WMBD/WYZZ-TV STAFF - DANVERS, IL - Spencer Wilken picked up disc golf the same way any kid starts a sport.
"My dad played when he was in college. Back in 2007, we decided to go out one day," said Spencer Wilken, Disc Golfer. "He still had some of his old discs."
What started as a game quickly became a passion.
"Creating flight is always the funniest part," said Wilken. "You're using your body and making something move through the air how you want it to."
So much that the Danver's Illinois resident has been to the Amateur World championships for the past three years. The most recent was in North Carolina a few weeks ago, and he represented Central Illinois well.
After being down 6 strokes heading into the final day in Charlotte, Spencer rallied on Saturday, capturing a world amateur championship.
"I'm so proud of the person he is whie he's playing," said Nancy Wilken, Spencer's Mom. "He still jokes and has a good time. The whole final 9 he was laughing and enjoying himself."
Being one of the best in the world comes with responsibiltes, and now he's happily become an advocate for the sport.
"A lot of people enjoy it their first time. It's very inexpensive, you can start for as little as 10 bucks. Come out and play," said Spencer Wilken.
An invitation from a world champion. It can't get any better than that.