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Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship Preview

By Baker Helton
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It’s almost September, which can only mean one thing, Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship is just around the corner. 

As the leaves begin to change colors in the northeast, the pros start to shift their gaze to the multi-faceted Smuggler’s Notch Resort. Nestled in Vermont’s mountains, the Smuggler’s Notch Disc Golf Center features two complimentary pro-caliber courses. 

The annual host of the Green Mountain Championship and home of the 2018 PDGA World Championships, the courses have begun to build a storied history. 

The Courses

Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship takes place on two distinct and complementary courses – the wooded Brewster Ridge and the open but OB-lined Fox Run. 

Thursday & Saturday of the tournament will feature Brewster Ridge. For the MPO division, that is a 7,935 ft Par 61 track. For the FPO division, it is a 7,500 ft Par 61 course. 

On Friday & Sunday, the tournament features Fox Run. On the MPO side, players will be playing a 9,530 ft Par 63 course. The FPO division is playing an 8,575 ft Par 63 track. 

Each course presents its challenges, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find many players who say they feel like they can score hot on both courses. The players who enjoy the woods will tell you they will score well at Brewster, and those who enjoy more open courses say Fox Run. Ultimately, it takes players who put together solid rounds at both courses to bring home the victory. 

The History

Early-on in the GMC annuals, Ricky Wysocki was synonymous with GMC Champion. Wysocki was the GMC Champion in the first four Green Mountain Championships. In 2017, Ricky would be unseated by 3x World Champion Nate Doss, who had not won a PDGA A-Tier or higher since 2012. In 2018 when GMC took a break for the Smuggler’s Notch Disc Golf Center to host the World Championships, Gregg Barsby would be the winner – a veteran touring pro gaining his first World Championship title after 10+ years on the road. In 2019, Paul McBeth would return to claim the GMC title after taking his only DNF in his career at the 2017 Green Mountain Championship. 

On the FPO side, Catrina Allen was the first Touring Pro to win in 2015 and repeated in 2016. Paige Pierce would win in 2017. 2018 saw a hiatus for the Green Mountain Championship as Smuggler’s Notch Disc Golf Center laid host to the PDGA World Championship. A historic year when Paige Bjerkaas (now Shue), would be crowned World Champion having decided less than two months before to forgo returning to college in favor of being a touring disc golfer. Hokom would go on to win the GMC last year after missing the victory by a stroke in 2017 and dealing with her caddying having medical issues before her third round of the competition. 

Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship is ripe with history, and it has two legendary courses for players to compete on. Will Ricky Wysocki repeat after Ledgestone to claim his 5th GMC Title? Will Paul McBeth defend his title? Or will another pro swoop in for their first Green Mountain Championship victory?

On the FPO side, there are four different previous winners in the mix. Will one of those players top the field? Or will a new player emerge to take the victory? 

The action begins September 3rd on the Disc Golf Network. Make plans to tune in and watch live!