chuck, but like the man said he feels 33 and thats what counts!

ck34
Mar 08 2007, 07:22 PM
I understand that's what Hef says when he wakes up every morning, "I feel like a 33 year old." (except he says 23 year old :D)

Rhyno
Mar 09 2007, 10:03 AM
If I woke up feeling a 23 year old... Tina wouldn't like that at all!!! No Tip... I'm not talking about a 23 year old man! LOL!

OSTERTIP
Mar 09 2007, 04:13 PM
HAHAHAHA.... Well the best part is I wake up every morning feeling a 23 year old. Not feeling like a 23 year old, felling my 23 year olg Girl friend....
So beat that.... hahahahahaha
jk......

lowe
Mar 10 2007, 10:26 AM
felling my 23 year olg Girl friend....



Why do you "fell" her? :)