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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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs portion of the Professional side in sure to max out at 104 participants.¬† ‚ÄúLast year we had 54 signed up on the Men‚Äôs side,‚ÄĚ Pietz said ‚ÄúWe set the max and our goal was to max out, and to do so is very exciting!‚ÄĚ

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, ‚ÄúWe 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.‚Ä̬† Pietz added, ‚ÄúEach year other cities are trying to get these large events to their community; we are very lucky to have one here.‚ÄĚ

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.¬† ‚ÄúWe have already surpassed last year‚Äôs pro numbers and expectations are high.‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs Lodge¬†on Thursday, a Player‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs Professional Open (MPO) and 12 Female Professional Open (FPO) disc golfers gather in Jonesboro to try and tame Disc Side of Heaven‚Äôs 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, ‚ÄúI 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.‚ÄĚ

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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs Professional Open (MPO) and 12 Female Professional Open (FPO) disc golfers gather in Jonesboro to try and tame Disc Side of Heaven‚Äôs 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, ‚ÄúI 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.‚ÄĚ

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.

Tournament History

The Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus has roughly the same history as so many other great tournaments… One guys idea to do something big!

 

 

 

I first played disc golf at the age of 12 with my dad at Shreveport’s famed Clyde Fant Parkway, the first course in the state of Louisiana.¬† From that first time, I have always taken disc golf with me through college and around the country as my career moved me from place to place.

Fast forward to 2007 when I first moved to Jonesboro.¬† We had one course and in 2007 the course was grown up and not a lot of fun to play.¬† Now that course, Craighead Forest Park has 27 holes and is in great shape thanks to the Jonesboro Disc Golf Club and we have 36 more holes at Disc Side of Heaven.¬† The Championship Course from the very beginning was designed to bring the best players in the world to Jonesboro… and in 2017 we did just that!

The Jonesboro Open is a group effort by way too many people to name here, but we have a long ways to go!  We want you to come be a part of it as a player, as a volunteer or as a spectator.  The 2017 Jonesboro Open was a huge success and 2018 is going to be bigger and better.

Come play!   Come watch!

April 6-8 2018

Spectator Info

How to Watch the Jonesboro Open (Last updated Mar 26)

The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and the Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) want fans to see the best players up close and personal.

ADMISSION 

The 2018 Jonesboro Open will be free to everyone to come out and watch.

DIRECTIONS

Disc Side of Heaven is located at 3255 Strawfloor Drive, Jonesboro AR, 72404.

IF YOU ARE COMING FROM LITTLE ROCK, do NOT follow your GPS (It will take you down a dirt road and a one-lane wooden bridge!)  Stay on Hwy 49 until you get to Parker Road (If you cross I-555 you have gone too far).  Turn Left on Parker Road and allow your GPS to take you from there.

PARKING INFO

There is limited parking at Disc Side of Heaven, we encourage everyone to carpool as much as possible.

All three days you will be able to park at Sloan Lake Estates.  Sloan Lake Estates is a relativity new subdivision.  There are two cul-de-sacs close to Disc Side of Heaven that have no homes built.  You can park there and follow the red/pink flags to the course.

Also for all three days there is overflow parking located near Hole #4 basket.  Follow Strawfloor Drive around to the South and the gate will be on your right.

On Saturday and Sunday, you will be able to park at Ridgefield Christian School –¬†3824 Casey Springs Rd, Jonesboro, AR 72404 – and walk up the hill to Disc Side of Heaven.

INFORMATION

As soon as you get on site, stop by the Coca-Cola Volunteer Tent to pick up a DGPT Program and that days Tee Times.  Inside the Program will be a map of the course showing the best places to watch.  The tent will be located as soon as you walk in the Main Gate.  If you park at Hole #4 some programs will be there, but all vendors are located at Main Gate.

CONCESSIONS

There will be food and beverages for purchase on-site on Saturday and Sunday.  CASH ONLY Menu is as follows:

Saturday Lunch:  Smoked Wings and Chips $8 or Brats & Chips $4

Saturday Dinner: Award winning Memphis style Ribs, Slaw, Potato Salad $8 or Hubcap Sandwich (Smoked Bologna) and Chips $4

Sunday Lunch: Pulled Pork Sandwich & Chips $4; Pulled Pork Nachos $6 or Ribs, Slaw, Potato Salad $8

20oz Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Water, Powerade $2

SCHEDULE

There are several events that non-players are encouraged and invited to take part in.  See the entire Event Schedule by clicking here:  Schedule

TERRAIN

Disc Side of Heaven is located on an active Hay Field. ¬†It is extremely hilly and rough. ¬†Please come prepared with good, closed toe shoes. ¬†Be aware of your surroundings as all of Mother Nature’s creatures will be stirring by early April. ¬†There is some shade on the course, but other areas where there is none. ¬†Please consider sunscreen and insect repellent. ¬†Regular baby strollers with small wheels are not recommended. ¬†Jogging strollers with large wheels work much better.

WHAT CAN YOU BRING IN

Chairs, coolers, food & beverages are all allowed in. ¬†BUT PLEASE help us by keeping your trash to a minimum and if at possible take it with you. ¬†As the hiking motto goes… ‘Pack it in. ¬†Pack it out.’

