2021 TEAM BRIA
Sean Howard is from Ringoes, NJ, the Captain of Team Bria, and 991 rated! He took 45th in his first NT event in Delaware in 2019, and cashed in all other events he entered. In 2019 he hosted the USAMPC both singles and doubles in NJ. You’ll find Sean at most courses with his pup, Piper. His favorite discs are McPro Roc3s. Sean’s goals for 2020 is to improve to 1000 rated disc golfer and give back to the AM DG community by running clinics, volunteering and hosting events.
Kevin Gleason has committed over 30 years of his life to playing Disc Golf. His passion is for helping new players improve their game and to grow the sport across the country. He was recently elected Maryland PDGA State Coordinator for 2020 and has been on Team Latitude 64 since 2019. He plays or runs approximately 30 sanctioned events on the east coast every year all the way from New Jersey to Georgia.
Michelle Frazer is an FPO player from Bucks County, PA. She’s been playing disc golf for 20 years, discovering the sport with her family in Indiana, and turned pro after winning the amateur world championships in 2012. She is also a PhD candidate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Princeton University. Two of the reasons she likes disc golf are getting to see cool clouds and getting to wear plaid golf pants. Michelle has also been sponsored by Millennium Golf Discs since 2016.
Home Course: Stafford Woods
Favorite Disc: Millennium ET Omega
Eric Moul is a freshly minted MPO player out of Central PA. He made the jump from the amateur divisions in 2019 and hasn’t looked back, taking down his first professional victory within the first few months of MPO. His goals for 2020 include to cash at every event and to take at least 3 more pro victories!
Robert Veliky is a Professional Player from Northern New Jersey. Steadily improving over the past few years, Robert is poised for big things in 2020 representing the Bria Elite Team!!
Dave Heckman has come a long way since his first rounds using only a putter 4 years ago when a friend brought him out to play. Having already achieved his goal of becoming a sponsored player, he plans to play more open tournaments, and influence younger players as well. His goals in 2020 are to be a 970 player and to play more A-tier events.
Home Course: Hackett Park
Favorite Disc: Innova AJ Destroyer
Jacob Liss is a Junior Disc Golfer from Cranford, NJ. Jacob found disc golf almost 3 years ago on a camping trip at Hickory Run State Park. Jacob helped run a two week youth rec program over the summer teaching Ultimate players disc golf and is doing the same in the fall. Jacob is also sponsored by Discraft Underground and Kids Disc Golf. His goals for the 2021 season are to get to a 935 rating, play in the MA1 division, and grow the sport!
Home Course: Thompson Park
Favorite Disc: Discraft ESP Zeus
Starting in late 2019, Andrew Stocklin has devoted his days to practicing any time he can. By watching his favorite players compete he has quickly fallen in love with the sport and strives to improve his technique. Andrew works to grow the sport through his Youtube channel and by hosting events to introduce new players to the game. His faith plays a big part in how dedicated and passionate he is about disc golf and all aspects of his life. He is honored to be on Team BRIA this year and hopes to bring more young people to the sport while improving his PDGA rating by playing in as many events as possible.
Anthony Sapichino is a MA1 player and captain of the Wolf Hill disc golf team for the NJ Team Challenge. A former semi-pro ultimate player, Anthony has been around disc sports for 10 years, being in a leadership role many times. He hopes to benefit the Bria Street Team with his experience. He plans to spend this year working on clinics and with youth to expand disc golf, and also notch a win!
Home Course: Wolf Hill
Favorite Disc: Streamline Proton Trace
2020 will be Glenn Guadagnini's fourth year of playing and third year of tournament play. As a 2019-2020 Bria Street Team member Glenn is involved in reaching a broader market of advertising for Disc Golf by getting local and corporate business involved in tournament sponsorship. He will be working to get the younger generation introduce to the sport by working with schools and summer camps.
Home Course: Ocean County Park
Favorite Disc: Westside VIP Hatchet
Arlene "Condor" Gurka started playing Disc Golf 9 years ago at the American Legion course in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. Since that day she was hooked! Her goals for 2021 are to improve her game, host events for local charities, and get involved with course designing. Arlene is also known for baking cookies for many local events!
Home Course: Greystone Woods
Favorite Disc: Westside Hatchet
Chris Burch has been a member of Mercer County Disc Golf Club for 4 years. He travels hours to support charity events, volunteers numerous hours of hard labor to improve courses and helps run local club events. During the winter months he helps run a glow league because cold weather doesn't stop him from playing. His goals 2020 are to win his first MA2 tournament and get his rating to 900.
Home Course: Mercer County Park
Favorite Disc: MVP Fission Photon (PFN)
Joe "Apples" Appaluccio is a North Jersey resident who spends most of his disc golf time playing and staying highly involved on all the courses in the Skylands area. He is a 6 year member of the Skylands Flying Disc Club. Joe Apples is a high level amateur player who plans on working towards the pro level in the next year or so. His favorite courses are Fox Run Meadows and Brewster Ridge in VT.
Home Course: Breakwell Steel at Warwick
Favorite Disc: Innova 11x KC Pro Roc
Alfonso Manzo showed dramatic improvement in 2019 by limiting his bag which forced him to really learn his discs and focus on form, resulting in more distance and accuracy. He has also been able to better shape his shots to navigate any challenge a course present him. His goals for 2020 are to win a tournament and increase his circle 1 putting percentage.
Home Course: Doc Cramer
Favorite Disc: Discraft Buzzz
John Birkrem was first introduced to disc golf in 1996. In 2007 when John went to his first Am Worlds without earning an invite and it was then he realized it was more important to play as much disc golf in as many tournaments as you wanted to, regardless of how well you do or not play. His goals are simple: Play disc golf in all 50 states, including a PDGA sanctioned tourney in each.
Home Course: Tyler State Park
Whether playing, spectating, caddying, or spotting, Dave takes his camera to every round he can, growing the sport by showing the sport. And when he's not capturing memories, he's making them. With crazy rollers, gaudy pants, and that giant Zephyr, he's on an unending quest to have the most fun. Dave Cox strives to be a beacon of positivity and creativity. Par is just a number. Hyzer is just an option.
Home Course: Stafford Woods
Favorite Disc: Innova DX Zephyr
Rodney Francis is an amateur disc golfer an a member of the SJDGC Woodpeckers. Rodney has also gained famed by retrieving hundreds of discs from the pond at Stafford Woods and reuniting them with their owners. In 2020 he will continue to work diligently to attend more events and tournaments while continuing his volunteer efforts as a proud representative of the Bria Street Team.
Home Course: Stafford Woods
Favorite Disc: MVP Catalyst
Matt Pappas is one of those players that wants everyone to succeed. Be they new or experienced players, Matt loves helping others enjoy the game. Matt started playing 20 years ago, and never lost the love of a flying disc. He'll be at it again in 2020 competing at the pro level, running events, and making your tournament experience one to remember!
Home Course: The Oasis Disc Golf Course
Favorite Disc: Innova Star Spider