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Paul Ulibarri (left) and Kevin Jones join the show to chat about their new sponsorships. Photos: Alyssa Van Lanen

We’re getting into the holiday spirit this week on PDGA Radio! First, Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson discuss the latest player ratings update and the extra presents that now show up on every player’s statistics page (5:08). After that, it’s on to the hot rounds from a surprisingly busy Thanksgiving weekend (13:25) before PDGA World Champion Paige Bjerkaas brings us the return of the PDGA Radio Pro Tip (19:25). The hosts then discuss the latest developments on the player sponsorship (20:45) media front (23:50) for the 2019 season.

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.”

– Paul McBeth

The offseason is off and running, and we’re getting caught up here on PDGA Radio. First, Steve and Sara look at the news that Paul McBeth and Innova Discs are parting ways and what impact that might have on disc golf as a whole (9:10) before discussing Simon Lizotte’s five-year extension with Discmania and how that compares to more mainstream sports (21:05). Robert Leonard gives us a season recap Rules Break (28:00), then Steve and Sara cover the weekend’s hot rounds (33:30).

After that, it’s time for the very (un)official PDGA Radio Awards, where the hosts bestow glorious titles like:

Get to know Disc Golf Pro Tour Champion Chris Dickerson on this week's episode of PDGA Radio. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen | DGPT

W.R. Jackson in all its glory. Photo: Dalton Slantis

The Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic is in the books, and Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson break it down on PDGA Radio! First, the hosts look at what led to Catrina Allen’s second straight win at W.R. Jackson and how Elaine King proved she could hang with the top women. Next it’s onto the final round battle in Open, where Paul McBeth and Gregg Barsby went toe-to-toe.

Paul McBeth joins this week's episode of PDGA Radio on the heels of his second career United States Disc Golf Championship title. Photo: Eino Ansio

2017 United States Disc Golf Champion Nate Sexton returns to the show this week. Photo: Eino Ansio

Three-time United States Women's Disc Golf Champion Paige Pierce joins this week's episode. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

2018 PDGA World Champions Paige Bjerkass (left) and Gregg Barsby join this week's episode of PDGA Radio. Photos: Alyssa Van Lanen

Smugglers' Notch Resort plays host for this week's PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Dave Feldberg joins the show to talk about his Pro Masters World Championship. Photo: PDGA

Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson break down all the action from the MVP Open, including James Conrad’s career-high round for the win and his “show no weakness” mindset (1:40) and how Sarah Hokom is peaking just in time for Pro Worlds (9:08). When was the last time Paige Pierce went back-to-back tournaments outside the top 3 (13:55), and what were the keys to Calvin Heimburg’s success (21:10)?

Happy Ratings Update Day! Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson share their observations on the latest stats release (1:15) before looking at Dave Feldberg’s Pro Masters World title (5:12) and his prospects for capturing dual Pro/Masters World Championships (8:40). Plus, playoffs abound in Kansas City (11:25).

2018 Ledgestone Insurance Open Champion Nate Sexton joins the show this week. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

It's almost time for the Discraft Ledgestone Insurance Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson congratulate the new Amateur World Champions before talking with Alexis Mandujano about her win and what the future has in store. Am Worlds Tournament Director Robert Leonard explains what went in to scrapping a hole’s worth of scoring due to inclement weather, then the hosts check in on other action from the weekend. Madison Walker gives her tips for navigating the woods before Steve and Sara decide how to celebrate National Disc Golf Day on Saturday.

It's time for an Idlewild recap and a chat with the Am Worlds tournament director on this week's PDGA Radio. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Konopiště Open talk is on tap with this week's episode of PDGA Radio. Photo: Eino Ansio

Hear from Paul McBeth right after his historic performance on this week's episode of PDGA Radio. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Colten Montgomery joins this week's episode of PDGA Radio. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Want to know more about the candidates for the upcoming PDGA Board of Directors elections? We’ve got you covered.

Steve Hill interviews each candidate in this special edition of PDGA Radio, with seven standard questions and one candidate-specific query on the agenda. Timestamps for each candidate:

Catrina Allen joins PDGA Radio this week to talk about the shift in her season. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson take a look at the hefty slate of A-Tiers from over the weekend (3:40)  before covering the PDGA’s hot rounds (18:25). Next, they look ahead to the Utah Open (20:55), the fifth event on the Disc Golf Pro Tour, and make their picks (28:14). Later, Sara shares a cautionary tale from her experience at the Magic City Mega Bowl (37:45) before the show wraps with This Week in Disc Golf History (45:45).

Steve and Sara look back at the Beaver State Fling and do a little armchair quarterbacking. First, they talk Catrina Allen’s playoff win and her willingness to change her late-round strategy (3:03) before tackling big questions like:

Philo Brathwaite joins PDGA Radio to talk about the disc golf shot heard 'round the world. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

San Francisco Open winner Sarah Hokom joins PDGA Radio this week. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson ride the roller coaster after the Santa Cruz Masters Cup. The hosts discuss a high-profile disqualification at the event (2:25) and how Paige Pierce’s continued dominance affects her competitors’ mental game (7:36). On the Open side, it’s all about Ricky Wysocki’s perseverance (21:40), Paul McBeth’s comeback (22:35), and Noah Meintsma’s breakout showing (25:10).

Paul McBeth joins the show to talk about this weekend's Santa Cruz Masters Cup. Photo: The Flight Record

Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson discuss the record-breaking PDGA Women’s Global Event weekend, including Sara’s WGE experience (00:45); the KC Diva Spring Feeva (3:50); and some of the other numbers that point toward the event’s success (5:57). Sara breaks down observations from the Global Scores (9:22) before the hosts cover the hot rounds from the weekend (13:45).

Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson look back at the action from the Tim Selinske U.S. Masters Championship (5:14) and the Nick Hyde Memorial (12:47) from over the weekend. Next, the hosts run down the hot rounds throughout the PDGA (26:14) before Women’s Committee Member Julie Ferdella joins the program to chat about the upcoming Women’s Global Event (32:13).