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PDGA Pro Worlds

After this weekend’s Disc Golf Pro Tour Playoff – Green Mountain Championship, the next time that the sport’s elite step onto the incredible property at Smugglers’ Notch, it will be to compete in the 2023 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships.

A beloved and anticipated stop on the Elite Series year-in and year-out, Smuggs, as it’s often referred, will play host to Pro Worlds for the first time since 2018.

Pro Worlds is set for Labor Day 2023, running from August 30 through Sunday, September 3.

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2022 PDGA Pro Worlds TD Doug Bjerkaas and Shawn Sinclair of the PDGA speak during a recent PDGA visit to Emporia, Kansas. Photo: PDGA

Doug Bjerkaas used words like agile, receptive, and dynamic to describe the ongoing preparation for the return of a PDGA Major to Emporia, Kansas.

Just over eight months away, Bjerkaas and his team are feeling the responsibility that comes with serving as hosts of the 2022 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championship and it’s a task that they’re not taking lightly.

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.

James Conrad throws what would become one of the most famous throws in disc golf at the 2021 PDGA Pro World Championship. Photo: Kevin Huver / PDGA

(This interview first appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of DiscGolfer Magazine)

There was a moment before James Conrad threw one of the most iconic shots in disc golf history, a moment when time stood still. You could read the focus on his face. There was no doubt as he lined up his shot: this wasn’t going to be a lay up.

After all, laying up isn’t really a James Conrad move.

Whether it’s with friends, disc golf, juggling or his hair, chances are strong he is going all in.

Catrina Allen is the 2021 PDGA Professional Disc Golf FPO World Champion. Photo: Kevin Huver / PDGA

OGDEN, Utah — The journey, with its highs and lows, is what makes the result that much sweeter.

Sitting on the edge of the 18th green on the 90th hole of the 2021 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championship, Catrina Allen, through the process, the grind, the ups, downs, met that goal.

She’s now a two-time PDGA World Champion.

“Hard work, determination, never giving up, no matter what was thrown my way the past couple of years,” Allen said, emotion showing and rightfully so. “The amount of support I have right now is incredible.”

Catrina Allen leads by one stroke heading into the finale of the 2021 PDGA Pro World Championships. Photo: Kevin Huver / PDGA

OGDEN, Utah — This was never a race, it’s been a marathon from the start.

The ups and the downs, the highs, and the lows; reaching the finish line of the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championship as the victor is about enduring them all.

Catrina Allen, through four rounds of dramatic and thrilling action, has been most proud of her finishes each step along the way.

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