Junior Girls 12 & Under division finals competitors embrace after Haley Castruita won the title. Photo: Matt Gregoire, PDGA
After three and a half days of battling in the blazing summer heat of Emporia, Kansas, nine champions were crowned at the 2019 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships presented by Dynamic Discs. By the time the preliminary rounds had come to an end, a clear leader had emerged in each and every division, leaving very little question as to who was likely to emerge as the world champion when the 9-hole finals at Emporia Country Club were all said and done.
Gannon Buhr heads into the finals with a lead of 24 in the MJ15 division. Photo: PDGA
With the last of the preliminary rounds coming to an end on Saturday morning and no semifinal rounds to worry about, the record-setting field of 210 at the 2019 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships has now been reduced to just 30. Six of the nine divisions here in Emporia will have one last loop in a final nine foursome while the smallest three divisions will compete in twosomes. The opening rounds left some divisions with tightly contested battles, but as the days passed, many of the division leaders pulled significantly away from the rest of the field.
Junior Girls 18 & Under Round 3 Lead Card (left to right): Lily Marr, Kat Mertsch, Melody Castruita
Two days down and two to go here in Emporia, Kansas for the 2019 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships. With most of the divisions now having three rounds in the books, we’re finally beginning to see some separation between the names near the top of the leaderboards and the rest of the field. The larger divisions still have three full rounds remaining until the final 9 showdowns on Saturday morning, so there’s still plenty of time for those in the middle of the pack to make a move.
An early morning set of thunderstorms delayed the opening round of the 2019 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships presented by Dynamic Discs for an hour, but the rest of the day went off without a hitch. 210 competitors spread across five of the Emporia, Kansas courses took the tees in sweltering heat and drenching humidity to kick off the second annual Junior World Championships.
Field Events will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 8 at Emporia Middle School. All events must be completed by 4:00 p.m. Last call for Mini Golf and EDGE SkillShot will be 3:00 p.m. Last call to start putting will be 3:30 p.m.Pre-registration only; no on-site registration is offered.
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.
As the PDGA remains focused on providing first-class tournament opportunities to our membership, we consistently review feedback from our players, TDs, volunteers, and staff upon completion of our PDGA Major events. After holding the first stand-alone PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championship in 2018, we observed and received feedback about our youngest age divisions, MJ6 and FJ6, that indicates that a Major tournament environment is not the ideal setting for this age group.