The Choice of Champions #1 in Disc Golf, AKA Frisbee Golf, INNOVA patented the bevel edged disc that has driven Disc Golf forward. In 1983 Dave Dunipace created the World's first Disc Golf Disc designed specifically for the sport of Disc Golf. Our continuing design innovations and product improvements keep INNOVA number one in Disc Golf. INNOVA is the brand used exclusively by 12-Time World Champion Ken Climo. http://www.innovadiscs.com/home.html Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:16:35 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Come Join Us at the 2015 PDGA Pro World Championships! http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/687-come-join-us-at-the-2015-pdga-pro-world-championships.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/687-come-join-us-at-the-2015-pdga-pro-world-championships.html 07.30.15

If you are within striking distance of the Pittsburgh area next week, please consider stopping by the 2015 PDGA World Championships. Innova will be in town all week to enjoy the competition and festivities. It is sure to be an exciting and fun-filled week!

Pro World Championships Events:

What: Fly Mart and Instructional Clinics + Regatta at Lake Arthur
When: Sunday, August 2nd / 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Moraine State Park, 225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville, PA 16061
Details: Innova will have a booth inside the Fly Mart tent featuring a variety of retail and promotional items. Paul McBeth and Nate Sexton will perform an instructional clinic from 3:00pm-4:00pm. A short autograph session will follow. All disc golf activity will take place in conjunction with the 17th annual Regatta at Lake Arthur. Thousands of visitors will enjoy food, family, and fun, as well as a variety of events including the Paddle Duck Racer World Championship and the Pennsylvania Standup Paddleboard Championship. There is no admission or parking fees, and many Regatta events are free.
Directions: Take Exit 99 off of I-79 and follow signs into Moraine State Park.
What: 2015 Pro Worlds Finals
When: Saturday, August 8th / Rounds begin at 8:00am
Where: Slippery Rock University, 1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Details: World Championship events feature an abundance of divisions for both men and women. The finals will begin early with the older age groups such as Legends, Grandmasters, and Masters. The final rounds for Open and Open Women are projected to start by early afternoon.
Directions: Exit 105 on I-79. Left on Rt 108 (Harlansburg-New Castle Road). 3.5 miles, then Right on South Main Street in Slippery Rock. Go .5 miles, then Left on Keister Rd. Travel .5 miles, then turn Left at East Lake and into parking lot near Critchfield Baseball Stadium

If you are unable to attend the event be sure to tune into Disc Golf Planet for live video coverage throughout the week. DGP.tv also plans to feature live, disc golf industry workshops to discuss the game’s most important and intriguing issues.

Helpful Links

Official PDGA Pro Worlds Championships Web Site
PDGA Worlds Information and Coverage
Competition Schedule
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Anthony Barela and Kaylee Campbell Capture World Championship Titles http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/686-anthony-barela-and-kaylee-campbell-capture-world-championship-titles.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/686-anthony-barela-and-kaylee-campbell-capture-world-championship-titles.html 07.27.15

What an amazing week at the 2015 PDGA Am Worlds and Junior Championships in Kalamazoo, MI. Congratulations to all of the tournament competitors who traveled from around the world, as well as the tournament staff and countless volunteers who made the event a success.

Team Innova was well represented in six different divisions at Am Worlds. Here's a breakdown of how everyone finished in their respective divisions:

Men’s Advanced
Anthony Barela 1st
Izak McDonald 2nd
Gavin Rathbun 4th
Boys U19
Nick Duran 6th
Girls U19
Kaylee Campbell 1st
Alexis Mandujano 2nd
Boys U16
Randon Latta 6th
Jason Butina 7th
Raymond Hernandez 9th
Joel Maury-Holmes 18th
Girls U16
Madison Rogers 4th
Lacey Brugler 5th
Michelle Nava 6th
Boys U13
Jacob Courtis 2nd
Pryce Bevins 7th

Exciting battles were taking place everywhere, but none more so than the one between Anthony Barela and Izak McDonald. These two had already put on a fireworks show in June at the US Amateur, where Barela (age 15) became the youngest player in history to capture the amateur crown. McDonald (age 14) finished a close second to Barela, and therefore came into Am Worlds even more determined to capture the win.

Photos courtesy of Max Poole

Anthony and Izak moved to the top of the leader board and it quickly became clear that they would be tough to catch. Both players held the lead numerous times, only to find themselves tied heading into the showcase Final 9. Gavin Rathbun also clawed his way into the finals, along with North Carolinian, Mark Huether. All four played well down the stretch, however it was Barela and McDonald who stole the show once again.

The lead continued to change hands throughout the finals as the pair launched jaw-dropping tee shots and drained clutch putts, including a 60-footer by McDonald for an eagle on Hole 7 which gave him a one shot lead. Both players carded birdies on Hole 8 and arrived at the final hole with Izak still up one. The group had to wait atop Hole 9 for about 10 minutes while the group ahead of them putted out, adding to the intensity of the moment. Izak had honors and proceeded to rip his drive down the 810’ final hole, but it flipped over and drifted way right, finding OB. This opened the door for Barela who marched right on through, sticking his drive within about 20 feet of the pin and a look at eagle. Barela’s eagle putt lipped out but birdie would be plenty to earn “AB” the first world title of his promising career.

Photos courtesy of Max Poole

Izak was devastated to have come but one errant tee shot from getting the win himself. To his credit, he gathered himself prior to the award ceremony and delivered a speech that rivaled the quality of his performance on the course. Both players acknowledged each others outstanding play, hoisted their trophies, and demonstrated class and composure well beyond their years.

Kaylee Campbell was also able to hold off serious competition among the Junior Girls U19. She fought her way to a 7-shot win over teammate Alexis Mandujano and a host of other talented young ladies, to capture her first world title as well. Jacob “Cupcake” Courtis lead the charge in Boys U13. Jacob was unable to catch Sweden’s Adrian Werme for the win, but he did knock down a second place finish, as well as a DQ Blizzard right before the finals began.

With Am Worlds behind us, we now all turn our attention to the PDGA Professional World Championships, which begin August 4th in Pittsburgh, PA. Many eyes will undoubtedly be on Paul McBeth as he looks to win his 4th consecutive world title, and his 4th Major of the 2015 season. We wish everyone headed that way safe travels and good luck, and look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!

