Meresmaa had this to say, “We are excited to start this multi-year partnership of the Match Play Championship with Disc Golf Pro Tour. Discmania has been waiting for the right opportunity to enter into the US event scene and this is the perfect opportunity."
Disc Golf Pro Tour Match Play Championship
The Disc Golf Pro Tour is comprised of 13 PDGA Elite Series events which will lead up to the Match Play Championships in September. This is a new format, a new event, and a new venue for the Pro Tour. Match play is an incredibly exciting format and it is one that has a rich history in one on one competition. Qualification for the inaugural event will be based solely on the DGPT standings with the top 16 men and the top 8 female professionals receiving invitations based on the DGPT standings after the Idlewild Open. Any spot that is not filled after the initial invitations will be offered to the next player up in the standings. The field may expand in 2022 to include more players.
Creating true championship aura is important for the DGPT and Discmania, and the purse is projected to include a minimum of $20,000 added cash for the field of 24. "The DGPT has considered a Match Play Championship before but the partnership with Discmania and the Steel Club is precisely what was needed to turn the dream into a reality." said Jeff Spring, DGPT CEO & Director. "We're thrilled to be a part of Discmania's splash into the US event scene."
Steel Club was founded in 1934 by the Bethlehem Steel Company to foster competitive sports and social interaction. As the club gained additional property, they hired world renowned course architect Donald Ross to design an 18 hole golf facility on the grounds. The par 71 professional course was opened in 1948. Under new ownership and direction in 2018, Steel Club hired Steve Braud to establish disc golf as an alternative revenue stream and recreational opportunity. Steel Club offers a free dining and disc golf membership, understanding that community involvement in their new business model is of the utmost importance. Braud is an employee of Discmania in the sales department, as well as a DiscGolfPark course designer. Braud is no stranger to world class golf courses, having been on staff at Merion Golf Club for the 2009 Walker Cup and the 2013 US Open Championship. “We are looking forward to hosting the DGPT Matchplay Championship at Steel Club. The sport of disc golf is growing exponentially and we are excited to be a part of that growth”, Grace Spirk, General Manager, Steel Club.
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