Hey there, fellow disc golf enthusiasts, both rookies and seasoned pros alike! I'm Sawyer Bracy, the heart and soul behind Top Tier Disc Golf, and I live and breathe disc golf every single day.
The Origin Story: A Passion That Ignited a Movement
My journey began right here in Billings, MT, in the early 2000s. Back in 2004, while I was a student at Senior High School, a few friends introduced me to the captivating world of disc golf during our lunch breaks. That first toss sent a spark of passion through me that still burns brightly today.
Over the years, I immersed myself in the sport, dedicating countless hours to perfecting my game. I honed my skills and set my sights on challenging amateur events, such as the High Plains Challenge in Fort Morgan, Colorado, and the prestigious Memorial Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona, and later competed on the big stage of The National Tour and Disc Golf Pro Tour. These experiences shaped me as a player, and they allowed me to form lifelong bonds with fellow disc golf enthusiasts.
Yet, the most profound moments in my disc golf journey were not the tournaments or the trophies but the realization that my true calling was to nurture the sport and help others reach their disc golf aspirations. It's about turning that passion into a purpose.
In December 2019, my family and I embarked on an unforgettable journey to Malaysia to visit my grandmother. During our travels, we found ourselves in Johor Bahru, the birthplace of disc golf in Malaysia. It was there that fate intervened, and I had the opportunity to sponsor baskets at a local course.
As I watched the local players embrace the sport with such fervor, it struck me: this was my passion, my calling. Supporting disc golf at every level, from local communities to international events, became my mission.
Top Tier Disc Golf: A Vision Realized
With a burning passion and an unwavering commitment to the sport, I officially founded Top Tier Disc Golf in March 2020. We started small, selling discs out of my trusty VW bus, but it wasn't long before we needed a bigger stage. In November 2020, we proudly set up shop on 3rd Street in downtown Billings, MT. This was the beginning of a new chapter where we expanded our inventory, fostered relationships with renowned manufacturers, and honed our business acumen.
Fast forward to March of 2023, we found a new location for Top Tier Disc Golf pro shop at 516 N 32nd Street in Billings, MT, right down the street from the local YMCA!
Our Mission: Your Disc Golf Journey, Elevated
Our mission is clear: to provide you with the ultimate disc golf experience. Top Tier Disc Golf isn't just a store; it's a haven for the disc golf community. We're actively involved in sponsoring events, supporting players, and fueling the evolution of disc golf.
Meet the Team Behind the Vision
Behind every great business is a dedicated team:
- Sawyer Bracy, Owner and Shop Pro: I'm the driving force, bringing expertise and passion.
- Jared West and Peyton Hathaway, Assistants: Our dynamic duo, ready to assist and share their love for the game.
- Ethan Head and Tanner Nelson, Shop Helpers: The backbone of our operation, ensuring every disc golfer's needs are met.
Join the Top Tier Disc Golf Revolution
So, whether you're an ace-seeking pro, a newcomer seeking advice, or a proud supporter of local businesses in Billings, MT, Top Tier Disc Golf is your haven. We're not just a store; we're a movement, a source of knowledge, and the heartbeat of the disc golf revolution.
Thank you for being part of our passionate and ever-growing disc golf family. Together, we'll soar to new heights, make every round unforgettable, and continue to elevate the sport we love.
-Sawyer Bracy, PDGA #36594