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It’s difficult to capture in words just how incredible it was to watch the final round of the 2016 European Masters. Playing for the third straight day in perfect weather on one of the most beautiful and challenging disc golf courses on the planet, Järva DiscGolfPark, with a lead and chase card all within a few strokes of each other, there simply isn’t much else you can ask for.

Just when we thought the 2016 European Masters couldn’t get any more exciting, the fight for the top of the leaderboard got even closer as round 2 drew to an end. The quest for the title will mean not only a win on the Disc Golf World Tour, but a win at a PDGA Major as well.

It doesn’t get much bigger than this. Singles Day at the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, a PDGA Major. Today was the day that all the players in the Championship Flight had been waiting for. An individual National Title was on the line and you couldn’t script the type of finish we saw in both the men’s and the women’s divisions. Amazing putts, big comebacks, favorable bounces and unfortunate rolls; today’s action had it all.

Day two of the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship, a PDGA Major, is when the tension really begins to mount. As the dream of becoming a national champion begins to become a reality, an overwhelming combination of pressure and passion daunts even the fiercest competitors. As the players began to trickle onto the course on Thursday morning, they were surprised by the unseasonably cool temperatures and fierce winds. The six courses at the Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex are known for having a tendency to be breezy, and with such a demand for deadly accuracy, a deft touch is required to manage your way through the course.

The National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, a PDGA Major, is truly an event like no other. Not only is it a team event, which we don’t see too many of throughout the year, but it is an astounding display of emotion and pride. Watching College Disc Golf is best compared to watching the NCAA basketball tournament; you might enjoy seeing the pros, but nowhere else will you see a better demonstration of teamwork, camaraderie, passion, talent and intelligence. These kids have worked hard to put themselves in the position to win a National Championship, but you would never know something that prestigious was on the line the way they cheer each other on and enjoy every minute of it.

As the final day of the 2014 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship got underway Saturday morning, you could sense the tension and the pressure that only a Collegiate Title could encourage. The players were tentative, going about their morning routine amongst a gamut of destroyed tents and banners and flooded greens from the incessant rain and wind the night prior. Only after the sun had set the night before had the Men’s Individual Title been decided, with Bryan Murphy of Ferris State winning in a dramatic and wet finish. Saturday would see the Women’s Division crown a queen and all divisions were set to square off in the semi and Finals rounds of the Team competition. A busy day of golf indeed.

The Professional Disc Golf Association has awarded major status to a new event in Sweden. The European Masters will be played at the Järva Disc Golf Park on July 17th-21st, 2014.  European Masters will take the torch from the Stockholm Disc Golf Open (SDGO), which is the oldest continuously run disc golf tournament in Europe.

The Performance Flight saw some heated competition last week at the USDGC. Coming from behind, Taylor Maslowski demolished his projected 81 by 13 strokes on Saturday in a round that ended up being the best performance by anyone in the flight this week.

“I’m just thankful. It went really well. I was able to put one together,” said Maslowski, of Concord, Mass., who ended up beating his projected by a total of 28 strokes.

In a battle royal between Steve Brinster and 2008 US Champ Nate Doss that included several lead changes, Brinster managed to regain control of the 2013 USDGC by one stroke over Doss.

With his 57(-10) Brinster, of Warwick, N.Y., brought his total to (-26), while Doss, of Capitola, Calif., is now at (-25) after his 59. Within striking distance is Steve Rico of Sylmar, Calif. (-23) and defending US Champ Will Schusterick, of Nashville (-22).

3-time US Champ Barry Schultz, of Louisburg, N.C., and Matt Orum, of Mobile, Ala., both at (-21) aren’t out of it yet either.

Thursday at the 2013 United States Disc Golf Championships, 2008 US Champ Nate Doss surged ahead on Thursday with a 57 (-10) that put him at (-17) for the Championship, one stroke ahead of Wednesday’s leader, Steve Brinster, who cooled off a bit today with a 63 (-4).

Behind Doss and Brinster are: Steve Rico, of Sylmar, Calif. (-15), defending US Champ Will Schusterick of Nashville (-14); and Matt Orum, of Mobile, Ala., Jared Roan of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and David Wiggins Jr., of High Point, N.C. are all at (-13).

