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Introducing Your 2023 DGPT Most Improved Players

By Nick Quargnenti
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In the realm of professional disc golf, the spotlight is cast on the 2023 Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) Most Improved Player of the Year—an accolade honoring athletes who demonstrated remarkable advancements on the Pro Tour compared to the previous year. The award specifically recognizes players who made significant strides in the 2023 DGPT Season Long Point Standings in contrast to 2022. The selection process for this coveted title involves a split vote, with fans contributing 50% and media members providing the other 50%, with DGPT points total acting as the tiebreaker. Notably, rookies are now ineligible for this recognition, adding an extra layer of prestige to the achievement.

Ali Smith: Named DGPT FPO Most Improved Player

Ali Smith at the 2023 Des Moines Challenge. Photo: Kevin Huver / DGPT

Ali Smith (PDGA# 147050) has officially claimed the 2023 DGPT FPO Most Improved Player award. Her substantial ascent in the DGPT season point standings, soaring from 56th in 2022 to an impressive 12th in 2023, marks a remarkable leap of 44 spots—the most significant advancement within the entire FPO field. This catapulted her to accumulate 626.50 more points this year than the previous season, amassing an impressive overall total of 721.38. Notably, Ali Smith received the highest number of fan votes and the second-highest tally of media votes, with Holyn Handley leading in the latter category.

In DGPT Elite, Silver, and PDGA Major events, Ali Smith has achieved an impressive average round rating of 951.957 this season. Holding the 23rd position in the FPO UDisc World Rankings, Smith experienced a noteworthy surge, elevating her average round rating by 21.17 points—an achievement outpacing all other players within the Top 40 in points standings.

Ali Smith at the 2023 USWDGC. Photo: Kevin Huver / DGPT

With a total birdie rate of 21% this season, placing her at the 33rd rank in the FPO field, Ali Smith has achieved the most substantial leap in birdie rate, soaring by 6.5% (equivalent to 1.16 per round). Additionally, her bogey rate witnessed a commendable decrease of 7.1% (1.27 per round), marking the most significant improvement among the top 30 FPO players.

Ali Smith, a PDGA member since 2020 representing Kansas City, Missouri, has actively participated in 23 events spanning DGPT Elite, Silver, and PDGA Majors. Notably, she secured top-10 placements in eight of these events, translating to a commendable 35%. Impressively, Smith achieved a noteworthy cash rate of 91%, cashing in at 21 out of the 23 events. It’s essential to highlight her substantial progress compared to the previous year, where she failed to secure top-10 finishes or cash in any Pro Tour event. Particularly noteworthy is Smith’s victory in the 2023 Kansas City Wide Open, marking her first DGPT Silver event triumph this season.

Ali Smith at the 2023 Des Moines Challenge. Photo: Kevin Huver / DGPT

Recognition is also due to the FPO Most Improved Player runner-up, Holyn Handley (PDGA# 133547). Handley made a remarkable leap, progressing from a mere 1 podium finish in 2022 to an impressive tally of 8 podium finishes in 2023. These podium achievements spanned DGPT Elite, Silver, and PDGA Major events, including notable competitions such as the DGPT Championship and Throw Pink. Notably, her average round rating saw an uptick of 11.12 points from the previous year, accompanied by a 3.1% increase in birdie rate and a commendable 3.6% reduction in her bogey rate.

Cole Redalen: Named DGPT MPO Most Improved Player

Cole Redalen at the 2023 Beaver State Fling. Photo: Kevin Huver / DGPT

Cole Redalen (PDGA# 79748) has clinched the esteemed title of the 2023 DGPT MPO Most Improved Player. His significant climb in the DGPT season point standings, ascending from 47th in 2022 to a notable 10th in 2023, represents a remarkable leap of 37 spots. This surge propelled him to amass an impressive total of overall total of 797.83 tour points. Worth mentioning, Cole Redalen garnered the highest number of fan and media votes, nearly doubling the fan votes of the 2nd-place contender.

Within DGPT Elite, Silver, and PDGA Major events, encompassing the DGPT Championship, Redalen has secured an average round rating of 1031.409 this season—a notable increase of 15.69 from 2022 and the most significant improvement among the Top 40 MPO players.

Cole Redalen at the 2023 Open at Austin. Photo: Kevin Huver / DGPT

Redalen boasts a total birdie rate of 44% this season, securing the 11th position in the MPO field. His impressive ascent in birdie rate stands out, surging by 6.3% (in DGPT Elite and PDGA Major events). This amounts to 1.14 birdies per round, tying for the most significant improvement in birdie rate among the Top 40 MPO players. Furthermore, Redalen’s bogey rate has decreased by 5.5% (in DGPT Elite and PDGA Major events), translating to 0.98 bogeys per round—the second-best improvement among the top 40 MPO players, trailing only behind James Proctor.

Since joining the PDGA in 2015 and representing Hillsboro, Oregon, Cole Redalen has been an active participant in 22 events across DGPT Elite, Silver, and PDGA Majors, including the DGPT Championship. An exceptional distinction is that he stands as the sole player among the top 10 MPO competitors to have gained the most DGPT places (compared to the end of last season) and secure a top-10 standing in 2023. Undoubtedly, a pinnacle moment for Redalen was clinching his inaugural Elite win at the 2023 Discraft Ledgestone Open.

Cole Redalen Celebrates his First DGPT Elite Event win at the 2023 Ledgestone Open. Photo: Kevin Huver / DGPT

Recognition is also due to the MPO Most Improved Player runner-up, Isaac Robinson (PDGA# 50670). Robinson, the 2022 DGPT Rookie of the Year where 2022 was his first season fully touring and competing in more than one Major, won not only his FIRST PDGA Major (2023 Champions Cup) this year, but also his SECOND PDGA Major (2023 Pro World Championship) this year. Despite finishing 15th place in the 2022 DGPT standings, Isaac made a significant leap by finishing 2nd in 2023.

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