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Time for the Beast: How to Watch the DGPT – Waco Annual Charity Open

By Charles McCracken
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Kona Panis is the defending champion at the Waco Annual Charity Open. Photo: DGPT

A perfect blend of open shots and tight woods, it’s time for the Beast in Waco, Texas.

The second stop of the Disc Golf Pro Tour and 2022 PDGA Elite Series season, the Waco Annual Charity Open has been a staple of the professional tour for quite some time. Its open, yet technical holes along the Brazos River give way to the season’s first trip through the tight woods. Then, it’s back to the open for what has delivered dramatic finishes throughout the years.

Kona Panis rolled to her first Elite Series win in 2021 and Nikko Locastro surged down the stretch, including a throw-in on the daunting 17th, to claim the W.A.C.O title.

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Nikko Locastro lines up a shot at the 2021 Waco Annual Charity Open. Photo: DGPT

Waco also cemented itself in disc golf history in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic began to show its teeth. That weekend, players left central Texas not knowing what was next as the world came to a halt at the onset of the pandemic. That included 2020 champion Eveliina Salonen, who has made her return to competition in the United States for the first time since leaving Waco that weekend.

Salonen is among a loaded field this weekend at Brazos Park East and it all sets up for a battle at the Beast.

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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The Disc Golf Network (DGN) is the home of live disc golf. Built by the Disc Golf Pro Tour, the DGN is a subscription streaming and on-demand platform much like Netflix or Disney+. Covering the world’s best players competing in the sport’s most elite tournaments, a subscription includes post-produced coverage of select disc golf tournaments as well as exclusive disc golf shows, touring pro interview series, podcasts, and other segments only available on the Disc Golf Network.

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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, February 27.

DGN Press Conference | Watch

Hear from some of the players before the action gets going during a press conference from 2-4:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, live on the DGPT’s YouTube channel. Here is the tentative schedule for the press conference (all times CST):

  • 2:00 p.m.: Jeff Spring
  • 2:10 p.m.: Nikko Locastro
  • 2:20 p.m.: Kona Panis
  • 2:30 p.m.: Catrina Allen
  • 2:40 p.m.: Gannon Buhr
  • 2:50 p.m.: Paige Pierce
  • 3:00 p.m.: Cale Leiviska
  • 3:10 p.m.: Ohn Scoggins
  • 3:20 p.m.: Paul McBeth
  • 3:30 p.m.: Eveliina Salonen
  • 3:40 p.m.: Simon Lizotte
  • 3:50 p.m.: Valerie Mandujano
  • 4:00 p.m.: Luke Humphries
  • 4:10 p.m.: Lauri Lehtinen
  • 4:20 p.m.: Mason Ford
  • 4:30 p.m.: Andi Young

Post Production Video Coverage

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Open Lead Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Cale Leiviska
  • Kevin Jones
  • Chris Dickerson
  • Lauri Lehtinen

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Open Women’s Lead Card / Round 1 FPO Feature Card

  • Kona Panis
  • Heather Young
  • Paige Pierce
  • Eveliina Salonen

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Open Chase Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Thomas Gilbert
  • Bradley Williams
  • James Conrad
  • Luke Humphries

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