Ricky Wysocki and Missy Gannon battled until the end of the 2023 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship presented by Barbasol. Photos: Kevin Huver / DGPT
This is it, the final round of the 2023 Elite season. After a season of chase card comebacks, logjam leaderboards, first-time PDGA Major winners and a grand slam season, the top tour points leaders fought through the semifinals to make it to the last round of the finals of the 2023 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship presented by Barbasol.
As we’ve seen all year, both the FPO and MPO competitions came down to the hole 18 to crown the 2023 DGPT Champions.
Both fields played in high sustained wins and even higher gusts and the MPO field faced a wind delay as the lead card was about to tee off. At the end of the day, both the FPO and MPO divisions ended with a tie for first that coincidentally includes the winner in each field from the most recent DGPT playoff event.
Even though the course played tough with all but three holes averaging over par and every player taking at least one bogey, the top four players managed to stay under par for the day in the final DGPT Playoff presented by Barbasol event.
The 2023 DGPT — Discraft Great Lakes Open saw two dramatic finishes as Ohn Scoggins fought to maintain her lead while Simon Lizotte and Eagle McMahon battled for the win on the slopes of the Toboggan course.
While day two saw weather a delay for the FPO division and a late finish for the MPO field, skies were clear for Championship Sunday at the 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild Presented by Dynamic Discs and The Nati. The FPO field finished with a triumphant return to the top for Valerie Mandujano and yet another win for Gannon Buhr in the MPO field.
Taking on Northwood Black with a four-stroke lead on Championship Sunday, Gannon slammed the door after things got interesting early on the heavily-wood track for the wire-to-wire win to complete her title defense.
After starting one over par through the first four holes, Redalen took off in a major way, collecting birdies on 10 holes at the daunting Northwood Black. His 9-under round tied the course record and put him atop the leaderboard at the midway point of the second Disc Golf Pro Tour Elite+ stop of the year.
Redalan was dialed in off the tee after his only bogey of the day, hitting 86% of the fairways and scrambling for birdie in one miss. He leads the tournament in strokes gained tee-to-green by 1.5 strokes, according to UDisc, as well as Circle 1 and Circle 2 in regulation.
Missy Gannon started her title defense strong at the Ledgestone Open. Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT
Missy Gannon started her title defense at the 2023 Disc Golf Pro Tour — Discraft Ledgestone Open with a throw that no other FPO player has done in the history of Northwood Black. Meanwhile, a calm day at Lake Eureka opened the floodgates for birdies in MPO.
One day down, three to go at the second DGPT Elite+ event of the year.
The best of the best — and the strongest field in the history of the prestigious tournament — has landed in Nokia, Finland for the 2023 European Open presented by Discmania. Many of the top players from the United States traveled to Norway to join the Euro Tour for the PCS Open last week and will now have a chance at a PDGA Major title. The European Open was established in 2006 and has become the premier professional disc golf event in Europe.
As if we needed more excitement, Kristin Tattar's three-shot lead over Missy Gannon vanished at the 10th hole to offer us an even more exciting final round!
We arrive again at the demanding 12th hole, and two almost identical shots have a very different destiny: the World Champion has a small cut-roll at the end that brings her back to inbounds, while the American has a higher skip and stays OB, and this two-stroke swing seems to end the excitement.
Silver Lätt told us on the course that Kristin Tattar felt confident on the green after taking up her broken-in putters, and an 88% in C1X putting proves that it is so! If we add to this a 76% success rate in fairway hits, we get the best card of the day, a 4-under that leads the provisional leadership after the second day of this PDGA Euro Tour - DGPT Elite — PCS Open presented by Innova.
The PDGA EuroTour and Disc Golf Pro Tour makes its way out to Vestnes, Norway for the 2023 PCS Open presented by Innova. The PCS Open is the sixth stop of the Euro Tour and takes place just one week before the European Open, so many of the best MPO and FPO players that had been competing on tour in the US are making their way to Norway.
Both the FPO and MPO fields saw familiar faces holding down the lead during the final round of the 2023 DGPT — Preserve Championship Powered by Prodigy. Catrina Allen came out on top after battling back and forth with Kristin Tattar and Ricky Wysocki kept charging to maintain a comfortable cushion over the rest of the MPO field.
Catrina Allen held off a final-round push from Kristin Tattar. Photo: Kevin Huver / DGPT
After shooting the course record in the opening round, Catrina Allen started Moving Day with a four-stroke lead over the field. Allen had a bit of a rocky start, taking a stretch of pars after a bogey on Hole 2.
“I felt not the most comfortable to start the round, I felt a little nervy,” Allen said after the round, “It took me until I would say about Hole 6 to get in the mindset I was in all day yesterday.”