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2017 Glass Blown Open

2017 Glass Blown Open

2017 GBO Open division champion Paul McBeth (middle) and Open Women division Co-Champions Hannah Leatherman (right) & Paige Pierce (left). Photo by John Hollingshead.

The 2017 Glass Blown Open competitors, staff, and spectators alike couldn’t have asked for a much better experience than the one had today at Jones East Park. Blessed by sunny, 70-degree weather with minimal wind, a massive gallery crowded the park to watch the best disc golfers in the world crush drives and smash chains on “moving day”.

Photo of Paige Pierce by John Hollingshead.

Round 1 of the 2017 Glass Blown Open (GBO) was full of surprises. Courses touted as “gold level” or “championship” are often torn to shreds when the big guns show up, but the Eagle Disc Golf Course in Olpe lived up to its reputation despite uncharacteristically calm course conditions. The standard (forecasted, even) wind and rain that a spring day in Kansas typically sees remained mostly unseen throughout the day.