PDGA Europe

PDGA Europe

If you think Switzerland, your first though might be snow, mountains and beautiful landscapes. This is exactly what you get, when you play on the “Gurten”, where the Swiss Disc Golf Championships have been held this year. Situated at 864 meters above sea level and 332 meters above the city of Bern (Swiss capital), the “Gurten” offers a fantastic panoramic view over Switzerland’s capital with its UNESCO protected domes, towers, and roofs overlooking the Swiss plateau with its charming villages, well-kept fields and forests aplenty.

First European, now German Champion: Simon Lizotte

Simon Lizotte of Germany is the 2012 European Disc Golf Champion. Lizotte overcame shakiness early on and held off a number of charges by Denmark’s Karl John Nybo during the final round as the two see sawed back and forth. In the end Lizotte played his game and came out on top posting a 61 (-5) for a -33 total and four throw victory over Nybo who carded a 60 (-6) and finished at -29 for the tournament. Lizotte looked nervous early on and gave up two throws to Nybo on the first two holes of the day before getting his game back on track. Nybo put pressure on all day and closed to within 3 throws more than once during the round.

Denmark’s Karl Johan Nybo had the hot round of the day at the European Championships with a 55 (-11) to move into second place behind Simon Lizotte of Germany. Lizotte made great drives but struggled with his midrange game during round three but he was still able to post a 58 (-8) for a tournament total of -28 to hold onto a five throw lead over Nybo who is at -23 going into the final 18 holes tomorrow. Oscar Stenfelt of Sweden and Arttu Sikanen of Finland will round out the lead group at -21 and -20 respectively. The title of European Champion looks to be young Simon Lizotte’s to win or lose as he has led the event wire to wire thus far.

Round one of the European Championships teed off this morning under cloudy conditions at the Essex University course in Colchester, United Kingdom. One hundred and ninety seven competitors from fifteen European nations are taking part in this bi-annual event, for individual honors but also for the first time in a new team format called the European Nations Championships. This format will have the top 20 players in each of the six divisions earning points for their countries, with the country earning the most points taking the Nations Cup home with them.

The 2012 European Disc Golf Championship will be played on the Classic Course of Wivenhoe Park in Colchester, United Kingdom at the University of Essex on August 15-18. Host to the 2011 British Disc Golf Open, the 18 hole course was redesigned in preparation for hosting the tournament, which will feature many of Europe’s top players competing for continental bragging rights.

Will Schusterick and Paige Pierce managed their leads and the Järva Park’s Major Course today to secure their second PDGA Tour Major event titles at the Stockholm Open. For their performances Will took home a sweet 28,000 Kronor (US$4050) while Paige won $1300, from the event’s cool total purse of 242,000 kronor / $35,000.

Led by Will Schusterick, the American Tour-ists moved up the leader board today in Sweden at the Stockholm Discgolf Open presented by Latitude 64. Playing in pristine conditions, Will shot a tournament best 1084 rated round of 11 under 52, which included an Eagle 3 on the 290 meter / 951’ long opening hole, 10 birdies and a lone “bogey” 3 on the short par 2 #4.

A trans-Atlantic battle royale is taking shape at the halfway point of the Stockholm Discgolf Open presented by Latitude 64. USA’s Cale Leiviska shot the low round today in windier conditions, a 6 down 57 and he will have the box when the lead group tees off tomorrow afternoon.

The PDGA Europe website has undergone quite a number of improvements in preparation for the 2009 season thanks to webmaster, Sinus Frank. The site is in english and can be linked to from the front page of PDGA.com, or by visiting http://pdga-europe.com/.

Disc Golf in Europe is growing at a fantastic pace with no end in sight. Take some time to check out the new site and start your planning today for the disc golf cultural experience of a lifetime.

The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and PDGA Europe are proud to announce the schedule of the 2009 EuroTour. The fourth PDGA EuroTour will spotlight eight leading events in seven different countries, beginning in March in the Netherlands, and culminating with the crowning of the EuroTour champions in Switzerland in October.