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.”
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:
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’sPro 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).
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.
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:
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).