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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Decade on Display: Schultz Secures Masters Legacy

Photo: Innova Disc Golf In August of 2009, disc golf lost one of its greatest proponents as well as one of the greatest human beings involved in flying disc sports in general after a long battle with Langerhans’ Cell Histiocytosis. Although he was known by many...

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PDGA Radio Episode 88: Closing Out the Decade

Holy cow, the 2010s have come to an end! Steve and Sara kick off the last PDGA Radio episode of the decade by discussing the PDGA’s new policy on CBD (2:50). After that, it’s on to player news about Catrina Allen and Missy Gannon (6:55), which leads to a...

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Decade on Display: 2014 Pro Worlds Playoff Showdown

The gallery on the last hole of the final nine before the sudden-death playoff at the 2014 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships. The 2010s saw exponential growth for both disc golf and the PDGA. We’re looking back on a phenomenal 10 years in...

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Decade on Display: Marco Polo Program

Students weld baskets in Nicaragua, where disc golf has grown with the help of the Marco Polo Program. Photo: Jason Hendrickson 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...

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PDGA Radio Episode 87: Paige Pierce

Paige Pierce joins PDGA Radio on the heels of a new sponsorship contract with Discraft. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Five-time PDGA World Champion Paige Pierce joins this week’s episode of PDGA Radio to discuss her new sponsorship deal with Discraft, how she and the...

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Leading Ladies: Sara Nicholson

Sara Nicholson brings a competitive nature to helping make disc golf better for women. Photo: Josh Black In this series, we’re taking a look at disc golf ladies across the country and around the world who run leagues, tournaments, clubs, and more. These...

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2020 Euro Tour Ready to Feature Several Disc Golf Hotbeds

Philo Brathwaite plucks an ace from the basket at the Drava Forester. The spring iteration of the tournament will kick off the 2020 Euro Tour in April. Photo: Drava Forester  With six events spanning from April to July, the 2020 Euro Tour is set to put the height...

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PDGA Radio Episode 86: More Player News, Thanksgiving

Steve and Sara dive into the latest player news, including Paige Pierce’s sponsor move (2:15), Chris Clemons’ well-deserved contract extension (11:45), and a mysterious screenshot (13:47). Later, Steve addresses an op-ed by former Disc Golf Pro Tour...

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Putting the Disc Golf Spirit into Action

Putting the Disc Golf Spirit into Action

Course work at Hornet's Nest Disc Golf Course in Charlotte, NC. Photo: Charlotte Disc Golf Club When there’s work to be done, members of the Charlotte Disc Golf Club in North Carolina don’t stand by, they stand up.   “The club actually brought...

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PDGA Radio Episode 85: 2019 “Awards”

We're handing out some (virtual) hardware on the show this week. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen It’s “awards” week on PDGA Radio! But first, Steve and Sara break down the latest news on the PDGA’s 2020 media agreements (2:10), player moves from Nikko...

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NextGen Championships Provide Pipeline From Am to Pro

2019 Next Generation Disc Golf Tour Women's Champion Aria Castruita. Photo: Matthew Brooks “Welcome to the big leagues” could have been the slogan for the 2019 Next Generation Disc Golf National Championships in Austin, Texas, last weekend, as the event...

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Klein in Control at NextGen Championships

Kyle Klein takes a comfortable lead into the Next Generation Tour Championships final. Photo: Next Generation Tour. After four rounds of play at the Next Generation Tour National Championships, it comes to no surprise that it would require an average of...

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JomezPro a Go for 2020 PDGA National Tour

Jonathan Gomez of JomezPro films at the 2019 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships in Peoria, Illinois. The highly regarded media company will be on the MPO lead card at every PDGA National Tour event in 2020. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen As disc golf video...

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Central Coast Disc Golf On Board for FPO Coverage in 2020

Keenan Dalton (center) and Wing Ko (right) of Central Coast Disc Golf at the 2019 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships in Peoria, Illinois. The media team will cover the Open Women's lead card for the PDGA National Tour and United States Women's Disc Golf...

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Gatekeeper Media Signs On for 2020 National Tour

Derek Scull of Gatekeeper Media (left) stands alongside Matt Bell during the final round of the 2019 Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. Gatekeeper will cover the 2020 PDGA National Tour as the official chase card provider. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Since their first...

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PDGA Radio Episode 84: Drew Gibson

Drew Gibson joins PDGA Radio to chat about his new sponsorship with Infinite Discs. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen PDGA Radio returns after a week hiatus to catch up on the news! First, Steve has Sara judge if his daughter’s Halloween debacle was a kids-being-kids...

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UDisc, PDGA re-up partnership

UDisc's got your back: The official app of the PDGA will expand its live scoring entity to the Euro Tour in 2020. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen The partnership between the PDGA and UDisc continues to grow. Already the official app of the PDGA, UDisc and disc golf’s...

