The 2012 Disc Golf World Championships have come to a close with 24 World Champions crowned on Saturday, July 21. The Hornet’s Nest was the setting for this year’s finals, with an unprecedented number of players taking part in an incredibly successful event.
The Men’s Open division remains almost anyone’s to win at the end of the day on Friday, just before the semi-finals. After the 5th round at Nevin Park this morning, Paul McBeth and Michael Johansen were tied for first place at 53-under par, with Cale Leiviska was at one behind and Ricky Wysocki at just one behind him, making for one of the closest Disc Golf Worlds in history.
Michael Johansen has been the talk of the town in Charlotte, and he managed to hold onto to his lead in the Men’s Open division Thursday, currently sitting at 44-under par, but Paul McBeth is now just one throw behind him while Ricky Wysocki and Cale Leiviska are right on his heels at 40-under par. Just behind them is Will Schusterick at 39-under par.
There is little doubt that the 2012 Disc Golf World Championships will be yet another memorable event, with players, family and friends talking about the best moments for years and even decades to come. In the Men’s Open division, just one of the pros to become part of that history, Michael Johansen, had an especially remarkable day on Wednesday, July 18, at Bradford Park.
While disc golf pros may be the most talked about players in the sport, the junior divisions have some incredible players who could very well be the disc golf stars of the next generation. On Wednesday, I met many of these amazing disc golfers out on the course at Elon Park, including a few who have really been making waves.
The 2012 PDGA Disc Golf World Championships are officially underway, with the men’s open division taking to Renaissance Park to kick off the first round on Tuesday. The top card included four World Champions from the most recent four years, 2011’s Disc Golf World Champion Nate Doss, 2010’s Eric McCabe, 2009’s Avery Jenkins and 2008’s David Feldberg.
Between the myriad of excellent speeches, “Crazy” John Brooks was especially inspirational as he talked about the heartbeat of disc golf right in that very room, referring to the disc golfers as what makes the sport as great as it truly is, while President of the PDGA Board of Directors, Rebecca Duffy, sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
Weston Isaacs of Elizabethown, Tennessee was the surprise winner of the putting competition on Sunday evening at Renaissance Park in Charlotte helping to make for a rather dramatic show. David Frazer of Morgantown, Indiana employed quite a bit of strategy in his initial defeat of the three-time Women’s World Champion, Des Reading of Wimberley, Texas, to win one of the two final spots in the event.
The word of the day in Charlotte, North Carolina is heat. And not just hot, but sizzling. Unfortunately, we’re not just talking about the best players, but the humidity and high temperatures that disc golfers and crew are forced to contend with as the 2012 PDGA Worlds begins. On Sunday afternoon, July 15, we found Dave Feldberg taking a short break at the NonStop Disc Golf Tour bus.
The NonStop Disc Golf Tour began in March, and was organized by one of disc golf's top professionals, Dave Feldberg of Portland, Oregon, bringing together some of the best in the sport, including Cale Leiviska, Nikko Locastro, and Will Schusterick.
The 2012 PDGA Worlds are underway in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the first event prior to the major competition taking place on Saturday, July 14, with the Professional Mixed Doubles at Bradford Park. Defending champions, Catrina Allen and Paul Ulibarri once again were crowned champions this year. Both hale from Phoenix, Arizona and have been on the road since the Memorial Championship that took place in their home state back in March.
Allen has been on fire this year, winning the recent Beaver State Fling in Estacada, Oregon last month as well as the especially tough Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open in Emporia, Kansas, the SOKY Championships and the St. Louis Open in addition to a number of other victories.
Many of the competitors have already arrived here in the Queen City of Charlotte, NC for the grandest disc golf tournament of them all. On Saturday, the competition gets started with Mixed Doubles (one male/one female) for the Professional and Amateur divisions and age-division doubles for the juniors. Following doubles will be the Field Events on Sunday. A variety of four different skills events will be held and each will crown champions.
Though a record number of competitors are now flocking to Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2012 PDGA World Championships and the field sold out, the rest of the disc golf community will still be able to participate in the festivities by tuning into DiscGolfPlanet.tv.
DGPtv will once again be "Broadcasting the Best in Disc Golf" with plans to produce some 35+ hours of live Internet broadcasting throughout seven days of coverage.
"This is the biggest stage for our sport," explained John Duesler, Principal at Disc Golf Planet, "and we plan on matching the record setting field with the largest production team and widest amount of disc golf coverage we have ever offered to viewers from around the world."