Mike #Porterface Porter
Home Town: Ozark Mo.
Home Course: Grubaugh Park is closest but I’m calling Treehouz DGC at Branson Cedars my home.
Discs I don’t leave home without: Any of them? Always have discs with me! Lucid Justice I use constantly both backhand and forehand and my trust beat-up blue tournament plastic Westside Giant. Throw in a hybrid Emac Truth and a couple Pop-Top VIP Kings and dem’ classic hard Judges and WATCHOUT!!
Family guy with 3 kids and a wife I don’t deserve. I work as a Guest Services Manager in Branson. I have done everything from working as a forklift operator, bouncer, vocalist and rhythm guitar in bands, theater actor, worked with Farmers Insurance Group as a recruiter and trainer, and a bunch of other stops on the way. I like teaching, people, and leadership development. I also occasionally excel at making mistakes. “Failure isn’t fatal,” is one of my favorite quotes. I am, weirdly enough, known for a face I make in selfies. I snarl a bit and open my gigantic facehole and it caught on as #porterface. Do it!
Mike's favorite DG memory
That’s tough. I will always remember my first Ace. Hole #1 at Waterworks in Kansas City. There are lots of tournament trips and league nights with friends. Last year at the GBO I was playing in Masters and after round #1 I was one card and just a stroke or two from Ken Climo, Patrick Brown and Ron Convers! I have also gotten to play with or throw with Eric McCabe and Denise Cameron, Paul McBeth, John E. Mcray, Laron Harris, Ricky Wysocki, Nate Sexton, Will Shusterick, Bradley Williams, Eagle McMahon, Jordan Castro, George Smith, Jared Roan, Russ Burns, and a few other disc golf rockstars. Those are fun memories! These folks can get it done! Practice round with Emac and Denise at 2015 Four State Open was possibly a fav.
Why Disc Golf?
Man there is just nothing like it. I’m athletic. Played college ball and probably been involved in almost every sport imaginable. I like to be competitive…even when competition drives me nuts. I have to compete! So when I found disc golf something just clicked. The first time I saw a pro bomb a driver off hole #1 at Waterworks (same hole as my first ace) I was hooked! Watching a disc fly 500 feet down the hill and nestle up next to the basket for a drop in deuce immediately had me addicted! The people are incredible. The community of people that are involved in DG are stupid-fun. They come from all walks of life. All backgrounds and ethnicities. All demographics with a bunch of crazy stories to share. Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise (that’s my sw Missouri roots comin out) I will be able to play disc golf until I bedridden sippin my meals through a straw and they put me in a home. I’m driven to play well but I really dig the efforts to grow the sport and introduce/teach others about it. So this is my jam. It’s my escape. Hopefully I get to be on the scene for a while!