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James B. Powers Jr. Nomination to PA Disc Golf Hall of Fame As a seminal figure in the evolution of disc golf and flying disc sports in Philadelphia, the Mid- Atlantic region, and across the United States, James B. Powers Jr. deserves recognition in the Pennsylvania Disc Golf Hall of Fame. What follows is a chronology of his contributions and accomplishments: 1974. Jim Powers Jr, proposed a disc golf pole hole course to Fairmont Park Commission in Philadelphia, PA. 1977 – Jim designed disc golf courses (object/pre-pole hole ground baskets) at the Willows, Belmont Plateau and City Line Ave. parks in Philadelphia. 1977. Powers was a founding member and president of Philadelphia Area Frisbee Club (PAFC). 1977-78. Jim designed the Sedgley Woods disc golf course in Fairmont Park, considered to be the second oldest permanent pole hole course in world. 1977 – Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) member #168. 1978-88. Jim Powers directed the OCTAD, overall National Series flying disc tournament (including disc golf, freestyle, maximum time aloft (MTA), ultimate, distance, guts, double disc court (DDC), hacky sack, and K-9) at Sedgley Woods, then at Warwick Park/French Creek State Park. The World Record MTA was set by Don “Sauce” Cain at the 1984 OCTAD. 1980-82. Served as the head official at the World Frisbee Championships at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California. 1982. Powers became the Disc Golf Association (DGA) Region 3 Pro, covering PA, NJ, NYC, CT. 1982. Jim hosted the Philadelphia Disc Golf Pro/Am tournament at Sedgley Woods with an expanded 36-hole layout, which was the Mid-Atlantic Region 3 qualifier for the DGA 1982 National Championship. 1984-87. Powers hosted PDGA Pro Tour events at Sedgley Woods disc golf course. 1984-1987. Jim directed Hacky Sack and Frisbee Festivals at Warwick Park, PA, including disc golf as one of the demonstration events. 1986. Powers was president and newsletter editor as PAFC became Tri-State Frisbee Club (PA/NJ/DE). 1995. James B. Powers Jr. was cited by Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell for his many disc golf contributions. 1998. Powers leads the Tri-State Frisbee Club to become Mid-Atlantic Disc Club, expanding to include Maryland and what would become PDGA Region 1. 2014. Jim is inducted into Ultimate Hall of Fame in a group of 19 people dubbed the “Johnny Appleseeds” responsible for Ultimate’s germination as a college sport during critical years of 1970-74 after its founding in 1968 at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ. Powers founded Ultimate teams at University of New Hampshire, Penn State University and the Philadelphia Frisbee Club. 1978 to current. Served as tournament director / host / and currently toaster for the annual New Year’s Day Sedgley Woods Disc Golf tournament .
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