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DGPT Rolls to Texas

By Nick Quargnenti
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Paul McBeth took down the 2022 Waco Annual Charity Open. Photo: DGPT

Buckle up, the Disc Golf Pro Tour now heads to Texas for the Waco Annual Charity Open presented by Prodigy.

The second stop of the 2023 season promises better weather and the return of a couple of familiar faces. While the Las Vegas Challenge forced players to contend with cold temperatures and ripping winds, calmer conditions in Waco will give players the opportunity to focus on shaping their shots through the woods and showcasing their distance in the open along the Brazos River in central Texas.

Both the MPO and FPO fields will play all three rounds at Brazos Park East (nicknamed The BEast). This course was first featured on the DGPT in 2017 after being redesigned in 2014. In stark contrast to the wide-open fairways of the Vegas courses, Brazos Park East features shorter holes and tight lines through dense woods. Holes 4 through 12 in particular force players to carve their way through narrow gaps between the trees, showcasing what makes disc golf a unique sport more so than the rolling hills and sand traps of a ball golf style course.

Since the challenging nature of Brazos Park East comes from accuracy rather than distance, many holes have identical pars and tee pad locations for both the FPO and MPO fields. Fans can look forward to watching their favorite players attacking the same holes in either field with just a few holes featuring adjusted pars or different tee pad positions.

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Paige Pierce and Kristin Tattar will make their 2023 season debut in Waco. Photos: DGPT

Valerie Mandujano won the 2022 WACO at nine strokes under par with a comfortable lead over Kristin Tattar, who finished at five under. Mandujano led Tattar by one stroke going into hole 17 of the final round. Mandujano took the only birdie of the day on hole 17 while Tattar took a double bogey, giving Mandujano a four-stroke lead and a stress-free par on hole 18 to secure her first Elite Series win.

Unfortunately, Mandujano will not be competing in Waco this year due to an ankle injury. Tattar will be competing along with Paige Pierce, both of whom were notably absent from the FPO field in Vegas just two weeks ago.

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Paul McBeth grabbed a three-stroke win at the 2022 Waco Annual Charity Open. Photo: DGPT

Paul McBeth won this event last year at 23 under par, just ahead of Luke Humphries’ final score of 20 under. After finishing the first round in a tie for first place with Humphries and Nicholas Carl, McBeth stayed in the lead for the whole event. It wasn’t always smooth sailing for McBeth as he found himself in the rough on multiple occasions, but his ability to scramble out of a bad situation and give himself a putt kept him on top.

The 2023 season started off with a bang at LVC and fans can look forward to the top players proving their woods golf skills at the 2023 Waco Annual Charity Open.

Here’s everything you need to know to catch the action this weekend:

TEE TIMES & ROUND RATINGS

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

LIVE COVERAGE

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Friday’s FPO Feature Card (Live coverage of FPO begins at 9 a.m. CT)

  • Paige Pierce
  • Kristin Tattar
  • Lykke Lorentzen
  • Caroline Henderson

Friday’s FPO2 Live Card

  • Missy Gannon
  • Catrina Allen
  • Paige Shue
  • Lydia Lyons

Friday’s FPO3 Live Card

  • Lisa Fajkus
  • Aria Castruita
  • Holyn Handley
  • Maria Oliva

Friday’s MPO Feature Card (Live coverage of MPO begins at 2:30 p.m. CT)

  • Paul McBeth
  • Kevin Jones
  • Isaac Robinson
  • Gannon Buhr

Friday’s MPO2 Live Card

  • Cale Leiviska
  • Calvin Heimburg
  • Chris Dickerson
  • Luke Humphries

Friday’s MPO3 Live Card

  • Nate Sexton
  • Aaron Gossage
  • Adam Hammes
  • Cole Redalen

Note: Sunday’s FPO broadcast will begin at 10 a.m. CT and the MPO broadcast will begin at 3:30 p.m. CT

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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 Friday, March 10.

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Hear from some of the players before the action gets going during a press conference from 1-3 p.m. CT on Thursday, live on the DGPT’s YouTube channel. Here is the tentative schedule for the press conference (all times CT):

  • 1:00 p.m.: Ryan Draper (TD)
  • 1:10 p.m.: Nikko Locastro
  • 1:20 p.m.: Cale Leiviska
  • 1:30 p.m.: Paul McBeth
  • 1:40 p.m.: Val Mandujano
  • 1:50 p.m.: Calvin Heimburg
  • 2:00 p.m.: Catrina Allen
  • 2:10 p.m.: Kristin Tattar
  • 2:20 p.m.: Caroline Henderson
  • 2:30 p.m.: Paige Pierce
  • 2:40 p.m.: Joey Harrell (Assistant TD)
  • 2:50 p.m.: DGPT Rep
  • 3:00 p.m.: John Houck
  • 3:10 p.m.: Ricky Wysocki

POST PRODUCTION COVERAGE

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Open Lead Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Paul McBeth
  • Kevin Jones
  • Isaac Robinson
  • Gannon Buhr

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FPO Lead Card / Round 1 FPO Feature Card

  • Paige Pierce
  • Kristin Tattar
  • Lykke Lorentzen
  • Caroline Henderson

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Open Chase Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Eagle McMahon
  • Nikko Locastro
  • Vaino Makela
  • Zachary Nash

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FPO Chase Card / Round 1 FPO Feature Card

  • Missy Gannon
  • Catrina Allen
  • Paige Shue
  • Lydia Lyons

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