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JONESBORO OPEN ADDS MORE SPACE FOR FPO

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JONESBORO OPEN ADDS MORE SPACE FOR FPO

February 7, 2019

Officials from the Disc Golf Pro Tour and the 2019 Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus have announced a slight change in the format.  The Female Professional Open (FPO) division has reached capacity with more than two months remaining before the tournament causing officials to add more tee times to the FPO field.

Play was originally set to begin at 7:54 a.m. (Central) but has now been bumped up to 7:30 a.m. to satisfy demand in the FPO division.  In 2017 the inaugural Jonesboro Open had just 12 women compete for the championship; in 2018 the field grew to 15. Now, still two months away from tournament time, 24 women from fourteen different states and one from Canada have entered the competition.  The original capacity was 24, but the Jonesboro Open has now expanded to 32.

“What a wonderful problem to have?!” exclaimed Steve Dodge, Director of the Disc Golf Pro Tour.  “This is very exciting for the third year.” Brad Pietz, Tournament Director of the Jonesboro Open added, “Last season we maxed out at 104 on the men’s side and expanded it to 124 this year.  I hoped we would get close to 24 on the ladies’ side, but to get there this quickly is very exciting indeed.”

This is the fourth season of the Disc Golf Pro Tour and the third year for the Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus.  The tournament will be held April 12-14, 2019, at the Disc Side of Heaven Championship Course near RidgePointe Country Club.

For more information visit JonesboroOpen.com 

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Brad Pietz

Owner Disc Side of Heaven

Tournament Director – Jonesboro Open

870-336- 0347  | discsideofheaven@gmail.com

Steven Dodge
Director – Disc Golf Pro Tour
508-736-0811 | steven@discgolfprotour.com

JONESBORO OPEN AND THE ARKANSAS PET SAVERS TEAM UP

February 3, 2109 – JONESBORO, AR – The Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus, the third stop on the 2019 Disc Golf Pro Tour, has announced a partnership with The Arkansas Pet Savers (TAPS) organization to raise funds and awareness for the charitable organization.  The mission of The Arkansas Pet Savers is to pull death row dogs about to be euthanized.  Unlike other pet rescue organizations, Pet Savers does not have a permanent facility anywhere in the state of Arkansas.   Members of the group use their own homes and resources to foster dogs until either a family adopts the dogs, or they are transported to other parts of the country that need available family pets.

Arkansas Pet Savers was established in 2014 but began expanding their footprint in 2017 and has active members and volunteers across the state.  The event coordinator, Kendra Wattelet, had this to say about the partnership, “The Arkansas Pet Savers are honored to collaborate with the 2019 Jonesboro Open. This is a fantastic event spotlighting the city of Jonesboro and will bring National, as well as, International attention to Arkansas. It is our hope that the success of this event will bring a greater awareness of homeless pets within our region.“  Wattelet continued, “Knowing that I played a part in saving so many abandoned pets is the greatest feeling in the world. It can definitely be sad and overwhelming but when I look into the eyes of a dog we have pulled from death’s door, it is 100% worth it.

I want other people to know that being involved in rescue doesn’t mean just fostering and donating, there are so many other ways to help and I invite anyone who is interested in helping to contact our page.”

Over the years TAPS has purchased a cargo van and configured it to hold over twenty kennels.  Once all options to find a local forever home have been exhausted, members will drive the van to cities like Kansas City,  St. Louis, Nashville, Palatine IL, Bellingham MA, East Hartford CT, Monticello and Minnetoka Minnesota where there are more families looking for pets than dogs to meet that demand.   Wattelet stated in 2018 there were 25 trips in the van saving 471 dogs and cats in the process. They are on pace to save over 800 pets in 2019 as the group has already made six trips saving 97 dogs and cats this year.

Tournament Director Brad Pietz says this has been a goal for the tournament from the beginning, stating, “I want the Jonesboro Open to be more than just a tournament, I want it to be an event that the entire community can rally around and grow each year.  I want the proceeds of the event to go to an organization that does a service in the community and this seems like a perfect fit.”  Pietz continued, “Many disc golfers across the county have ‘disc dogs’ that go to the course with them every time; and I would guess the vast majority are rescues.  My family adopted a rescue dog about five years ago and she goes with me as much as possible and loves going to the disc golf course!”

Members of The Arkansas Pet Savers are going to work before the tournament selling sponsorships and during the tournament as volunteers at the course.  After the tournament, a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated back to TAPS to help continue their mission.  This is the fourth season of the Disc Golf Pro Tour and the third year for the Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus.  The tournament will be held on April 12-14, 2019 at the Disc Side of Heaven Championship Course near RidgePointe Country Club.

