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2018 Delaware Disc Golf Challenge

2018 Delaware Disc Golf Challenge

Sarah Hokom and her caddy waiting to throw during the final round of the 2018 DDGC. Photo: Tina Oakley

Two days and 35 holes into the 2018 Delaware Disc Golf Challenge, Sarah Hokom had yet to capture the lead from the very recently crowned world champion  Paige Bjerkaas. However, on the 18th hole of Saturday's second round, a birdie against Bjerkaas' bogey finally put Hokom at the top of the leaderboard. 

Paul McBeth took his first PDGA National Tour victory of 2018 with a final round 14-under par at the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. Photo: Tina Oakley

In the pantheon of battles between Paul McBeth and Ricky Wysocki, the number of epics seems more apt for a Hollywood film franchise or an avant-garde 1970s rock band.

2015 European Open. 2016 Masters Cup. 2014 Pro Worlds. All with their own flavor, but each providing another chapter in the career-long rivalry between this era’s most consistent victors.

Sarah Hokom crushing a forehand drive off the tee at Iron Hill. Photo: Chad "Corduroy" LeFevre

It's easy to be happy when you're hitting 71 percent of your putts from circle 2, just like Paul McBeth did during round two of the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge Saturday afternoon. Photo: Tina Oakley

Paul McBeth bounced back from his third consecutive runner-up showing at Pro Worlds with the hot round Friday at the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. Photo: Tina Oakley

A short memory, and a short turnaround.

Paige Bjerkaas is sitting in first place, one ahead of Sarah Hokom, after the 2018 Delaware Disc Golf Challenge's opening round. Photo: Matt Gregoire 

On the same land that was once the site of The Battle of Iron Hill, the 1777 Revolutionary War engagement between 800 American and 2,000 British soldiers, a different kind of battle has begun.

Andrew Fish enters this weekend's Delaware Disc Golf Challenge as the defending champion, but his impact on the sport goes beyond victories. Photo: Disc Golf Examiner

There are a lot of disc golfers like Andrew Fish, regional players who carve up their local scenes, who might make it on the occasional late-release video coverage or rattle off B- and C-Tier winning streaks. For one reason or another, though, they don’t join the caravan of season-long touring professionals, so they never really break into the national disc golf consciousness.

At the same time, there’s no one quite like Andrew Fish.

Iron Hill Disc Golf Course's 600-foot, par-4 11th. Photo: A.J. Risley 

An ode to Iron Hill, where shall I begin?
What will it take to secure the win?

Of this unique track, many are unaware.
This most difficult course is found in northern Delaware.

Nearly a decade as a regional A-Tier,
The Delaware Disc Golf Challenge joins the National Tour this year.

Not quite a secret, but a slightly hidden gem.
When it comes to a challenge, the Hill hangs with the best of them.

Eighteen holes, over 10,000 feet.
But a big arm alone might not compete.

"What is par?" you might ask. I've got news for you.
This behemoth touts a par of 72!

Registration is now live for the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge, the fifth stop on the 2018 PDGA National Tour. The event runs from September 14-16 in Newark, DE, and this batch of registration covers MPO players rated 1000 or better and FPO players at 900 or better.