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16 Courses. 4 Months. 1 Island Dream.

Scenic views abound on Åland, where travelers will soon be able to flock for a flurry of disc golf activity. Photo: DiscGolfPark It sounds like the stuff disc golf dreams are made of: Sixteen disc golf courses packed into an archipelago half the size of...

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PDGA Radio Episode 106: Cale Leiviska

Cale Leiviska talks course design and much more in his PDGA Radio debut. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Pro disc golf is almost back! Steve and Sara break down the Disc Golf Pro Tour’s restart plans on this week’s episode of PDGA Radio, including the...

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PDGA Radio Episode 105: Worlds Updates

Spectators are just one part of the equation in determining if PDGA World Championships can take place this year. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Steve and Sara check in with the latest sanctioning updates (3:39) and ponder the status of this year’s PDGA World...

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‘Everyone Was Pretty Relieved To Be Out There’

Competitors maintained their distance at Bluff Out the Back, a C-Tier in West Point, Utah, that marked the return of PDGA-sanctioned play. Photo: Shawn Swapp After the coronavirus pandemic caused a two-month hiatus that canceled or postponed 645 events, 36 eager...

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PDGA Radio Episode 104: Set Phasers To 'Sanction'

Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Steve and Sara share some good news on this week’s episode of PDGA Radio! The hosts outline the PDGA’s process for a phased reinstatement of sanctioning and discuss how various regions might be impacted (00:35). Discmania CEO Jussi...

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Work On Your Game Now With These 5 Principles

Seth Munsey (back) helps Eagle McMahon prepare before a tournament. Courtesy photo By J. Branden Garland, DC, CCSP and Seth Munsey, CSCS We find ourselves in an unprecedented time. For many of us, this has been the longest stretch of time without disc golf in memory....

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PDGA Radio Episode 103: Responsible Recreation

Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen PDGA Board of Directors President Justin Menickelli joins the show to chat about getting back on the course for responsible, recreational play and to share insights about what changes he thinks are coming to tournaments. Later, Sara shares the...

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Candidates Sought For 2020 PDGA Board Of Directors Election

Candidates Sought For 2020 PDGA Board Of Directors Election

You've been a competitive disc golfer for some time, an active member in your local scene who has helped make a difference. You know what it's like to put in the hours for the sport you love, trying to shepherd it into the future while recognizing its rich history....

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PDGA Radio Episode 102: Eric McCabe

2010 PDGA World Champion Eric McCabe joins this week's podcast. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen 2010 PDGA World Champion Eric McCabe joins this week’s episode of PDGA Radio! The Emporia, Kansas, native chats about managing pro players on the Dynamic Discs/Latitude...

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A Tour For Amateurs

A Tour For Amateurs

Disc golf's largest all-amateur tour is back for 2020 with a new name, and a larger target audience. Photo: Synthya Feldberg The National Amateur Disc Golf Tour (NADGT), formerly the Next Generation Tour, will keep many of the features that have made the series a...

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Salvaging The Spirit

Normally a week-ending staple, the Glass Blown Open Block Party goes online in 2020. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen This should be the busiest week of the year in Emporia, Kansas. The wait at Do-B’s should be at least 45 minutes — but that just buys you time to...

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PDGA Radio Episode 101: Virtual GBO

The Granada Theatre in Emporia, Kansas. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Steve and Sara briefly diverge the show into Running Radio before discussing the latest updates to PDGA sanctioning and events (6:50). 2016 PDGA Tournament Director of the Year Doug Bjerkaas joins...

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A Bassist Seeks Birdies

When he's not on stage with his bass guitar, musician Barry Knox (left) of Parmalee can be found out on the disc golf course. Photo: Parmalee Music. Let’s face it: Even with disc golf’s rapid growth over the past decade and all of the new sponsorship deals...

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Saving Lives For A Living

Angelo Mascia, left, with his fellow WeDGE members Dan Trauger, David Kimmelman, Derek Stoltenberg, and Rob Worrell. Courtesy photo The term “hero” has taken on new meaning these days. Some say it’s the woman delivering your order from Amazon or...

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Stay Sharp At Home: Physical and Mental Conditioning

Madison Walker has battled a string of injuries but has used visualization and breathing strategies to come back stronger. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life for many, forcing millions on stay-at-home orders to stop the spread of the novel...

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PDGA Radio Episode 100: Simon Lizotte

Simon Lizotte helps the hosts celebrate their 100th episode of PDGA Radio with a wide-ranging interview. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Steve and Sara celebrate episode 100 of PDGA Radio with special guest Simon Lizotte! The human highlight reel joins the show to chat about...

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Stay Sharp At Home: Drives and Approaches

Simon Lizotte gives his tips for breaking down your driving form, including when to grab the right freeze frames. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life for many, forcing millions of people on stay-at-home orders to stop the spread of this...

