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History

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 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.

TOUR STATS

MEN'S ELITE SERIES WINS

Player 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total
Paul McBeth 2 2 3 6 2 1 16
Ricky Wysocki 3 4 2 1 1 3 14
Eagle McMahon 0 0 0 1 2 4 7
Calvin Heimburg 0 0 0 2 1 3
Kevin Jones 0 0 1 2 0 3
Chris Dickerson 0 0 1 1 0 1 3
James Conrad 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
Nikko Locastro 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Jeremy Koling 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
Adam Hammes 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Kyle Klein 0 0 1 1
Drew Gibson 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Bradley Williams 1 0 0 0 0 1
Colten Montgomery 0 0 0 1 0 1
Nathan Queen 0 0 1 1
Simon Lizotte 0 1 0 0 0 1
Nate Sexton 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

WOMEN'S ELITE SERIES WINS

Player 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total
Paige Pierce 1 7 4 6 7 5 30
Catrina Allen 3 1 1 3 1 2 11
Sarah Hokom 2 1 4 1 0 0 8
Missy Gannon 0 0 0 2 2
Hailey King 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Jessica Weese 1 1 0 0 0 2
Kristin Tattar 0 0 2 2
Kona Panis 0 0 0 0 0 1 1