June first marks the return of the Disc Golf Pro Tour and with it the Utah Open presented by Latitude 64. As the seasons turn and the crisp spring air transitions into sweltering heat, the boys of summer make their next stop in Ogden, Utah to seek disc golf greatness. As the top golfers journey to the fifth event on the DGPT, there is a realization that although it is far from too late to gain valuable points on the tour, the time to act and make an impact is quickly approaching.
Mulligan’s Disc Golf Course will be the venue for the 2017 event and the pro men will challenge a course that has a tremendous bite. Designed by Jade Sewell, Mulligan’s was created with the help of top local pros to ensure that competitors at the highest level face a daunting challenge. I asked tournament director Jade Sewell what the players can expect from the Mulligan Course and his response was, “Lots of water, sand O.B., usually windy”. Jade might be underselling his caution a bit as we have seen the winds absolutely rage in Utah in years past. When you add slippery fairways into the equation what you find is an event that will test the mettle of the most seasoned players. With every wrong decision numbers will rise, along with mounting frustration.
One player of particular interest attending the Utah Open this year, and making his debut on the Disc Golf Pro Tour, is Josh Anthon. Already making a splash in 2017, Josh won the St. Patrick’s Classic by a large margin and finished within the top ten at the Master’s Cup. Considered one of the premiere players in the sport, he has returned to the scene with astonishing skills and a lofty player rating of 1048. Josh is seeking to compete with the best golfers the world has to offer. Will Josh Anthon maintain his high level of play and possibly earn a victory in Utah? We’ll know by Saturday evening.
The true question that remains on the minds of disc golf fans coming into this week is, “Will Ricky Wysocki take down another DGPT victory?” Ricky has collected four straight top three finishes, not to mention a thrilling victory at the Jonesboro Open. He leads the tour with 324 points, holding onto a narrow two point lead over Simon Lizotte with 322 points. With names like Drew Gibson, Bobby Musick, James Conrad, and many more, converging in Ogden, Utah, the race to secure this tour stop championship has many worthy rivals. The fight to gain point dominance is just heating up and the opportunities to decide the overall victor for the season are running short.
The 2017 Utah Open presented by Latitude 64 will begin Thursday June 1st featuring Ricky Wysocki, Paul Ulibarri, Jeremy Koling, and Josh Anthon. With unprecedented live coverage beginning Thursday, pull up a chair, grab some popcorn, and root for your favorite player to win it all at the Utah Open presented by Latitude 64.