Christophe DeRosier, 36, owns My Boy Chris’s Disc Golf Shop located at Eastman Place Plaza, Suite 171 on Eastman Avenue in Midland. It sells new and used disc golf discs, carrying bags, carts, baskets, minis and accessories. DeRosier also works as a cook at M’s Café, located in Eastman Plaza. DeRosier graduated from Bay City John Glenn High School. He earned a cooking certificate from the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach. He is now enrolled in the electrician program at Delta College. His fiancée is Aeriel Bickham. DeRosier has a son and two daughters, Aiden, Marvel and Koriann. They have a fourth child on the way.

How long have you owned your business? I just had my one year old birthday last week.

What prompted you to start this business? Played disc golf as a hobby for about 10 years. It is a growing sport. (Example) My PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) number is 84289. This is your lifetime number. I just registered someone yesterday whose number is over 220,000. They are not casual players. These are people who pay $50 a year to participate in tournaments.

What makes Midland a great place to own a business? The people, very friendly. Midland has been awesome. The people who come in have made my freshman year a success.

In what ways is your business active in the local community? For the past five years I have run a local doubles league for new players interested in getting into the sport on Wednesday nights at 5:30pm at Hayes Park in Freeland. I am also a member of the Freeland Lions Club. Organize a disc golf tournament during the Walleye Festival. Also organize PDGA tournaments, do 13 a year. Last year we hosted the Michigan Pro-State Disc Golf Championship in Freeland, Midland (Chippewa Trails) and Sanford (the jungle, at Sanford Lake Park). We had 300 players.

What are some of your interests and hobbies? I love disc golf. Go out with the family. Enjoy volunteering for the Lions Club. I am the head of the Lions Club. I love the Lions Club, the most rewarding thing ever. I’m all about charity.

What local businesses do you work with that contribute to the success of your business? All over Michigan there are manufacturers creating minis, discs. Feature many local artists putting their work on records. Dye Fly, Dan Straley from Midland has Dye Strangely. He got into records. I present a large part of his work. I also have Disc Golf and Pour discs. From Detroit, they make handcrafted resin figures. In disc golf, you are supposed to score your disc (just like a golf ball on the green). Throwing Birdies, they make resin figures. Mitten Bags in Michigan, they feature an embroidered chalk resin bag filled with clay that helps keep your hands dry. I carry records from 16 different companies.

Final thoughts to share with the community? I have many local players interested in giving lessons. I am a one stop shop. I would like to encourage new players to come see me. We are very welcoming to beginners. I want to thank the community and my team for all their hard work this season