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Jonesboro Open Event Preview – New Title Sponsor and Activities Welcome Attendees

By Baker Helton
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Notice: The Jonesboro Open will be broadcast this weekend exclusively on the new https://www.dgpt.tv please let your friends know and plan to watch there.
​The Jonesboro Open kicks off the week, and while the Disc Side of Heaven course will not see any significant changes, there will be a new feel surrounding the tournament.

The 2019 Jonesboro Open features a new title sponsor in Play It Again Sports. The local Jonesboro PIAS stepped up as a title sponsor which changed the name of the event to the Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open but also adds a boost to the purse making the total added cash for the professional division $15,000. Cameron Campbell, the owner of the local PIAS store, had the following to say: “Even before the purchase of the store I was amazed at the growth of the sport in our area and how amazing it was to have Jonesboro on the Disc Golf Pro Tour map! When I got in the store, it just made sense to offer up any support I could. When this opportunity presented, it just fit! We are extremely excited about this partnership. Not only will this be good for our business to be on board with, but it’s important to me to give back. Our community has supported the store for over ten years, and the disc golf patrons have been among the strongest supporters, so I felt I owed it to those customers and our community to give back my support. We look forward to making this ‘THE Stop’ on the tour!”

A new title sponsor is not the only thing to join the Jonesboro Open schedule. Buffalo Wild Wings has increased its sponsorship this year to become the naming sponsor of the player’s party which will take place on Friday at 7:30 pm local time. Chris Reed, from the Jonesboro restaurant, had this to say regarding the partnership, “Buffalo Wild Wings strives to be the place for our community to come together to enjoy sports. Whether you are a participant or a spectator, the seasoned pro, or a child bouncing around the crowd to meet their favorite athlete.  The Jonesboro Open gives us the opportunity to be just what we were meant to be.”  Reed continued, “For the second year in a row, the tournament has let us be a sponsor of the event that brings participants and spectators together.  We are excited to be a partner and keep great sporting events coming into our community.”

Not to be outdone, North Delta Engineering will be providing a players dinner on Thursday night and is sponsoring the media day on Thursday afternoon as well. This is the business’s first year sponsoring the event, but owner Jordan Lane is happy to help support the event: “I have traveled across the country playing in disc golf tournaments for many years. To see what we have been able to build in Jonesboro is truly a dream come true.” said Lane. “We have built this tournament from the ground up, and there is a lot of momentum right now, I hope others join me to help build this bigger and better each year.”

​What may be the most exciting news of all is that the Jonesboro Open has chosen to partner with a local charity as well. The Jonesboro Open has partnered with The Arkansas Pet Savers to help raise funds and awareness for the organization. Members of The Arkansas Pet Savers are going to work before the tournament selling sponsorships and during the tournament as volunteers at the course.  After the tournament, a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated back to TAPS to help continue their mission. TAPS event coordinator Kendra Wattelet, had this to say about the partnership: “The Arkansas Pet Savers are honored to collaborate with the 2019 Jonesboro Open. This is a fantastic event spotlighting the city of Jonesboro and will bring National, as well as, International attention to Arkansas. It is our hope that the success of this event will bring a greater awareness of homeless pets within our region.“  Wattelet continued, “Knowing that I played a part in saving so many abandoned pets is the greatest feeling in the world. It can definitely be sad and overwhelming, but when I look into the eyes of a dog we have pulled from death’s door, it is 100% worth it. I want other people to know that being involved in rescue doesn’t mean just fostering and donating, there are so many other ways to help, and I invite anyone who is interested in helping to contact our page.”

This is just a small slice of the events surrounding the Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus. The festivities begin on Thursday with the media day and players dinner. The action will kick-off Friday at 10 AM ET for the lead FPO feature card and 4:30 PM ET for the lead MPO feature card. You can watch both rounds live exclusively on https://www.dgpt.tv . On Friday night the player’s party will take place at Buffalo Wild Wings starting at 7:30 PM local time. On Saturday competition will resume at the same times as Friday and the Festival of the Flying Discs and Flymart will take place starting at 6:30 PM local time at Disc Side of Heaven.

It may be only the third event on tour, but it’s shaping up to be an event you will not want to miss. Make plans to tune in on https://www.dgpt.tv and watch all of the action April 12-14.