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Return to Action at Idlewild


The LWS Open at Idlewild presented by Dynamic Discs and The Nati is all about the return.

Setting the stage for the PDGA Major European Open, fresh off the heels of the United States Women’s Disc Golf Championship and the return to Elite Series action, Kentucky plays hosts to several players returning to action and to form.

Chris Dickerson, Paul Ulibarri, Matt Orum, Raven Newsom, and Paige Shue are among the players in the field for the first time in quite some time.

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Chris Dickerson was last in action at the Dynamic Discs Open. Photo: DGPT

As far as a return to form, defending champion Kyle Klein returns to the site of his first Elite Series win after a third-place finish at the Preserve Championship two weeks ago, his highest of the 2022 season. Another player that will be featured during Thursday’s opening round, Gavin Rathbun, finished 16th in his return to Elite Series action in Minnesota.

Shue, Dickerson, and Ulibarri, returning from injury, last competed at the Dynamic Discs Open. Newsom, who is returning from an injury as well, last was on the Elite Series at the 2021 DGPT Championship.

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Paige Pierce has won four out of five titles at Idlewild. Photo: DGPT

On the FPO side, this event has belonged to Paige Pierce, who has won four out of the five times that Idlewild has hosted an Elite Series event. Ellen Widboom won in 2020.

For MPO, there’s never been a back-to-back winner, as StatMando pointed out, in the history of the event. Past winners include James Conrad, Paul McBeth, Kevin Jones, Eagle McMahon and Klein.

While the top open players compete at Idlewild, the PDGA Junior and Masters World Championships will be held in Illinois, a week before the third PDGA Pro Major of the year, the European Open, returns for the first time since 2019, a true return to form indeed

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

Tee Time & Round Ratings

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

Live Video Coverage

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Friday's FPO Feature Card (Live coverage of FPO begins at 9:45 a.m. ET)

  • Paige Pierce
  • Valerie Mandujano
  • Rebecca Cox
  • Hailey King

Friday's FPO2 Live Card

  • Missy Gannon
  • Holyn Handley
  • Paige Shue
  • Catrina Allen

Friday's FPO3 Live Card

  • Ella Hansen
  • Ohn Scoggins
  • Macie Velediaz
  • Kona Panis

Friday's MPO Feature Card (Live coverage of MPO begins at 3 p.m. ET)

  • Kyle Klein
  • Ricky Wysocki
  • Corey Ellis
  • Matt Orum

Friday's MPO2 Live Card

  • Andrew Marwede
  • Gavin Rathbun
  • Chris Dickerson
  • Zach Arlinghaus

Friday's MPO3 Live Card

  • Mason Ford
  • Brad Schick
  • Raven Newsom
  • Ty Love

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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, July 10.

DGN Press Conference | Watch

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

  • 2:00 p.m.: Seth Fendley
  • 2:10 p.m.: Adam Jones
  • 2:20 p.m.: Paige Pierce
  • 2:30 p.m.: Kyle Klein
  • 2:40 p.m.: Missy Gannon
  • 2:50 p.m.: Andrew Marwede
  • 3:00 p.m.: Rebecca Cox
  • 3:10 p.m.: Corey Ellis
  • 3:20 p.m.: Chris Dickerson
  • 3:30 p.m.: Paul Ulibarri
  • 3:40 p.m.: Matt Orum
  • 3:50 p.m.: Hailey King

Post Production Video Coverage

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Open Lead Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Andrew Marwede
  • Gavin Rathbun
  • Chris Dickerson
  • Zach Arlinghaus

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FPO Lead Card / Round 1 FPO Feature Card

  • Paige Pierce
  • Valerie Mandujano
  • Rebecca Cox
  • Hailey King

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Open Chase Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Mason Ford
  • Brad Schick
  • Raven Newsom
  • Ty Love

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