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2019 Venue Review: Jonesboro Open

By Baker Helton
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​The Jonesboro Open is an event that was created and rose to prominence due to the Disc Golf Pro Tour. Starting in 2017, the inaugural Jonesboro Open was the third stop on the Disc Golf Pro Tour. Since that time, the Jonesboro Open has blossomed into an event the players look forward to playing every year thanks to its stunning course.

Jonesboro, Arkansas, is not known as a significant hub for anything, really. A college town housing Arkansas State, tournament director Brad Pietz has been focused on making the city a disc golf destination since the inception of the Disc Side of Heaven property in 2013.

On the MPO side, in 2017 and 2018, Ricky Wysocki brought home the crown. Much like the story of Waco with Jeremy Koling winning in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, Paul McBeth rose to the top of the field at Jonesboro.  Most notable on the MPO side of the event is that Garrett Gurthie has taken second place the past two years, his best finishes at Disc Golf Pro Tour events. With top pros like McBeth, Wysocki, and Gurthie in the mix – it’s shaping up to be an exciting 2020.

On the FPO side, Paige Pierce has dominated the field. 2019 was her closest competition with her edging out Catrina Allen by one throw on the 18th hole of the final round. In 2018 she had her most significant margin of victory, winning by ten, with Madison Walker coming in second place. Last year featured the first time an international player competed in the FPO field at the Jonesboro Open, and Henna Blomroos took third place behind Paige and Cat. It is clear the competition is getting stiffer in the FPO division at the Jonesboro Open, so this will be one event you will not want to miss in 2020.

Outside of the competition, Jonesboro is known as an event that can get creative with its sponsors. 2020 will be the second year in a row that Play It Again Sports has been on board as the title sponsor. In 2017 the event featured Spartan Mowers as its title sponsor. Not only that, but the local Buffalo Wild Wings has been on board as a top tier sponsor as well. In 2019 Jonesboro also added a charity component as well, The Arkansas Pet Savers (TAPS). TAPS will be on board again this year and will be seeking to expand on the $1400, which was raised for its initiatives at last year’s event.

Registration for the 2020 Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open begins tomorrow for MPO players 1000+ and FPO players 900+. Additional registration tiers will open each week after that throughout January. If you haven’t already, consider making plans to attend or compete in Jonesboro in April!