“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
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
All proceeds from the event, Including entry fees and additional monetary donations, will be given to address the pandemic-heightened need for food in our community.
Logo by Volkmar Kuntz
Hole 7, Scenic Vista Disc Golf Course. Lisbon, OH Photo by J. Gary Dropcho
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