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2020 A-Tier Schedule Released

Jan 10-12 3 A/B Pro/Am Shelly Sharpe Memorial Scottsdale AZ Jan 11-12 2 B/A Pro/Am Estero Open Estero FL Jan 25-26 2 A Am Winter Wonderland Showcase Hudson FL Feb 14-16 3 A Pro Wintertime Open - Pro La Cañada Flintridge CA Feb 15-16 2 A Am Next Generation Tour...

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PDGA Radio Episode 83: Chris Dickerson

Chris Dickerson joins the show after his repeat DGPT Championship victory. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen It’s time to put a bow on the pro season on this week’s episode of PDGA Radio. Steve and Sara break down the DGPT Tour Championship’s Open...

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Dickerson Repeats as DGPT Champ

Chris Dickerson waves to the gallery after tapping in his winning birdie putt Sunday at the DGPT Tour Championship. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen The final day of the Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship is always bittersweet. It is exciting, as the opportunity to crown another...

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Allen Surges Late for DGPT Championship Playoff Win

Catrina Allen picked up her second career DGPT Tour Championship title. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen The 2019 Disc Golf Pro Tour is in the books for the Open Women's division, and we had to go to a playoff to determine the champion. The day started with Paige...

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Open and Shut

Calvin Heimburg celebrates his playoff winning putt at the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen APPLING, Ga.--For the third time in its last four runnings, the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic boiled down to a sudden-death...

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Hokom Holds Off Pierce for Hall of Fame Classic Victory

Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Shooting under par on the WR Jackson is a difficult task. Shooting under par three rounds in a row is virtually impossible, unless you’re Sarah Hokom. After 54 holes on one of the most challenging courses in the country, Hokom carded just...

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Chain Reaction: Hall of Fame Classic Final Recap

Calvin Heimburg (front), James Conrad, JohnE McCray, and Adam Hammes set the pace on the final round lead card at the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen It’s the final episode of Chain Reaction of the PDGA National Tour season,...

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Hammes Holds Steady at HOFC

Adam Hammes recovered from a late-round bogey to close round two of the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic with three straight birdies. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen APPLING, Ga.--Adam Hammes could have cracked.  His closest competitor on Saturday’s lead...

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Chain Reaction: Hall of Fame Classic Round 2 Recap

The gallery looks on during round two of the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic Saturday in Appling, Georgia. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen Adam Hammes held steady, and a four-shot swing caused a switch in the Open Women's standings. Steve Hill looks back at round...

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Chain Reaction: Hall of Fame Classic Round 1 Recap

Calvin Heimburg shares his thoughts on scrambling on Chain Reaction. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen A young pro is at the top of the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame leaderboard, and the top women's player saved her best performance of the year for this weekend. We're...

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Hammes At Home Atop HOFC Leaderboard

20-year-old Adam Hammes is out in front after round one of the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen APPLING, Ga. -- The logical conclusion to draw from Adam Hammes’ 10-under par 58 at the International Disc Golf Center’s W.R....

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How to Follow the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic

The International Disc Golf Center's W.R. Jackson Memorial Course takes the stage to close out the PDGA National Tour season this weekend at the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic in Appling, Georgia. Photo: Dalton Slantis It's been a long season, but...

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PDGA Radio Episode 81: 2020 Schedule, USDGC Breakdown

It's time to break down the final round of the United States Disc Golf Championship on this week's episode of PDGA Radio. Photo: Eino Ansio We’re looking at the 2020 schedule to kick things off this week on PDGA Radio (1:27)! Steve and Sara chat about the new...

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2020 PDGA National Tour bookended by 2 new venues

Harper Thompson tees off at the Music City Open. The Nashville, Tennessee, tournament will close the 2020 PDGA National Tour season. Photo: David August Stebbins It’s never too early to plan ahead. Even as the world’s top disc golfers are on the home...

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2020 A-Tier Request Form Now Available

The MVP Open at Maple Hill returns as an A-Tier in 2020. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen The 2020 PDGA Majors, PDGA National Tour, and Disc Golf Pro Tour schedules have been released. Crafted in collaboration with several clubs, tournament directors, and our partners at the...

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King James

A champagne shower was in order after James Conrad's United States Disc Golf Championship triumph Saturday in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Photo: Eino Ansio ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The putts weren’t falling. The drives were sailing out of bounds. And, of course, hole...

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Chain Reaction: USDGC Final Recap

Saturday's gallery was treated to another memorable finish at the United States Disc Golf Championship. Photo: Eino Ansio It’s a tradition as old as the USDGC itself: Hole 17 brought the drama during the final round in Rock Hill. Who’s the new United...

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