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2024 Preserve Championship: Top Storylines + How to Watch

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In the Know: Your Guide to Watching the 2024 Preserve Championship connected by Microsoft Teams with Top Storylines & Stats

Get ready for fireworks at the 2024 Preserve Championship connected by Microsoft Teams! Fans are in for a treat as top competitors in the FPO and MPO divisions gather at the challenging Black Bear course. The stakes couldn’t be higher, from Paige Pierce’s historic quest to become the first woman to surpass $400,000 in PDGA career earnings to Gannon Buhr’s red-hot streak with back-to-back Elite Series victories. With defending champions Ricky Wysocki and Catrina Allen returning to defend their titles and the likes of Simon Lizotte and Holyn Handley looking to make their mark, the competition will be fierce. Don’t miss the chance to see disc golf’s best battle it out on a course known for its demanding layout and record-setting performances.

Need To Know

  • Don’t miss out on all the thrilling action and drama as top disc golf pros, including Paige Pierce, Gannon Buhr, and Ohn Scoggins, battle it out for glory. You can enjoy a 20% discount on one month of the Disc Golf Network (standard or pro) with the promo code PRESERVE20 this weekend. Subscribe now and witness disc golf history in the making! Hurry, as this promo code expires on 6/28.
  • Inclement Weather Potential ⛈️: Possible thunderstorms on Friday, 6/21, and Saturday, 6/22.

Turku Open Recap

Silva Saarinen achieved a breakthrough victory at the 2024 Turku Open, marking her first-ever DGPT win. Saarinen led in Birdie Percentage (43%) and C2 Putting (45%), tying for the hot round of -8 with Eveliina Salonen. This victory completed a “Finnish sweep” with back-to-back wins, including the Heinola Open. 

In the MPO division, Niklas Anttila secured his second DGPT win, leading in Birdie Percentage (56%) and Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green (23.44). 16-year-old Oiva Päivänsalo was impressed with his strong debut, and James Proctor earned his best result of the season with a 2nd place finish.

Continue reading the Top 3 Turku Open Moments article.

FPO LOOKAHEAD 


FPO1 Feature Card: Catrina Allen, Kat Mertsch, Paige Pierce, Holyn Handley
FPO2 Feature Card: Ella Hansen, Raven Klein, Ohn Scoggins, Hailey King 

Paige Pierce: A Milestone in the Making

  • Historic Earnings: Paige Pierce is on the cusp of making history by becoming the first woman to surpass $400,000 in PDGA career earnings. She is currently at $399,690.64, and cashing at the Preserve will push her over this milestone, making her the 8th player in any division to achieve this feat. With four starts at the Preserve, she boasts two wins, three podium finishes, and four top-10 finishes. Her 1009-rated win in 2020 is the fifth-highest event rating of her career.

Holyn Handley: On a Hot Streak

  • Recent Victory: Handley is riding high after her first Elite Series victory at the Beaver State Fling, where she secured the win in a playoff. With seven Major/Elite Series podiums this season, she leads all FPO competitors in this category and has finished 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st in her last four events. Her recent successes have propelled her to the top spot in the DGPT standings. Another strong performance at the Preserve could solidify her lead.

Ohn Scoggins: A Champion Returns

  • World Champion: Scoggins returns to the FPO tour after winning her fourth straight FP40 world title by a record 25 strokes. She has been a model of consistency with 14 straight Major/Elite Series top-10 finishes since the 2023 Worlds. A head-to-head victory over Handley could see Scoggins retake the lead in the DGPT standings, pending Missy Gannon’s performance.

Missy Gannon: Steady and Strong

  • Top Performer: Gannon has been a consistent top performer, with five straight top-10 finishes at Major/Elite Series events, the third most among FPO players. She has an impressive record at the Preserve, with four starts, two podiums, three top-5 finishes, and four top-10 finishes.

Catrina Allen: Consistency and Championship Pedigree at the Preserve

  • Proven Competitor: In four starts at the Preserve, Allen has one win, two podiums, and four top-5 finishes, making her a formidable competitor.

MPO LOOKAHEAD


MPO1 Feature Card: Gannon Buhr, Bradley Williams, Calvin Lonnquist, Ricky Wysocki
MPO2 Feature Card: Corey Ellis, Gavin Rathburn, Cole Redalen, Casey White

Who Can Stop Gannon Buhr?

  • On Fire: Gannon Buhr is in incredible form, securing back-to-back Elite Series victories at the Portland Open and the Beaver State Fling. Just a bit more than halfway through this season, Buhr has already matched his career highs for wins (3) and podiums (5) in a season. Buhr consistently performs at the highest level, averaging a top 5 finish in Major and Elite Series events and only missing the top 10 once this season.

Ricky Wysocki: Defending Champion

  • Looking for Victory: Ricky Wysocki, the defending Preserve champion, aims for his first Major or Elite Series victory of the 2024 season. He has finished on the podium in his last two events and has five podium finishes this season, tied for the most with Buhr and Anttila. Wysocki has an impressive history at the Preserve, finishing 1st in 2023 and 2021 and 2nd in 2022. He also set the recent layout course record with a 52 (-15) in the first round of 2023.

Simon Lizotte: Return to the Tour

  • Back in Action: Simon Lizotte returns to the tour for the first time since winning the Music City Open. He has two podium finishes at the Preserve, making him a player to watch.

Paul McBeth: Breaking the Drought

  • Longest Win Drought: Paul McBeth is currently experiencing the longest win drought of his career, with Sunday marking 344 days since his last Major or Elite Series victory. His previous longest drought was 315 days between the 2022 Worlds and the 2023 PCS. McBeth finished 9th in 2022 and 3rd in 2021 at the Preserve and will be looking to end his drought with a strong performance.

Anthony Barela: Seeking Consistency

  • Up and Down Season: Anthony Barela has struggled with consistency after winning at Jonesboro, missing the top 10 in his last four Major/Elite Series events. His season average finish is 15th, the second lowest of any player with three or more wins in a Major/Elite Series season. Barela has finished in the top 10 three times at the Preserve Championship, can he do so again this year?

All the action starts on Friday, June 21st! 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
2024 Preserve Championship | PDGA Event Page


Official scores, tee times, PDGA Live scoring, and round ratings can be found on the official event page on PDGA.com.

DISC GOLF NETWORK BROADCAST TIMES
Live daily broadcasts from Friday 6/21 – Sunday 6/23

  • FPO | Coverage begins at 9:30 AM CT / 10:30 AM ET with Tournament Central. Multi-card coverage begins at 10:00 AM CT / 12:00 PM ET.
  • MPO | Coverage begins at 3:00 PM CT / 4:00 PM ET with Tournament Central. Multi-card coverage begins at  3:30 PM CT / 4:30 PM ET.

LIVE SCORES AND STATS

Live scores and stats will also be available on both the DGPT website and on PDGA Live all weekend! 

PRESS CONFERENCE

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

TIME NAME
1:00 PM CT Cale Leiviska
1:10 PM CT Catrina Allen
1:20 PM CT Ricky Wysocki
1:30 PM CT Ohn Scoggins
1:40 PM CT Gannon Buhr
1:50 PM CT Holyn Handley
2:00 PM CT Raven Klein
2:10 PM CT Tom Odegaard
2:20 PM CT Phill Dilone (DGPT Represenative)

LIVE COVERAGE

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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, April 25th.

POST-PRODUCTION COVERAGE

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