Other top team performances include:

Juliana Korver - World Overall Disc Golf Championships, 1st Open Women
Tita Ugalde - World Overall Disc Golf Championships, 3rd Open Women
Steve Boylan - Central Illinois Disc Golf Championship, 1st Masters
Hannah Leatherman - Delaware Disc Golf Challenge, 2nd Open Women
Mike Moser - Delaware Disc Golf Challenge, 3rd Open
Andrew Fish and Devin Frederick - Delaware Disc Golf Challenge, T-5th Open
Bob Cannon - Delaware Disc Golf Challenge, 4th Masters
Justin McLuen - Pro Flight Open, 1st Masters
Chris Sprague - Pro Flight Open, 2nd Masters

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Paul McBeth Does It Again: European Open Champion http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/685-paul-mcbeth-does-it-again-european-open-champion.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/685-paul-mcbeth-does-it-again-european-open-champion.html 07.20.15

Paul McBeth continues to show us why he is the best in the world. The past two weeks, he proved it in Europe in a big way. Yesterday he defended his title at the European Open against a hard pressing Ricky Wysocki. The European Open is in a class of its own, with over 10,000 spectators, live wrap-up shows, and the final holes broadcast live on Finnish national TV.

Paul carved the course up on Thursday and Friday, giving him a 6-stroke lead over Karl Johan Nybo in second. During the round on Saturday, Paul slipped, injuring his back. Paul lost a bit of his lead to Ricky Wysocki, but still held on to a three stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round. The final round was another epic battle between the top two players in the sport with Ricky tying it up with just 4 holes to play. However, just two holes later, on Hole 16, Ricky was unable to land his approach shots on the island green. He finally made the island green on the fourth attempt, but it cost him three crucial strokes. With only 2 holes to go, Paul only needed to par out for his third PDGA Major win in 2015.

Also finishing strong was Karl Johan Nybo, who was on the lead card most of the tournament, finishing in 5th place. Drew Gibson had his best finish at a Major, landing in 10th. Valarie Jenkins settled into third place in the Open Womens division early and held that spot all the way to the podium.

Presidents Cup

Following last week’s win at the Scandinavian Open, Paul and the rest of the American team battled the best of Europe in the President’s Cup. Paul and the rest of the American Team won their 7th consecutive President’s Cup. With tons of spectators on the course (estimated at 2500), Paul and the American Team held onto the title with a win of 29.5 to 22.5 points (Match play). It was a great start to the week!

2015 PDGA Am and Junior World Championships

Paul McBeth and Nate Sexton will be leaving Europe and heading to the PDGA Am and Junior Worlds in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Paul will be coaching and accompanying the INNOVA Junior Team Members during their rounds at Am Worlds. INNOVA team members Jay and Des Reading are also in Kalamazoo this week running the EDGE Skillshot Event and hosting instructional clinics for the players. Kevin McCoy will also be volunteering at Am Worlds as a PDGA Marshal. After the week at Am Worlds, these team members will be traveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to begin practice for the 2015 PDGA Pro World Championships. Best of luck to all the players this week in Kalamazoo.

Notice: If you want to meet Paul McBeth and the team, get some autographs, and maybe pick up some apparel, visit the Innova booth at the Am Worlds Flymart. The Flymart is held Wednesday night, the 22nd of July at Timber Ridge Ski Area in St, Gobles, MI.
Paul will be there, along with members of the Innova Junior Team, Nathan Sexton, Madison Anne Walker, and Jonathan Poole, TD for the US Disc Golf Championship.

All photos provided by European Open, copyright 2015.

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Team USA, 7-time Presidents Cup Champions http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/684-team-usa-7-time-presidents-cup-champions.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/684-team-usa-7-time-presidents-cup-champions.html 07.15.15

Team USA retained the Presidents Cup in Nokia, Finland today, winning by a score of 29.5 to 22.5 over Team Europe. This match play event is an ideal prelude to tomorrow’s opening rounds of the European Open, the season’s 3rd PDGA Major Championship. An impressive gallery was on hand at The Beast, one of the most famous and prestigious disc golf courses in the world.

Fans were treated to spectacular play by both teams as players attempted to “tame the Beast” under ideal scoring conditions. For complete coverage of todays action and the European Open be sure to subscribe to the SpinTV’s youtube channel, which will be releasing a live broadcast summarizing the day’s events. The "Insider Show" will feature live studio interviews with the players, news from the course and high-definition footage from the event. Take a step inside the ropes from Wednesday to Sunday!

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Paul McBeth Wins the Scandinavian Open http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/683-paul-mcbeth-wins-the-scandinavian-open.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/683-paul-mcbeth-wins-the-scandinavian-open.html 07.13.15

Congratulations to Paul McBeth on an incredible performance at the Scandinavian Open. His round of 52 (PDGA Round Rating: 1086) consisted of fifteen birdies and three pars, and propelled him to a 6-throw lead. If there was any hope of catching Paul in the final round it probably faded quickly for those behind him.

McBeth came out firing once again and was -7 through the first nine holes. He finished the final round at -11 and captured his second PDGA Major of the season. Valarie Jenkins lead the way for Team Innova on the women’s side. Val would finish at +20 for the event, good enough to secure her a solid, 3rd place finish.

The season's next Major begins on Thursday at the highly anticipated, European Open. Paul McBeth is the defending European Open Champion having won the biennial event back in 2013. The European Open is sure to be an exciting preview of what to expect at the PDGA Professional World Championships in August. There are a variety of ways to follow the EO this year, so be sure to visit the “How to Follow” section of the event’s official tournament web site.

This Wednesday be sure to tune into coverage of the Presidents Cup, a team-based event between Team USA and Team Europe. Team USA has won all six of the previous President Cup events, however this year stands to be the most competitive to date. Here is a look at this year’s rosters:

Team USA: Eric McCabe (Captain), Paige Pierce, Catrina Allen, Paul McBeth, Nathan Doss, David Feldberg, Paul Ulibarri, Ricky Wysocki, Will Schusterick, and Steve Rico on reserve

Team Europe: Derek Robins (Captain), Camilla Grunden, Natalie Hollokoi, Karl Johan Nybo, Simon Lizotte, Pasi Koivu, Jalle Stoor, Seppo Paju, Juho Parviainen, and Henrik Johansen on reserve.

We wish both Presidents Cup teams, as well as all competitors in the 2015 European Open the very best of success throughout the week!

Other notable team finishes this past weekend include:

Steve Boylan, Silver Cup - 1st Place Masters
Jay Reading, Silver Cup - 2nd Place Open
Izak McDonald, Silver Cup - 13th Place Open (Junior Team!)
Holly Finley, Silver Cup - 2nd Place Open Women
Des Reading, Silver Cup - 4th Place Open Women
Brian Schweberger, Sandhills Hybrid Invitational - 1st Place Masters
Alan Beaver, Sandhills Hybrid Invitational - 1st Place Grand Masters (Career win #200!)
Andrew Fish, Sandhills Hybrid Invitational - 2nd Place Open
Debbie Scott, Sandhills Hybrid Invitational - 2nd Place Open Women
Calvin Heimburg, Daytona Open - 1st Place Open
Chris Becker, Columbia Redviviva Open - 2nd Place Open

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Maple Hill Open 2015 http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/682-maple-hill-open-2015.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/682-maple-hill-open-2015.html 06.29.15

Soggy. Windy. Chilly. Not the most favorable of tournament conditions, however that is what competitors faced for Sunday’s final round at the Maple Hill Open. Paul McBeth had held the lead through the first three rounds but then struggled down the home stretch. One of those who passed McBeth was teammate Gregg Barsby.

