The Challenge at Goat Hill Park Welcomes You!
Are you ready for a Challenge? Do you think you can tame the Goat? 2019 will mark the 7th installation of The Challenge at Goat Hill Park – Driven by Innova, held in Oceanside, California on May 3-5, 2019. In 2019 The Challenge is stepping up to A-tier status for the combined MPO/FPO field with a parallel 2-day B-tier for other Pro and Am players. A minimum of $4,000 in added cash is earmarked for the Pro side of the tournament, with ample player packs and awards available for our Ams. And of course, the coveted “Goat Trophies” for top finishers.
Players choosing to take on the Goat will get a chance to experience the Par 70, nearly 12,000-foot disc golf layout that winds around the golf course known as Goat Hill Park. The “Goat Hill” portion of the venue name tells you most of what you need to know about the course: it’s tough, ornery and features lots of hills to chew players up. What isn’t mentioned is the wind – a steady sea breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean (in the view from several holes) that really picks up in the afternoon, just in time for lead cards. “Park” was added to the name to reflect the open, inviting, relaxing vibe that embraces the venue. Where else can you see ball golfers and disc golfers with their dogs on a leash beside them as they play 18?
Registration for The Challenge will open on DGU in mid-January and first accommodate DGPT cardholders, followed by ratings-based tiers for other Pros. All players will be invited to the Friday evening Welcome and Players Party held on-site at Goat Hill Park, where we’ll make use of the patio area to enjoy disc-themed games, snacks and a sampling of some of San Diego County’s best craft beers. We will have three rounds of post-production video coverage of the event, three days of UDisc live scoring, and are a USDGC Qualifier. If you want to see what Goat Hill Park looks like on video check out CCDG’s coverage of the final round of the FLYR Open, available on YouTube.
So as you’re planning your disc golf travel schedule for 2019, include a swing through sunny San Diego to Goat Hill Park. We’re snuggled in between the Glass Blown Open and the San Francisco Open, ready to host the best in the sport and build upon the rich disc golf history of Southern California.
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.
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