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By Baker Helton
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Portland has a flair for the dramatic.

From an infamous playoff for a PDGA World Championship to thrilling finishes year-in and year-out, the Pacific Northwest has a rich history of delivering high level disc golf and, as the 2022 Elite Series hits the midway point, it’s all set up for another strong weekend in Portland.

Beginning Thursday, the Disc Golf Pro Tour kicks off a non-stop stretch of action at the Portland Open presented by Dynamic Discs, a four-round event that includes the return of a beloved track and a new-look course that is set to deliver yet another thrilling weekend.

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Ricky Wysocki putts during the 2014 PDGA Pro World Championship at Blue Lake. Photo: PDGA Media

For the first time since 2019, Blue Lake is in the mix on the Elite Series, a site that delivered an infamous showdown between Paul McBeth and Ricky Wysocki at the 2014 PDGA Pro World Championship, several installments of the Paige Pierce and Catrina Allen battle, and a playoff victory for Drew Gibson at the 2019 Portland Open.

After two rounds at Blue Lake, the action shifts to Glendoveer, which debuted at the 2021 DGPT – Portland Open and has gone through a redesign from Dustin Keegan for the 2022 edition. Players will be test a number of ways on both tracks with woods, elevation and distance — the courses check in at over 10,000 feet for MPO and over 9.000 feet for FPO.

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Glendoveer DGC checks in at 9,210 feet for FPO and 11,285 feet for MPO. Photo: Kevin Huver / DGPT

In FPO, Pierce enters the tournament as the two-time defending champion (2019, 2021) and both wins came by just less than three strokes over Allen, who bested Pierce in 2014 for a PDGA World title. They pulled away from the rest of the field a year ago, beating third-place finishers Hailey King and Ella Hansen, in a breakout performance, by eight strokes.

There will be a new champion in MPO as 2021 winner Eagle McMahon continues to rehab an injury. Wysocki, also dealing with a lingering injury, dropped from the event on Wednesday, leaving the door open for McBeth, who looks to right the ship after a down stretch, Simon Lizotte, who grabbed his first Elite Series win in over two years at the OTB Open, or, as 2022 has shown, any number of players who can jump into contention.

It is Portland after all, and that means it’s more than likely coming down to the wire.

Here’s everything else you need to know to catch the action this weekend:

 

Tee Time & Round Ratings

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Official scores, tee times, live scoring and round ratings can be found at the official event page on PDGA.com.

Live Video Coverage

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Thursday’s FPO Feature Card (Live coverage of FPO begins at 9:30 a.m. PT)

  • Paige Pierce
  • Val Mandujano
  • Kona Panis
  • Ella Hansen

Thursday’s FPO2 Live Card

  • Catrina Allen
  • Raven Klein
  • Madison Walker
  • Natalie Ryan

Thursday’s FPO3 Live Card

  • Sai Ananda
  • Deann Carey
  • Rebecca Cox
  • Erika Stinchcomb

Thursday’s MPO Feature Card (Live coverage of MPO begins at 3:00 p.m. PT)

  • Calvin Heimburg
  • Ty Love
  • Simon Lizotte
  • Kevin Jones

Thursday’s MPO2 Live Card

  • Paul McBeth
  • Logan Harpool
  • Brodie Smith
  • Drew Gibson

Thursday’s MPO3 Live Card

  • Dustin Keegan
  • Gannon Buhr
  • Luke Humphries
  • Aaron Gossage

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In addition to the DGN, the live broadcast for both divisions will be simulcast free on the DGPT YouTube channel for the final round only on Sunday, June 5.

DGN Press Conference | Watch

Hear from some of the players before the action gets going during a press conference from 2-4 p.m. PT on Wednesday, live on the DGPT’s YouTube channel. Here is the tentative schedule for the press conference (all times PT):

  • 2:00 p.m.: Jeff Spring
  • 2:20 p.m.: Paige Pierce
  • 2:30 p.m.: Dustin Keegan
  • 2:40 p.m.: Juliana Korver
  • 2:50 p.m.: Paul McBeth
  • 3:00 p.m.: Simon Lizotte
  • 3:10 p.m.: Catrina Allen
  • 3:20 p.m.: Thomas Gilbert
  • 3:30 p.m.: Natalie Ryan
  • 3:40 p.m.: Kevin Jones
  • 3:50 p.m.: Raven Klein

Post Production Video Coverage

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Open Lead Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Calvin Heimburg
  • Ricky Wysocki
  • Simon Lizotte
  • Kevin Jones

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FPO Lead Card / Round 1 FPO Feature Card

  • Paige Pierce
  • Val Mandujano
  • Kona Panis
  • Ella Hansen

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Open Chase Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Albert Tamm
  • Mason Ford
  • James Conrad
  • Thomas Gilbert