Valarie Jenkins' fourth PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championship title was marked by a commanding, steady hand. Photo: John Whinery
The 2010s saw exponential growth for both disc golf and the PDGA. We’re looking back on a phenomenal 10 years in our Decade on Display series, where we reflect and reminisce about the sport’s successes both on and off the course. Keep an eye out for more through the end of 2019.
Valarie Jenkins lines up an approach during round one of the Santa Cruz Masters Cup. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Now in her fourteenth year playing the Masters Cup, it’s safe to say four-time PDGA World Champion Valarie Jenkins has learned a thing or two about how to tame DeLaveaga Park. So even if she isn’t the touring stalwart she once was, it should come as no surprise to see her atop the standings after day one at the iconic venue.
Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson break down the action from last weekend’s Memorial Championship on this week’s episode of PDGA Radio. First, the hosts talk about Simon Lizotte’s victory (1:27) and if fellow competitors should be scared of his newfound focus. Next, they discuss changes atop the Open leaderboard (6:15), a weird weekend for Ricky Wysocki (13:00), and Nate Doss’ star turn as a commentator (18:35). Paige Pierce continues to dominate the Open Women’s division (22:05), which gave way to another battle between Lisa Fajkus and Jessica Weese (24:53).
Well, the first Major event of the year has come to a close and it has gotten us plenty excited for the 2015 season. The first of its kind in Australia and the southern hemisphere, the 2015 Aussie Open was the culmination of years of education, promotion and preparation for the tournament staff and crew. When the final putt dropped, a prominent, almost proud roar erupted from the gallery; not only to congratulate the winner, but almost as a sigh of relief that they had pulled it off. It was proof that all the blood, sweat and tears was truly worth the effort. And the players noticed too.
The 2015 Aussie Open came to a close today under a big, beautiful Australian sky. Many of the locals came out to see exactly what this sport was all about, and they were treated not only to some great competition, but the true camaraderie that is the very foundation of this great game we all love.
The 2011 Asia Open International Disc Golf Event took place on February 19-20 in Taipei, Taiwan at the very challenging Hsintian Riverside Disc Golf Course. The Tournament hosted 64 Professional Players from all over the World from the US, Australia, Finland, Korea, Thailand, China and Japan. The Tournament Director, Kuan Chen, organized this PDGA event for the second time, as he plans on hosting the event every other year at various locations throughout Asia in years to come.
Feldberg Finishes On Top of Woodchuck Cider Drive for the Championship Disc Golf Points Series
Rock Hill, South Carolina--When David Feldberg stepped up to the 254th throw of his grueling four day encounter with one of disc golf’s most renowned courses at Winthrop Gold, he believed that this single putt would determine whether his incredible accomplishments during the 2010 season would be fulfilling or a flop.
Nate Doss and Valarie Jenkins Take Leads into Final Day at Brent Hambrick Memorial in Columbus, Ohio, as players find two extremely different experiences on the two courses at the Hoover Dam disc golf complex.
Renowned sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella has written one of the seminal treatise on the sport that forces us to resign ourselves to the fact that Golf is Not a Game of Perfect.
And while the women’s lead group would surely admit that their first round efforts were far from perfect, all but Valarie Jenkins must have been begging to the disc golf gods, “Can you at least throw me a bone here?” during their second rounds at the Brent Hambrick Memorial National Tour event in Columbus, Ohio.