Photos courtesy of pdga.com

Gregg fired the hottest final round score (55) which vaulted him into a two-man race with Ricky Wysocki. Ricky pulled ahead to win by 3 but Gregg notched his best NT finish so far this year. McBeth wound up in the 3rd spot, which was his lowest NT finish of the season.

Photos courtesy of pdga.com

Team Innova members finishing in the top ten were Joe Rovere (6th), Nate Sexton (T-7th), and David Wiggins Jr. (9th). Jessica Weese and Valarie Jenkins lead the way in Open Women. The two would eventually tie for 3rd place. Teammates joining them in the top ten were Des Reading (7th), Sarah Cunningham and Hannah Leatherman (T-8th), and Madison Walker (10th).

Photos courtesy of pdga.com

Many of these players now travel to Sweden for the season’s next PDGA Major, the Scandinavian Open. Then the very next week, Team Europe and Team USA square off in the President’s Cup, a match play event that precedes the European Open in Nokia, Finland. Almost immediately after the EO, competitors travel back to the US for the 2015 PDGA Pro World Championships in Pittsburgh. Three Majors in three countries, just in the next 40 days. Be sure to check out pdga.com for complete coverage and we will see you on the course!

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Team Sweep at the Kansas City Wide Open http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/681-team-sweep-at-the-kansas-city-wide-open.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/681-team-sweep-at-the-kansas-city-wide-open.html 06.22.15

Team Innova continues to gain momentum heading into the heart of the tournament season. This past weekend was another good showing, particularly at the 33rd Kansas City Wide Open. Paul McBeth was dominant once again in Open, successfully holding off the young Discmania phenom, Eagle Wynne McMahon. Gregg Barsby was also solid locking down the third spot.

Jennifer Allen lead wire-to-wire and captured the Open Women’s division. And putting the icing on cake were George Smith who won Masters, and Duane CD Steiner who won Grandmasters. Congratulations to everyone who was in Kansas City for a team sweep of all professional divisions.

Photos courtesy of kcwideopen.com

Everyone will now turn their attention to the next PDGA National Tour event, the Maple Hill Open which kicks off this Thursday. Be sure to tune into the PDGA website and PDGA Live for complete tournament coverage. This will give fans one last chance to see who has their games dialed in before the summer series of Majors; the Scandinavian Open, European Open, and Pro World Championships.

Watch the Final 9 here

Other top performances from this weekend:

Jessica Weese – King of the Lake 2015, 1st Place Open Women
Jim Oates – King of the Lake 2015, 1st Place Grandmasters
Melodie Bailey – Wheat City Throwdown, 1st Place Open Women
Steve Loyd – Wheat City Throwdown, 1st Place Masters
Adam Hunt – Long Island Open, 1st Place Open
Joe Rotan – Abilene DGA’s Wild Hair – 1st Place Masters

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McBeth Takes Beaver State Fling in Sudden Death! http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/680-mcbeth-takes-beaver-state-fling-in-sudden-death.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/680-mcbeth-takes-beaver-state-fling-in-sudden-death.html 06.15.15

Estacada, OR – Paul McBeth needed extra holes to get it done yesterday but ultimately found a way to capture his third PDGA National Tour win of the season. McBeth found himself in relatively unusual territory at the Beaver State Fling; for Sunday’s final round Paul was not on the lead card. McBeth instead, was four shots back of 2014 United States Champion, Will Schusterick with 18 holes to play.

Schusterick put down a strong final round but McBeth carded back-to-back eagles on Holes 9 and 10 to get within one shot of the lead. The pressure was cranked up immediately and the gallery was pumped for the home stretch. Will extended his lead back to two shots on Hole 14 but gave one right back on Hole 15. Then a costly bogey on Hole 17 left them deadlocked with one hole remaining.

Paul and Will are both former Beaver State Fling Champions. McBeth captured the title in 2011 but would follow that up with a 28th place finish in 2012 and a 15th place finish in 2013. Paul rebounded in 2014 winning his third consecutive World Championship title on these very same courses. Schusterick on the other hand, was the 2013 BSF Champion and had not finished lower than 4th at this event. After both players parred the 72nd hole this time around, the pair remained in a tie and the playoff stage was set.

Both players needed clutch putts to birdie the opening two playoff holes. Both of them delivered and it was on to Hole 3. At this point in the match even the slightest mistake would make the difference. Schusterick’s drive came up short, leaving him with a difficult birdie attempt which he failed to convert. McBeth’s drive landed outside the circle long, but still in good position for birdie. Will could only watch and hope for another chance. Known for his excellent putting, particularly when the stakes are high, McBeth drilled the 30+ footer for the win and yet another legendary performance.

Jessica Weese picked up her first career NT win in Open Women. Jessica and Valarie Jenkins were tied for the lead after impressive opening rounds of 61. Jessica outpaced Val in round two to take a four shot lead. Val responded in round three by picking up all four of those shots, leaving them tied once again heading into the final round. Jessica had a steady round that included 2 birdies and 2 pars, which was enough to take down the win by one.

Patrick Brown continued his stellar play in Masters and clawed his way into a playoff of his own. Patrick came up short however, losing in sudden death to the Colorado veteran, Scott Stokely. Jim Oates continued his Oregon dominance with a repeat win in Grandmasters. Oates won the Grandmasters World Championship title in 2014, and was the Beaver State Fling Champion in 2012 and 2013. Other top team performances at the BSF were Nathan Sexton (7th Place MPO), Drew Gibson and Kyle Crabtree (T-10th Place MPO), and Jennifer Allen (5th Place FPO).

Other top performances from this weekend:

Calvin Heimburg - Tallahassee Open, 1st Place Open
Espen Møkkelgjerd - Sula Open, 1st Place Open
Barry Schultz - Zebulon Cha’Ching and Zing, 1st Place Open
Steve Boylan - Plastic Addicts Frenzy and Three Rivers Open, 1st Place Masters at both
Kealan Dunne - Maple Hill Am Side, 1st Place Men’s Advanced

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Anthony Barela Wins 2015 US Amateur, Youngest in History http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/679-anthony-barela-wins-2015-us-amateur-youngest-in-history.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/679-anthony-barela-wins-2015-us-amateur-youngest-in-history.html 06.08.15

Congratulations to Innova Junior Team member, Anthony Barela, on his record-breaking performance at the 2015 United States Amateur Championship. Barela won the event with a score of -22, which was lowest in tournament history. Anthony is also just 15-years old, making him the youngest player to ever hold the US Amateur crown.

