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Plenty of History in Des Moines

By Baker Helton

Twenty-five years ago, Scott Stokely and Juliana Korver took down the Des Moines Challenge.

Both players are in the field this weekend at the DGPT – TruBank Des Moines Challenge presented by Discraft.

A few years later in Iowa, Birgitta Lagerholm took down the 2004 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships, becoming the first player born outside of North America to become a PDGA World Champion.

In more recent history, Missy Gannon won her first Elite Series title a year ago as the DGPT returned to Des Moines and Pickard Park.

More history will be made in under two weeks as the 2022 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships kick off in Emporia, Kansas.

But first, Gannon, fresh off her Elite Series win at the Ledgestone Open this past weekend, has a title to defend.

“Next on my list is to defend my title at Des Moines,” Gannon said in Illinois after her six-stroke win.

In MPO, Paul McBeth, who has nine top-10 finishes since his last Elite Series win in Waco, took down the 2021 title with a two-stroke win over Calvin Heimburg.

History has accompanied Des Moines disc golf each step of the way and after the 12th stop of the DGPT this weekend, up next is more history in Emporia.

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

Live Video Coverage


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

  • Missy Gannon
  • Paige Pierce
  • Juliana Korver
  • Kristin Tattar

Friday’s FPO2 Live Card

  • Jessica Weese
  • Alexis Mandujano
  • Catrina Allen
  • Eveliina Salonen

Friday’s FPO3 Live Card

  • Kona Panis
  • Sarah Gilpin
  • Valerie Mandujano
  • Hailey King

Friday’s MPO Feature Card (Live coverage of MPO begins at 3:30 p.m. CT)

  • Paul McBeth
  • Chris Dickerson
  • Gavin Babcock
  • Ricky Wysocki

Friday’s MPO2 Live Card

  • Calvin Heimburg
  • Brodie Smith
  • Cale Leiviska
  • Gannon Buhr

Friday’s MPO3 Live Card

  • James Conrad
  • Adam Hammes
  • Ezra Aderhold
  • Drew Gibson

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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, August 21.

DGN Press Conference | Watch

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

  • 2:00 p.m.: Ty Tannatt (TD)
  • 2:10 p.m.: Paul McBeth
  • 2:20 p.m.: Missy Gannon
  • 2:30 p.m.: Ricky Wysocki
  • 2:40 p.m.: Jessica Weese
  • 2:50 p.m.: Calvin Heimburg
  • 3:00 p.m.: Sarah Gilpin
  • 3:10 p.m.: Gannon Buhr
  • 3:20 p.m.: Juliana Korver
  • 3:30 p.m.: Jeff Spring (DGPT)
  • 3:40 p.m.: Brodie Smith
  • 3:50 p.m.: Kristin Tattar

Post Production Video Coverage

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Open Lead Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Calvin Heimburg
  • Brodie Smith
  • Cale Leiviska
  • Gannon Buhr

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FPO Lead Card / Round 1 FPO Feature Card

  • Missy Gannon
  • Paige Pierce
  • Juliana Korver
  • Kristin Tattar

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Open Chase Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Andrew Fish
  • Ben Callaway
  • Simon Lizotte
  • Niklas Antilla


Check back to daily for a recap of all of the action from the 2021 Elite Series.

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