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Stay Sharp At Home: Putting

A.J. Risley offers his intentional putting practice as a strategy disc golfers can employ away from the course. Photo: Eino Ansio The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life for many, forcing millions of people on stay-at-home orders to stop the spread of this novel...

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Scott Stokely Has Layers

Scott Stokely Has Layers

Scott Stokely has been touring and teaching disc golf professionally since the early 1990s, seen here with student John Rubio at TC Jester Disc Golf Park, Houston, TX. Photo: Michelle Deering, Michellustrations Photo & Design.  Scott Stokely may be the...

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PDGA Radio Episode 99: Disc Golf Strong

Seth Munsey (center) preps players ahead of the Memorial Championship. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Steve and Sara are back with Episode 99 of PDGA Radio! Steve addresses the PDGA’s “Skip The Course. Stay Home” campaign to help slow the spread of the...

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Still Plenty Of Challenge To Changed Waco

If Paul McBeth shoots another 18-under par at this year's Waco Annual Charity Open, it'll come on a par-64 layout instead of last year's 67. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen The Beast at Brazos is back.  The Waco Annual Charity Open, the second stop on the Disc Golf Pro...

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PDGA Radio Episode 97: Sarah Hokom

Sarah Hokom chats about her winning start to the season in Thailand on this week's episode of PDGA Radio. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Waco week brings plenty to talk about on PDGA Radio! Steve and Sara open the show by discussing the PDGA’s guidance related to the...

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How To Follow the 2020 Waco Annual Charity Open

The Disc Golf Pro Tour hugs the Brazos River this weekend at the Waco Annual Charity Open in Waco, Texas. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen The second stop of the 2020 Disc Golf Pro Tour is the Waco Annual Charity Open presented by Prodigy Disc. The action kicks off Thursday,...

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A Disc Golf Journey

A Disc Golf Journey

The author stands proudly next to the course sign at Milan Disc Golf Course in Milan, Tenn. Beginnings Although I am a Professional Disc Golf Association member and have been since 2005, I am in no way, shape, or form a professional disc golfer. My rating is 865...

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PDGA Women’s Global Event Returns May 9

Women and girls worldwide are encouraged to participate in the PDGA Women's Global event on May 9, 2020. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen If it’s an even year, that means the world’s largest women’s disc golf happening is on the way. The PDGA Women’s...

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2021 PDGA National Tour Now Open To Bid Process

Spectators line the Emporia Country Club pond at the Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open, a PDGA National Tour staple since 2015. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Think your event has what it takes to join the big leagues? Now is your chance to prove it. The Professional Disc Golf...

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Heimburg Ousts McMahon For Memorial Win

Just as he did in 2019, Calvin Heimburg kicked off the 2020 PDGA Elite Series with a win. This time, it was at the Memorial Championship. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Calvin Heimburg knows how to start the year right. The 24-year-old Floridian won The Memorial...

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Pierce Distances Herself With All-Time Great Performance

Paige Pierce continues to make headlines as she races towards a record-extending seventh win at The Memorial Championships. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Paige Pierce made history Saturday, shooting the second-highest rated round of all time on a course with an SSA of...

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Pierce Fierce In 1021-Rated Memorial Opener

Five-time PDGA World Champion Paige Pierce acknowledges the gallery after scorching her way through the back nine at Fountain Hills. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen. Paige Pierce’s 2020 Disc Golf Pro Tour season got off to an inconspicuous start, but after 18...

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PDGA Radio Episode 95: Eagle McMahon

Eagle McMahon joins this week's episode of PDGA Radio for his first interview of 2020. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen The 2020 season is about to be officially underway! Steve and Sara recap the Las Vegas Challenge on this week’s episode of PDGA Radio, complete with...

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Your Membership Dollars At Work: 2019 In Review

Your Membership Dollars At Work: 2019 In Review

PDGA members were instrumental in the sport's continued growth to close the 2010s. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen 2019 marked another big year of growth in disc golf, and the Professional Disc Golf Association is out with some impressive new numbers to prove...

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PDGA Radio Episode 94: Paige Shue

Paige Shue joins the show as she kicks off her season in Las Vegas. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Steve and Sara build their Disc Golf Mt. Rushmore (1:00) before recapping the Wintertime Open (9:10) on this week’s episode of PDGA Radio. 2018 PDGA World Champion Paige...

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PDGA Radio Episode 93: World Rankings, Wintertime Open

The proper start to the season is almost here, and we’re ready for it on Jacky Chen Radio -- er, PDGA Radio, that is! Steve and Sara get excited about the up-and-coming Taiwanese player’s 1040-rated debut at the Asia Open (2:35)  before shifting to...

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McBeth, Pierce Remain Atop PDGA World Rankings

Paul McBeth is the top-ranked disc golfer in the world once again. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen The 2019 season was historic for Paul McBeth and Paige Pierce, as the dynamic duo collected their fifth PDGA World Championship titles and PDGA Player of the Year accolades....

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Is Silence Really Golden?

