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2019 PDGA Majors

2019 PDGA Majors

When Peoria, Illinois, rolls out the red carpet for the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championship in August, tournament staff might want to consider another shade for its welcome mat.

Maybe something more like green.

The tournament, which begins on August 13, will feature a projected $60,000 in added cash with a full field, Tournament Director Nate Heinold confirmed this week. The first wave of registration for the event begins Friday, April 19 at 12:01 a.m. ET.

Jeff Plaisance (left) and Jacob Horning (right) with Tournament Director and course designer John Houck (center). Photo: PDGA

After a moving day plagued by severe thunderstorms, weather delays, and eventually round cancellations, the 2019 PDGA Amateur World Doubles Championships still managed to come to an exciting conclusion on Sunday. The top two teams in the Advanced division kept it close after each round -- so close that by the end of the fourth round they would be forced into a sudden-death playoff.

Andrew Brown and Brandon Malecek (right) lead by two after Round 1 of the 2019 PDGA Amateur World Doubles Championships over Micheal Scrivner and Joseph Stettinger (left).

After days of downpour left staff and volunteers alike wondering if the courses would be playable, the 2019 PDGA Amateur World Doubles Championships began its 29th running on Friday morning without issue. 110 teams made the trek to the small town of Mt. Vernon, Texas to take on four championship-level HouckDesign courses all while playing multiple formats of doubles disc golf.   

Travel

Those flying to Pro Worlds will probably find their best option is to arrive at the Peoria International Airport (PIA) which is within 30 minutes of all tournament activities. The other option is to fly into Chicago O’Hare airport, which is about 2 hours and 45 minutes away. St Louis and Indianapolis also provide options, which are within a similar drive of about 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Friday, August 9th

  • 9AM to 3PM - Eureka Flex C Tier
  • 2PM to 8PM - Sunset Hills Available for Practice (players only)
  • 8AM to 8PM - Eureka & Northwood Available for Practice (players only)

Saturday, August 10th

  • 8AM to 4PM - Mixed Doubles at Pro Worlds @ Northwood (Northwood closed for general play)
  • 2PM to 8PM - Sunset Hills Available for Practice (players only)
  • 8AM to 8PM - Eureka Available for Practice (players only)
  • 3PM to 4PM - Discraft Players Clinic @ Eureka

Sunday, August 11th

  • 8AM to 8PM - Eureka & Northwood Available for Practice (players only)
  • Noon to 5PM - Pro Check In @ Five Points

National Collegiate Disc Golf Champions Ferris State Univerity and Southern Arkansas University take a celebratory plunge in Clarks Hill Lake. Photo: Josh Black

Early Spring means the waters of Clarks Hill Lake, which sits just off the International Disc Golf Center’s “Steady” Ed Headrick Memorial course, haven’t yet relinquished their winter chill. That didn’t stop two new National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship teams from a celebratory swim on Saturday afternoon, cringes and all.

Ferris State University's Ryan Brophy has a chance to become a three-time National Collegiate Disc Golf Champion. Photo: Josh Black

What do Will Schusterick, Paige Pierce, the San Francisco Giants, and the Ferris State Bulldogs have in common?

They’ve all got that win championships every-other-year thing locked down. Schusterick and the Giants have accomplished the feat three times, Pierce four. And now the Bulldogs are trying their best to play catch-up.

Smugglers' Notch Resort

In addition to our Disc Golf Center, Smugglers’ Notch Resort itself boasts over 3,000 guest beds. Arranged in several types and sizes of condo units, and with discounted rates and inclusions for competitors, most players choose to stay on site in order to get the most out of their stay as well as to make the most of the on-site amenities. Those who lodge at the resort will receive the following list of benefits:

Preliminary Schedule

Below you will find a general outline of the week’s schedule. As we get closer to the event, the schedule will be updated with more events, details, and specific times.

Southern Arkansas University junior Madi Chitwood jumped to the top of the individual women's standings Thursday at the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship. Photo: Josh Black

It’s been a mere 363 days since Madi Chitwood played in her first career PDGA-sanctioned tournament.

On day 364 she can win a national championship.

Colorado Mesa University's Landen Fledderjohn tees off at the International Disc Golf Center's W.R. Jackson Memorial course during round one of the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships. Photo: Josh Black

When the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks walked out to Blake Rules’ “Bees” during the opening ceremony of the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships -- “It’s a goofy song,” junior Aaron Gossage admitted -- they did so as the 50th-ranked team in College Disc Golf’s most recent update. Only two other teams in attendance in Georgia this week -- Purdue and Arizona State -- clocked in lower.

Event Info

There are still several spots available for the 2019 PDGA Amateur World Doubles Championships in Mt. Vernon, TX. The event takes place April 11th-14th and features four beautiful, world-class, championship courses housed at the renowned Selah Ranch and Trey Texas Ranch. 

Grab a partner and sign up for this amateur-only PDGA Major while you still can. More info can be found at the official 2019 Amateur World Doubles website

2018's custom Am World Doubles trophies created by Texas artist Esther Benedict. Benedict will be making the trophies once again in 2019. 

The European Open will be a PDGA Major for the next three years. Photo: Eino Ansio

Europe’s biggest professional disc golf event, the European Open, has made a three-year deal with the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). With this deal, Europe’s first PDGA Major disc golf event will be held annually with Major status until 2021. The European Open gathers 144 of the best male and female players and is known for the largest gallery in disc golf. With the help of the PDGA, the European Open will also show play-by-play coverage of the Open Women's division.

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Registration for the 2019 Tim Selinske US Masters Championship, a PDGA Major event taking place from September 5-8 in Leicester, Massachusetts, on the legendary Maple Hill DGC is now open! 

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Registration for the 2019 European Open, a PDGA Major event taking place from July 18-21 in Nokia, Finland, is now open! 

All registration periods begin at 18:00 EET (6:00 p.m. EST) on the dates listed. Registration requires a free account with Disc Golf Metrix and a separate payment through the Innova Champion Europe online store. Find more information about the full registration procedure at the link below.

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.

The schedule for the 2019 PDGA Majors, National Tour, DGPT, and A-Tiers is now available, along with the 2019 PDGA Tour Standards that will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

PDGA state and provincial coordinators may now start accepting requests for approval of dates for 2019 B-Tier and C-Tier events.

The 2019 PDGA Event Sanctioning Form is now enabled, so tournament directors for pre-approved 2019 A-Tiers and State/Prov Coordinator-approved 2019 B & C-Tiers, may now submit their sanctioning.

The schedule for the 2019 PDGA Majors (10 domestic, 1 international), 2019 PDGA National Tour events (6), and 2019 Disc Golf Pro Tour events (11) is now complete and is published below along with several other notable events for reference. 

Cover image by Alyssa Van Lanen

PDGA Major Events are the premier national and international competitions for the sport of disc golf each year, featuring the world’s best disc golfers competing for World and National Titles in multiple skill, age, and gender-based divisions. These PDGA marquee events offer any city or town the chance to host an international sporting event in their community, drawing interest and attention to the location, and generating a significant economic impact for local businesses.

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