Anthony Richard has only been playing disc golf for two years. However, the 16-year-old is already knocking on the doors of the professional ranks.
Dieppois has just signed an agreement with Thinkspace Athletics, a Maine-based disc manufacturer.
He was also named Atlantic’s Most Promising Player on the Flickline Tour, a series of eight events that took place on courses in all four of Atlantic Canada’s provinces.
2023 will be his final year at the amateur 1 level, the career immediately preceding the professional level.
The ThinSpace gaming team includes two of the world’s top 50 players, including Canada’s Thomas Gilbert.
“I wasn’t really on the team last year. I had more of an ambassadorial role. But they liked what I did and decided to officially take me on board. It’s really cool,” the 12th-year Matthew Martin student says excitedly.
This partnership allows him to obtain free items, which he can then sell to afford his tournaments and trips.
He is also entitled to obtain specialized equipment that enables him to improve his performance.
The Acadian youth season will begin in mid-March.
He will play 15 tournaments across the Maritimes and Northeastern United States.
During the pandemic, Dubois really discovered his passion for golf.
“I love playing. I can’t find anything negative to say about my sport. It’s hard to explain. It’s a sport that always makes me happy. I’m really hooked,” he says.
Obviously, Anthony Richard was playing traditional golf, as well as ultimate Frisbee.
So the combination of the two was completely natural for him.
His progress has been amazing.
Since debuting in 2020, he has placed 13th at the 2022 World Junior Championships in Peoria, Illinois.
“I didn’t have any expectations. In fact, I didn’t expect to finish so high in the ranking. I was consistent throughout the tournament, from the first to the last round, ”says the 16-year-old athlete.
Moreover, the final round of this competition was the best in his career (-7).
In the final standings, he finished the tournament with a record of -13, 17 strokes behind the champion (-30).
In light of this outcome, no one can predict how far Anthony Richard will go in the next few years.
“It’s going to be a developmental year for me. I’m going to try to play as many tournaments as possible. I’m going to Maine and New Hampshire for tournaments and camps,” he said.
“I really started competing last year. But this season, I really want to reach another level. The key for me is to show consistency.”
When he is mentioned in the professional ranks, his eyes light up.
He points out that the best players in the world land contracts worth millions of dollars.
In 2021, American Paul MacBeath signed a $10 million deal with Discraft Disc Sport.
“It’s a dream,” he says, “but I think it’s achievable.”
“I don’t expect to win every tournament I go to, because the level of competition will be very high. But I will definitely do my best to represent my team well in 2023.”
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