The sixth stop on the Disc Golf Pro Tour is at the famous Toboggan Disc Golf Course home of the United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship. This year Discraft’s Great Lakes Open stepped up to become an addition to the tour, and consequently, the Toboggan course has stayed open since Memorial Day.
This is the longest the course has remained open since its inception, and now the Pros are chomping at the bit to take down this famous course.
The Toboggan course was installed in 2000 as a temporary course for Worlds. In 2002 it was adopted as the official course for the United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship. Since that time, it has become a storied course in disc golf, both for the Amateurs who it puts on display and for a course that is only available for one event a year.
The last time DGLO was played on the Toboggan course was in 2013. It was on the National Tour, and Ricky Wysocki won the event. This year Ricky will not be attending the event as he is in Europe. However, the person who chased Ricky all week will be in attendance. Garrett Gurthie brought home second place and will be a player to watch throughout the weekend.
This year creates a new chapter in the history book of the Toboggan course. The course has now been in the ground for over a month, and Kensington Metropark is seeing the benefits of disc golf to their park system. With the addition of a second premier event to the Toboggan line-up, the usefulness of the course to the park looks to be cemented for years to come.
One of the great things about the Toboggan Course being home to the USADGC is we have had the opportunity to see several top pros play the course before, albeit in their amateur form. Both Colten Montgomery and Benjamin Callaway have won USADGC and should be favorites to watch on the course this week.
On the FPO side, we have Ragna Bygde Lewis and Holly Finley making their 2018 Disc Golf Pro Tour premiers. Even with Paige Pierce, Catrina Allen, and Lisa Fajkus not in attendance the FPO field is full and has a waitlist. It is shaping up to be an exciting weekend of competition here in Michigan!
A New Stop on Tour
While DGLO is an established event, it is a new event to the Disc Golf Pro Tour. The Disc Golf Pro Tour brings with it a festival atmosphere that will make Kensington Park the place to be this weekend. The player’s party on Friday will include Discraft’s pendulum putting game along with a special release brew. On Saturday night the festival will be in full swing at the park, giving the public, amateurs, and professionals the opportunity to take on all of the fun festival games the Disc Golf Pro Tour has to offer. On Sunday the AM field will finish up at the Black Locust course and then head over to Toboggan to take in the final round of the tournament, continuing the festival atmosphere throughout the weekend.
Discraft’s Great Lakes Open is the place to be this weekend. If you cannot make it out to the event, make plans to watch live starting at 2 PM ET for shot-by-shot FPO coverage and 3:15 PM ET for live MPO coverage.
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