“I was a little nervous going into the event because I wanted to win so badly”, Anthony said after the tournament. “I finished tied for 38th here last year. This time I just refused to lose”, added Barela. Anthony credits his Destroyers for the distance he needed off the tee on the long courses. He also used Discmania’s P2 Psycho for upshots, which really was about all he needed. “I carry the Roc3 for my mid-range, but I didn’t need them much this weekend”, said Barela.

Anthony’s father, Jason, was a glowing and proud papa. “It was an awesome and amazing experience”, Jason said. “There were moments when I had to turn away because it was just too much. The putts he knocked down… I couldn’t believe it.” Jason has pushed Anthony on the baseball field, however disc golf has come naturally to Anthony. “He plays baseball for the high school and they practice all the time. I have pushed him in that but he has picked up disc golf on his own. He started coming out and playing with us and got real good, real quick”, Jason said.

Barela and teammate Matt Kashima sat atop the tournament leader board all weekend, pushing each other hard into the final round. Barela held a one shot lead going into Sunday’s final round and proceeded to calmly shoot 55, tying two other players for the hottest final round score. This would be enough to pull ahead of the pack and secure a five shot win.

Anthony can probably expect to see a boost in his PDGA player rating in the near future. He is currently rated 990, but his weekend round ratings of 1030, 1011, and 1016 average out to 1019, a full 29 points higher than his rating. That kind of consistency is what it takes to excel in the professional ranks, which Barela clearly has in his sights.

Team Innova was also well represented at six different A-tier events during the weekend. Nathan Sexton picked up his first A-tier win of the season and the sixth of his career, at the Ft. Steilacoom Open in Lakewood, Washington. Nate trailed leader Ricky Wysocki by two going into the final hole. Nate put his drive about 45 feet short with a chance to make birdie.

Wysocki was the last to tee and grip-locked his drive, yanking it right and missing a mandatory. He then had to re-tee. Wysocki’s second attempt flipped over and landed out-of-bounds, opening the door wide open for Nate to march through. No longer needing a birdie to win, Nate pitched his upshot under the pin for an easy tap in three, and a one shot win over Wysocki and Dave Feldberg.

Patrick Brown was also victorious in Washington grabbing the win in Masters. Brown is hoping his season’s hot streak will continue this weekend at the Beaver State Fling, the next stop on the PDGA National Tour.

Joe Rovere and Tom Carrillo pulled off an Open/Masters sweep of their own in Colorado. Joe took home the top Open spot at the High Plains Challenge, successfully defending his title from 2014. Carrillo fell one throw short of winning the 2014 High Plains Masters title so the win was extra sweet for him as well.

Pasi Koivu lead the charge across the pond at the Grip EQ – Tour Kaatis in Finland. Pasi came from behind in the final round to win against a very strong field. His final round of 57 was five shots better than the next best score, and vaulted him into the tournament’s top spot.

Other top performances from this weekend:

Matt Kashima – United States Amateur Championship, 2nd Place Men’s Advanced
Christian Dietrich – Zoo Town Open, 2nd Place Open
Jessica Weese – Zoo Town Open, 2nd Place Open Women
Des Reading – 16th Nacogdoches Open, 1st Place Open Women
Casey Wright – 16th Nacogdoches Open, 2nd Place Open
Debbie Scott – Wilkesboro Wide Open, 1st Place Open Women
Steve Brinster – Tinicum Open, 1st Place Open
Barry Schultz – Big Valley Challenge, 1st Place Open
Brian McRee – Big Valley Open, 1st Place Masters
Philo Brathwaite – Canon Ball Run, 1st Place Open
Chris Brophy – Canon Ball Run, 1st Place Masters
Erica Johnson – Dragan Disc Golf Classic, 1st Place Open Women
Kevin McCoy – The Ham & The Hog, 1st Place Open
Steve Boylan – LIS: SOHO Open, 1st Place Masters
Karina Nowels – Riverpark Open, 1st Place Open Women
Lacey Brugler – 2015 Disc Girls Gone Wild, 1st Place Girls U16

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McBeth Rolls in Oklahoma http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/678-mcbeth-rolls-in-oklahoma.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/678-mcbeth-rolls-in-oklahoma.html 06.01.15

Congratulations to all of our team members in action this past weekend. Paul McBeth stayed close to home and competed in the 37th Annual Norman Pro/Am in Norman, OK. Paul opened the tournament with consecutive rounds of 45 to take a commanding lead on day one.

McBeth backed that up with solid golf on Sunday as well, rolling to a 9-shot win. Nate Sexton finished in second. In Open Women it was Jennifer Allen who put on the dominant performance. Jennifer was down 1 heading into Sunday and then lit it up with back-to-back rounds of 62. She would go on to an even larger margin of victory, winning by 11.

Team Innova also had a strong showing in Portland at the Rose City Open. Kyle Crabtree (Open), Melodie Bailey (Open Women), and Junior Team member Madison Rogers (Rec Women) all took home top honors in their respective divisions. For Kyle is was his second straight win at this event, which always boasts a pretty stout field. Dustin Keegan finished in a tie for 3rd in the Open, and Lacey Brugler finished right behind Madison nabbing 2nd place.

Jessica Weese (Open Women) and Jim Oates (Grandmasters) were victorious at the 2015 Turtle Rock Pro/Am in Markeeville, CA. Jessica successfully defended her title as Turtle Rock Champion. She was the event’s winner in 2014 as well.

Finally, we would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the 2015 Am World Doubles Championship. Everyone had a great time in Texas despite soggy and challenging conditions for most of the weekend. Kudos to Jay and Des Reading, as well as Joe Rotan and Danielle Vargas for their efforts to make the event the best it could be.

Other top performances from this weekend:

Andrew Bohme - 10th Annual Lemmon Drop, 1st Place Open
Joe Rovere, Sakuna Matata, 1st Place Open
Matt Dollar - The Majestic, 4th Place Open
Sarah Cunningham, Magnolia Open, 1st Place Open Women
Barry Schultz, Stoney Creek Crusher, 1st Place Open

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Gregg Barsby Joins Team Champion http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/677-gregg-barsby-joins-team-champion.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/677-gregg-barsby-joins-team-champion.html 05.29.15

Gregg Barsby is one of disc golf’s most beloved characters. Hailing from Grass Valley, California, Gregg is known for his wit, charisma, and engaging demeanor on and off the course. Gregg is equally as strong on the course. He has amassed more than 100k in tournament winnings, notched 50+ tour wins, including the Masters Cup National Tour event in 2009.

