Paul McBeth faced a choice at the beginning of the decade: baseball or disc golf. After 10 years, he's blazed a lasting trail in the sport. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
The 2010s saw exponential growth for both disc golf and the PDGA. We’re looking back on a phenomenal 10 years in our Decade on Display series, where we reflect and reminisce about the sport’s successes both on and off the course. Keep an eye out for more through the end of 2019.
Eagle McMahon fired off a 1077-rated hot round as the wind picked up in Kansas on Thursday. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
EMPORIA, Kansas -- The Open lead card combined to go 20 shots over par Thursday at the Emporia Country Club, amassing a whopping 26 out-of-bounds strokes as the wind whipped up havoc on the leaderboard.
That left a window open for the defending Glass Blown Open champion to soar through.
It was all smiles for Joel Freeman, who leads the Glass Blown Open after an 11-under par showing Wednesday. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
EMPORIA, Kansas -- The 2019 season hasn’t exactly started the way Joel Freeman hoped it would.
The Colorado product brought high expectations into his second full year on the road, and he hasn’t quite lived up to them yet. Sure, he has three top-five showings at A-Tiers, but he hasn’t cracked anything better than 25th at PDGA National Tour and Disc Golf Pro Tour events, and that left him searching for answers as he came into the Glass Blown Open.
Little did he know that he’d find those answers by simply doing less searching.
Paul McBeth confirmed details of his new contract and talked about what will be in his new bag on this week's podcast. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
“I think it’s good when other companies are offering [contracts] to players because it kinda starts a competition. That’s what we're out here doing – this is a competition, and I think companies should be competing for players just as much as we should be competing for wins.”
APPLING, Ga. – As PDGA World Champion Gregg Barsby sauntered down the fairway of hole 13 Saturday afternoon at the International Disc Golf Center’s W.R. Jackson Memorial Course, an eager spectator approached and quizzed him about his score. Even though he was at 7-under par for the round, the Northern California native replied that he wasn’t keeping track of his numbers, instead focusing on staying in the moment.
Arkansas native Kevin Jones has come full circle with another lead card showing at the United States Disc Golf Championship. Photo: Eino Ansio
ROCK HILL, S.C. – It's been 367 days since Kevin Jones broke out with an opening round stunner and landed on the lead card for round two of the 2017 United States Disc Golf Championship, as he unleashed an aerial assault that put the disc golf world on notice.
Calvin Heimburg checks his scores after kicking off Pro Worlds with an 11-under par performance. Photo: Dalton Slantis
JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. – The heat index pushed toward triple digits here Wednesday during the first round of the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships, as Mother Nature welcomed competitors to the Green Mountain State with unseasonably warm conditions.
Little did she know she’d be outdone by a Sunshine State native with the hot hand.
While Ricky Wysocki (far left) and Paul McBeth (second from right) are the most recent PDGA World Champions, a new crop of contenders has emerged in 2018. Photos: Alyssa Van Lanen | Illustration: Matt Gregoire
Paul McBeth was at his Sunday best with a final round comeback in Kentucky. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT
On the same day Tiger Woods made a late charge at the British Open before ultimately falling short, the disc golfer most often compared to the stick-and-ball stalwart was able to finish his own triumphant comeback.
A 1065 average round rating led Eagle McMahon to his first career PDGA Major victory at the Konopiště Open. Photo: Eino Ansio
Eagle McMahon had always said that once he finally got over the hump and locked down his first significant win that more victories would follow.
But he never thought they would come this quickly.
“I didn’t, no,” the 20-year-old Colorado native said. “Like at Vegas, after I won that tournament there were thoughts in my head like, ‘Sweet, I got the big win. This is gonna be my big win of the year.’ Fast forward to mid-July, and it’s one of four. It’s gone a lot faster than I expected.”
Paul McBeth tossed a historic round Saturday at the Great Lakes Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT
It's the seventh of July, but don't tell that to Paul McBeth.
The four-time PDGA World Champion brought some leftover fireworks to the Great Lakes Open Saturday, as he hit a 50-foot putt on the 18th green to go 18-under par and move to a comfortable lead at the sixth Disc Golf Pro Tour event of the season.