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How to Watch the DGPT Jonesboro Open


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Arkansas native Kevin Jones and a loaded field kick off the Jonesboro Open on Friday. Photo: DGPT

After a two-week break from action, the 2021 PDGA Elite Series resumes this weekend at the Disc Side of Heaven track in the Natural State.

Beginning Friday, the top players in the sport take on the long and demanding course for the 2021 DGPT - Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open powered by Prodigy.

It's a quick return to Jonesboro, Arkansas after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of the spring staple on the tour until October 2020.

But despite the delay, Paige Pierce once again showed her dominance on the course with her fourth-straight victory at the event. Pierce will go for the five-peat this weekend against a loaded FPO field of 33 players, including Hailey King, who grabbed her first Elite Series win in March at the Texas State Disc Golf Championship to kick off the 2021 PDGA National Tour. King finished third in the 2020 edition of the event behind Catrina Allen.

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Hailey King tees off during the 2020 Jonesboro Open in October. Photo: DGPT

On the MPO side, Calvin Heimburg grabbed a one-stroke win over Paul McBeth in October. Garrett Gurthie, who has had a strong run in Jonesboro over the past few seasons, rounded out the podium in 2020. McBeth won the event in 2019 and Ricky Wysocki took the top spot in 2017 and 2018.

This event marks the first time this season a tournament on the Disc Golf Pro Tour will operate in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Requirements and Best Practices Policy, meaning that spectators will be allowed in a limited capacity.

If the start of the 2021 season is any indication, this weekend's Elite Series stop in northeast Arkansas is primed for an intense battle for the top spot.

Here’s everything else you need to know to catch the action this weekend:

Instant Scoring

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With more stats than you can shake a stick at, keep an eye on UDisc Live all week for in-the-moment moves from the tournament’s stacked DGPT field. 

Limited In-Person Spectating Allowed

The Jonesboro Open will be operating in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Requirements and Best Practices for PDGA Elite Series Events, which allows caddies and limited in-person spectating.

Tee Time & Round Ratings

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Official scores, tee times and round ratings can be found at the official event page on PDGA.com.

Live Video Coverage 

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The Disc Golf Network (DGN) is the new home of live disc golf. Built by the Disc Golf Pro Tour, the DGN is a subscription streaming and on-demand platform much like Netflix or Disney+. Covering the world’s best players competing in the sport’s most elite tournaments, a subscription includes post-produced coverage of select disc golf tournaments as well as exclusive disc golf shows, touring pro interview series, podcasts, and other segments only available on the Disc Golf Network. The DGN offers a PDGA Member discount of 50% to all active members bringing the cost down to $4.49/month.

Friday's MPO Feature Card live on DGN will feature Calvin Heimburg, Kevin Jones, Drew Gibson, and Chris Dickerson.

Catrina Allen, Callie McMorran, Vanessa Van Dyken, and Paige Pierce will be on the live FPO Feature Card.

Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. CT with the MPO card teeing off at 1:50 p.m. CT. The FPO group will tee off at 3:30 p.m. CT.

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In addition to the DGN, the live broadcast for both divisions will be simulcast free on the DGPT YouTube channel for the final round only on Sunday, April 18.

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Hear from some of the player before the action gets going during a press conference from 2-4 p.m. CT on Thursday live on the DGPT's YouTube channel. Here is the tentative schedule for the press conference (all times CT):

  • 2:10 p.m.: Calvin Heimburg
  • 2:20 p.m.: Paul McBeth
  • 2:30 p.m.: Hailey King
  • 2:40 p.m.: Kevin Jones
  • 2:50 p.m.: Callie McMorran
  • 3:00 p.m.: Drew Gibson
  • 3:10 p.m.: Vanessa Van Dyken
  • 3:20 p.m.: Garrett Gurthie
  • 3:30 p.m.: Madison Walker
  • 3:40 p.m.: Ricky Wysocki
  • 3:50 p.m.: Paige Pierce
  • 4:00 p.m.: Sarah Hokom

Post Production Video Coverage 

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Open Lead Card / MPO Feature Card (Paul McBeth, Garrett Gurthie, Thomas Gilbert, Ricky Wysocki) for the first round

JomezPro will be on hand at every DGPT event in 2021 to bring their eye-catching stylings to the Open feature and lead card each day, putting post-produced coverage of the world's best disc golfers in front of more than 280,000 subscribers.

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Open Chase Card / MPO Feature Card (Alden Harris, Eric Oakley, Eagle McMahom, Andrew Presnell) for the first round

Get ready for some Rewinds! Gatekeeper Media will be on hand throughout the 2021 season providing coverage from the MPO chase card.

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Open Women's Lead Card / FPO Feature Card (Heather Young, Madison Walker, Hailey King, Deann Carey) for the first round

GK Pro will be covering the lead women’s cards for the DPGT this season. Can Sarah Hokom follow up her Silver Series victory at The Vintage Open with another win? It'll be on GK Pro. 

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Check back to PDGA.com daily for a recap of all of the action from the 2021 Elite Series.

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Or, you can head to the Disc Golf Pro Tour's home on the internet for daily coverage, too.

DGPT & PDGA Social Media

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DGPT Media will be on the ground all week bringing the sights and sounds from the event. Whether it's behind the scenes shenanigans on Instagram stories or photos and interviews on Facebook, they’ll be communicating across all of their platforms for the week. Plus, be sure to subscribe to the Disc Golf Network and the DGPT YouTube channel, where the live coverage will be simulcast as well!

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