Tennessee's Noah Osborne celebrating his 15-stroke victory in the Advanced division. Photo: Matt Gregoire, PDGA
It was a long and grueling week in the greater York, Pennsylvania area for the 2019 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships, and after one last hurrah on Saturday afternoon it had finally come to an end. 12 new world champions were crowned at Codorus State Park (CSP), some with finals that took place in the morning, and some that first faced a morning semifinal round before heading to CSP for their final nine showdowns.
Maryland's Paula Bowen became the first PDGA Amateur Masters Women 70+ World Champion on Friday afternoon at the conclusion of her fifth and final round.
All good things must come to an end. For roughly 70% of the 2019 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships competitors, today marked that very moment in time. While there was one world champion crowned this afternoon at Klines Run Park on the outskirts of York, Pennsylvania, there are still 204 men and women that have even more disc golf to endure.
Eric Schubert nails a birdie putt during round two at Klines Run. Photo: Matt Gregoire, PDGA
The 2019 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships kicked off on Tuesday morning with 702 competitors spread out across the greater York, PA area. For the division with the biggest field, Advanced, there's technically still no one that can be truly labeled as the leader, as the size of their division means that all players haven't completed rounds on the same courses. That will all change after today, and the annual Am Worlds "Great Shuffle" will finally put things into proper order.
Jerry "Swami" Swain representing the USA at the 2019 Am Worlds players meeting, Photo: Vic Allen, PDGA
Each year, the PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships brings together hundreds of amateur competitors from around the globe, many of which, despite spending plenty of time competing in local and regional events, haven’t seen each other since the previous year’s Am Worlds. It’s an annual opportunity to see friends, fellow competitors, and familiar faces that one likely wouldn’t see otherwise, hence its nickname, the “family reunion”.
Field Events will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21st at Corodus State Park. All events must be completed by 4:00 p.m. Last call for Mini Golf, EDGE SkillShot will be 3:00 p.m. Last call to start putting will be 3:30 p.m.
Due to the overwhelming interest shown for the 2019 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships in York County, PA, the PDGA Tour and Event teams with the Worlds Host team have spent the past six days feverishly working on the course schedule to attempt to make more room for competitors while not overstepping on what the Host can provide for staffing, ancillary event space, and player packs.
Registration for the 2019 PDGA Pro Masters Disc Golf World Championships at Smugglers' Notch Resort in Jeffersonville, Vermont, opens for all invited members to register for any division that they are eligible for (even if not invited for the division.) Find more information and sign up here.