For more information go to JonesboroOpen.com or to learn more about TAPS search for them on Facebook.

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Brad Pietz

Owner – Disc Side of Heaven

Tournament Director – Jonesboro Open

870-336-0347

discsideofheaven@gmail.com

Kendra Wattelet

Event Coordinator – The Arkansas Pet Savers

tapsrescue@yahoo.com

Buffalo Wild Wings Partners with Jonesboro Open

Jonesboro, Arkansas: The Jonesboro Open and the Jonesboro location of Buffalo Wild Wings are excited to announce a partnership for the 2019 Jonesboro Open.  Buffalo Wild Wings has agreed to be the official host of the 2019 Jonesboro Open Player’s Party.  In 2018 they were an Eagle Sponsor and were a part of the Fly Mart and hole-in-one competition.  From that moment they wanted to be more involved have now become the Naming Sponsor of the Player’s Party.

The Buffalo Wild Wings Player’s Party will take place on Friday night, April 12 beginning around 7:30.  The putting competition preliminaries will take place on the patio and the first round’s telecast of the Jonesboro Open will be replayed on several of their 64 big screen TVs.  Buffalo Wild Wings invites all professional players, amateur players and spectators that come to town to the Player’s Party.  It is open to everyone and there will be no cover charge to get in.

Tournament Director Brad Pietz says this is just one more item on the checklist of the tournament plan, “To get the local businesses to start to buy in to what we are bringing to town is very exciting.”  Pietz said.  “In 2018 we had 222 players from 33 different states and three foreign countries in town for a week.  I am very happy to see the tournament making an economic impact to the City of Jonesboro.”

Chris Reed, from the Jonesboro restaurant, had this to say regarding the partnership, “Buffalo Wild Wings strives to be the place for our community to come together to enjoy sports. Whether you are a participant or a spectator, the seasoned pro, or a child bouncing around the crowd to meet their favorite athlete.  The Jonesboro Open gives us the opportunity to be just what we were meant to be.”  Reed continued, “For the second year in a row, the tournament has let us be a sponsor of the event that brings participants and spectators together.  We are excited to be a partner and keep great sporting events coming into our community.”

If you want to watch the Jonesboro Open live on TV instead of in person at Disc Side of Heaven, Buffalo Wild Wings plans to show all live coverage of the tournament the entire weekend on several of their big screen TVs.  

This is the fourth season of the Disc Golf Pro Tour and the third year for the Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus.  The tournament will be held on April 12-14, 2019 at the Disc Side of Heaven Championship Course near RidgePointe Country Club.

For more information visit JonesboroOpen.com 

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Brad Pietz

Owner Disc Side of Heaven

Tournament Director – Jonesboro Open

870-336- 0347

discsideofheaven@gmail.com

Chris Reed

Buffalo Wild Wings

870-336-3920

Prodiscus Continues Sponsorship for Jonesboro Open

JANUARY 10, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Prodiscus Continues Sponsorship for Jonesboro Open
 

Jonesboro, Arkansas: The Jonesboro Open and Prodiscus announced on January 10 they will continue their partnership to bring elite, professional disc golf to Northeast, Arkansas. This year is the third year for the Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus and the fourth season of the Disc Golf Pro Tour. The tournament will be held on April 12-14, 2019 at the Disc Side of Heaven Championship Course near RidgePointe Country Club.
 
The Jonesboro Open was started by Tournament Director, Brad Pietz, who looked to bring an elite level disc golf tournament to the state of Arkansas. The inaugural Jonesboro Open saw 143 disc golfers travel to Jonesboro in 2017. The second year saw the field grow to 222 disc golfers from 33 states and three foreign countries.
 
“It was truly a vision come to life in 2017 as the world’s best players came to Jonesboro to play on a course that we created,” Pietz said. “Prodiscus has been with us the first two years and we are thrilled to have them on board for year three.” 
 
Prodiscus was founded in Finland by current Owner and C.E.O., Kai Vesa, and has continued to expand its growth beyond Europe and into the United States. “We are excited to continue our relationship with the Jonesboro Open for 2019. We continue to believe that this can be a premier event on tour and we are proud to be part of the continued growth of the event,” Vesa said.
 
For more information visit JonesboroOpen.com 

 
Brad Pietz
Owner Disc Side of Heaven
Tournament Director – Jonesboro Open
870-336- 0347 | discsideofheaven@gmail.com 

Steven Dodge
Director – Disc Golf Pro Tour
508-736-0811 | steven@discgolfprotour.com

2019 Sponsor Package

JONESBORO, AR:  Officials with the 2019 Jonesboro Open have released the Sponsorship Packet in preparation for the third stop of the Disc Golf Pro Tour.  In 2018 over 240 competitors from thirty-three states and three foreign countries came to northeast Arkansas to battle for the championship.  Last year’s event has nearly one million views online and was broadcast live online all three days. 

