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Who is Silas Schultz? 

By Nick Quargnenti
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If you watched the first Major of the 2023 season this weekend then you already know, Silas Schultz has emerged as an up-and-coming young star on Tour.

Heading into the 2023 PDGA Champions Cup Silas Schultz was 68th in the world according to the official UDisc World Rankings, 72 holes later he would finish 4th with a final score of 34 under par. Before this  Silas Schultz’s best DGPT or Major event finish was 14th, he did that twice, at last year’s Green Mountain Championship and Open at Tallahassee. Before the Champions Cup Silas had never been on a lead card at a pro-Major, and his performance this weekend marks only the second time a player ranked 70th or worse ended up finishing in the Top 4 of a Major event.

You may have tuned in this weekend and caught Schultz’s remarkable performance during the final round, where he shot an astonishing 11 under par through 12 holes, but you may not have tuned in for the 2018 National Amateur Disc Golf Tour (NADGT) National Championship where Schultz’s disc golf prowess earned him a LITERAL new car. 

Who is Silas Schultz? Well, let’s start at the beginning… 

The Beginning:

Discmania mentions how Schultz was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he discovered his love for disc golf at a young age. In Episode 25 of The Trevor Staub Show, Silas mentions that he started playing when his father stumbled upon some discs at a garage sale and decided to introduce his two sons to the sport. It was through this chance discovery that Silas and his older brother, Thunder Schultz, (now also a Discmania-sponsored player) were first introduced to the world of disc golf.

Around the age of 12-13, Silas began competing in local tournaments and quickly showed promise as a rising star in the sport. He continued to hone his skills and develop his game, eventually earning a spot at the 2017 NADGT National Championship.

At that event, Schultz found himself in a six-hole playoff with two other skilled competitors (Clinton Rihn and Christopher Keseloff). Though he came agonizingly close to victory, Schultz ultimately fell just short of claiming a coveted first-place finish.

From Tee to Keys:

The following year Schultz was determined to flip the script. Hosted at the Fountain Hills Disc Golf Course in Arizona, the 2018 NADGT National Championship had an exciting twist – the winner was awarded a 2018 Jeep Renegade as the grand prize, adding pressure to the already high-stakes competition.

At the young age of 15, Schultz demonstrated remarkable endurance and skill throughout the three-day, 108-hole tournament, ultimately emerging as the winner with an impressive score of 32 under par. Despite fierce competition from future Discmania teammate Kyle Klein, who finished with a score of 30 under par, Schultz would hold on and secure the victory.

When presented with the keys to his new Jeep Renegade, Schultz jokingly asked, “What are these for?” since he was not yet old enough to legally drive his new prize. When asked about the victory on Episode 25 of The Trevor Staub Show, Schultz mentioned that the moment was unbelievable until he tapped in his final putt on 18. Schultz ended up going on to sell his new vehicle to use the profits for other needs.

A Rising Star:

To date, Schultz (PDGA# 79047) has a PDGA rating of 1021 with 31 career wins and 119 career events played. After his spectacular performance at the 2023 PDGA Champions Cup, he is currently sitting at 41 in the UDisc World Rankings. In addition to his win at the  2018 Next Generation Tour Championship, Schultz has also taken down several A-Tiers including the 2022 Magic City Mega Bowl, the 2022 Louisiana State Championships, and the 2020 Big Rip Classic Champion

Off the course, Schultz is known as a committed content creator and has been hailed as a “social media guru” (check him out on Instagram and YouTube).

 

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