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Following a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement or cancellation of many elite disc golf events throughout the world, 2021 promises to be a season of revival.

This will be nowhere truer than on the 2021 PDGA Euro Tour, which kicks-off April 30 with the Kokkedal Open in Denmark.

Today the Euro Tour is announcing a new partnership with Natural Born Disc Golfer Media (NBDG) to cover all rounds of the 2021 Tour with next-day shot-by-shot coverage of the MPO feature/lead card, which will be released on NBDG’s YouTube channel and free to watch for all viewers.

Gregg Barsby putts during the 2018 Sula Open. Photo: PA Maseidvag

Gregg Barsby found himself looking over the vast fjords on the western coast of Norway, a beautiful disc golf course and a disc golf hungry community behind him.

A destination and experience that is second to none.

“You take a second to look around and realize where you are in the world and what you’re doing,” Barsby said. “At Sula, the water is right there, the mountains, the cliffs – everything. On a clear day when the water is calm, it’s a mirror effect.

“You just have to see it for yourself.”

In 2021, the entire world will get to see what Norway and European disc golf has to offer.

Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone? Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

When the disc golf history books are written, 2020 may be looked back upon as the lost year; at least—that is—at the very highest levels of the sport.

The PDGA is implementing a Reasonable Modification Request Policy. The policy allows players with disabilities to apply for rules exemptions where such exemptions may allow them to participate in PDGA-sanctioned events where they otherwise could not. Rules exemptions will be provided on an annual basis requiring re-submittal each year, and will not be provided for injuries that are temporary in nature, such as a recoverable injury.

Christine Jennings and Luke Humphries took home the 2019 PDGA Rookie of the Year crowns. Photos: Alyssa Van Lanen

Grind is a major word used these days in professional disc golf.

It means that players, in a stacked and growing talent pool of competitors, must put in the work, hit the road and excel.

The word exemplifies this past season for Luke Humphries and Christine Jennings, who were recently named the 2019 PDGA Rookies of the Year. Both topped a competitive field of players that promise to be household names soon, if they're not already.

Due to the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent PDGA Board of Directors’ decision to suspend PDGA sanctioning of events through March 31, 2020, the PDGA Women’s Global Event on May 9 has been postponed indefinitely.

UPDATE May 14, 2020 at 12:02 p.m. ET

The PDGA has outlined a five-step process to reinstate event sanctioning on a regional basis. As a result of this process, sanctioning is now available in Iceland and Norway. Please see more here.

The Professional Disc Golf Association is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) and evaluating its potential impact on our membership across 43 countries on six continents, as well as disc golfers everywhere.

Philo Brathwaite plucks an ace from the basket at the Drava Forester. The spring iteration of the tournament will kick off the 2020 Euro Tour in April. Photo: Drava Forester 

With six events spanning from April to July, the 2020 Euro Tour is set to put the height of European disc golf on display. From venerable, long-established events in Scandinavia to up-and-coming tournaments in the Baltics – and plenty in between – it’s set to be a wild ride that will feature several hotbeds of the sport.

UDisc's got your back: The official app of the PDGA will expand its live scoring entity to the Euro Tour in 2020. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

The partnership between the PDGA and UDisc continues to grow.

Already the official app of the PDGA, UDisc and disc golf’s governing body have re-upped their commitment for 2020. That means PDGA members can count on another year of a free upgrade to UDisc Pro as part of their benefits package, among other bonuses. 

Overview

Since the inaugural PDGA Europe Board of Directors elections were held 2 years ago, PDGA Europe has been going through the process of formation as our association’s legal and largely self-governing continental body for Europe. In recent months registration as a not-for-profit in Finland has been completed and our first permanent staff persons have been hired and trained. Now it is time to move PDGA Europe forward by envisioning, building and managing activities that have the overriding aim of growing disc golf into the future, in concert with our individual members, sanctioned events, and national association partners across Europe.

Yrjö Munukka at the 2016 USDGC. Photo: Disc Golf World Tour

The PDGA Europe Board of Directors is pleased to announce the successful candidates in its recent search for the 2 employees that will be leading our continental arm of PDGA Global forward. Yrjö “George the Volunteer” Munukka of Espoo, Finland, has been hired as full-time Administrator, while Matej Verl from Prague, Czech Republic, is our new Tour Manager.

Photo: Eesti Discgolfi Liit

PDGA Europe is pleased to announce that Finland’s Seppo Paju and Estonia’s Kristin Tattar have won its prestigious 2018 PDGA Europe Player of the Year awards, both for the first time ever, based on their consistently stellar level of play throughout 2018. 

Newly elected PDGA Europe Board of Directors President, Kajsa Wickstrom, speaking at the European Disc Golf Championships.

During PDGA Europe's latest Board of Directors teleconference, held October 24th, 2017, the current PDGA Europe Board members voted for its officer positions. Each Board of Directors has its President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer to define roles and responsibilities within the governance structure, and in communicating with the outside world.

The Professional Disc Golf Association announces that Hans Nagtegaal has resigned from the PDGA Global Board of Directors due to professional reasons effective August 1, 2017. As the current Interim PDGA Europe Administrator, Hans will focus his efforts on establishing PDGA Europe operations as well as transitioning the newly elected PDGA Europe Board of Directors into their roles beginning September 1, 2017. The PDGA is currently exploring options for filling the position left vacant due to this resignation.
 

This is a historic occasion for disc golf and for the PDGA in Europe! As detailed in the PDGA Europe Transition Concept Paper section of the International Program Guide, over the past year the PDGA has begun the process of transitioning PDGA Europe from a Committee to our organization’s formalized and largely self-governing continental body for Europe.

The PDGA Europe website has undergone quite a number of improvements in preparation for the 2009 season thanks to webmaster, Sinus Frank. The site is in english and can be linked to from the front page of PDGA.com, or by visiting http://pdga-europe.com/.

Disc Golf in Europe is growing at a fantastic pace with no end in sight. Take some time to check out the new site and start your planning today for the disc golf cultural experience of a lifetime.