This year the Jonesboro Open will take place on April 12-14 at Disc Side of Heaven and Craighead Forest Park.  For more information on how your business can help sponsor this international event in Jonesboro please email Brad Pietz at DiscSideofHeaven@gmail.com or call 870-336-0347.

Official Lodging partner – 2019 Jonesboro Open

Event Summary:
Disc Golf Pro Tour Jonesboro Open 2019
Start Date: Monday, April 8, 2019
End Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Last Day to Book: Friday, March 15, 2019
Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Jonesboro for 99 USD per night
Book your group rate for Disc Golf Pro Tour Jonesboro 2019

March 27, 2018 Jonesboro Open Final Preparations

March 27, 2018

Jonesboro Open Final Preparations

Jonesboro, ARK- The 2018 Disc Golf Pro Tour is less than one week from pulling in to Jonesboro for the 2018 Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus.   Professional and amateur disc golfers will compete during the three day tournament on April 6 – 8.  The professionals will play three rounds on one of the longest courses on the Pro Tour located in southwest Jonesboro.

The growth from the inaugural Jonesboro Open in 2017 to this year is easily noted by looking at the number of players coming to town.  As of March 27 over 200 players are registered coming from 30 different states as well as Germany, Finland and Canada.  Brad Pietz, the Tournament Director, says that the Men’s portion of the Professional side in sure to max out at 104 participants.  “Last year we had 54 signed up on the Men’s side,” Pietz said “We set the max and our goal was to max out, and to do so is very exciting!”

Many local, national and international companies have partnered with the tournament to enhance the efforts.  Prodiscus, a disc golf manufacturer in Finland, is once again the Presenting Sponsor.  They chose Jonesboro to help get their brand more visible in the US.  Centennial Bank, Cromwell and Jonesboro Coca-Cola have all agreed to be Naming Sponsors.  East Arkansas Broadcasters, KJNB-TV, Lyon’s NEA Trophy, Artents, Jonesboro Cycle & ATV, Bennett’s Landscaping and Sunbelt Equipmenthave all donated goods and/or services to the event.  The Jonesboro A&P Commission also helps fund the tournament.

There are several ways for you to be involved in the event.  Additional sponsors are needed to help make the Jonesboro Open one of the best events on the Disc Golf Pro Tour.  Volunteers are also needed to help run the event.  Just as important is for the community to come out and watch these men and women who are the very best on the planet play.  Jonesboro should be very proud to have them here and we need to make it known we want them back.

The Jonesboro Open is held at Disc Side of Heaven disc golf course, located just north of RidgePointe Country Club.  Competition will begin at 8:30 each morning and continue all day; the leaders will tee off at 3:00 each afternoon.  Saturday and Sunday will be the most spectator friendly as there will be games, food, vendors and plenty of world class competition to watch.  To learn more about how to be a part of the Jonesboro Open, simply log on to JonesboroOpen.com or email Brad Pietz at DiscSideofHeaven@gmail.com.  Pietz can also be reached by calling 870-336-0347.

February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

Jonesboro Open Continues Preparation

Jonesboro, ARK- The 2018 Disc Golf Pro Tour is set to get underway in Scottsdale, Arizona next week and organizers in Jonesboro are preparing for the Jonesboro Open April 6-8.  Professional disc golfers will compete during the three day tournament.  They will play three rounds on one of the longest courses on the Pro Tour located in southwest Jonesboro.

After the Memorial Tournament in Arizona, the Pro Tour visits Waco, Texas before coming to northeast Arkansas.  As of February 23, the Jonesboro Open will see players compete from 29 different states, Canada, Germany and Finland.  Tournament Director Brad Pietz states that was one of his original goals, “We will host players from around the globe right here in Jonesboro.  All eyes of the disc golf world will be watching to see what type of show we can produce.”  Pietz added, “Each year other cities are trying to get these large events to their community; we are very lucky to have one here.”

Many local, national and international companies have partnered with the tournament to enhance the efforts.  Prodiscus, a disc golf manufacturer in Finland, is once again the Presenting Sponsor.  They chose Jonesboro to help get their brand more visible in the US.  Centennial Bank, Cromwell and Jonesboro Coca-Cola have all agreed to be Naming Sponsors.  East Arkansas Broadcasters, KJNB-TV, Lyon’s NEA Trophy, Artents, Jonesboro Cycle & ATV, Bennett’s Landscaping and Sunbelt Equipmenthave all donated goods and/or services to the event.  The Jonesboro A&P Commission also helps fund the tournament.

