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1986. John G. Duesler began a disc golf career at Greenbelt Park in Carrollton, TX.
1987. As secretary of the Friends of Sedgley Woods, Philadelphia, PA, Duesler: - Wrote a formal constitution that guided the affairs and administration of the “Friends of Sedgley Woods”; - Continued the long-running Philly Open PDGA-sanctioned tournament; - Launched the Nice Up! Newsletter that remains one of disc golf’s best publications; - Forged a relationship with Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park Commission that recognized FoSW as official steward of the disc golf course in the world’s second largest city park; - Organized food drives for the surrounding neighborhood, often collecting over 1000 pounds of food and distributing it to the needy.
1998-2005. John Duesler continued his leadership with the Mid-Atlantic Disc Club (MADC), a regional organization that encompassed Pennsylvania and 4 other states. MADC came to be designated as Region 1 by the PDGA in the early years. As secretary of the MADC, Duesler: - Developed, hosted, and launched the first MADC web site; - Contributed to and marketed the MADC newsletter; - Communicated with the PDGA regarding tournament results, dues, and memberships; - Launched and administered the annual MADC Membership Drive, which at it’s height numbered 250 members; - Helped develop and launch some of the early ratings-based events with Chuck Kennedy; - Helped develop and operate the annual MADC Championship tournament event.
1997. JD launched the Disc Sports Resource Center, the first secured server selling golf discs. This early e-commerce site sent disc golf disc to interested players as far away as Bulgaria, China, Europe, and South America.
1998-2006. Duesler served the PDGA as Pennsylvania State Coordinator, working to coordinate the schedule of PDGA-sanctioned tournaments across the state.
1999-2005. John designed or installed 25+ disc golf courses, many of which were intended to introduce communities to the sport of disc golf, including Elizabethtown College, Selinsgrove Area High School, Yetter Park in Poconos, Victory Park in Slatington and Little Lehigh Parkway in Allentown which was the Finals course for 2005 Pro Worlds.
2005. John Duesler directed the PDGA Professional World Championships in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Duesler was named the PDGA
2005 Co-Tournament Director of the Year (with Dan Doyle) and received the Zenith Award from the Lehigh Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau for creating a $1.2 million economic impact with that Pro World Championship, the top grossing sporting event in the region that year.
2005-09. John produced the DVD from
2005 Pro Worlds, which become the top-selling Worlds DVD in PDGA history, and then produced all the PDGA Worlds videos through
2009. 2009. Duesler named PDGA Marketing Director, taking him around the planet promoting and producing disc golf media from Japan to Oregon to Texas. Those highlight videos from PDGA’s biggest events were a precursor to what has now grown into the PDGA Media machine.
2009-15. Duesler launched DiscGolfPlanet.tv, the first livestreaming service to provide disc golf coverage in our sport. With the support of the PDGA and Innova, DiscGolfPlanet.tv brought live disc golf to computer screens, phones, and OTT streaming services from the
2009 USDGC in Rock Hill, South Carolina. DGP.tv continued to livestream multiple world championships, USDGCs, and other tournaments through to the
2015 PDGA World Championships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Viewership through those years grew from dozens to hundreds to tens-of-thousands around the globe.
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