Dynamic Discs to continue as partner as new DGPT leadership makes venue change.
Jeffersonville, VT, September 3, 2019
The 2019 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship has been moved to Hornet’s Nest Park in Charlotte, North Carolina in a decision that takes the event back to its originally planned and announced dates. This change was made to accommodate player travel plans and allow a full field to participate.
The event was first announced on these dates in the Fall of 2018, but a change to October 31-November 2 (announced July 24) had left a number of players unable to attend. The new date brings the event in line with the final stretch of the professional touring season, placed a week after the run of the USDGC and Hall of Fame Classic contested in Rock Hill, SC, and Appling, GA, respectively.
“The first priority we addressed as Tour leaders were making sure the DGPT Championship worked,” said Jeff Spring, who is a week into his tenure as Tour Director. “After realizing the date change had affected several players, we reached out to Jeremy Rusco and his team at Dynamic Discs and discussed the options. After several discussions with DD and conversations with each player who is qualified, we decided to make the change to Charlotte. It became clear this was a much better option for the players. We thank Dynamic for their help in executing this change quickly and efficiently.”
A large part of the decision to move venues is the vibrant disc golf scene in Charlotte, known worldwide as a disc golf mecca. Charlotte also boasts one of the strongest disc golf clubs in the world.
“The Charlotte Disc Golf Club and Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation are honored to host the Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship,” said CDGC President Jim Banbury. “This is a great opportunity to showcase one of the sport's premier events for disc golf fans, our members and Charlotte, one of disc golf’s destination gems.”
The event will be held at Hornet’s Nest Park, the course where Paul McBeth captured his first PDGA world title. Hornet’s Nest is one of 18 courses that the 536-member Charlotte Disc Golf Club has built and maintains. It has been a featured course at four PDGA World Championships, the first being 33 years ago with temporary baskets in 1986, then as a permanent installation in 1997, 2012 and 2018.
Hornet’s Nest, an iconic wooded Carolinas course, has two layouts, the shorter of which is 6,534 feet, par 58. The longer layout, called “The Web,” is 9,015 feet, par 70, where a 1000-rated round is right about par. The final layout chosen for the Tour Championship will demand the best of the pros earning the right to play the DGPT Championship at this famed venue. The layout will be overseen by Jeremy Koling and John Houck, HouckDesign. Mr. Koling is a Charlotte native and seasoned touring professional disc golfer. With over 100 designs to his name, Mr. Houck is arguably the most prolific and experienced course designer in the world. They will work with CDGC Operations Director Mark Huether to make final adjustments.
Mr. Spring also noted “more than 40 of our 47 qualified players have committed to this date and location. We are also thankful to bring on the support of several other top disc golf brands to partner with us on this event, including Prodigy Disc, who has hosted the past two DGPT Championships with great results.”
The DGPT is excited to announce more partnerships in the coming weeks as enthusiasm for the new management team and the change of the Tour Championship venue garners support across the industry. That support has translated into a prize purse of $40,000 for the event, more than $30,000 of which is added cash.
Mr. Spring will be available for interviews throughout the week, beginning with an interview he has given to Ultiworld Disc Golf on this topic, see https://discgolf.ultiworld.com/ for more information. He will also make an appearance on Smashboxx’s Tuesday evening podcast, starting at 9 pm Central, tonight. For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact Jeff Spring at email@example.com.
Jeffersonville, VT, August 27, 2019 / Effective immediately, the Disc Golf Pro Tour has been purchased by a new ownership group. Majority owner, Todd Rainwater, has hired Jeff Spring to lead the DGPT as CEO and Tour Director.
Mr. Rainwater is the owner and developer of Nantucket Disc Golf, formerly a minority owner of the DGPT, and a strong supporter of the development of professional disc golf. Spring is an experienced tournament director and course designer, having developed one of the preeminent disc golf destinations in the world at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont. Smugglers’ has hosted two PDGA majors in the last year as well as serving as the home of the annual Green Mountain Championship DGPT event. Spring will remain in his role at Smugglers’ through October 1, 2019 overseeing the 2019 Green Mountain Championship and will continue oversight of the disc golf operations at Smugglers’ through a transitional period.
In regards to the purchase, Mr. Rainwater comments that “we’d like to thank the former ownership group, Disc Golf USA, especially outgoing Tour Director Steve Dodge, for their development of the DGPT to this point. We look forward to growing the vision that Steve has established.” Mr. Spring comments, “I’m thankful to Smugglers’ Notch Resort for the opportunity to establish and grow several new endeavors during my time at the Resort. I look forward to continued collaboration with what is a wonderful organization in the years to come.”
The Disc Golf Pro Tour will be providing an update on plans moving forward shortly. We are excited to be working collaboratively with the PDGA on 2020 planning and look forward to sharing more soon.
Mr. Spring will be available for interviews throughout the week, beginning with an appearance on Smashboxx’s Tuesday evening podcast, starting at 9pm Central. For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact Jeff Spring at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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