As the tournament grows, the Jonesboro Open could host as many as 250 professional and amateur players.  “We have already surpassed last year’s pro numbers and expectations are high.” Pietz said.  Many of the professional athletes will arrive days before the tournament for practice rounds prior to the first round on Friday.  There are several activities being planned for the players including a Memphis style BBQ dinner hosted by the Jonesboro Elk’s Lodge on Thursday, a Player’s Party Friday night at the Brickhouse and a glow-in-the-dark round of disc golf Saturday night.

There are several ways for you to be involved in the event.  Additional sponsors are needed to help make the Jonesboro Open one of the best events on the Disc Golf Pro Tour.  Volunteers are also needed to help run the event.  Just as important is for the community to come out and watch these men and women who are the very best on the planet play.  Jonesboro should be very proud to have them here and we need to make it known we want them back.

The Jonesboro Open is held at Disc Side of Heaven disc golf course, located just north of RidgePointe Country Club.  Competition will begin at 8:30 each morning and continue all day.  The leaders will tee off at 3:00 each afternoon.

To get involved, contact Brad Pietz at DiscSideofHeaven@gmail.com or by phone at 870-336-0347.  For more information check out JonesboroOpen.com or DGPT.com

 

Field for 2018

Field for 2018 Jonesboro Open is larger than 2017 with two months to go

Jonesboro, AR – Organizers of the 2018 Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus have announced the field for the event has already surpassed 2017 numbers with two months to go.  In 2017 the inaugural Jonesboro Open saw 54 Men’s Professional Open (MPO) and 12 Female Professional Open (FPO) disc golfers gather in Jonesboro to try and tame Disc Side of Heaven’s Championship Course.  Along with those 66 professionals, 77 amateurs also took part in the event.

Registration for the 2018 Jonesboro Open began on January 1.  From January first to February sixth, 68 pro players, 56 MPO and 12 FPO, have announced they are coming to Jonesboro for the championship.  Including in the 56 MPO are five of the current Top 10 Players in the world including defending 2-Time World Champion and Jonesboro Open Champion (tied #1) Ricky Wysocki.  Also planning to be here are  4-Time World Champion (tied #1) Paul McBeth and defending United States Disc Golf Champion (#3) Nate Sexton.  The other Top 10 players signed up as of February 6 are (#6) Chris Dickerson and (#10) Jeremy Koling.

In other exciting news the 2017 Jonesboro Open showcased players from 23 different states and two foreign countries.  So far in 2018 players from 27 states, one from Canada and four from Finland have signed up for the event.  There is potential to reach a maximum field which would be 104 MPO and 24 FPO and organizers are hoping that comes to pass.  Tournament Director Brad Pietz said, “I am very excited with the results so far but I want us to max out the field to put on the best show we can for Jonesboro.  I know of about ten-to-twelve more players that have told us they are coming and just have not signed up yet.”

The 2018 Jonesboro Open will be held on April 6, 7 & 8 at Disc Side of Heaven, located near Ridgefield Christian School.  The public is invited to come out and watch all weekend.

with two months to go

Jonesboro, AR – Organizers of the 2018 Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus have announced the field for the event has already surpassed 2017 numbers with two months to go.  In 2017 the inaugural Jonesboro Open saw 54 Men’s Professional Open (MPO) and 12 Female Professional Open (FPO) disc golfers gather in Jonesboro to try and tame Disc Side of Heaven’s Championship Course.  Along with those 66 professionals, 77 amateurs also took part in the event.

Registration for the 2018 Jonesboro Open began on January 1.  From January first to February sixth, 68 pro players, 56 MPO and 12 FPO, have announced they are coming to Jonesboro for the championship.  Including in the 56 MPO are five of the current Top 10 Players in the world including defending 2-Time World Champion and Jonesboro Open Champion (tied #1) Ricky Wysocki.  Also planning to be here are  4-Time World Champion (tied #1) Paul McBeth and defending United States Disc Golf Champion (#3) Nate Sexton.  The other Top 10 players signed up as of February 6 are (#6) Chris Dickerson and (#10) Jeremy Koling.

In other exciting news the 2017 Jonesboro Open showcased players from 23 different states and two foreign countries.  So far in 2018 players from 27 states, one from Canada and four from Finland have signed up for the event.  There is potential to reach a maximum field which would be 104 MPO and 24 FPO and organizers are hoping that comes to pass.  Tournament Director Brad Pietz said, “I am very excited with the results so far but I want us to max out the field to put on the best show we can for Jonesboro.  I know of about ten-to-twelve more players that have told us they are coming and just have not signed up yet.”

The 2018 Jonesboro Open will be held on April 6, 7 & 8 at Disc Side of Heaven, located near Ridgefield Christian School.  The public is invited to come out and watch all weekend.