“As Tournament Co-Director of the 2015 PDGA Professional World Championships,   J. Gary Dropcho led the Host Team to great success. The local organizing committee he assembled spared no attention to detail. The world-class competition venues and endless amenities created one of the most well-run PDGA Major events in the history of the sport.  J. Gary tirelessly works to achieve perfection while balancing his high moral and ethical standards.”  — Michael Downes, Operations Director Professional Disc Golf Association

SRU Hole 1, 2015 Pro Disc Golf World Championships. Photo by Jerry Gotcher

  • Pro Disc Golf World Championships
  • Scholastic Disc Golf Series
  • Disc Golf Skill Clinics
  • Corporate Team-Building Outings
  • Learn to Play DG Promotions
  • Fundraising Events for Nonprofit Community Organizations
  • Regional Qualifiers for National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships

J. Gary Dropcho started directing these kinds of programs as a student at Indiana University of PA. In 1980, he ran his first disc golf tournament on a temporary course he designed and constructed with chicken wire baskets at Mack Park in Indiana, PA.

Thirty-four years later, Grip It and Rip It Disc Golf LLC was incorporated to manage the 2015 Pro Disc Golf World Championships in Pittsburgh for which J. Gary served as Tournament Co-Director. Pittsburgh hosted 400 of the best men and women players in one of the most well-run and memorable Pro World Championships that brought over $650,000 in economic impact to the metro area. From that World Championship and the generosity of hundreds of disc golfers and disc golf companies, $35,000 was raised for patient care and advocacy for the ALS Association Western PA Chapter.

Between those two events has been a career of helping people get more from their disc golf play.

Great Outdoors Day at Moraine State Park. Photo by J. Gary Dropcho

FlexStart FriendZy@2MRX      Driven by Innova        

July 2/3, 2021

Play an 18-hole PDGA-rated round with 2 other friends!  Book a tee time at Two Mile Run Extension DGC on either Friday July 2 or Saturday July 3.

White/Long Tee par 4 Hole 6.
Hole 9 B pin

Amateur players receive Innova swag bag worth 150% of tournament entry fee. 

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Two Mile Run Extension DGC features a dual-basket set up. Designed by Grip It and Rip It Disc Golf in 2010; refresh complete for 2MRX 10th anniversary.

Pittsburgh Women’s Global Event  

May 8, 2021

Presented by Grip It and Rip It Disc Golf

Play disc golf with thousands of women around the world, and meet other women disc golfers from the Pittsburgh region at Deer Lakes Disc Golf Park.
All skill levels and experience are welcome. Fabulous player package with special items from GIRIDG and other sponsors.

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2021 PFD Ice Bowl

Presented by Grip It and Rip It Disc Golf

We raised $4,000 $6,000 $8,579 for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

The Pittsburgh Disc Golf Community showed big heart for the benefit of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Nearly 250 people played their disc golf round in the snow in the fun flex-start event Feb.6-14.

Congratulations to the winners of each division and to those in the prize raffle who won an Innova DISCatcher Sport 24 basket, an Innova DISCatcher Traveler basket, and many other cool donated prizes.

All proceeds from the event, Including entry fees and additional monetary donations, were given to address the pandemic-heightened need for food in our community.

*NO canned or other food items were collected this year*


FlexStart FriendZy @ 2MRX Driven by Innova

July 5, 2020  •  PDGA C-tier




Logo by Volkmar Kuntz

Scenic Vista Challenge Driven by Innova 

Inaugural PDGA tournament  

June 1, 2019

Hole 7, Scenic Vista Disc Golf Course. Lisbon, OH. Photo by J. Gary Dropcho

Inaugural PDGA tournament at Edinboro Royal Scots Disc Golf Links. September 15, 2018

2018 Edinboro Royal Stewart Open Driven by Innova. Photos and Video Coverage by Disc Golf Examiner

We love disc golf. We have a passion for organizing events that bring disc golfers together for competition, comraderie, and learning. Grip It and Rip It Disc Golf can help you manage: PDGA-sanctioned competitions, Local leagues, Fundraising events, Corporate outings, and Learn-to-Play community events.

2010 Pittsburgh Scholastic Disc Golf Champions; Taylor Allderdice High School. Photo by J. Gary Dropcho

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