Five Questions with…Lynne (Lyn) Warren, PDGA #2876, Teacher, Writer, Kansas City Disc Golf Legend and PDGA Hall of Famer
Simultaneously unassuming and confident, Lynne Warren knows how to tell a story. With 46 career wins and a career in disc golf spanning more than 35 years, she has plenty to tell. Her resume and name are synonymous not only with Kansas City disc golf, but with the sport as a whole. Lynne is the cofounder of the original disc golf magazine, Disc Golf World News, a nationally known writer and PR provider, and a PDGA Hall of Famer. Lynne and local legend Crazy John Brooks placed first in the Professional Grandmasters Mixed Doubles division of the 2009 PDGA Disc Golf World Championships in the same week that both were also inducted into the PDGA Hall of Fame. Individually, Lynne has had a lot of notable wins, including being the Womens Champion at the Kansas City Wide Open in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, and 1993 under the name Lyn Rothstein.
Lynne admits she is known for a few things: a killer roller, a penchant for throwing it as far and as deep into the woods as possible and still being able to throw a second shot out by the pin and celebrating her birthday for the entire month of July. Lynne also received a dishonorable mention on the online site www.frivolist.com. As the story goes, on hole 6 at Rosedale (up top), it was an extremely windy day, and Lynne threw a roller that she was normally able to get within birdie range. On this day, it landed on some sticks, started to wibble wobble and come back toward the tee box. As Lynne describes, it rolls across and behind the tee pad, through the hole there into down under. My second throw was from behind the teepad. When asked how many strokes she took on that hole, she responds, I cant remember, but it couldnt have been good. I wrote a song about it once one of the lyrics was throwing for three from behind the tee.
Originally growing up in Weston, MO, which she describes as unique, Lynne calls Kansas City her hometown and still lives here. When asked what she is up to, she states simply that she works, is a mom, takes care of an older dog and plays golf whenever she can. Lynne admits that the joy of throwing a flying disc in the air runs deep within her and she cannot help kind of sticking [her] hand out there when she seems someone playing catch. She admits that when its cold, she gets hungry for throwing and will end up going out in the worst weather.
Lynne says that in all of her disc golf career, Kansas City is one of the most incredible disc golf places. She expresses so much pride in being a part of the growth and development of the sport in this area. Its really different than when it all started out. [Back then] it was a handful of people. Now, there are probably as many courses as there were people playing back then for a long time I was the only woman that played. Now when you say disc golf, people know what youre talking about even if they dont play. One time at Swope, on maybe Memorial Day or Labor Day, someone was trying to barbecue a chicken on the basket [because they didnt know what it was]. I think its really neat how much it has grown.
KCFDC: How long have you been playing/involved in disc golf?
Lyn: I played with Frisbees before I played disc golf but [as far as disc golf] It was in the 70s 78-79 probably. I played my first tournament the day before I turned 30, in 1983. I won too! My name was in the paper on my birthday. It was a nice birthday present. I thought it was pretty cool.
KCFDC: If you could only take three discs, one driver, one mid-range and one putter, with you, to a tournament, what would they be?
Lyn: I basically only play with 3 discs. (Well, I throw 4, actually). I drive with a Leopard, putt with an Aviar and I use a candy Cobra for mid range. I roll with the Stingray. Im very basic. I dont veer too much, not at this point in my life. I dont want to carry a bunch of discs. If you have a disc and you throw it right, you can make it go where you want it to.
KCFDC: What do you like to drink while you disc golf?
Lyn: Hmmmm. Well, not too exciting. Either a root beer or a V-8 Water. The root beer is a treat and the V-8 is just good energy for the body.
KCFDC: Whats your favorite thing about disc golf?
Lyn: It provided me with an outlet for competition. Where I grew up there were no sports for girls. I mean, I played hardball as a kid but there werent any competitive outlets. I enjoyed competition and sports. I was even a PE major for awhile. Then disc golf came along. I liked to play Frisbee and stuff. And then you know, whoa! For women I think its an incredible sport. Its a lifetime sport. You can play competitive, recreational, whatever its the joy if it. Beyond that, its the people…the cool people you get to meet. You really get to know people when you play a round of golf with them.
KCFDC: What one tip would you give someone looking to improve his or her game?
Lyn: The number one tip, both in disc golf and life, is follow through. You gotta follow through on your putt, on your drive, on your upshot or its not gonna go where you want it go. Its the same thing in life.