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.

TOUR STATS

MEN'S ELITE SERIES

Player
2016 Wins
2017 Wins
2018 Wins
2019 Wins
2020 Wins
2021 Wins
Paul McBeth
2
2
3
​6
2 0
Ricky Wysocki
3
4
2
​1
1 1
Jeremy Koling
0
1
1
​0
0
0
James Conrad
0
​1
​1
​0
0
0
Chris Dickerson
0
0
1
​1
0
0
Bradley Williams
1
0
0
​0
0
0
Nate Doss
0
1
​0
​0
0
0
Josh Anthon
0
1
0
​0
0
0
Simon Lizotte
0
0
1
​0
0
0
Nate Sexton
0
0
1
0
0
0
Eagle McMahon
0
0
0
1
2 3
Drew Gibson
0
0
0
1
0
0
Kevin Jones
0
0
0
1
2 0
Calvin Heimburg
0
0
0
0
2 0
Colten Montgomery
0
0
0
0
1 0
Nikko Locastro
0
0
0
0
1 1

WOMEN'S ELITE SERIES

Player
2016 Wins
2017 Wins
2018 Wins
2019 Wins
2020 Wins
2021 Wins
Paige Pierce
1
7
4
6 7 3
Sarah Hokom
2
1
4
1 0 0
Catrina Allen
3
1
1
3 1 1
Jessica Weese
0
1
1
2
0 0
Valarie Jenkins
0
1
0
1
0 0
Eveliina Salonen
0
0
0
1
1 0
Ellen Widboom 0 0 0 0 1 0
Hailey King
0
0
0 0 1 0
Kona Panis
0
0
0 0 0 1

HISTORIC RESULTS

2020 Results2019 Results2018 Results2017 Results2016 Results