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Fireworks were launched from the Pro Flight lead card during Thursday’s Round 2 of the USDGC, when Ricky Wysocki and Josh Anthon shot a lights-out 55 (-13). The pair now find themselves tied atop the leader board at (-24).

Wysocki was in route to tying Anthon’s 2009 course record of 53 (-15), however, he threw OB twice and made bogey on Hole 18. “He was throwing like a genius. He should have shot a 52,” said 2009 US Champion Nikko Locastro, who was also on the lead card and is only two back after Thursday.

Feeling even more like an all-star event, the USDGC Open Flight’s Round 1 – full of big-name groupings – did not disappoint with many players going low, real low. The lowest were 2009 US Champ Nikko Locastro and Finland power house Jussi Meresmaa at 56 (-12).

Others with good showings included Monday qualifier Josh Anthon and Brent Hambrick Memorial champ Ricky Wysocki at (-11). 3-time US Champion Barry Schultz, 2005 US Champion Dave Feldberg, and Matt Orum all finished at (-10).

Locastro wants to add 2-time US Champion before his name and if he keeps up his pace, he just might.

Grandmaster Dean Pfeifer says he only looks old. When it comes to turning in low scores, he plays as young as anyone on the course.

The 56-year-old Philadelphia, MS resident is now headed to his fifth USDGC after winning grandmasters (-8) and later taking one of the last two USDGC spots during a three-way tie-breaker at the Southern National Pro Championships.

Whether it’s heading to Rock Hill after a last minute invite or making the long trip just for the Monday Qualifier, Illinois resident Dana Vicich will take any chance he can get to play the USDGC.

This year he made it easy on himself by qualifying at the Vibram Open (Aug 16-19) in Leicester, MA, with his best finish to date (18th) at the Maple Hill course.

Qualifying for his 13th USDGC was a priority for Brad Schick this year, and after a 3rd place finish at the Brent Hambrick Memorial in his hometown of Columbus, OH, he won’t have to worry about traveling elsewhere to do it.

“I just want to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to it,” said Schick, (-18) who lives in nearby Westerville, OH.

A hornet sting that ballooned Cam Todd’s throwing hand just prior to the PDGA World Championships wasn’t enough to keep him from qualifying for the 2012 USDGC.

The Beaver State Fling has been Tim Skellenger's ticket to the USDGC in the past, and this year he qualified in style by nearly winning it.

Others making the grade at the NT event (June 15th-17th) in Estacada, OR, were: Paul Oman of Evansville, IN, Don Smith of Santa Cruz, CA, Sean Phillips of Deer Island, OR, and Kevin Rarick of Nashville, TN.

Wanted: A traveling partner for the 2012 USDGC. That’s all Californians Micah Dorius and Shasta Criss need after qualifying for the Pro Flight at the Steady Ed Memorial Masters Cup in Santa Cruz, CA (May 18th-20th).

Also qualifying at the National Tour event were Jeremy Koling of Charlotte (-12), Jere Eshelman of Penn Valley, CA (-10), and Carlo Pelg of San Diego (-8).

Last appearing at Winthrop in 2007 with a uncharacteristic 60th place finish, Dorius is ready to get back to Rock Hill, S.C. for an event he cherishes.

“It’s the closest thing we have to a PGA tour event,” said the San Diego resident, who finished 8th in 2003.

Disc golfers with ratings ranging from 860 to 1000 found a level playing field at the USDGC Extravaganza tournament in Atlanta (May 5-6) to determine Georgia’s state spot for the USDGC Performance Flight.

In a unique twist on Performance Flight qualifying, Georgia PDGA State Coordinator Keith Johnson took the top three players from stroke play and the top three using Performance Scoring from each of the event’s first three rounds for a final round where Performance Scoring determined the state’s spot.

Disc Golf Guy Broadcasts More Qualifiers in Wisc.

The United States Disc Golf Championship is something you just have to experience to understand, says Greater Milwaukee Open tournament director Terry Miller. And, after the A-tier tournament in Milwaukee, Wisc., 10 more disc golfers, many of whom have never set foot on Winthrop Gold, will get a chance to see it all.

Leading the way with eight strokes below his projected for the May 21-22 tournament was intermediate Brandon Burbach, 23, of Sussex, Wisc. The 866-rated Burbach, who wasn't familiar with The Championship until this year, is all about it now.

USDGC Vet Ready to Take On New Style

After earning the top USDGC qualifying spot at the DiscGolfPlanet.tv People's Championship on May 14th-15th, Devin Frederick is ready to exact his revenge on the Winthrop Gold Course come October.

In his past three trips to the USDGC, the 998-rated Frederick, of Hellerton, Penn., hasn't exactly lit the course on fire. He said that although he's always enjoyed the experience, there were always those few holes that sullied his performance.

“Every year I wish I would play better,” said Frederick, whose best finish was 83rd in 2007.

USDGC April Qualifiers: Atlanta Open and Glass Blown Open

Dustin Perry Turns Heads in ATL as top qualifier
A relative unknown disc golfer, Dustin Perry, made the disc golf world take notice after he took three-time US Champion Barry Schultz to the edge at the Remax Atlanta Open, and in the process wound up on top of the DGU Performance Leaderboard. Perry, 24, of Rome, Ga., not only beat his projected score at the April 16th-17th tourney, he slapped it around. Overall he finished 21 strokes below his projected, with 11 of those strokes coming in the second round when he tied the course record with a 1079-rated round under heavy winds. Look below to see how 2011 USDGC qualifying works.

Pot of Gold Tourney Deposits 10 More Qualifiers

As the disc golf season tees off for most of the country, qualifying for the 2011 USDGC continues right alongside with ten disc golfers in New Orleans securing their spot at Winthrop this fall.

The Pot of Gold tournament, a PDGA C-tier tournament held March 12th, ushered-in entrants from the PDGA's Region 2, which encompasses Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

The 10 disc golfers with the best DGU "Performance" scores from each regional qualifying tournament receive invites to the 2011 USDGC this October. Ten have already earned spots frm last December's wild card qualifier in Texas.

The 2011 USDGC Welcomes its First 10. Will you be next?

For those of you who have dreamed about playing in the United States Disc Golf Championship in Rock Hill, S.C., but never thought it was possible – 2011 is your year. With a new handicap-based scoring system that opens up the field to more skill levels, you don't have to be Ken Climo to play the tournament that's often regarded as the game's best. All you have to do is just play your best disc golf.

Ten disc golfers ranging from an 873 player rating to 993 already punched their tickets after playing The Championship's first qualifier, The Piney Woods Pro-Am on Dec. 11-12.

2011 USDGC Dates Set

It's official. The 2011 United States Disc Golf Championship returns to the breathtaking Winthrop Gold Course in Rock Hill, S.C. Oct. 5-8.

This is the same week as in recent years; however next year's Championship will be anything but typical. The Championship will undergo its biggest change since its inception in 1999, when an all-inclusive handicapping system will help determine the field.

Will Schusterick on top at USDGC ... by Todd Harrell


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