Gregg has had several sponsors over his career that dates back to 1999. Looking to settle down for the long haul, Gregg recently made the decision to join Innova’s Team Champion. We caught up with him to talk a little more about his decision and life in general.

Welcome to the team, Gregg! We are thrilled to have you officially in the Innova family. How does it feel?
Gregg: It feels great. I am definitely excited by all of the conversations we’ve had and for the opportunity in general.
Choosing a sponsor is a big decision that requires more thought than some might think. Was there anything that helped make the decision easier for you?
Gregg: As I reflected on all the years I’ve been close with Innova team members and employees I got more and more comfortable about making the move. I feel like I have maintained really good rapport with you guys. Plus I want stability and to make bigger things happen. I am confident that this will be a good fit for me.
Have you heard yet from the Iron Leaf himself?
Gregg: Haha! Climo and I spoke at DeLa because he had gotten a heads up about this move. He was pretty excited. Word traveled in Santa Cruz and the responses from other Innova guys helped affirm my decision as well. It was cool to see so many positive comments and how supportive everyone was.
What discs are in your bag at the moment?
Gregg: Staples at the moment are the Champion Eagle and Champion Firebird. I am also leaning on both the Champion and Star Boss for long distance duty. I am liking the Roadrunner for distance rollers. I am getting ready to do an official in the bag soon so people will be able to get the full scoop in that.

What about a putter? That might be the toughest disc to switch up because of the mental part of it.
Gregg: I am still not exactly sure. I am working with a few.


If you had to tee it up right now, what would you use?
Gregg: Definitely the KC Aviar. I would probably have a Nova handy for windy situations.

Glad to see you working the Nova. That still seems to be a fairly underappreciated model.
Gregg: I have seen the Nova do amazing things. I am trying to find my identity with it and get it fully worked into the bag.
Photo courtesy of Corduroy Photography
Are you trying any other models that are new to you?
Gregg: Not yet, but I am looking forward to testing the Mako3.

Any old school discs?
 
Gregg: I am stoked to have a Stingray back in my bag. I have thrown those for a long time.
 
 
DX Stingray?

Gregg: Yes. It’s all DX on the Stingrays for me.
So it sounds like the transition might not be as difficult for you. Is that a fair statement?
Gregg: I think so. I have been throwing Innova almost exclusively for 2 years so I’d say it’s fair. The putter is the main thing I need to dial in.
So when did you start playing disc golf, and what was your first course?
Gregg: I started in 1993 when I was 6. My first course was Condon Park in Grass Valley, CA.
How many courses have you played since then?
Gregg: Over 400. I don’t know the exact count but it’s up there.
 
 

Do you hold any course records?
 
Gregg: I still have just over 10 course records I think. All around the country. My favorite one is at BlueGill in the Grand Rapids area. That was one of McBeth’s training courses before Worlds. He spent a couple of weeks there so I was stoked to get that record. It was one of the best rounds of my life. I also have a 1084-rated round logged at Milo West in Oregon. That was another memorable round but I don’t know if it is a record.
We noticed a Barsby for President post on Facebook. That’s actually not a bad idea. If we made you president of Innova, what would you do on your first day in office?
Gregg: I would bring all team members together and make sure our core values are on the same page. I would make sure we were in position to be as successful as we could be. I would also make sure our actions are truly helping the core retailers. And on the course I want to continue Innova’s winning tradition for many years to come.
You have a busy tournament schedule coming up. What are some events you are excited about?
Gregg: All of them. Beaver State, King of the Lake, Maple Hill, European and Scandinavian Open, Pro Words, Ledgestone, Hall of Fame Classic, and the USDGC.
Throughout your travels you have built up a substantial fan base. Tell us a little bit about that.
Gregg: Ahh, the Barsby Empire. It is cool to see how much love there is out there. People who accept and support me just the way I am.
Photo courtesy of Corduroy Photography
Is that Barsby Empire, Inc.?
Gregg: Just Barsby Empire…. for now.
So if you could only play one more round, where and with who would you play?
Gregg: Pickard Park, right outside Des Moines. I would play with the Champ (Ken Climo), Mike Williams, and Tom Johnson who is actually a really good golfer on the PGA Tour. Tom is pretty good disc golfer as well.
Is music still an important part of your life?
Gregg: Yes, music is huge for me. Drumming is a big part of my life. I am actually setting up a kit today in Sacramento and plan to do a video shoot with a friend of mine. Long term I still plan to pursue music during the times when my disc golf schedule isn’t so packed.
What kind of music do you like?
Gregg: I listen to everything. But mostly hip hop. And extreme forms of metal. I just picked up a bunch of new CDs, actually.
What?! CDs… you do know they have music on the Internet now, right?
Gregg: I am old school. Nothing online for me. I like to support the bands by purchasing CDs. That’s just my preference. I spend a lot of time in the car so I always get my music fix.
So no headphones on the course?
Gregg: No, because I can’t find a DiscMan with a good enough skip protector. I can’t be scratching up all my stuff up.
You must have a ton of CDs.
Gregg: One of my greatest organizational strengths is with my CD collection. Keeping them all straight is a top priority.
That’s awesome, Gregg. Thank you for your time. We wish you the best of luck throughout the year.
Gregg: Thank you!
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Winners Abound on Memorial Holiday Weekend http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/676-winners-abound-on-memorial-holiday-weekend.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/676-winners-abound-on-memorial-holiday-weekend.html 05.27.15

It was an incredible Memorial Day weekend on a variety of levels. For many of us the weather was delightful and allowed for casual rounds with friends and family on our local courses. There was also plenty of tournament action for those seeking the thrills of competition.

The most notable event was the inaugural, St. Jude Disc Golf Charity Invitational in Seaside, CA. Competition took a back seat to the much larger mission of raising funds for the St. Jude Hospital. Team Innova lead the way raising $34,614 for the cause, and the event as a whole raised $214,708. By all accounts the event was a tremendous success, especially for its debut. There's still time to donate if you'd like to do so.

Team Innova had a pair of winners on the course as well. Valarie Jenkins won in heroic fashion draining a lengthy jump putt on the third hole of sudden death to slip past Catrina Allen. Jessica Weese was also in the hunt finishing just two shots back and securing the 3rd place spot. Kevin McCoy won Masters in convincing style. He grabbed the lead early and held on to win by five over Bamba Rico.

Paul McBeth cooled off a little this weekend and had to settle for a 2nd place finish. Three time US Champion, Will Schusterick had the hot hand affording him the Open Division win. McBeth did lead the way in fundraising however. Paul alone raised $21,023 helping to ensure everyone was a winner no matter how well they played.