Consistency was the story for Doss as he hit fairway after fairway which led to manageable birdie putts and few substantial mistakes.

With World Champ Paul McBeth and defending US Champ Will Schusterick having a lukewarm first round, New Yorker Steve Brinster took advantage and now sits atop of the USDGC’s leader board. Not far behind him is 3-time US Champ Barry Schultz.

Brinster leads the Open Flight with a 55 (-12), followed by Schultz of Louisburg, N.C. (-9), David Wiggins Jr., of High Point, N.C. (-8). 2008 US Champ Nate Doss of Capitola Calif., Jared Roan of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Matt Orum, of Mobile, Ala., are all hanging close at (-7).

On a wet and cold Sunday morning, the women at the United States Womens Disc Golf Championships ventured out into the mist for the final round of the tournament and for some, the last round of the season.  The arduous journey that is the National Tour can be tough on the body and mind, but its events like these that get marked on the calendar year after year, even though it is late in the season.  There is a different feeling about this event.

As day two began at the 2013 United States Womens Disc Golf Championships, the autumn showers that are typical in the Northwest finally began, and umbrellas littered the courses in Portland, OR.  The pools switched courses for today, as the Professional divisions played two rounds across the rolling hills and under the towering firs of Pier Park, and the Lady Amateurs went off in tee times, and were challenged by the length of the track at Blue Lake Regional Park for their only round of the day.  The rain proved to be difficult for most, and the scores reflect the unfavorable playing conditions.

Day one of the United States Womens Disc Golf Championships started out today in grand fashion.  Portland, Oregon is home to several incredible courses, so the task of narrowing them down to the two courses being used in the event was an extremely difficult task for tournament director Rebecca Duffy.  The amateur field was set to tackle the short, technical, and majestic track at Pier Park, while the Pro divisions would test their merit at the lengthy Blue Lake Regional Park.  These two courses are the perfect representation of Oregon disc golf and highly suitable for the ladies involved in the USWDGC.  One (Pier) challenges

On September 20-22, the women of Disc Golf will travel out to Portland, Oregon to compete in the United States Womens Disc Golf Championships. Portland is currently home to the "Chick Flick," annually one of the nation's largest women-only events. Tournament Director and PDGA Board President Rebecca Duffy and her tournament team are extremely excited about hosting the best female players in disc golf.  For the players, this is one of the biggest and best events of the year.  A National Champion will be crowned in several different amateur and pro divisions. 

When the third and final round got underway at the 2013 United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship presented by Discraft in Milford, Michigan, there were several competitors within reach of the first place trophy and the title of National Champion.  The morning began with eight players within 5 strokes of the lead, and on a course as difficult as the Toboggan, that lead could shrink in a matter of one or two holes.  This tournament had come down to the wire so many times in the 11-year history of the event; many wondered if we would see another tight race to the finish.  Minnesota’s

As day two of the 2013 United States Disc Golf Championships presented by Discraft kicked off today, the Toboggan course was at its most vulnerable state.  From the early tee times throughout the day, the sun was shining and the wind was down; perfect conditions for scoring in the second round of this PDGA Major event.  Just a week after Ricky Wysocki set the new overall course record at an astounding 50, the top rated amateurs, representing 24 states and 3 countries, have their sights set on the next hot round.  Sometimes easier said than done, however, as the r

Today was Day 1 at the 2013 United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship presented by Discraft, and you could cut the tension with a knife.  A very difficult task was in front of the 143 player field.  For some, it would be their first time competing in an event of this size, while for others, it is the last step before setting off on their professional disc golf campaign.  The Toboggan course, located in beautiful Kensington Metropark in Milford, MI is truly one of the game’s most difficult courses.  Kensington Park is huge, nearly 5000 acres, and the holes at the Toboggan are just as big.  The course has a total length of just less than 9000 feet, and there is plenty of elevation change.

