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2019 PDGA National Tour

2019 PDGA National Tour

Hole 17 at Iron Hill. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Iron Hill Disc Golf Course may have a lower par this year, but it’s playing tougher. Steve Hill is back with another episode of Chain Reaction to break down day one of the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge, with news and soundbites from Kristin Tattar, Ricky Wysocki, and James Conrad.

Ricky Wysocki is tied for the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge lead after 18 holes in Newark, Delaware. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Iron Hill already had a reputation as one of the most difficult courses on tour. So when it dropped from a par 72 to a par 69 this year, the casual observer might think that the track was easing up on the competitors.

Ricky Wysocki is here to dispel that notion.

Austin Hannum sizes up a line at Iron Hill during the 2018 Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. The 2019 iteration of the event takes place this Friday through Sunday in Newark, Delaware. Photo: Tina Oakley

They say there's no rest for the wicked. That goes double for many of the pros trying to track down a PDGA National Tour Points Series title.

Eagle McMahon is a back-to-back Beaver State Fling Champion. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

ESTACADA, Ore. -- There was a point in time Sunday at the Beaver State Fling where it seemed like Eagle McMahon was going to enjoy a victory lap.

Paige Pierce hit her final putt on Sunday from the same spot she missed the year prior. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

ESTACADA, Ore. -- As she walked up to her final lie Sunday afternoon at the Beaver State Fling, Paige Pierce couldn’t help but think back to the putt that cost her the title at Milo McIver State Park just one year before. After all, her approach on the 509-foot, righthand bending closer at the West Course landed in the same spot as 2018.

Milo McIver State Park played host to yet another thrilling finish at the Beaver State Fling. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

It didn't come down to a playoff, but the final round of the Beaver State Fling served up tension and redemption. Catch up on a wild Sunday on the PDGA National Tour with the latest episode of Chain Reaction!

Paige Pierce takes a seven-shot lead into Sunday's Beaver State Fling final. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

ESTACADA, Ore. -- After taking a one-shot lead into the final round of the 2018 Beaver State Fling, Paige Pierce only needed a 10-foot putt on hole 18 at Milo McIver State Park’s West Course to clinch back-to-back titles in Oregon.

She missed that putt, then fell to Catrina Allen in a one-hole playoff.

Now heading into the 2019 Beaver State Fling with a seven-shot cushion after, Pierce has a chance to put the past even further in the rearview mirror.

Eagle McMahon wasn't flashy on Saturday at the Beaver State Fling, but his 10-under par round has him alone at the top of the leaderboard. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

ESTACADA, Ore. -- Breathing room comes at a premium at the Beaver State Fling, where perennial playoffs are written into tournament lore. So when Eagle McMahon sensed an opportunity to pull away after Seppo Paju carded a double bogey to open play Saturday at Milo McIver State Park’s West Course, the defending champion was ready to pounce.

Paige Pierce held onto her lead Saturday at the Beaver State Fling. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

If we’re going to keep the tradition of a Portland playoff alive, that means we’re due for some fireworks in the final round of the Beaver State Fling. Catch up on Saturday’s PDGA National Tour action with this episode of Chain Reaction, featuring soundbites from Jennifer Allen, James Conrad, Eagle McMahon, Seppo Paju, and Paige Pierce!

Eagle McMahon is tied at the top through 36 holes at Milo McIver State Park. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

ESTACADA, Ore. -- Sure, this is the third time this season Eagle McMahon has entered a PDGA National Tour event as the defending champion. But he’s yet to repeat at any of those tournaments, which could saddle the 21-year-old with an extra dose of pressure.

If he was feeling any of it, though, Milo McIver State Park provided the antidote.

A.J. Risley is in third place heading into round three of the Beaver State Fling. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Eagle McMahon sees the Beaver State Fling as “a celebration of disc golf,” and he’s got good reason to celebrate already as he shares the lead with Seppo Paju after day one in Oregon. We’ve got the day’s rundown, including soundbites from A.J. Risley and Paige Pierce, on another episode of Chain Reaction!

Paige Pierce has a comfortable lead after Friday's two rounds at the Beaver State Fling. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

ESTACADA, Ore. -- In her only career Beaver State Fling win, back in 2017, Paige Pierce never relented on the way to a 16-shot margin of victory.

After day one of the 2019 Fling, she’s already halfway to that same mark.

Hole 2 at Milo McIver's West Course. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

The jewel of the Pacific Northwest will be back in the spotlight this week, as Milo McIver State Park takes center stage during four rounds of the Beaver State Fling. A longtime PDGA National Tour staple, the Fling is beloved for its manicured fairways, sweeping greenery, and consistently tight scoring: There's been a playoff each of the last four years at the event, legendary showdowns that only cement this three-day tournament's standing as a crowd and competitor favorite.

Milo McIver State Park has been the backdrop for numerous playoffs, and it'll play host once again for this weekend's Beaver State Fling. Ricky Wysocki stood alone after a showdown in 2017. Photo: Stu Mullenberg

ESTACADA, Ore. -- In 2015, the showdown featured Will Schusterick and Paul McBeth, with the latter emerging victorious after two extra holes at Milo McIver East.

In 2016 it was Catrina Allen and Paige Pierce’s turn, with Allen only needing one hole on the West course to oust her longtime rival.

Catrina Allen has won two PDGA National Tour events in 2019, while Calvin Heimburg took down one and hasn't finished outside the top 5. Photos: Alyssa Van Lanen

Florida native Calvin Heimburg finished 41st in the 2018 PDGA National Tour points race, a byproduct of not hitting the road until late in the season and only playing in three of the circuit’s six tournaments.

What a difference a year makes.

Registration for 2019 PDGA National Tour finale, the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic presented by REC TEC Grills, opens Monday, May 27 for Hall of Fame members. Check out the following schedule for eligible ratings tiers and their successive dates.

All registration periods begin at 8:00 p.m. ET on the dates listed.

The Hall of Fame Classic takes place October 11-13, 2019, at the International Disc Golf Center in Appling, Georgia.