The dates for the 2019 Disc Golf Pro Tour's Portland Open have been changed to May 25-27, and the PDGA National Tour's Beaver State Fling will now take place June 7-9.
Due to an unintended conflict with Oregon’s State Parks Day, which falls on the originally planned dates for the 2019 Beaver State Fling, the fourth event on the National Tour was forced to move to a different weekend. After looking for a suitable date that would work with Milo McIver State Park, as well as the already established NT and DGPT schedules, it became clear that the only dates that would work for the BSF without disrupting the overall tour schedule were June 7-9, which were the originally planned dates for the inaugural DGPT Portland Open.
After learning of this conflict, the Portland Open team voluntarily started looking for other dates for the event scheduled at Blue Lake Regional Park in Portland. After learning of a 2,000-person triathlon at that venue on the original BSF weekend of June 1-2, the option of simply swapping dates between the two events was not a viable one. After much work by the DGPT Portland Open team, the ultimate solution was to move the DGPT Portland Open to Memorial Day Weekend at Blue Lake, with the event beginning Saturday, May 25, and ending Monday, May 27. While this shortens the travel/practice gap for players between the National Tour's Masters Cup in Santa Cruz, California, to the Portland area, it still provides six days for the 700-mile transition. This was deemed a much better solution than moving either event to a later date that would cause players to have only four travel/practice days for the 2,100-mile transition to the Ledgestone Open in Eureka, IL.
The Disc Golf Pro Tour and Portland Open team were more than happy to be flexible to allow for the best possible outcome for our touring players, the overall Elite Series' West Coast swing, and for Portland disc golf.
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