Is silence taking the joy out of spectating? Photo: Dan "Stork" Roddick This article was originally published in the Winter 2020 issue of DiscGolfer Magazine. OK...I realize that some readers may not love these ideas. I just wanted to get them out there and hope...

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PDGA Radio Episode 92: Chris Clemons

Chris Clemons joins PDGA Radio ahead of his 2020 tour. Photo: Eino Ansio Steve and Sara break down Paige Pierce’s Discraft debut at the Samui Swine Classic VII on this week’s episode of PDGA Radio. Were they surprised she didn’t emerge with the win?...

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IDGC Ice Bowl Sets New Records

Matt Flynn tees off at the 2020 IDGC Ice Bowl. It’s Ice Bowl season, meaning scores of disc golfers nationwide will brave (sometimes) frigid conditions for tournament play with a charitable focus. Though it didn’t live up to the chilly part of its name,...

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PDGA Radio Episode 91: The Big Game

PDGA Radio Episode 91: The Big Game

We're putting Kansas City and San Francisco's disc golf scenes to the test on this week's episode.  Steve and Sara -- well, maybe just Steve -- are ready for the Big Game this weekend on PDGA Radio! The hosts discuss sponsorship news and tournament information...

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Rothstein, Hengeveld Join PDGA Marketing Staff

Rothstein, Hengeveld Join PDGA Marketing Staff

Matthew Rothstein (left) and Dennis Hengeveld are new faces at the Professional Disc Golf Association. Courtesy photos The Professional Disc Golf Association continues to enhance its staff as the organization keeps up with the demands of a 50,000-strong membership...

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Jennings, Humphries Earn Rookie of the Year Honors

Jennings, Humphries Earn Rookie of the Year Honors

Christine Jennings (left) and Luke Humphries have made a successful jump to the next level of competitive disc golf. Photos: Alyssa Van Lanen Making the transition from amateur to professional disc golfer is about more than just clicking a button and registering for a...

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Pierce, McBeth Snag Player of the Year Crowns

Pierce, McBeth Snag Player of the Year Crowns

Paige Pierce (left) and Paul McBeth are adding more hardware to their trophy cases. Photos: Alyssa Van Lanen The reigning PDGA World Champions can add another notch to those championship belts. Paul McBeth and Paige Pierce earned the PDGA Player of the Year Award for...

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PDGA Radio Episode 89: Missy Gannon

With a new sponsorship from Discraft, Missy Gannon looks ahead to the 2020 season. Photo: Discraft A new year brings a new guest to PDGA Radio! Steve and Sara catch up on player news about Luke Humphries, Austin Hannum, and Henna Blomroos (3:00) before covering the...

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The Winningest Players of the 2010s

JohnE McCray pulled down 101 victories in the last 10 years. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen During a decade that saw disc golf’s continued growth and exposure to mainstream audiences, we saw, read, and heard plenty about players like Paul McBeth, Paige Pierce, Catrina...

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Decade on Display: PDGA Launches Women’s Global Event

The 2010s saw exponential growth for both disc golf and the PDGA. We’re looking back on a phenomenal 10 years in our Decade on Display series, where we reflect and reminisce about the sport’s successes both on and off the course. Keep an eye out...

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Decade on Display: McBeth Elevates the Game

Paul McBeth faced a choice at the beginning of the decade: baseball or disc golf. After 10 years, he's blazed a lasting trail in the sport. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen The 2010s saw exponential growth for both disc golf and the PDGA. We’re looking back on a...

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Decade on Display: PDGA Hits 100,000 Members

Decade on Display: PDGA Hits 100,000 Members

The article below was published on October 25th, 2017, a few weeks after then 10-year-old Ryan Quinlan, by the luck of the draw (with help from his dad), became PDGA member #100000. What’s even more remarkable than the chaotic click-race that took place is the...

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Decade on Display: The Albatross

Philo Brathwaite (right) and Central Coast Disc Golf's Ian Anderson were two keys to disc golf's most famous shot.  Professional baseball has the Shot Heard ‘Round the World, Bobby Thomson’s game-winning home run that vaulted the New York Giants to...

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Decade on Display: Pierce Joins King, Korver in 5x Club

Paige Pierce won five world titles during the 2010s and has her eyes on more. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen The 2010s saw exponential growth for both disc golf and the PDGA. We’re looking back on a phenomenal 10 years in our Decade on Display series, where...

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Bill 'Old Man' Wallis: 1946-2019

Bill "Old Man" Wallis (left) and his wife, Mary Ann, in 2017. The disc golf world lost a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, volunteer, and friend, as Bill “Old Man” Wallis, PDGA #6580, passed away peacefully at his home in Illinois yesterday after a...

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Midwest or Bust For 2021 PDGA Majors

Peter McBride tees off at the Emporia Country Club during the 2019 Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open. Emporia, Kansas, will host the 2021 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen PDGA Major events are the premier national and international...

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