Skip to main content

STAFF

Say hello to the

DISC GOLF PRO TOUR STAFF

Photo of Jeff Spring of the DGPT

Jeff Spring

TOUR DIRECTOR

Jeff Spring is the CEO and Tour Director of the Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT). As a Vermont native and long-time outdoor recreation enthusiast, Jeff’s passion for disc golf took root during his 10-year tenure at Smugglers’ Notch Resort (Jeffersonville, VT) where he served as the as Director of the Ski & Snowboard School in the Winter and founder and director of the Resort’s Mountain Biking and Disc Golf Facilities and Programs in the Summer.

While at Smugglers’ Notch (Smuggs), Jeff led the effort to develop the resort into one of the sport’s top venues. Now, Smuggs is widely recognized as one of the world’s premier disc golf destinations, with two of the top-ten-rated courses in the World located on the mountainside property. Jeff has served as the Event Director for multiple Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Pro Majors, including two World Championships hosted at Smugglers’ Notch since 2018. He continues to serve as the Event Director for several top-tier DGPT events each year.

Jeff’s involvement with the DGPT started at inception as he helped strategize with the founder of the Tour, Steve Dodge, for its launch in 2015. He then went on to serve as the Tournament Director of the Green Mountain Championship and the inaugural DGPT Championship in 2016. In 2017, Jeff began advising the DGPT and served as a liaison to the PDGA. After the DGPT was purchased by majority owner Todd Rainwater in 2019, Jeff was appointed to his current role and has led the Tour through a rapid period of expansion across the United States and into Europe.

Under Jeff’s leadership, the DGPT has become the Official Pro Tour of the PDGA and continues to raise the bar for professional disc golf events. Alongside an expanded tour schedule and staff roster, Jeff has overseen the development of the Tour’s dedicated live-streaming subscription service - Disc Golf Network (DGN) - which provides live broadcasts of DGPT and PDGA Pro Major events, as well as an expansion of media distribution to networks like ESPN and CBS Sports.

Now, Jeff leads the Tour’s executive team and long-term planning efforts. If he’s not in the office or on the course, you can probably find him in a Vermont forest skiing, hiking, or on his mountain bike.

Sean Jack

VP OF PARTNERSHIPS

Sean has worked for the Pro Tour since its inception in 2016. It was a dream come true when he was hired full-time in 2020. As of January 2024, the Tour has worked with partners like Bushnell, The Halal Guys, Barbasol, and, most recently, L.L.Bean. We could only have built the Tour into a global brand with the support of organizations inside and outside the sport.

Sean discovered disc golf while trail running at Borderland State Park in 2008, and the addiction took over immediately. After moving to the Bay Area and running several events for the San Francisco Disc Golf Club, he was thrilled to host the first DGPT event in CA. Known as the SFO, the event has since migrated to become the OTB Open in Stockon, CA. He loves playing Golden Gate Park DGC with his friends when he has free time.

If you know anyone or a company that wants to engage with the disc golf audience, please reach out to him: sean@dgpt.com.

Mahmoud Bahrani

VP OF MEDIA

Mahmoud joined the DGPT in 2020 as the Tour’s Media Manager. Since 2020, Mahmoud has led the development of DGN's live broadcast, and currently serves as the Lead Producer for most DGN Broadcasts. Mahmoud has overseen DGN as it has grown from 3,000 subscribers in 2020 to more than 50,000 subscribers in 2023. Working alongside a talented crew of media professionals, Mahmoud has helped grow live disc golf into an essential part of the disc golf media ecosystem."

"While living in Connecticut, Mahmoud helped fundraise and build Rockwell Disc Golf Course in Bristol, CT, and was a member of Team Disc Hut (Now Team Page Park) during New England Team Challenge. In his free time, when he's not training for his next race, Mahmoud coaches cross country at Mather High School and track and field at Lake Forest High School."

Baker Helton

VP OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Baker has been an integral part of the Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) team since he first joined as the Digital Marketing Coordinator in 2020, initially coming on board after previously collaborating with the Tour as a freelancer. His tenure with the organization has been marked by a progressive climb through various positions, transitioning from the Marketing & Communications Manager to the Director of Marketing, and ultimately ascending to his current role as the Vice President of Business Administration. In this capacity, Baker operates in tandem with the CEO, Jeff Spring, serving as the Chief of Staff. His focus is centered on strategic planning and ensuring the efficient operation of day-to-day activities.

