The Disc Golf Pro Tour is happy to announce the addition of Jeff Spring to our team in the role of interim Director of Public Relations. Jeff will oversee outgoing communications from the tour starting immediately. Jeff is the Director of Disc Golf Operations at Smugglers’ Notch Resort and a well-known Tournament Director. Most recently, Jeff and his team at Smugglers’ Notch Resort hosted the 2018 PDGA Pro World Championship. In addition to Pro Worlds, Jeff is TD for the 2019 PDGA Pro Masters World Championship, 2019 Portland Open, and the 2019 Green Mountain Championship. Jeff has worked with the Pro Tour in some capacity since its inception. In addition to earning the inaugural Pro Tour TD of the Year award, he also served as the liaison between the Pro Tour and the PDGA in 2017 and 2018.
As he steps into this role, here’s a brief statement from Jeff:
Over the past three seasons, the Disc Golf Pro Tour has helped to grow the sport of disc golf. The tour’s focus on developing the professional side of the game to benefit our sport’s best athletes has resulted in larger and more frequent purses, a tour schedule that works better for travel, and partnership with several established and developing organizations and companies. The passion, love, and innovation that drives the DGPT has created opportunities for the sport to flourish in so many ways. I’m excited to be part of the wonderful team that is working to continue that growth!
It is a time for Thanksgiving. I am proud of the fact that our country has a holiday dedicated to giving thanks for all that we have.
I am thankful for my thoughtful and independent daughters and all the joy that they bring to my life. I am thankful for my friends and family and the encouragement and support that they openly and consistently give me.
I am thankful for having opportunities and being challenged in ways I could never have anticipated. I have grown as a person and have learned to do a much better job to accept the things I cannot change.
Lastly, as the Director of the pro tour, I am thankful for the passion that engulfs our fans. This is our sport. We all are stewards of it. When someone in our sport does great, we will shout it and share it from the rooftops. If we perceive anyone trampling on our sport, we will stand up and let the world know. This is awesome and it is why our sport will continue to grow.
Thank you to everyone that loves watching the best disc golf athletes in the world. We will continue to work diligently to grow the best Pro Tour possible.
A message from Steve Dodge, Director of the Disc Golf Pro Tour
The touring professional disc golfer. There are 65 people that can proudly say they are part of an elite group. A group that defines the pinnacle of our sport. A group that plays disc golf for a living.
Disc golf has grown up a lot in the last decade. There may have been a handful, or maybe a Simpsons' handful, of players that played disc golf for a living. Today, there are dozens, and the number will continue to grow. When we started the Pro Tour our plan was to grow the number of MPO touring pros to 72 and FPO touring pros to 24 within five years. We are on target.
The top 50 MPO and the top 15 FPO players from the 2018 Pro Tour season have earned a 2019 Tour Card. This entitles players to early registration at all Pro Tour events. Additionally, they will be featured on the 2019 Trading Cards which includes their complete stats from their previous seasons. Lastly, they will have access to the Tour Card Tent off the fairway of hole 18.
Additionally, the five top finishers at the Next Gen Tour have also earned their Tour Cards. Congratulations to Silas Schultz, Kyle Klein, Quinn Rodius, Harold Greer, and Alexander Miller for their top five finish. You are among the best amateur disc golf athletes on the planet and we are proud to invite you to enjoy all of the opportunities that a Tour Card offers.
Disc Golf Pro Tour Test Event Program
Each season we continue to improve the individual events, and the geographic efficiency of the tour.
In 2019, the DGPT will have four test events.
Throw Down the Mountain
Working together, we look forward to a bright future for our sport!
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