January 7, 2020

JONESBORO, ARKANSAS      Officials from the Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open have announced that for the first time in the tournament’s history, the 2020 Disc Golf Pro Tour event has been selected as a qualifier for the United States Disc Golf Championship (USDGC). 

The USDGC will be played Oct. 7-10 in Rock Hill, SC, and is one of the most prestigious and sought-after titles in the sport of disc golf. All competitors in the event must be invited to play or qualify. 

In 2019 only 116 players took part in the tournament.  The field is made up of the top ten finishers from the previous year, all former champions that choose to play and the winners of seven major championships during the season.  If a player is not in this invited group, the only other way to compete in the USDGC is to earn their spot with great play in a qualifying event.  The maximum number of qualifiers from the Jonesboro Open will be five competitors.

The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) estimates there will be over 4,000 sanctioned tournaments around the world in 2020.  There are ten Disc Golf Pro Tour events across the USA.  Of those 4,000 tournaments, only 25 have been selected as a USDGC qualifier, including just five of the ten DGPT events.  This places the Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open in very elite company.

A representative from the USDGC, Kevin McCoy, stated that the Jonesboro Open was a perfect fit regionally and was “highly recommended” to the USDGC from various participants.

“This is truly an honor.  To be picked out of the thousands of tournaments across the world to be a USDGC qualifier is something that I never imagined,” tournament director Brad Pietz said.

According to Matt Loyd, PDGA State Coordinator, this is the first time the state of Arkansas has ever hosted a USDGC qualifier in the 22 year history of the event.   The Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open will be played on April 17-19 at Disc Side of Heaven’s Championship Course, located near RidgePointe Country Club.  For more information go to JonesboroOpen.com

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Brad Pietz

discsideofheaven@gmail.com