There is a lot of news so far this year in Disc Golf. With everything happening so fast it makes me wonder what the rest of the year is going to be like. We have seen players switching sponsors, big time event drama, lots of new plastic and disc golf awareness is being taken to new heights. Let’s recap everything that is going on in 2013.
Will Schusterick is Still Number 1
Will is still numero uno. He has been playing on fire and remains the top ranked disc golfer in the world as of today. He won the first National Tour stop at the Memorial Championship but it was not without some drama.
It looked like Nikko was going to walk away with this one with his consistent play but he had the misfortune of taking a seven during the third round due to two OB putts in a row. Without that hole he may have taken the event. But it was Will that gained ground over the course of the week and found himself in a shootout on the last day.
He went into the last hole and won by two strokes over Paul McBeth who threw a record breaking round. As he was interviewed by the discgolfplanettv.com guys he was informed that he didn’t tally his score, costing him a 2 stroke penalty.
Him and Paul went into a playoff on hole one. Paul shot a little wide about 60 feet out. Will parked his drive for an easy birdie. Paul air balled his 60 footer and Will took the win.
New Plastic Galore
Prodigy has released 2 drivers that people have been using but this week their mid-ranges and putters were approved for PDGA use. They definitely look nice just like the drivers do and I know people will be amped up to get their hands on them
Latitude 64 also had a mid-range disc approved by the PDGA this week called the Mace. This looks like it will be the go to mid for many of the pros sponsored by latitude 64.
Discraft kept themselves relevant by releasing a 10th anniversary Buzzz that boasts the original 2nd first run plastic blend and wasp tooling. They said they are only making 10,000 of them which is disappointing. I mean, when a great disc is released why can’t it be mass produced. Why do we have to shop eBay and pay 60+ dollars for great throwers? Oh, well I guess I’ll have to stock up.
Dynamic Discs also got some love this year with its line of discs made by Latitude 64. Eric McCabe has been pushing the brand and he seems to be throwing them well. As with many Lat 64 discs they do look tasty.
Disc Golf in the News
A lot of new disc golf brands have been hitting the market, many of them using philanthropy to gain audience members. The sport is a at a place where there is a lot of opportunity. Brands are taking advantage of this to make a difference in their communities. This is one thing about disc golf that the world should learn from, you don’t meet many greedy disc golfers.
The Memorial was viewed by thousands of people via live stream on the internet and it felt good to watch live coverage of the pros. It gave me the feeling that the sport has a shot at getting the recognition it deserves.