Andrew Cornwell, from Pittsboro, Ind., entered each stage of the 2017 Next Gen Tour with little expectations, but a successful campaign that saw him rise all the way to seventh at the National Championship proved he’s a formidable competitor.

Corwell snuck into last year’s Regionals by taking the last qualifying position and bounced back to win the Midwest Region before his nice showing in Arizona. This year, he’s already won a qualifier.

“I was looking forward to 2018 NGT on the plane trip home from 2017 NGT,” Cornwell said. “I decided to play advanced one more year to give NGT another shot and improve my game. I recently purchased a Dodge Promaster van, which I am converting into disc golf mobile, making traveling easier for my disc golf career and preparing to take my  game to next level. It’s exciting to see where disc golf can take me and would like to share the game with others to get as much enjoyment as I do in game.”

Cornwell said his brother, Aaron, introduced him to the sport while on vacation in Michigan, and the low startup costs along with getting to enjoy the outdoors was a perfect fit. He instantly enjoyed it, especially the competitive aspect with family and friends. As his skills grew, the Next Gen Tour was an enticing opportunity.

“I was drawn into NGT for the competition with other amateur players in the Midwest and the opportunity to represent my state and region at the nationals event,” Cornwell said. “The players packs were outstanding. The prizes where amazing with winner of the tour getting brand new car.”

The tour aspect gave Cornwell a taste of what travelling pros experience. He travelled to Illinois for the qualifier and then over to Grand Rapids, Mich., for Regionals. Then, of course, came his paid trip to Arizona to play the legendary Fountain Hills Course  for what he called “a dream come true.”