As some of you may know, many of us here at Discmania are also heavily involved in organizing the European Open disc golf tournament. This year marks the 5th time the European Open will be organized and the city of Nokia in Southern Finland will once again serve as the hosting city. Widely considered to be the most prestigious disc golf event of the old continent, the European Open was the first PDGA Major event in Europe and continues to be the longest running Major in the European Disc Golf scene.
The European Open Experience
This year European Open Experience consists of 3 different events, all taking place within a 10-day period in July. These events are The European Open Preliminary, Disc Golf President’s Cup and The European Open itself. Between the 3 events there’s 50,000 USD cash prizes to be dealt out to those who drop the best scores in these events. You can find more information about the European Open Experience from this article at the European Open website. We here at Discmania being an integral part of the tournament itself, we can assure you that this is an experience you do not want to miss.
We wish to see many of you at Nokia this July. This will be a Disc Golf event of the highest level and we cordially invite everyone reading this blog to take part in the experience. No matter whether your a Pro level player or just interested in in the sport as a spectator, this event has a lot to offer.
20th of July marks the date of the “homecoming” of the most prestigious team event in the history of Disc Golf, The Presidents Cup. This Ryder Cup -styled intercontinental match play event was founded by Discmania CEO Jussi Meresmaa in 2006 and this year it’s back in European soil after being held a day before USDGC last year. Once again the event will feature top pro’s from both sides of the pond formed together as two teams: Team USA and Team Europe. Historically Team USA has been victorious in these events and this year the predictions are on U.S. side once again, thanks to their star-studded line up of the top players of our beloved sport.
Discmania CEO and TD of the Presidents Cup, Jussi Meresmaa
Discmania is also heavily invested in the event, as Jussi Meresmaa is the TD of the Presidents Cup and the Discmania staff have been working hard on both the Cup and the European Open that will follow Wednesdays event. Team Discmania is also well represented as both Team USA and Team Europe have Discmania Team members. Fighting for the old continent are Finns Anne Matilainen and Seppo Paju, who is also the reigning World Champ in Juniors U16 division. Discmania is represented in Team USA by USDGC Champ Will Schusterick. See the complete team line-ups below:
The scores of the Cup will be updated live as-they-happen to the opendiscgolf.com -website and stories and photos will be available in the European Open blog and beyond. Also the European Open -facebook page is something we recommend to follow for updates and latest news. After the Cup, our friends at DiscGolfPlanet.tv will be running a feature broadcast simultaneously from both sides of the pond with interviews and more so if you are not able to be at Nokia in person you might as well take a good position in that internet chair of yours ’cause on Wednesday the 20th of July Disc Golf will be what’s happening in the good old intertubes!
Here a list sites you might want to keep an eye on:
Oh, and by the way, if you’re into sports betting, why not put some money behind your favorite guy in the EO since it’s now listed at Unibet(!). At least to our knowledge betting for disc golf has never been possible before at a Major sports betting organization!