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2021 Am Worlds

2021 Am Worlds

Serenity Madison putts during the 2021 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championship. Photo: Conrad Meyer / PDGA

It’s a week-long test of physical and mental endurance where you can’t really get too comfortable or let the foot off the gas.

Several newly crowned PDGA World Champions experienced every aspect of that this week at the 2021 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Evan Scott (MA1) and Ali Smith (FA1) are 2021 PDGA World Champions. Photos: PDGA Media

Six years ago, at 10 years old, Evan Scott learned the sport of disc golf from watching YouTube.

Ten months ago, Ali Smith entered her first PDGA sanctioned tournament — which she won — after feeling the desire to throw a disc again after retiring from ultimate.

Now, they’re both PDGA Amateur World Champions.

"I'm Running It"


Ali Smith leads FA1 by two strokes heading into Championship Saturday at Am Worlds. Photo: Conrad Meyer / PDGA

It’s time for an all-out battle to the finish in Orlando, Florida.

And Championship Saturday at the 2021 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships is set to deliver.

“I feel a little nervous — it’s the last couple of rounds and the nerves start kicking in a little bit,” Sam Dodd said. “The first few rounds, you’re just trying to stay steady.

“And then it kicks up a little bit.”

Robert Burridge lines up a shot on Thursday in Orlando. Photo: Conrad Meyer / PDGA

Two PDGA World Champions will be crowned on Friday and as for the rest of the world titles, there's still plenty to be settled on moving day at the 2021 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships.

Champions will be crowned in FA65 and FA70, while the remaining 12 divisions head into the home stretch on Friday before the cut to the semifinals.

And what a race to the finish line it will be in Orlando.


Chantel Budinksy tees off during Day 2 of Am Worlds. Photo: Mark Ashman / PDGA

Chantel Budinsky kept it clean during the third round of the 2021 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships on Wednesday in Orlando, Florida.

As a result, the Canadian finds herself atop the Advanced Women’s leaderboard.

Complete coverage of Am Worlds »

Budinsky fired off the hot round of the afternoon – a bogey-free, 5-under par at The Woods at Turkey Lake – to claim a one-shot lead over Melody Castruita.

All payouts for the ancillary events — mixed doubles and field events — at the 2021 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships can be found here.

Payouts can be redeemed at the Am Worlds Pro Shop, located at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, beginning Tuesday, August 17.

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  • Date: 17-Aug to 21-Aug-2021
  • Location: Orlando, Florida, United States
  • Tournament Director: Mark Janssen
  • Asst. Tournament Director: Bill Burbage

The 2021 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships begin Tuesday in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Mark Ashman / PDGA

The time for practice and preparation – two years in the making – has passed for the 751 players who are set to compete for a PDGA World Championship this week in Florida.

Now, it’s go time.


751 players are set to compete this week in Florida. Photo: Mark Ashman / PDGA

Out of an abundance of caution due to a rise in COVID-19 and Variant numbers in the Orlando, Florida, area, the in-person players meeting for the 2021 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships scheduled for Monday, August 16 has been canceled.

A virtual players meeting will be streamed live on the official Facebook page as well as recorded and uploaded to the PDGA event info page.

Player safety and concern remains a top priority for the PDGA and the local organizing committee.

July 29, 2021: The Green Gauntlet at Palmetto Point Park will replace the MetroWest temporary course that was originally scheduled for the 2021 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships.

Playing as a par 67, you’ll appreciate that a majority of the holes on the Green Gauntlet are shaded in the woods. But that will also require you to hit your lines and execute some placement shots to be successful.

Wednesday, July 28th at 12:01am Eastern

  • 2021 Amateur Worlds - registration continues for all PDGA Amateur members to register for any division they are eligible for.

Friday, August 6th at 12:01am Eastern

  • 2021 Amateur Worlds - registration CLOSES. Be sure to have all last minute registrations and payments (including Mixed Doubles, Field Events, etc.) completed by August 5th.

International Travel Restrictions & Decision Timelines

Event Info

Amateur Doubles XC-Tier

The 2021 Amateur Worlds Host team and the PDGA are closely following the guidance of the City of Orlando health and parks departments to ensure the 2021 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships can run in accordance with local guidance with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic. Regarding the State of Florida and the City of Orlando, all entities allow for the PDGA to operate the event in accordance with state policies and the PDGA Major Event COVID-19 Requirements & Best Practices.

No change to the schedule itself, just the counts for pools, semis, and finals that are now final.


Sponsorship opportunities ranging from tee signs at $100 each, to FlyMart vending, program advertising and even larger event sponsorships are still available.

The World’s largest FlyMart of the year will take place on Tuesday, August 17th at the host resort.

FlyMart spaces are still available at $100 for a table or $200 for a booth. Space will be limited so take this chance to get your product or message to thousands of disc golfers.

If interested please review the host website for more information and reach out to the appropriate person listed below

Players Party

The Players Party is happening on Thursday, August 19th at 7pm at The Main Event

Those flying to Am Worlds will find their best option is to arrive at Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is only 15 miles/24 kilometers to the host resort via toll road SR 528. The other option is Orlando–Sanford International Airport (SFB) which is about 40 miles/64 kilometers from the host resort.

Although other options exist, the most direct route to the host resort from both airports is via toll roads. Many car rental facilities can provide toll payment as part of the rental. Many toll booths accept cash, but be advised that not all are manned. For unmanned toll booths, your license plate will be photographed and charged the appropriate tolls.

For 2021, nine 18-hole courses will be used in the event. The bonus is that all nine courses are located at only five locations allowing us to arrange the course assignments to reduce your travel between courses each day. Six of the courses are located within 9 miles/14.5 kilometers of the host hotel.

2021 PDGA Amateur Worlds Course Schedule »

Here is a brief overview of the courses.

Bill Frederick Park

3401 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835