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- October 20, 1980
- Vol. 14
- No. 16
Scott Zimmerman is the signature on Wham-O World Class Frisbees and deserves to be: At 18 he is the first two-time winner of the Men's Overall World Frisbee Disc Championships. In defending his title in the annual August event at Pasadena's Rose Bowl, Scott beat out 157 competitors from 16 nations and collected $2,000 in prize money plus a $6,000 endorsement contract. The champ is determined by total points in five events that include distance (he flung it 339'9"), self-caught flight, and Frisbee disc golf (the disc is hurled on the fairway and, once on the green, delicately aimed at the flag). Scott's knack was uncovered unwittingly by his father, a Wall Street Journal editor, who four years ago bought him a book on the subject. Seven months later the obsessed 15-year-old passed up a family vacation in Puerto Rico to enter a Virginia state championship and won the disc golf event by two strokes. "A couple of big-name players there were wondering who I was," he says. They soon learned when Zimmerman dropped out of high school to cash in on the tournament and promotional opportunities (Wham-O, the Frisbee maker, pays him $250 per day plus expenses). His mother sometimes accompanies him on the circuit and is known by his rivals (mostly in their 20s and 30s) as "Frisbee Mom." Currently, Zimmerman practices four to eight hours a day and takes night classes to finish high school. College and a career in architecture are more distant goals. "I think," figures Scott, "that I can keep playing Frisbee competitively until I'm 40."
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