Who Contributed to E.D.G.E.?
The E.D.G.E. project was the brainchild of Harold Duvall and was developed by a group of collaborators, each of whom is a disc golfer, but who comes to the program with differing talents and interests.
was first introduced to flying discs, in 1978, through the Frisbee physical education class at San Marino High School in Southern California. In 1982, and again in 1985, he won the Disc Golf World Championships. In 1983, he co-founded INNOVA Champion Discs
with his brother Charlie, and two friends, Dave Dunipace and Tim Selinske. INNOVA produces targets, discs and other products for disc golf courses. In 1985, Harold graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Accounting. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in South Carolina. For the last fifteen years, Harold has participated in a multitude of activities that share the basic truth that disc play is fun for the whole family. From designing and building dozens disc golf courses across the US, to sharing the gospel with a Frisbee, to currently organizing the US Disc Golf Championship, Harold is one of our most active and respected promoters of disc sports. He has made a substantial contribution to a New York non-profit organization, DiscAbilities, by assisting in the design, and providing targets for, the disc golf course on Randall's Island in New York City.
has a background in science and sports and, to a lesser degree, music. He was a pre- med student as an undergrad before switching to psychology and earning a PhD. In addition to the medical sciences, he has a background in the physical and social sciences. Sports at college level included football, basketball, baseball, softball, swimming, water polo, lacrosse, track and field, and volleyball. He has been involved in disc sports since 1977. His honors include: 1980 World Champion in disc golf (pre-PDGA), 1981 World Distance champion, 1982 PDGA 2nd place to World Champion Harold Duvall (his protege), 1983 Wham-O disc golf champion, 1985 World PDGA Doubles Champion with partner Harold Duvall. In 1983, Dave started INNOVA Champion Discs with Harold and Tim. He has two sons, Taber and Koby. Dave currently holds about a half dozen patents related to disc golf.
was born and raised in Iowa's Heartland, an grew up in the town of Woodward. There she earned 17 athletic letters, while being an all-state pick in athletics and music. She attended the University of Northern Iowa on a Softball scholarship, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and Coaching. After only four short years of competitive Disc Golf, Des won the Women's World and National Championships in 2002. She has spearheaded an after-school Disc Golf program with her husband, Jay, and gives her time to teaching women and others interested in the sport. Des' other passions include travel, backpacking and canoeing in her hand built cedar strip canoe. She has zest for life and Disc Golf and for the power, possibilities and opportunities they open throughout one's lifetime. Des currently teaches in Austin, TX in between touring seasons.
holds a bachelor's degree in K-12 Physical Education and Coaching from the University of Northern Iowa. He was an all-American football player at Bettendorf, IA and a scholarship, three-year starter for the University of Northern Iowa Panthers. There, he blocked for all-pro quarterback, Kurt Warner, while helping lead his team to four straight conference titles. Jay is now a Teacher, Professional Disc Golfer and current mixed doubles World Champion with his partner and wife, Des. The Readings are avid backpackers and Disc Golf promoters. Jay volunteers his free time to hold awareness events, clinics and has created an after-school Disc Golf program. Jay currently teaches in Austin, TX between touring seasons.
has been a disc golf developer in several capacities from the local to the international level since 1989. He is co-founder of the worldwide Disc Golf Course Designers group, co-founder of Disc Golf United
handicapping and educational services, co-developer of the course and player ratings system being implemented by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and a former member of the PDGA Rules Committee. His chemical engineering and MBA degrees provide the foundation for his math based disc golf projects and for his regular job as a computer consultant. He has won several Minnesota Master titles and finished seventh in the Grandmaster division at the 1999 World Championships. Chuck enjoys photography, writing and music when away from disc golf.
started dreaming of an alpine skiing career as a young girl in Sun Valley, Idaho, and was named to the United States Development team. Two years later, she ran off course in a training run and crashed, with a resulting complete paraplegia. She was just sixteen. Muffy then poured her attention into school, graduating as the valedictorian from her high school class, and then choose Pre-Med as a field of study at Stanford University. Following Stanford, she decided it was time to try competitive skiing one more time, and aimed her sights on Paralympic competition. Again she made the US Alpine Ski Team, and competed in Nagano, Japan in 1998, winning a Bronze medal, and in Salt Lake City in 2002, winning 3 Silver Medals. Along the way she also won seven World Cup season titles including two overall World Cup titles. Two months after the 2002 games Muffy joined 3 other paraplegics for the climb to the top of 14,132-foot Mount Shasta, becoming the world's first female paraplegic mountaineer. She took up disc golf at the urging of her Idaho friend, Jon Lyksett, and is taking the sport to members of an outreach group she leads for students with disabilities at the University of Utah.
Jeff Burley 's
professional career in adaptive sport started in 1996. Jeff became interested in the field while studying Therapeutic Recreation at Sacramento State University in California. While working on his major, Jeff volunteered for many programs offered by Disabled Sports USA Far West, Tahoe/Sacramento. Following his university studies, he interned at the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah and continued on for two years afterward as a full time employee. Currently, he is working on a Masters Degree in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Utah, writing a book on adaptive sport to be published by Human Kinetics and occasionally speaks on adaptive sport to clients such as Kaiser Hospitals. As a new disc golfer, Jeff is interested in finding ways to make the sport accessible to people of all abilities and used his knowledge of ball golf adaptations to contribute to the E.D.G.E. project.
is an Education Specialist who has had a 30 year career in education and disability services, most recently as a highly respected consultant in the area of assistive technology and curriculum development and adaptation. He has taught both at the school and university level and currently advises several school districts in Idaho and Wyoming on special education issues. He brings to the E.D.G.E. project many years of experience in sport and recreation and a love for the game of disc golf. He is a member of the Disc Golf Course Designers group and has developed and designed courses for communities in Idaho and is currently working on a dual use disc golf/ball golf facility for a rural town and school district. He has also spent many years as a volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts and has been recognized by that organization with its highest adult honors. As editor and project director for E.D.G.E., he has had the bounty of working with all the collaborators and their talents and knowledge to bring the program to fruition. Jon's wife, Marlene, is his disc golf partner and shares in the operation of Hummingbird Disc Golf Services.