2008 National Tour Champions Crowned


David Feldberg and Valarie Jenkins are crowned champions of the 2008 PDGA National Tour Points Series, presented by Woodchuck Cider.


The PDGA National Tour represents the top tier of professional disc golf events and was established in 2003 as a means of showcasing the sport of disc golf to the general public. The 2008 Tour consisted of a series of nine events held across the country starting with the Memorial in Scottsdale, Arizona in March, and ending with the Vibram Open at Maple Hill in Leicester, Massachusetts in July. Competitors in these series events earned points based upon their place of finish, with the results of their top four finishes used to qualify for the inaugural Drive for the Championship, presented by Woodchuck Cider.

The Drive for the Championship consisted of the PDGA Pro Disc Golf World Championships, the United States Disc Golf Championship (or) United States Women's Disc Golf Championships, and The Player's Cup. The top 30 Men and top 10 Women points leaders from the NT series are qualified and the series points from their four event qualifying total is carried forward and added to the three Drive events to determine NT cash bonuses and the title of PDGA Tour Champions for 2008.

Going into the series ending event this past weekend at the Players Cup in Crystal river, Florida, Valarie Jenkins had an insurmountable lead and needed only finish the event to claim the Women's title. Valarie did more than just finish. She made a strong statement by completely dominating the event to win by 21 throws over second place. Her +5 total would have cashed in the Open division and her 64 (-2) in the first round, rated at 1018, was the highest rated round in history by a woman on a course with a Scratch Scoring Average (SSA) over 66. 

David Feldberg held a narrow lead over Nate Doss for the Men's points title going into the Players Cup and it was a very tight race down to the final hole between these good friends and fierce competitors. In the end, David finished the event tied for 12th place, while Nate finished tied for 7th place, giving Feldberg a very narrow eleven point win in series points.

The top ten men and top five women were presented with bonus checks totaling $8,000, with the top five men and top three women also taking home National Tour trophies. The PDGA would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to Woodchuck Cider for sponsoring the 2008 National Tour Points Series and the Drive for the Championships.

2008 PDGA National Tour Points Series - Final Standings
 Payout Place First Last PDGA NT's Majors Total
$1,500 1  David  Feldberg 12626 383 257 640
$1,000 2  Nathan  Doss 11794 356 273 629
$750 3  Avery  Jenkins 7495 376 243 619
$600 4  Eric  McCabe 11674 370 222 592
$500 5  Barry  Schultz 6840 376 211 587
$450 6  Steven  Rico 4666 374 157 531
$400 7  Cale  Leiviska 24341 338 187 525
$350 8  Geoff  Bennett 24962 341 159 500
$300 9  Ken  Climo 4297 255 235 490
$250 10  Paul  McBeth 27523 324 162 486
  11  Matt  Orum 18330 198 239 437
  12  Jay Yeti  Reading 15864 306 122 428
  13  Nikko  Locastro 11534 204 203 407
  14  Josh  Anthon 17946 247 147 394
  15  Kris  Orrick 20020 209 175 384
  16  Adam  Olsen 26100 283 72 355
  17  Steve  Brinster 10628 245 109 354
  18  Will  Schusterick 29064 244 101 345
  19  George R.  Smith 4034 237 100 337
  20  Markus  Källström 13150 161 173 334
  21  Kevin  McCoy 9453 206 102 308
  22  Paul  Ulibarri 27171 228 68 296
  23  Chris  Sprague 16425 220 67 287
  24  Philo  Brathwaite 26416 243 30 273
  25  Kyle  Crabtree 25596 229 39 268
  26  Ken  Franks 25447 247 0 247
  27  Robbie  Bratten 21541 198 42 240
  28  Kevin  Babbit 11110 164 33 197
  29  Chris  Boro 23490 164 0 164
  30  Scott  Rief 26039 162 0 162
               
Payout Place First Last PDGA NT's Majors Total
$800 1  Valarie  Jenkins 17495 400 295 695
$500 2  Angela  Tschiggfrie 16594 369 279 648
$300 3  Carrie Burl  Berlogar 13815 365 256.5 621.5
$200 4  Liz  Lopez 31162 358 237 595
$100 5  Des  Reading 15863 395 95 490
  6  Courtney  Peavy 18835 274 180 454
  7  Melody  King 29858 328 66 394
  8  Katy  Schreder 25238 254 72 326
  9  Lesli  Brinster 15638 227 68 295
  10  Kristine  King 27725 227 0 227