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2019 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship presented by Dynamic Discs

By Baker Helton
The Disc Golf Pro Tour is proud to announce the location of the 2019 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship as well as a new title sponsor for the event. The Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship will take place on October 31-November 3rd in Emporia, Kansas. The Championship will take place on the famed Jones Gold course, a 10,000ft plus merging of the Jones East and West courses. In talking about the course, Course Designer, World Champion, and Emporia Local, Eric McCabe said: “Jones Gold is one of my favorite courses I’ve designed. It’s a combination of Jones East and Jones West Par 70 that measures in over 10,000 feet. I’ve been a strong advocate of utilizing this course during Glass Blown Open, but to do so, we’d lose two excellent courses. We did play a similar layout at the 2012 GBO before we needed additional courses for the 1600+ Players coming to town. The new, revised Jones Gold is by far the best test for these guys and gals. Distance helps, but pinpoint accuracy and hitting your putts is what will lead you to victory.”

A move to Emporia, Kansas means a new presenting sponsor for the Pro Tour Championship as well. Dynamic Discs has stepped in as the presenting sponsor of the event. Events Coordinator Doug Bjerkaas had the following to say about DD hosting the event: “Emporia is so excited to host a showcase of the world’s best disc golfers.  The DGPT finals are unlike any other event that Dynamic Discs has hosted. We are up for the challenge of delivering an experience that will exceed both the players and the fans’ expectations. Our efforts will be focused on not only preparing a great course for the competitors to test their disc golf skills but promoting the event to spectators to come to Emporia and witness the event live!”

Tour Director Steve Dodge offered the following comments regarding this year’s location and the decision process: “The Pro Tour is excited to be partnering with Dynamic Discs and bringing the Tour Championship to Emporia. The Jones Gold course is one of the gems of Emporia that is not seen during the annual trek to GBO. It will be awesome to see the best in the world competing for the title and showcasing another amazing Eric McCabe designed course.”

When considering the technicality of the Jones Gold Course and how it will showcase players’ skills in a Championship fashion McCabe offered the following breakdown of holes one and eighteen: “Hole number 1 starts off BIG. We start on Jones East hole 9 and plays to hole 11, the famous Billy Engle ACE hole. The Tee shot on this hole is the most crucial, you must clear the first few Cedar trees and get far enough down the fairway to have a clear look at your second shot. Your next shot plays uphill with OB Road on the left, and Pond on the right. The fairway also slopes from left to right making the distance deceiving. We will most likely see a couple of eagles on this hole, as well as a handful of bogeys. Hole number 18 is just as challenging as the starting hole. We’re playing Jones East hole 7, to hole 8. MPO this hole is going to play as a Par 4 while the FPO plays as a Par 5. Once again, the Tee shot on this hole is the most crucial. You really want to be as close to the regular course, hole 8’s tee pad to attack this hole. From there you’ll have to clear around 275′ of OB tall grass. We’ll see quite a few birdies on this finishing hole, but if your tee shot is too far left your only option will be to pitch out of the group of Pines.”

Besides a passion for disc golf, Emporia is known for the weather players deal with while on the course. Doug Bjerkaas offered a ray of sunshine regarding the weather: “The average high temperature in Emporia at the beginning of November is 63°.  The average low temperature is 42°. With DGPT final rounds scheduled in the middle of the day, the fall Kansas weather should be fantastic for testing the talents of the best disc golfers in the world! Worried about rain? While we can make no guarantees, the beginning of November has historically seen an 83% chance of having no precipitation…one of the least likely times of the year for rain!”

The process of choosing a site for the Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship took longer than anticipated this season. The decision was prolonged due to a variety of excellent course and host options, which made it challenging to decide. The Disc Golf Pro Tour would like to thank the other locations and organizations which submitted bids to host this year’s tour championship. With options in both Pennsylvania and Texas, there was a breadth of areas competing to be the host. The Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship presented by Dynamic Discs will take place on October 31st through November 3rd. Make plans to tune in and watch!