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.
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