11-year-old Illinois twin sisters hooked on disc golf

Angelie (left) and Giavana Hill pose next to the Non-Stop Disc Golf truck. (Photo: Ray Hill)

There have been many famous twins throughout history.

These twins have been involved in all facets of entertainment, from sports to world history and mythology.

In recent memory, twins such as Tiki and Ronde Barber (football), Jenna and Barbara Bush (daughters of former President George W. Bush), and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (acting) have made their marks among famous twins.

Could Giavana and Angelie Hill be next?

Let’s not rush these two. After all, at 11 years old, the Joliet, Illinois residents are still dealing with fifth grade, let alone worrying about becoming famous.

Though if they have their way, they might be some of the next generation of top women’s disc golfers. The two — who recently became members of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and received back-to-back numbers — will play in their first tournament Saturday as part of the Women’s Global Event.

Angelie drives at one of her local courses. (Photo: Ray Hill)

The Women’s Global Event is a PDGA event set up to help grow the women’s disc golf game and the Hill twins are among more than 400 females who are pre-registered to play in events throughout the world this Saturday.

The event Angelie and Giavana will play is in Channahon, Illinois. The tournament director is their father, Ray Hill.

“It’s my first tournament, so I’m pretty excited,” said Angelie.

Giavana agreed.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “It’s an event with all women, so I think that’s fun.”

That the Hill sisters are involved in disc golf probably isn’t too shocking. After all, Ray Hill, is an avid player who is extremely involved in the game and is a top-level amateur player with a 946 rating.

Hill’s daughters have had the chance to see their father be part of many interesting things, from traveling to the 2006 Japan Open, to a brief glimpse on the DVD of the event to having a photo in a disc golf magazine, his daughters have had the chance to see their father in all sorts of disc golf situations. They’ve been in the galleries when Hill has played in a few World Championships, so the game is a part of their life.

The game, too, has continued to grow and blossom as the Hill twins have grown up. Though he’s noted to Giavana and Angelie that they might have an easier go at becoming truly successful in disc golf rather than in a sport such as softball, Hill noted he is not trying to lead them to be disc golfers.

“I don’t want to ruin a love of mine for them,” she said. “They ask if we can go golfing. I don’t ask. If they want to do my hair for two hours, then so be it and I get my hair brushed.”

It doesn’t appear Hill has to worry too much about it, though as both of his daughters seem to be hooked.

Giavana drives after watching a recent stop of the Non-Stop Disc Golf tour. (Photo: Ray Hill)

“It’s good exercise and it’s fun to play,” Angelie said. “I like the feeling of the chains clinging.”

They don’t even take the easiest path to throwing discs. Giavana said both sisters throw forehand and their father noted that after recently getting Innova Blizzard discs, the 11-year-old twins have been throwing anywhere from 150-200 feet.

“I like when I get to throw very far,” Giavana said.

When the news of the Women’s Global Event broke, Hill said he started talking about having many little ones competing in the event, but some logistical things might get in the way. But, despite it all, the twins wanted to play. And, of course, they wanted their own PDGA numbers.

They asked how much it would cost and saved their own money — from allowances and holidays — and were ready to become PDGA members. A few minutes on the website and they were signed up.

Siblings tend to compete in most facets of life. Even if it’s not as serious as against others, there always seems to be that competitive edge.

And having the chance to have back-to-back PDGA numbers could have been one of those situations. It wasn’t, however. Giavana ended up with No. 52754 and Angelie received 52755.

“It’s kind of cool to be right next to (Giavana),” Angelie said. “My dad asked me (about the number) and I said I’d be the higher number.”

It seemed like a likely progression for the twins. After all, they know the top touring pros better than many people and they thumb through disc golf magazines when they get the chance.

Angelie's flier for the Women's Global Event.

Their favorite pros? Women, of course.

Angelie said her favorite is three-time world champion Val Jenkins. Giavana gave the nod to Catrina Allen, the 2011 PDGA Rookie of the Year.

Maybe one day the sisters will be the favorites of future female disc golfers as both have indicated the interest in wanting to become professional players.

But that’s nothing to worry about at this time.

For now, it’s about fun, improving, spending time with each other, their father, friends and meeting new people.

“We kind of get competitive, but not too much,” Giavana said. “Sometimes I throw a little farther. Sometimes she does. It’s fun.”

And fun is how it should be. Just don’t bet against the twins in the future.

P.J. Harmer is the lead blogger for Rattling Chains. If you have any comments, questions, thoughts, ideas or anything else, feel free to e-mail me and the crew at: pj [at] rattlingchains.com. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!


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