September 30, 2022 by Charlie Eisenhood in News with comments
With the 2022 season just weeks away, the Disc Golf Pro Tour has announced the schedule for the 2023 season. Here is next year’s professional disc golf schedule:
- *Exposure* star weekend – February 17-19 (Tucson, Arizona)
- Las Vegas Challenge – February 23-26 (Las Vegas, NV)
- Waco Annual Charity Opening – March 10-12 (Waco, Texas)
- The Austin Open – March 17-19 (Austin, Texas)
- [Silver] Texas State Championships – March 24-26 (Houston, Texas)
- Open Music City – April 7-9 (Nashville, TN)
- [Silver] Blue Ridge Championship at the north cove – April 14-16 (Marion, North Carolina)
- [MAJOR] Champions Cup – April 20-23 (Appling, Georgia)
- Jonesboro Open – April 28-30 (Jonesboro, AR)
- OTB open – May 12-14 (Stockton, California)
- [Silver] Beaver State Fling – May 19-21 (Estacada, OR)
- [+] Portland Open – May 25-28 (Portland, OR)
- Open dynamic disks – June 16-18 (Emporia, KS)
- Des Moines Challenge – June 23-25 (Indianola, Iowa)
- The Preservation Championship – June 30-July 2 (Clearwater, MN)
- [Silver] Discmania Open – July 7-9 (Prince Edward Island, Canada)
- PCS Sula open – July 13-15 (Vestnes, Norway)
- [MAJOR] European Open – July 20-23 (Nokia, Finland)
- [+] open ledgestone – August 3-6 (Peoria, IL)
- Idlewild open – August 11-13 (Burlington, Kentucky)
- [Playoff] Discraft Great Lakes Open – August 17-20 (Milford, MI)
- [Silver] Open Rochester Flying Disc – August 25-27 (Rochester, NY)
- [MAJOR] PDGA World Professional Championships – August 30-September 3 (Jeffersonville, VT)
- [Playoff] MVP Open at Maple Hill – September 14-17
- [MAJOR] United States Women’s Disc Golf Championships – September 21-24 (Burlington, North Carolina)
- [MAJOR] United States Disc Golf Championship – October 5 to 8 (Rock Hill, South Carolina)
- [Playoff] Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship – October 12-15 (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Overall, the schedule is similar to the 2022 schedule, with the tour starting in the southwest at the Las Vegas Challenge and heading southeast through Texas for the season’s first major at the PDGA Champions Cup. Then the tour returns west through Arkansas at the Jonesboro Open to California and the OTB Open before heading up the Pacific Coast to Oregon. After stops in the Midwest, the tour heads to Europe in July before returning for Ledgestone and Idlewild and the end-of-season playoffs and majors.
“We have another exciting end to the season with the PDGA Pro World Championships at Smugglers’ Notch Resort taking place in concert with the 2023 playoffs,” DGPT CEO Jeff Spring said in a statement. “With PDGA Pro Majors retaining heavyweight status on the 2023 points ladder, the final three months of next season will provide ample opportunity for movement around the cut line for the Tour Championship.”
There are a number of tournaments that are added, elevated, demoted, or removed from the tour. Here is an overview of the changes:
The Austin Open: A new event for Texan swing that coincides with South by Southwest, the major music, technology and film festival in Austin each year. The TDs and management of The Open at Belton move the event to Austin and give it a new name.
Blue Ridge Championships at North Cove: A new Silver event taking place at the renowned North Cove disc golf course which will host the University Championships just one week before the DGPT shutdown.
Discmania Open: A brand new tournament with $40,000 in cash added as a Silver event on the fabulous courses of Prince Edward Island in Canada.
Open Rochester Flying Disc: The oldest PDGA event in the world will celebrate its 50th anniversary by joining the DGPT as a Silver event. Don’t be surprised if it returns to its original name, the American Flying Disc Open.
RAISED TO ELITE STATUS
Open Music City: The long-running Nashville event was once a PDGA National Tour event, but made its DGPT debut in 2022 as a Silver Series tournament. He will join the Elite ranks in 2023.
PCS Sula open: The first DGPT event in Europe will move from Silver to Elite after a strong start in 2022.
DOWNGRADED TO SILVER STATUS
Texas State Championship: The migration tournament had been a regular stop on the DGPT Elite Series, but was scrapped this year when the Austin Open took its place. Texas States will be in Houston this year as a Silver event.
REMOVED FROM TOUR
No 2022 Elite Series events have been completely cut from the tour. The Texas State Championship was downgraded to Silver but remains part of the DGPT. However, a number of Silver Series tournaments from 2022 will not be returning (although DGPT says some additional Silver Series events will likely be added). Here are the tournaments that won’t be back (for now):
The Belton Open: The Belton Open doesn’t quite look the same as the Austin Open, does it? Large markets are important for the tour. It’s not really removed from the tour as much as it’s moved.
Open in Tallahassee: No Florida tournaments are on tour in 2023, although the new November 2022 World Championship in Jacksonville counts towards the 2023 rankings as part of the wraparound tour.
Masters Cup: The legendary Delaveaga tournament could be excluded from the professional circuit for the first time since the start of the National Tour in 2003.
Mid-America Open: Harmony Bends is a beautiful course, but it is subject to flooding. Maybe that’s why he won’t be back in 2023.
Butler County Disc Golf Classic: The most recent Silver Series event only had one year on the tour.
Elite+ events, more points at Silver events
DGPT is launching a new designation for specific events it calls Elite+, which they say will apply to tournaments that “feature larger prize pools, additional media focus and enhanced spectator experiences.” Like the Playoff events, these will also be four-round tournaments. In 2023, the open ledgestone and Portland Open will be designated as Elite+ events.
“Basically we’re looking at a number of different variables where we can look at events that have already been successful and gain additional traction with them to get national media attention,” said DGPT communications director Charles McCracken. . Whether that means there will be coverage of the tournament by bigger outlets like ESPN or just an effort to get tournament stories written is unclear. McCracken said Ledgestone and Portland are doing well because the former already has the biggest purse among DGPT Elite events and the latter is in one of the best disc golf markets in the country. The Elite+ and Playoff events are expected to have some of the highest purses on the circuit.
Silver Series events are renamed simply to Silver events. They will account for more than 25% of an Elite tournament’s points in 2023, although details of the points-earning structure for next year have not been announced. It’s also possible that more Silver events will count towards a player’s point total (in 2022, only the top three Silver events for each player count towards their total).
More information on the 2023 tour is expected to be released in the coming weeks.