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Tour Returns to Cale's Place


Cale Leiviska plays host to the DGPT - Preserve Championship this weekend. Photo: DGPT

In just over two years, the Airborn Disc Golf Preserve has quickly become a favorite among professionals and fans alike.

Given the designer, Cale Leiviska, and the property in Clearwater, Minnesota, it's easy to see why.

As disc golf returned in a pandemic world in 2020, the Preserve came together quickly to play host to an Elite Series event. The course — the Black Bear, a combination of the two courses on the property that neighbors the Mississippi River in the Land of a 10,000 Lakes — evolved in 2021, providing a much tougher challenge than its debut.

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The Black Bear track is back in action this weekend in Clearwater. Photo: DGPT

It's continued to grow as the Disc Golf Pro Tour returns to Elite Series action this weekend at the 2021 Preserve Championship designed by Leiviska Disc Golf.

Leiviska and his team have continued to tweak the layout, and the 2022 version comes in with a little extra distance — 10,896 feet for MPO and 9,674 feet for FPO — and the combination of park style, golf course style and just enough woods that makes for a solid mix and challenge for the sport's elite.

And the story lines for 2022 are deep.

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Ricky Wysocki is back in action and looking to defend his title in Minnesota. Photo: DGPT

Defending champion Ricky Wysocki is returning to action this weekend after missing the DGPT - Portland Open with a knee injury. The reigning FPO champion Kristin Tattar, originally scheduled to return stateside won't make it back this weekend after a COVID-19 positive test from partner, Silver Latt.

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Paige Pierce won at the Preserve in 2020 and finished second in 2021. Photo: DGPT

So a new FPO champion will be crowned. Valerie Mandujano comes in off a dominant win at Portland and again at the Beaver State Fling. Eveliina Salonen is back in the United States. Hailey King has rejoined the Tour. Then there's Paige Pierce, Catrina Allen and Ohn Scoggins, a mix that will all but certainly continue a thrilling FPO season.

In MPO, all eyes will be on Wysocki and his knee. Calvin Heimburg skipped the DGPT Match Play Championship with a nagging injury, but is in the field. Paul McBeth is looking for a spark as the second half of the season has arrived. Gannon Buhr had a breakout performance here a year ago and hasn't slowed down.

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Gannon Buhr finished fourth in 2021, his best finish on the DGPT at that point. Photo: DGPT

Oh, and Simon Lizzotte and his two DGPT titles from this season is here as well.

It all makes for what promises to be an exciting weekend at what has simply been referred to as Cale's place.

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 10 a.m. CT)

  • Paige Pierce
  • Lykke Lorentzen
  • Eveliina Salonen
  • Ohn Scoggins

Friday's FPO2 Live Card

  • Hailey King
  • Lydia Lyons
  • Catrina Allen
  • Cynthia Riccioti

Friday's FPO3 Live Card

  • Holyn Handley
  • Ella Hansen
  • Valerie Mandujano
  • Emily Greene

Friday's MPO Feature Card (Live coverage of MPO begins at 3:30 p.m. CT)

  • Ricky Wysocki
  • Gannon Buhr
  • Simon Lizotte
  • Cale Leiviska

Friday's MPO2 Live Card

  • Paul McBeth
  • Luke Humphries
  • Kevin Jones
  • Gregg Barsby

Friday's MPO3 Live Card

  • Isaac Robinson
  • Garrett Gurthie
  • James Conrad
  • Kyle Klein

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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, June 5.

DGN Press Conference | Watch

Hear from some of the players 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):

  • 2:00 p.m.: Jeff Spring
  • 2:10 p.m.: Cale Leiviska
  • 2:20 p.m.: Paige Pierce
  • 2:30 p.m.: Ricky Wysocki
  • 2:40 p.m.: Ohn Scoggins
  • 2:50 p.m.: Lykke Lorentzen
  • 3:00 p.m.: Valerie Mandujano
  • 3:10 p.m.: Simon Lizotte
  • 3:20 p.m.: Eveliina Salonen
  • 3:30 p.m.: Garrett Gurthie
  • 3:40 p.m.: Gannon Buhr

Post Production Video Coverage

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Open Lead Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Kevin Jones
  • Luke Humphries
  • Paul McBeth
  • Gregg Barsby

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FPO Lead Card / Round 1 FPO Feature Card

  • Paige Pierce
  • Lykke Lorentzen
  • Eveliina Salonen
  • Ohn Scoggins

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Open Chase Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Paul Oman
  • Alden Harris
  • Calvin Heimburg
  • Luke Samson

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