A Stage for our Best Athletes

On June 23-25, 2016, the Vibram Open was the inaugural event of the Disc Golf Pro Tour.

HISTORY OF THE DGPT

The Pro Tour was founded with one primary goal, create a stage on which our sport’s best athletes can showcase their skills, where fans can be social and enjoy watching together, and to bring kids into the sport at an increasing rate because they have heroes to look up to that play a game they love. In order to do this, the premier events in disc golf needed to be organized into an geographically sensible tour, needed to focus on our best athletes, and needed to put forward a product worthy of watching.

A geographically sensible tour was necessary because most players were (and still are) living out of their vehicles. While many players now have RVs or vans, those early days were full of hatchbacks and “figure it out when we get there”ness. Maintaining a good order to the stops on the tour helps to keep costs in check as our best athletes carve out a living. The longer they can stay on the road, the larger their fan base becomes and suddenly they are making a living playing disc golf as a touring pro. That is part one and it is working.

BEFORE THE TOUR

Before the Pro Tour, very few events focused on our sport’s very best athletes. These are the players that have the best chance to tour professionally and make a go of it, therefore our premier events should focus on them and put them in the spotlight. All Pro Tour events only have two divisions, the men’s and women’s Open divisions. This allows all of the added cash at the event to flow to these players and give them an opportunity to tour full time. Additionally, the Pro Tour works with the players to promote local and onsite clinics, create media opportunities through hole and disc reviews and commentary, and creates complete season stats through our partnership with UDisc.

The last component of the tour is the creation of an engaging product to watch and in which to participate, both onsite and online.

THE TOUR TODAY

On site the Pro Tour hosts ZÜCA Fest. The goal of ZÜCA Fest is to create a space where we can come together and celebrate the game. Occasionally touring pros will stop by and sign discs and compete with fans in festival games. After enjoying the Festival, please support the various vendors onsite. Their support of the event is critical to our overall success. Lastly, check out the amazing disc golf that is being played by our sport’s top pros. The men start the event each morning with the lead card usually teeing off around 1:30 PM and the women tee off in the afternoon, starting around 1:45 PM with the lead card starting usually around 3:00.

Online we are creating Live Broadcasts of every event as well as Edited Shot by Shot Coverage which is released the next day. In our first four years we worked with numerous Commercial Media Teams to provide the edited videos. In 2020, we began producing content exclusively on the Disc Golf Network. The goal is to create more content than our sport has ever seen utilizing a team of talented editors, videographers, audio engineers and commentators. Check out the Disc Golf Network to see what we are creating!

The future of disc golf has arrived. Thank you so much for watching, for supporting our sport’s best athletes, and for being the most loyal fans in the world. The passion of disc golf fans is unparalleled in any sport. We will always work to bring more people to the sport and continue to push the envelope.

TOUR STATS

MEN'S

Player
2016 Wins
2017 Wins
2018 Wins
2019 Wins
2020 Wins
Total Wins
Paul McBeth
2
2
3
​6
1
14
Ricky Wysocki
3
4
2
​1
0
10
Jeremy Koling
0
1
1
​0
0
2
James Conrad
0
​1
​1
​0
0
2
Chris Dickerson
0
0
1
​1
0
2
Bradley Williams
1
0
0
​0
0
1
Nate Doss
0
1
​0
​0
0
1
Josh Anthon
0
1
0
​0
0
1
Simon Lizotte
0
0
1
​0
0
1
Nate Sexton
0
0
1
0
0
1
Eagle McMahon
0
0
0
1
0
1
Drew Gibson
0
0
0
1
0
1
Kevin Jones
0
0
0
1
0
1
Calvin Heimburg
0
0
0
0
1
1
Colten Montgomery
0
0
0
0
1
1
Nikko Locastro
0
0
0
0
1
1

WOMEN'S

2

 

Player
2016 Wins
2017 Wins
2018 Wins
2019 Wins
2020 Wins
Total Wins
Paige Pierce
1
7
4
6 3 21
Sarah Hokom
2
1
4
1 0 8
Catrina Allen
3
1
1
3 0 8
Jessica Weese
0
1
1
2
0 4
Valarie Jenkins
0
1
0
1
0 2
Eveliina Salonen
0
0
0
1
1 2

HISTORIC RESULTS

2019 Results2018 Results2017 Results2016 Results