At the 2013 Tim Selinske United States Masters Championships in Burlington, NC, the stage was set for an exciting finish on Sunday.  Nearly every division was tight going into the final round, which would make for some late afternoon drama.  The forecast called for thunderstorms all day, and the rain began to fall in the early morning hours.  The weather would then take a turn for the better, and prove to be a non-factor as the play started to heat up.  The pros would be challenged by the Rock Creek course, as the Amateur divisions would battle Wellspring and Cedarock, the two permanent courses at the

The 2013 PDGA Major schedule continues on this weekend in Burlington, NC. Cedarock Park will play host to the world’s best Master’s aged players at the 2013 Tim Selinske United States Masters Championships. The tournament venue, located in the former capital of all coat factories, currently boasts two permanent championship caliber courses and has had a third temporary course exclusively installed for tournament play.

While the host Danish flag is red and white, it’s the red, white and blue of Team USA that dominates the leader boards after 36 holes at the Latitude 64 Copenhagen Open – the Major. 

For the first time since 2007, the USDGC has a repeat champion. Will Schusterick of Nashville, TN, can boast Championship crowns from 2010 and now 2012 after outlasting Ricky Wysocki by two strokes on Saturday.

This time Schusterick had several members of his family in attendance including his mother, sisters and grandparents. “There’s no better feeling in the world than to have family there as I succeed,” said Schusterick.

Tied with Monday Qualifier Josh Anthon at the start of the day, the round ended up becoming a battle between Schusterick and Wysocki, who tied Schusterick for Saturday’s round with a 55 (-13).

Josh Anthon of California is holding strong at -35 for the Championship, but now he’s tied with 2010 US Champion Will Schusterick, who surged during Friday’s third round with a course record tying 53 (-15).

Schusterick wasn’t the only player to humble Winthrop Gold on Friday. Jumping into the United States Disc Golf Championship conversation with a blistering 53 were Steve Brinster of New York and Finn Jussi Meresmaa, who had a share of the lead after Round 1.

After Anthon and Schusterick are Ricky Wysocki of South Carolina (-33), Brinster and Meresmaa at (-31), and three others are tied at (-28).

Fireworks were launched from the Pro Flight lead card during Thursday’s Round 2 of the USDGC, when Ricky Wysocki and Josh Anthon shot a lights-out 55 (-13). The pair now find themselves tied atop the leader board at (-24).

Wysocki was in route to tying Anthon’s 2009 course record of 53 (-15), however, he threw OB twice and made bogey on Hole 18. “He was throwing like a genius. He should have shot a 52,” said 2009 US Champion Nikko Locastro, who was also on the lead card and is only two back after Thursday.

Feeling even more like an all-star event, the USDGC Open Flight’s Round 1 – full of big-name groupings – did not disappoint with many players going low, real low. The lowest were 2009 US Champ Nikko Locastro and Finland power house Jussi Meresmaa at 56 (-12).

Others with good showings included Monday qualifier Josh Anthon and Brent Hambrick Memorial champ Ricky Wysocki at (-11). 3-time US Champion Barry Schultz, 2005 US Champion Dave Feldberg, and Matt Orum all finished at (-10).

Locastro wants to add 2-time US Champion before his name and if he keeps up his pace, he just might.

Grandmaster Dean Pfeifer says he only looks old. When it comes to turning in low scores, he plays as young as anyone on the course.

The 56-year-old Philadelphia, MS resident is now headed to his fifth USDGC after winning grandmasters (-8) and later taking one of the last two USDGC spots during a three-way tie-breaker at the Southern National Pro Championships.

After escaping remnants of Hurricane Isaac most of the weekend, the players in the Tim Selinske U.S. Masters Disc Golf Championship had to play out their last few holes in the rain. Condsidering that the forecast called for downpours all weekend, everyone was extremely pleased to only have to endure an hour or so of drizzle.

A hornet sting that ballooned Cam Todd’s throwing hand just prior to the PDGA World Championships wasn’t enough to keep him from qualifying for the 2012 USDGC.

The Beaver State Fling has been Tim Skellenger's ticket to the USDGC in the past, and this year he qualified in style by nearly winning it.

Others making the grade at the NT event (June 15th-17th) in Estacada, OR, were: Paul Oman of Evansville, IN, Don Smith of Santa Cruz, CA, Sean Phillips of Deer Island, OR, and Kevin Rarick of Nashville, TN.

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