Baker's fondness for disc golf was sparked at a young age, a passion that has consistently shone through. In 2016, he established the Southern Collegiate Disc Golf Association (SCDGA), an innovative endeavor that introduced a fresh perspective to collegiate disc golf. His professional involvement in the sport extends further, including his tenure with the Finnish disc golf manufacturer Prodiscus and his contributions as a freelance journalist to Ultiworld Disc Golf.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Baker's love for sports is also evident in his engagement with his local community. Leveraging his background as a former collegiate baseball player, he devotes his time to coaching high school baseball. In doing so, he is committed to cultivating the upcoming generation of athletes, underscoring the significance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and individual development.

Zac Kuykendall

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Zac joined the Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) in 2021 as the Social Media Manager and has been an essential part of the team ever since. After a successful season on the team Zac was moved to Director of Social Media before eventually shifting positions again to oversee all Marketing efforts and strategy as the Tour’s Marketing Director. Zac manages day to day marketing operations and directs the overall marketing strategy for the Tour and its associated brands.

Zac started playing Disc Golf in 2009 when his local city built a course near his house, with baskets in walking distance he quickly became a lifelong fan of the game. Locally, Zac helped establish the Merced Disc Golf Club (MDGC) and serves on the club’s board of directors. He also founded a disc golf youth program at Thomas Olaeta Elementary in Atwater, CA, a program that has now grown to include clinics and events that serve youth throughout Merced County. This passion project highlights Zac’s commitment to fostering the next generation of disc golfers through emphasizing the critical values inherent in the sport such as resilience, self discipline, sportsmanship, resourcefulness, and so on.

Professionally Zac has worked in Marketing and Digital Media in a variety of different verticals with a diversity of different businesses. He has overseen aspects of Marketing or Social Media for companies such as Discount Tire, the Fiesta Bowl, Centurion Boats, Supreme Boats, Primavera Online High School, and Aqua-Tots Swim Schools. This breadth of experience has helped Zac provide a dynamic perspective to the rapidly developing disc golf industry.

Ty Tannatt

RETAIL MANAGER

Ty joined the DGPT in 2021 as the Retail Manager. He found the sport of disc golf in 2005. It served as an outlet for the homesickness and anxiety he experienced while away at college. He’s played ever since and has dedicated the past 3 years promoting the sport as a tool to overcome mental health diseases. He’s done this by building the Wander Disc Golf brand as a platform creating exciting outdoor apparel and donating to mental health non-profit organizations.

After years of watching DGPT events, Ty turned to his local club to lead the charge in bringing the tour to his home city. As a first time TD, Ty and his incredible staff stepped up and hosted to the 2021 Des Moines Challenge. He’s excited to join the team and create the best retail experience possible for the amazing DGPT fan base.

Jeffrey Tocci

Jeffrey Tocci

DIRECTOR OF BROADCAST TECHNOLOGY

Jeffrey Tocci joined the Tour in 2022 as an associate director for live broadcasts, helping to define standard operating procedures for DGN’s cloud-based control room with a focus on audio and the development of digital assets. During the following 2023 season, Tocci stepped into a hybrid role where he acted as AD/A1 for all DGPT Elite/Elite+/PDGA Major events and Producer for all DGPT Silver events. After an off-season focused on migrating the Disc Golf Network’s OTT platform to a custom solution, his role has evolved to focus on the DGN user experience, bringing new and emerging technologies to the broadcast.

Disc is engrained in Tocci’s DNA. At the age of 3, he learned to throw a frisbee for the first time and hasn’t really stopped since, and he is still playing ultimate to this day. At the age of 15, he started playing disc golf at Borderland State Park in Easton, MA. In 2012, he combined his passion for media and disc golf by volunteering at the Nantucket Disc Golf Course, and in 2019, he developed an interactive virtual map of the course. As a writer, director, editor, and online educator, there isn’t an aspect of production that Tocci hasn’t touched over his 15+ years of professional video experience. He is honored and humbled to be a part of the DGPT team and looks forward to the incredibly bright future of the sport!