Innova had two other pairs of winners over the weekend. Des Reading won Open Women at the Des Moines Challenge in Iowa, while teammate Justin McLuen took care of business in Masters. Then in North Carolina Barry Schultz and Brian Schweberger were marching to victory at the King’s Cup in Kinston. Barry took home the Open title and Brian was tops in Masters.

Two other nice wins were earned by KJ Nybo and JD Ramirez. KJ won the Oslo Open in Norway in an Open field that had 100 total competitors. That is stout competition for a PDGA sanctioned B-tier event! JD Ramirez got the win in his home state of Texas. He earned the Masters title at the Dogwood Classic in Tyler, TX.

The PDGA National Tour will be back in action June 12-14 for the Beaver State Fling. The event is held in Estacada, OR just outside of Portland. If you are in the area come on out. We look forward to seeing you there!

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St. Jude Disc Golf Charity Invitational http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/675-st-jude-disc-golf-charity-invitational.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/675-st-jude-disc-golf-charity-invitational.html 05.22.15

Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us. This weekend the disc golf world will descend on Monterey, California for the St. Jude Disc Golf Charity Invitational. This event is raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which fights to save children with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses.

Team Donations

Innova Star Team members Paul McBeth and Nate Sexton have raised over $26,000 combined to help the cause. Currently they sit in the #1 (Paul with $21000 raised) and #3 (Nate with $5667 raised) fundraising spots. Wow! If you'd like to help out, donate by using the links below.
Paul's donation link
Nate's donation link

The inaugural St. Jude Disc Golf Charity Invitational will bring together a unique partnership between St. Jude, the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and the international disc golf community. Proceeds from this event will benefit St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. The invitational will also honor the legacy of disc golf pioneer “Steady Ed” Headrick, who led the way for disc golf to become one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.

The SpinTV has a preview the jaw dropping Headrick Course assembled on the Bayonet Golf Course. Meet the course designer Jussi Meresmaa and see him play the key holes!

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened in 1962 with the purpose of finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. Since that time, St. Jude has emerged as the world’s premier pediatric cancer research and treatment center. St. Jude has a unique mission: to serve as a national and international resource in the fight against pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood illnesses. Learn more at stjude.org.

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Paul McBeth Remains on Top of the World http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/674-paul-mcbeth-remains-on-top-of-the-world.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/674-paul-mcbeth-remains-on-top-of-the-world.html 05.18.15

Paul McBeth simply continues to roll. As the PDGA National Tour made its stop in Santa Cruz this weekend, all eyes were on Paul as the man to beat. Not only is McBeth the world’s #1 ranked player, he was also coming into this event as the 3-time (2012, 2013, and 2014) and defending Masters Cup Champion. Beating McBeth at DeLa would be no easy task.

One of those who came prepared for the task was Nate Doss. Nate would match Paul’s opening round of 63 which would tie them for the lead. Doss is no stranger to DeLaveaga. Not only did he grow up in the area, Nate won his third World Championship title in Santa Cruz back in 2011. While Doss has not won a Masters Cup in his career, he certainly has the game and the experience to get it done.

Photo courtesy of PDGA.com

Doss managed to pull ahead of McBeth by one with a second round of 66, setting the stage for an exciting final round showdown. On Sunday McBeth applied immediate pressure with birdies on 6 of the first 9 holes. A string of 5 consecutive gave Paul a 3 shot lead. Doss played well however and narrowed the gap to just 1 throw with 2 holes to play. The two matched birdies on the next to last hole, then strode to the tee of the iconic Hole 27, known as “Top of the World”.

Nate held the tee and thus a chance to apply some pressure of his own. His drive landed about 75 feet short so absent some heroics he would have to settle for par. McBeth responded by launching a sidearm Star Destroyer that came to rest well within his comfortable putting range. Paul would nail that putt for his 11th birdie of the round and a 2-shot win.

It is always a pleasure competing with Nate. That is one person who is genuinely happy to be in a great battle, win or lose.

“It is always a pleasure competing with Nate. That is one person who is genuinely happy to be in a great battle, win or lose.”, said McBeth after the round. Admiration for Doss peaked at the tournament’s close, as the crowd sang happy birthday. Nate celebrated his 30th birthday this weekend, which coincided with the tournament’s 30th anniversary.

Photo courtesy of PDGA.com

Paul was joined on the awards stage by teammates Patrick Brown who continued his hot streak as well over in Masters. Patrick held off some hard chargers in the final round to claim a 1-shot win and his second NT win in a row. “Learning how to win at DeLaveaga is one of the biggest achievements of my disc golf career. This track takes patience, perseverance, and a bit of DeLa love!”, said Brown.

Learning how to win at DeLaveaga is one of the biggest achievements of my disc golf career. This track takes patience, perseverance, and a bit of DeLa love!

Jim Oates earned another win at DeLa, this time in the Grandmasters Division. Jim is a two-time Masters Division Champion, winning in 1997 and 2011. Top team honors among Open Women this year go to Valarie Doss and Jessica Weese who finished 2nd and 4th respectively.

Photo courtesy of PDGA.com

The next stop on the 2015 PDGA National Tour is the Beaver State Fling in Portland, Oregon. We look forward to seeing you there!

Other strong performances this weekend included:

Joe Rovere, 303 Open - 1st Place Open
Casey Wright, 25th Annual Capital of Texas Open - 1st Place Open
Barry Schultz, 15th Annual Tarheel Tournament - 1st Place Open
Matt Peckham, Hotlanta 2015 - 1st Place Masters
George Smith, 2015 Paradise Diamond - 1st Place Masters
Steve Boylan, Madisonville Open - 1st Place Masters
Dean Tannock, Madisonville Open - 1st Place Grandmasters

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Team Innova Dominant in La Mirada http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/673-team-innova-dominant-in-la-mirada.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/673-team-innova-dominant-in-la-mirada.html 05.12.15

Congratulations to all of our team members at the West Coast Disc Golf Championships presented by Innova Disc Golf this weekend. It was a fantastic showing as Paul McBeth, Philo Brathwaite, and Nate Sexton swept the top three Open Division spots.

Philo came out hot and grabbed the lead with a 41 in round one, however McBeth answered in the second round with a 39. With a PDGA rating of 1095, McBeth’s round was plenty sufficient to vault him into the lead. McBeth padded his lead in the final round shooting 54, which was the best of the afternoon.

In Masters Patrick Brown got his second win in as many weeks. Patrick is still red hot after taking down the Glass Blown Open in Emporia last week. His steady play continued in La Mirada earning him a 3-shot win. Teammate Chris Brophy grabbed 4th.

