Amy Vrana

Amy Vrana

Name

Amy Vrana

PDGA Number

66148

Division

PRO

How long have you been playing disc golf?

7 years

How did you get your start in disc golf?

My boyfriend (now husband) took me disc golfing for one of our first dates. We played at the Spearfish Canyon course in Spearfish, SD. It's such a fun and challenging course, but it's not very beginner friendly. That didn't stop me and my competitive nature!

What do you love most about the sport?

What I love most about disc golf is always having the chance to improve. It's a never ending cycle, and I love the idea that if I miss a putt or shank a drive, I have a thousand more chances to try again and to get it right.

What makes disc golf better than the other sports you have played?

The disc golf community is amazing and so supportive. Nearly everyone has the same goal to grow the support, and because of this, most people I meet are friendly and willing to share advice (and, sometimes, commiserate). Other sports don't seem to have the same camaraderie that disc golf does.

How do you approach a new course?

When it comes to a new course, I try to preview it if possible through flyovers and get a feel for the discs and types of shots I might need. If that's not possible, I add my go-to discs and make sure that I have some that I don't typically throw. I always have a few utility discs (super stable drivers, mostly) just in case I need to do a crazy shot. For initial rounds, my bag is a little heavier until I see what I'm up against. At the course, I throw a few shots on every hole just to figure out what feels good and right. Then, I empty or change my bag as needed.

What motivates you to continually improve your game?

I think my motivation comes from the belief that I can improve. I love the feeling I get when I finally overcome an obstacle, and disc golf presents its fair share of challenges.

What do you do to stay focused playing in tourneys?

Staying focused while playing tournaments depends on a few factors. Many times, my focus is pretty methodical. I tend to watch everyone's shots and know where their lies are. There is a pattern there that I somehow find relaxing. I can get pretty quiet during rounds, but I'll always cheer on a great shot. The best rounds I have played are with groups who are focused but are also friendly and positive, rooting each other on while playing the best they can. If I feel like my focus is waning, I'll put on my headphones, jam to some tunes, or read my book on my phone.

What’s your most memorable win?

My most memorable win so far was winning the Minnesota Majestic as an amateur. It was my first big tournament and the first with more than 3 women in my division. I remember being so nervous at the beginning. During the first round, I played really well, and for the next two rounds, I remained out front. I remember a sense of calm coming over me at one point, and I just knew I could win.

What’s your most memorable disc golf moment?

My most memorable disc golf moment happened last year at the Beaver State Fling. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a homebody, and to have gone on tour was a really big and scary step for me. I remember feeling scared and alone and dejected before my second round. I was about to tee off, my name was called, and behind me I heard whoops and clapping from my tour partner and our friends (I didn't know they were there), and I just felt all those sad feelings wash away. I'll never forget how hopeful and loved I felt, and disc golf brought me that.

What are your top three favorite discs?

This is such a hard question! My favorite discs to throw are putters! So, I guess I'll pick two putters off the bat (tee?): the Judge and the Pure. My go-to distance driver is the Shryke, which I love, but the disc that's been in my bag since the start, the Valkyrie, is probably still my favorite driver. (Yes, I just listed four favorite discs!)

What are your top three courses you have played?

Bohart Ranch (Upper and Lower) in Bozeman, MT and Milo McIver East in Estacada, OR are probably the top three so far.

If you could play any course in the world, which would it be?

I would really love to play Bohart Ranch again. The land was bought a few years ago, and the course was taken out. A little piece of my heart still aches just writing that.

Who is your disc golf hero, and how were you influenced be him or her?

There are so many people out there whom I admire and who have influenced me. I could narrow it down to a couple, but in truth, so many people have taught me over the years to be confident, to trust myself, to persevere, and to enjoy life.

Whats in the bag?

I have a mixed bag currently. For putters, I throw the Judge, Pure, Star Aviar 3, and I putt with the Deputy. I don't throw a lot of mids, but I usually have a Tursas and a Suspect. For drivers, I have a few Valkyries, a few Shrykes, a Trespass, a PD, and a Beast. Sometimes, I carry a Teebird and a Truth or two. For really windy days, I carry a Pig.

What non-disc golf hobbies do you have?

I spend a lot of my time reading and writing. I also love playing video and PC games and card games.

Any superstitions you have before or during a round?

I don't think this is a superstition, but since the beginning, I have been doing a round of yoga before any disc golf round. It's something that I've always done, and in the rare times I don't do it, I feel weird and not as warmed up as I could be.

What does #NoBadRounds mean to you?

To me, #NoBadRounds represents a state of mind where you embrace the good in the round, in the putt, in the drive, in the vibe of the card. You get out of it what you put into it.

What do you love most about your FlighTowel?

Using a FlighTowel during the off-season helped me with timing in both backhand and forehand (it's such a valuable tool), and it's also one of the best ways to warm up my arm before a round.

Is there anything else you would like to add to your Team FlighTowel profile?

Disc golf tournaments are about competition, but you'll do better nearly all of the time if you play the course and not the other players.

 

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