SPECTATOR ETIQUETTE

  • Live Action: ¬†When the players are preparing to throw, please be quiet, and if you are in their line of sight, be as still as possible.
  • Cell Phones: ¬†Please have them off or silenced while you are on the course.
  • OB Disc: ¬†DO NOT touch or pick up a disc you believe to be Out of Bounds. ¬†Let the players pick it up.
  • Autographs: ¬†Please do not ask for autographs during the round. ¬†Please ask after the round or before the round, if they are not preparing or warming up and it is socially appropriate.

Area Accommodations

Area Accommodations for the 2018 Jonesboro Open

Craighead Forest Park has 26 RV spots and tent sites.  It is roughly a 12-15 minute drive from the park to Disc Side of Heaven.  This is the same park that the AMs will play one round during the tournament.  Pros, there are 27 holes located at the park so you can warm up here before heading to Disc Side of Heaven.

Unfortunately they do not take reservations.  The best you can do is call the day before you get there and pay for that night through the end of the weekend.   For more info on campground click here:  Craighead Forest Park

There are two other RV parks in town.  Perkins RV Park located at 1821 E Parker Rd, Jonesboro, AR 72404: (870) 935-4152.   Jonesboro RV Park located at 4100 Hwy 349, Jonesboro, AR 72404: (870) 926-2439.  Perkins is located in town and Jonesboro RV Park is located outside of city.  Both are smaller, but appear to be nice.

Hotels:¬† You can get a King Suite for $99 or a Double Queen Suite for $109 at Comfort Suites.¬† This discounted rate still covers all of the many hotel amenities including an All-American Hot Breakfast featuring “Our ever popular made-to-order omelettes.”¬† (The breakfast is really good!)

To receive the discount call 870-336-2280 and tell them you are coming for the Jonesboro Open Disc Golf Tournament.  Address is 3404 Access Road, Jonesboro 72401.

 

Event Schedule

Event Schedule for 2018 Jonesboro Open (as of Jan 26, 2018)

Mon, Apr 2: Open Practice for MPO & FPO players on Champ Course

Tue, Apr 3: Open Practice for MPO & FPO players on Champ Course

Wed, Apr 4: Open Practice for MPO & FPO players on Champ Course

Thur, Apr 5: 8:00 am Eagles Wings Chapel Service lead by Joel Freeman – Player’s Tent

8:30 am to 2:00 pm Open Practice for MPO & FPO players on Champ Course.   AM Players may play the Champ Course at this time for a $10 Greens Fee, pay at the Coca-Cola Volunteer Tent.

5:00 PM Р6:00 PM  at DSoH:  Media Hour

5:00 PM at DSoH:  Kids Disc Golf РMeet the Pros

5:30 PM at DSoH: Ice Cream Social

7:00 PM at Jonesboro Elks Lodge: MPO & FPO and Sponsors BBQ Dinner.  Games and beverages after.

8:00 PM at DSoH: Festival of the Flying Discs Bracket Tournament begins

Fri, Apr 6:   8:10 am to 3:00 pm FPO and MPO Tee Times

AMs Pool A: 9:00 am Shotgun at Disc Side of Heaven Rec Course

AMs Pool B: 1:00 pm Shotgun at Disc Side of Heaven Rec Course

7:30 pm – ??? ¬†Player’s Party at The¬†Brickhouse 218 S. Main Street Downtown Jonesboro – everyone invited.¬† Putting Competition Prelims – open to everyone

Sat, Apr 7:  8:10 am to 3:00 pm FPO and MPO Tee Times

AMs Pool A: 9:00 am Shotgun at Craighead Forest Park

AMs Pool B: 9:00 am Shotgun at Disc Side of Heaven Rec Course

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at DSoH: Fly Mart

7:30 pm at DSoH: Bring Your Own Partner NiteIze event

7:30 pm at DSoH: Putting Competition Finals

7:30 pm at DSoH: Prodiscus CTP for Cash (All AMs)

7:30 pm at DSoH: Festival of the Flying Discs

Sun, Apr 8: 8:10 am to 3:00 pm FPO and MPO Tee Times

AMs Pool A: 9:00 am Shotgun at Disc Side of Heaven Rec Course

AMs Pool B:  9:00 am Shotgun at Craighead Forest Park

12:00 pm at DSoH: Awards for AMs

6:00 pm at DSoH: Awards for FPO and MPO

Registration

Jonesboro Open 2018 Event Registration

To register as MPO or FPO for the Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus click here:  PRO SIDE

To see who is playing on the PRO SIDE, click here:  PLAYERS

ALL AMs register for the Dynamic Discs Jonesboro Open Am Side click here:  AM SIDE     AM side is Trophy only and each player that signs up will receive:

  1. Dynamic Discs Trooper Bag
  2. A Whale Sac
  3. Premium plastic TFR custom stamped disc
  4. Premium plastic custom stamped disc
  5. Tournament T-shirt
  6. MORE ITEMS ANNOUNCED SOON!