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PDGA Junior Worlds

Hyrum Hart leads MJ12 by three strokes. Photo: Justin Anderson / PDGA

Day two of the 2022 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships continued to produce scorching rounds throughout and the race to the podium is on heading into moving day.

There were red-hot rounds all over the tournament, including Henry Bente’s 1023-rated round in MJ16, another heater from Victoria Eriacho-Paul in FJ18 and a new co-leader in Colin Bryant in MJ15.

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Victoria Eriacho-Paul tees off to start 2022 Junior Worlds. Photo: Justin Anderson / PDGA

The phrase ‘it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon’ doesn’t apply anymore when a PDGA World Championship is on the line.

On Wednesday, the 287-player field at the 2022 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships raced out the gates in the Peoria, Illinois area, kicking off a week of disc golf with a competitive opening day.

Some of the 10-division field played two rounds to start their championship and the others will see that schedule on Thursday. The courses were tough, like the Junior 18’s trek through Wildlife and Sunset Hills.

PDGA Junior Worlds offers a fun and fierce competition every year. Photo: PDGA Media

The list of PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championship alumni is loaded with names you will very easily recognize.

PDGA Pro World Champions and PDGA Major winners like Nate Sexton, Paige Shue, Paul McBeth, Kona Panis and Valarie Jenkins all competed at the Junior Worlds level before rising in the disc golf ranks.

It's a trend that has continued as recent Junior World Champions, like Gannon Buhr, have shown their ready to compete at the elite level.

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Hailey King tees off at Smugglers' Notch, which will host the 2023 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships. Photo: DGPT

PDGA Major Events are the premier national and international competitions for the sport of disc golf each year, featuring the world’s best disc golfers competing for World and National Titles in multiple skill, age, and gender-based divisions. These PDGA marquee events offer any city or town the chance to host an international sporting event in their community, drawing interest and attention to the location, and generating a significant economic impact for local businesses.

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  • Date: 07-Jul to 10-Jul-2021
  • Location: Emporia, Kansas, United States
  • Tournament Director: Doug Bjerkaas
  • Asst. Tournament Director: Jeremy Rusco

The 2021 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships kick off Wednesday in Emporia, Kansas. Photo: Bobby Brown / Dynamic Discs

From the first time she picked up a disc, Sai Ananda knew immediately that she wanted to be a professional disc golfer.

She also knew how important the process was to reach that level.