After a grueling day of golf in unseasonably warm temperatures at Hawk Hollow DGC, a two-way tie for the lead has emerged between Paige Pierce and Kristin Tattar, with the rest of the field five or more strokes behind. With only Sunday’s round remaining at Loriella Park, it’s certainly shaping up to be an intense fight to the finish for the 2019 United States Women’s Disc Golf Championship title.
Unseasonably warm might be a bit of an understatement. It was just plain hot. With many of the holes lacking shade, the 95 degree heat index was slowly but surely taking its toll on the players.
The opening day of the single largest women’s event in PDGA history, the 2019 US Women’s Disc Golf Championship (USWDGC), went off on Friday without a hitch. 166 women took to the tees with 16 divisions of amateurs and pros spread out across four courses in the greater Fredericksburg, Virginia area.
Another year, another record turnout for the United States Women’s Disc Golf Championship (USWDGC). Renowned Virginia club Spotsy Disc Golf will serve as host for this year’s USWDGC, which now boasts not only the largest Open Women’s division in PDGA history at 52, but also the single largest women’s field in PDGA history with 169 players.
USWDGC Tournament Director legends Mom and Old Man Wallis join the group photo before the 2018 USWDGC players meeting. Photo: Matt Gregoire
Another year, another record broken.
In 1999, Harold Duvall ran what would be considered the first United States Women’s Disc Golf Championships (1999 Women’s National Championships) in Charlotte, North Carolina, hosting a field of 21 women between two divisions. Now, 19 years later, the number of competitors has grown eight-fold, as 160-plus have made the trek to Lansing, Michigan, for their shot at the national title.
We're now just 10 days away from the fourth edition of the PDGA Women's Global Event (WGE). On May 12th, more than 1,700 women from 13 countries and 39 states will tee off at their local, satellite WGEs to compete against all women and girls competing in the same division. The accessibility of these virtual, ratings-based PDGA events and the encouraging atmosphere they provide have been essential factors in facilitating the growth of the female disc golfing demographic since the WGE's inaugural event in 2012.