Both of those instances are when the already-high pressure amps up even more.
“There are no easy shots coming down the stretch with the wind, the slopes and fast greens,” Ricky Wysocki told the Disc Golf Network’s Terry Miller. “You have to focus on every shot until the road is completely finished.”
Chris Dickerson is the defending United States Disc Golf Champion. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / PDGA
This season has proven that — week-in and week-out — anything can happen on the PDGA Elite Series.
That sets up for what promises to be a thrilling week at one of disc golf's most revered locations.
The final PDGA Major of the year, arguably one of the most prestigious and anticipated events outside of a World Championship, the United States Disc Golf Championship kicks off on Wednesday. The inaugural Throw Pink Women's Disc Golf Championship, like its counterpart, will test the best in the sport on the hallowed grounds of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
“It’ll really hit when I called my mom,” Allen said. “I almost dropped out on Monday to be with her. She had a bad surgery and a rough go, but she told me to come play and there was a reason I was supposed to be here. So, it’s special in many ways.”
As a disc golf coach in central Ohio, Schick, a 30-plus-year veteran of the sport, is teaching the game to new players week-in and week-out.
“The sport is just exploding right now – everywhere,” Schick said. “I teach lessons three nights a week and I don’t know any of these players that are looking to learn the game. Before, it was word of mouth from people in our club or area, but now it’s just all brand-new people who are hooked and want to improve.”
Ohn Scoggins putts during round two of the U.S. Masters. Photo: Conrad Meyer / PDGA
Ohn Scoggins suffered an injury setback early in the round, but she powered through and her competitors, who are vying for a PDGA Major title like her, were there to help each step of the way.
“It was painful, but there’s nothing I can do but play through it,” said Scoggins, who maintained her one-stroke lead in FP40 at the 2021 PDGA Tim Selinske U.S. Masters Championships. “It bothered me so much, sidearm, backhand or just standing there. This is the first time I’ve gone through something like this, so I hope tomorrow is better.”