*Photo courtesy of PDGA
We Interviewed JohnE about his career on transition to Latitude 64º
JohnE: I have been the Florida Tour Points leader 13 times, tied for 1st place at the 2014 USDGC, I have over 150 PDGA 1st place finishes
Lat64: Why did you choose to join Team Latitude 64?
JohnE: I admire the plastic that Latitude 64° has been coming out with. I felt as if there could be quite a few discs in the Latitude lineup that I was missing from my game. The opportunity that was presented to me by Latitude 64° was very exciting so I decided to take the chance and join an extremely talented organization.
Lat64: What are your travel plans for next year’s tour?
JohnE: I will be following the National Tour, Major Tour and a lot of other events along the way. I really don’t think much will change on the “It’s About Time Tour Part II” except I want to do a little more site seeing.
Lat64: What are your personal goals now that you have made this switch?
JohnE: I want to WIN more events in 2015. I believe that with the new discs I am playing with will help me achieve this goal.
Lat64: What is your favorite latitude disc so far?
JohnE: Well, for what I have seen so far I like the XXX, Mace and Dagger. I am still learning all the discs but so far those are my favorite Latitude discs.
Lat64: Where are you playing the rest of the season?
JohnE: I have returned back home to Florida, but my season has not ended. I will be playing in a few events in Florida and Georgia.
Lat64: Have you thought about winning a Masters world title?
JohnE: I have thought about that except the only Master’s event I play in is the Tim Selinske event. However, I might play in a few more events in the master’s field…not sure yet. I still strive for a MPO World Title.
Lat64: Tell us about your near death experience and how it has changed you as a man and a disc golfer?
JohnE: Oh wow, that certainly was a life changer. In 2007 when I was hospitalized for two weeks with cellulitis and a surgery to help save my life, my entire world changed. Two weeks out of the hospital, I received a call from the CDC and they told me I was also suffering with Lyme Disease. Every bone and joint hurt and it was hard to even stand up. After about 30 days of IV medications three times a day, I looked like I had gone through hell and I had. After all the medication, I started eating a better diet, cleansed my system and started on a fulltime disc golf career. Being that sick, my wife saw how quickly life can be over. She decided she would go back to work and I would play disc golf fulltime. Life is too short to not enjoy it.
Lat64: Tell us your favorite part of being a disc golfer?
JohnE: My favorite part of being a disc golfer is competition time. I have always played sports and enjoyed that part of any game. I love meeting new people all over the country and I love that I am still able to compete with the younger guys at my age. I love teaching about disc golf and I love that this sport is how I met my wife.
Lat64: What do you think is the biggest change needed to advance our sport to mainstream?
JohnE: Definitely Corporate sponsorship and television exposure. It’s just going to take that right contact to get this sport noticed for all the talent on tour and not for all the negative talk about our sport. It will get there just as ball golf did.
Lat64: Who are your biggest supporters outside of sponsorships?
JohnE: Of course my family would come first. They have always been behind me and supported me 100% no matter what. My friends have always been there for me as well, through thick and thin.
Lat64: What was the funniest story from this year’s tour?
JohnE: The funniest thing on tour was when we pulled over in Colorado at a scenic overview. There was about four feet of snow and my daughter decided to climb on the snow. (My daughter and my wife had never seen snow before). My daughter proceeds to throw a snowball at me and just sinks into the snow and loses her shoe…we actually have a video of it. I saved her and her shoe, but to me that was the funniest thing my family experienced on tour.