McBeth's touring trailer is sporting a new look!

Dave Dunipace took a break from his hectic schedule to compete in his fifth event of the season. Dave has logged plenty of rounds at the La Mirada course over the years, dating all the way back to 1977. Those years of experience at the venue helped propel him to victory in Senior Grandmasters.

McBeth and company are heading up to Santa Cruz for the Masters Cup.

Other top performers this weekend include KJ Nybo, victorious at Konopiste Open in Czech Republic. Brian Schweberger, who won the 7th Annual No Quarter at New Quarter in Williamsburg, VA. And Steve Brinster, who outlasted Craig Cutler at The Mighty Gaw.

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No Match for McBeth in Emporia http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/672-no-match-for-mcbeth-in-emporia.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/672-no-match-for-mcbeth-in-emporia.html 05.04.15

Paul McBeth continued his superior tournament play this weekend as the PDGA National Tour rolled into Emporia, KS for the 2015 Glass Blown Open. Scoring conditions were ideal and McBeth carded three hot rounds in a row in route to a commanding, 7-throw win. “That was the best weather I have ever played in in Emporia”, said McBeth.

It was Jeremy Koling who held the lead after round one. Koling got the better of Paul in a sudden death playoff at the Memorial earlier this year, proving that “Big Jerm” can handle the moment. Koling is one of just three people to beat McBeth in head-to-head action this season.

That was the best weather I have ever played in in Emporia

Photo courtesy of PDGA.com

Koling would stumble in round two however, opening the door for McBeth and one of the weekend’s hottest stories, Discmania’s 17-year old phenom, Eagle Wynne McMahon. Eagle matched McBeth’s second round of 48 which vaulted the pair to the top of the leader board. Round two provided Disc Golf #SCTop10 moment when Billy Engel hit a 380 foot ace with a TeeBird that made it to the #2 spot on ESPN SportsCenter.

Unlike McBeth, Eagle lacks time on the game’s biggest stages and the inexperience showed during Saturday’s final round. Eagle posted a mediocre round of 65 to close the event, which dropped him to 9th place. McMahon did gain valuable experience however, and many believe that time is the only thing standing between Eagle and success at this level.

Photo courtesy of PDGA.com

McBeth on the other hand, blistered the course in the final round. Paul’s 53 carried a PDGA rating of 1066 and was more than sufficient to distance himself from the field. “I really wanted that one. It is a relief to get that win off my shoulders”, said McBeth after the round.

I really wanted that one. It is a relief to get that win off my shoulders

In the Masters division, Patrick Brown earned a hard fought victory against Ken Climo who held a one throw lead going into the final round. Patrick’s 55 propelled him a full 5-throw margin of victory over Climo, who was followed by JD Ramirez in 3rd place, just two shots back.

Jennifer Allen battled with the world’s best and tied for second place at the GBO. She held her ground against two World Champions. She battled on the lead card and never left the top 3, gaining 3 strokes in the final 3 holes to tie for second place. Innova Teammate Valarie (Jenkins) Doss shot the hot final round to jump into 4th place. Jessica Weese, and Hannah Leatherman took 5th and 6th, respectively.

Innova Ambassador, Ken Shepperd picked up a solid win in Men’s Grandmasters. Shepperd found himself 4 shots back after round one but would claw his way back with rounds of 55 and 62 to pull ahead and capture a 3-shot win.

The PDGA Tour now heads west for the Masters Cup in Santa Cruz. Be sure to check out PDGA.com for complete details and event coverage. We will see you in Santa Cruz!

Other team members getting wins this weekend include:

Joe Rovere, The 38th Annual Grateful Disc – 1st Place Open
Matt Peckham, Huk Central – 1st Place Masters
Kyle Crabtree, Lake and Sea Open – 1st Place Open
Melodie Bailey, Lake and Sea Open – 1st Place Open Women
Calvin Heimburg, 2015 Orlando Open – 1st Place Open
Pam Reineke, 2015 Orlando Open – 1st Place Open Women
Dustin Keegan, North Umpqua Invitational - 1st Place Open
Casey Wright, Empire Open - 1st Place Open

Winners from the previous weekend include:

Paul McBeth, The Rumble - 1st Place Open
Jay Reading, Pendaries Village Open, 1st Place Masters
Russ Burns, The 1st Airpark Open - 1st Place Masters
Ray Johnson, Creekside Open - 1st Place Open
Karina Nowels, Creekside Open - 1st Place Open Women
Kathy Hardyman, Creekside Open - 1st Place Masters Women
Dustin Keegan, Liquid Sunshine Open - 1st Place Open
Melodie Bailey, The 19th Windy River Open - 1st Place Open Women
Lacey Brugler, Capital City Challenge - 1st Place Recreational
Brian Schweberger, ECO Stop 4 - 1st Place Open
JD Ramirez, Rock Solid Open - 1st Place Masters

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The McBeast Challenge - Are You Game? http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/671-the-mcbeast-challenge-are-you-game.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/671-the-mcbeast-challenge-are-you-game.html 04.21.15

Three time World Champion Paul McBeth and his touring partner Nathan Sexton are making periodic stops across the country on the 2015 Sexton-McBeast Tour, affectionately known as the “SexyBeast” Tour. Paul and Nate are challenging regular players to take the McBeast Challenge. What exactly is the McBeast Challenge?

The McBeast Challenge is a one round event that includes an instructional clinic with Paul and Nate afterwards. For $35, players get a Paul McBeth Champion Roc3, a Paul McBeth signature Krait or a Paul McBeth Champion Thunderbird, a round of golf, lunch (when available) and the clinic with Paul and Nate. Players are required to use only 3 discs: the two players pack Paul McBeth discs, and a putter of their choice. Trophies are awarded for the top 3 in each division (Open, Advanced, Intermediate, and Recreational). Each entry raises money for St. Judes Children’s Hospital.

This past weekend in Chapel Hill, NC, 139 players came out for the McBeast Challenge clinic at UNC Adventure Disc Golf Course. The Chapel Hill event raised $275 for St. Judes! Paul and the Innova Team have already raised over $27,000 for the charity, which is hosting a premiere disc golf event in Monterey, CA May 22-24. To donate to the St. Jude Fundraising cause visit Paul's or Nate’s fundraising pages. The St. Jude’s Charity Invitational is currently one third of the way towards reaching the goal of $300,000 for children’s cancer research.

The next McBeast Challenge is at 5PM, Tuesday, April 21st in Milan, IL at CAMDEN II Disc Golf Course. See flyer below. To find out about upcoming McBeast Challenges, follow on Twitter. Look for more by following Paul on facebook and twitter. Paul and Nate will be playing in "THE RUMBLE" in Quad Cities from Friday to Sunday, April 25-27.

