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2024 Open at Austin presented by Flight Factory Discs: Top Storylines + How To Watch

By Michelle Springett
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Get ready for the excitement of the Open at Austin, presented by Flight Factory Discs, as top disc golfers from around the world converge on The Open Course at Harvey Penick for a thrilling competition. This event promises gripping battles and unforgettable moments as defending champions and rising stars vie for victory. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or new to disc golf, here’s how to catch all the action of this highly anticipated tournament.

SPECIAL OFFER: 

Flight Factory Discs is offering 10% off all purchases between now and Sunday, March 17th at 11:59 PM CT. Use the code “Austin” at checkout to redeem your discount.

Need to Know:

Thunderstorms in the forecast for this weekend:

  • Friday: Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, becoming more widespread in the afternoon. Potential for severe thunderstorms.
  • Saturday: Thunderstorms. 
  • Sunday: Thunderstorms in the morning, then variable clouds during the afternoon with a chance of showers.

How to Maintain your PDGA Member Discount on the Disc Golf Network:
Attention all PDGA members: To maintain your discounted subscription rate for the Disc Golf Network (DGN), it’s essential to link your PDGA and DGN accounts by March 25, 2024. The recent migration to a new host platform, Insys Video Technologies, has simplified this process, eliminating the need for annual discount codes. By linking your accounts, you’ll ensure continued access to discounted rates without the hassle of yearly code generation. Instructions for linking accounts for existing subscribers can be found here. New subscribers can also link their accounts during the subscription purchase process. Failure to link accounts by the deadline may result in a reset to full-price subscriptions. Act now to avoid any disruptions and enjoy uninterrupted access to discounted rates!

FPO Lookahead

The FPO presents an intriguing lineup of competitors, with Kristin Tattar coming off a solid start to the season after winning WACO. Tattar, seeking to maintain her momentum, faces defending champion Paige Pierce, navigating a recovery from an ankle injury but showcased consistent performance with two top-15 finishes in the season’s early events. The tournament features a field of 56 players with no cut, offering a challenging yet fair platform for competition.

Key contenders include Catrina Allen, Holyn Handley, and Missy Gannon, each demonstrating strong form with podium finishes and consistent top-10 placements. Noteworthy mentions go to Ohn Scoggins and Ella Hansen, both showing consistency and resilience on tour, while Hailey King maintains her impressive track record of top-10 finishes. With Texas hosting a notable number of FPO Tour Card holders, including a strong contingent of competitors, the 2024 Open at Austin – the FPO division promises fierce competition and exciting performances on the course.

MPO Lookahead

The MPO field promises to be an exciting field to watch for this weekend, with defending champion Gannon Buhr coming off a recent victory at WACO and leading the DGPT points standings. Buhr’s success in Texas is notable, with Texan Mason Ford also poised to challenge after impressive performances in the previous events. Ricky Wysocki remains a strong contender, boasting the most MPO DGPT/Major wins in Texas history and showing consistent form with podium finishes in the season’s opening events. The tournament, held at The Open Course at Harvey Penick, features a field size of 112 players with no cut, offering a competitive stage for players to showcase their skills. The event’s history as a Texas staple, evolving from a regional A Tier to a prestigious DGPT event, adds to its significance in the disc golf community.

There are some strong contenders to watch this weekend due to their recent performances, including Anthony Barela’s strong start to the season, Kyle Klein’s consistent top-10 finishes, and Paul McBeth’s struggles with injury recovery affecting his form. Notable mentions also go to Calvin Heimburg, Isaac Robinson, and Simon Lizotte, each facing unique challenges and opportunities in their quest for success at The Open. Furthermore, Texas emerges as a powerhouse in disc golf, boasting the most MPO Tour Card holders of any state, with a strong representation of talent that adds to the event’s allure and competitiveness. With a rich history, a competitive field, and high stakes in the DGPT standings, the 2024 Open at Austin – MPO promises thrilling action and intense competition on the course.

All the action starts on Friday 3/15! Tune in to the Disc Golf Network and catch post-pro coverage from JomezPro all weekend.

Spectator tickets are still available »

HOW TO WATCH

Here’s everything you need to know to catch the action this weekend:

TEE TIMES & ROUND RATINGS

Open at Austin presented by Flight Factory Discs | PDGA Event Page

LIVE SCORING

Official scores, tee times, live stats, and round ratings can be found on the PDGA Live

PRESS CONFERENCE (THURSDAY 03.14)

Watch on the Disc Golf Network or on the DGPT YouTube Channel

TIME NAME
1:00 PM ET Jeff Spring (DGPT CEO) 
1:10 PM ET Paige Pierce
1:20 PM ET Gannon Buhr
1:30 PM ET Holyn Handley
1:40 PM ET Bradley Williams
1:50 PM ET Luke Humphries
2:00 PM ET Kristin Tattar
2:10 PM ET Mason Ford
2:20 PM ET Niklas Anttila

LIVE COVERAGE

DISC GOLF NETWORK

The Disc Golf Network (DGN) is the home of live disc golf. The DGN is a subscription streaming and on-demand platform built by the Disc Golf Pro Tour. Covering the world’s best players competing in the sport’s most elite tournaments. For more information on Disc Golf Network offerings, check out this article → What are the subscription tiers offered by the Disc Golf Network?

Active PDGA members receive a discount on their monthly DGN subscription »

DGPT YouTube | Subscribe

In addition to the DGN, the live broadcast for both divisions will be simulcast free on the DGPT YouTube channel for the first round only on Thursday, February 22.

POST-PRODUCTION COVERAGE

JomezPro | Subscribe

Gatekeeper Media | Subscribe

SOCIAL MEDIA

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