INSTAGRAM
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Collegiate Disc Golf Champions Crowned http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/670-collegiate-disc-golf-champions-crowned.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/670-collegiate-disc-golf-champions-crowned.html 04.20.15

Another chapter is in the books for one of disc golf’s most celebrated events, the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships. The attendance of more than 60 teams made this year’s Collegiate the largest and most successful in its 9-year history.

Pageantry. School pride. Teamwork. These are just some of the unique elements that make the Collegiate Championships special. Team members arrive decked out in uniforms reflecting their school colors. They travel together, share meals together, strategize, and compete together. They play for something much more than themselves individually; they compete for each other and for the logo on their jersey.

This year there were several tightly contested battles across the divisions. Not everyone could go home with trophy in hand, however everyone went home a winner in that they shared an unforgettable, competitive experience with close friends who share their passion for disc golf. It is no surprise that the Collegiate Championships, and intercollegiate competition in general, continue to rapidly gain momentum.

Photo courtesy of PDGA.com

2015 Collegiate Disc Golf Champions:

Men's National Champion - Team - Ferris State
Men's National Champion - Individual - James Proctor, Nevada-Reno

Women's National Champion - Team - California State-Monterey Bay
Women's National Champion - Individual - Camille Skweir, Humboldt State

First Flight Champion - Team - Ferris State
First Flight Champion - Individual - Hobie Hein, Indian Hills Community College

Second Flight Champion - Team - Ferris State
Second Flight Champion - Individual - Joshua Kaufman, Ferris State

NIT Finals - Team - Wisconsin-Stevens Point

While disc golf’s most talented student athletes battled in North Augusta, many Innova team members were laying down hot rounds around the world. Here is a summary of our weekend winners:

Camilla Grunden - Copenhagen Open, 1st Place Open Women
Alexis Mandujano - Texas Women’s Championship, 1st Place Int Women
Debbie Scott - Azalea Open, 1st Place Open Women
Brian Schweberger - Azalea Open, 1st Place Masters
Steve Brinster - The Philly Open, 1st Place Open
Hannah Leatherman - The Philly Open, 1st Place Open Women
Stephen Miller - 18th Annual Spring Pro/Am, 1st Place Open
Karina Nowels - Treasure Valley Cup, 1st Place Open Women
Steve Loyd - Treasure Valley Cup, 1st Place Masters
Matt Peckham - Jacksonville Open, 1st Place Masters
Jim Oates - The Legend of Lizard Peak, 1st Place GM

The weeknd also saw two A-tier events. The 2015 Copenhagen Open was held in Denmark, marking the third stop on the EuroTour. Pasi Koivu and Karl Johan Nybo would share second place with Jalle Stoor. Seppo Paju cruised to victory after a brilliant, second round 53.

Back in the US, sixty-three ladies converged on Round Rock, TX for the Texas Women’s Championships. Des Reading blasted out of the gates with a 44 in round one; a score that carries a rating of 1039! She cooled off down the stretch but still took home an impressive 2nd place finish. Madison Walker also had a strong outing finishing in 4th place.

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Two Weekends, Nineteen Wins http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/669-two-weekends-nineteen-wins.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/669-two-weekends-nineteen-wins.html 04.15.15

Last weekend was relatively quiet on the tournament scene due to the Easter holiday. This past weekend however, was loaded with tournament action. The most prominent event was the Nick Hyde Memorial A-tier in Rockwall, TX. Paul McBeth carded a blistering second round of 46 (1062-rated) that put him into a tie with another California native, Gregg Barsby.

Paul pulled ahead of Gregg by 4 shots in round three, added another shot to his lead in the Final 9, and went on to capture his fifth win of the season. Nate Sexton had a solid outing finishing 6th, while Steve Brinster and Drew Gibson tied for 9th to round out the top ten.

On the Open Women side of things it was Paige Pierce who once again delivered the dominant performance. Paige grabbed the lead in round one and did not look back. Des Reading and Jennifer Allen played extremely well representing Team Innova, grabbing the 3rd and 4th spots respectively. JD Ramirez and Brian Schweberger followed suit in Masters, also grabbing the 3rd and 4th positions.

Another huge field was on hand in Bend, OR for the Disc Go Ball. Valarie Jenkins lead wire-wire and picked up a nice win over teammate Melodie Bailey. In the Open division kudos goes to Dustin Keegan as the highest Innova finisher. Dustin finished tied for 3rd at -15 under par.

Other team members getting wins this weekend include:

Pasi Koivu - After Easter Open, 1st Place Open
Johnny Sias - Lexington Open, 1st Place Masters
Stephen Miller - Battle in the Blue Ridge, 1st Place Open
Jessica Weese - Auburn Open, 1st Place Open Women
Kyle Crabtree - Discing at the Depot, 1st Place Open
Mike Moser - The Breeze, 1st Place Open & The Trees, 1st Place Open
Devin Frederick - Golf Cart Classic, 1st Place Open
Maxime Tanghe - Belgium NT4, 1st Place Open

Team members finding the winners circle on Easter weekend include:

Barry Schultz - Charlotte Masters Championship, 1st Place Masters
Steve Brinster - FDR Fools Fest, 1st Place Open
Colleen Thompson - Rend Lake Open, 1st Place Open Women
Danielle Vargas - Battle in the Briars, 1st Place Open Women
Alexis Mandujano - Battle in the Briars, 1st Place Women’s Intermediate
Kevin McCoy - April Fools Gold, 1st Place Open
Mike Moser - Thompson Park Grand Opening, 1st Place Open
Mike Young - GnR Invades Aggieland, 1st Place Open

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Flip the Script on Portable Tees http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/666-flip-the-script-on-portable-tees.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/666-flip-the-script-on-portable-tees.html 04.01.15

Given the success of Blizzard Champion Discs, we wanted to expand the technology to other areas of disc golf. Tee pads were the obvious answer. Generally the heaviest, most labor intensive and permanent pieces of the course, tee pads can be a headache for course designers and temporary courses. All that is history with the invention of Innova® PortaPADS™.

Innova PortaPAD™

We've created a proprietary blend of lightweight moisture wicking concrete by incorporating our innovative Blizzard Technology. Our PortaPADs are 14% lighter than normal concrete tees making them more movable. At 60" wide by 96" long, they will easily suit your needs for one day events, additional tees, or testing out new course designs. Moisture wicking, means these tees will stay dry and maintain traction in even the wettest of climates.

Don’t settle for natural tees

The next time you want to set up a temporary course, or add new tee locations, don’t settle for natural tees. Let your players tee on concrete with our new INNOVA PortaPADs! INNOVA PortaPADs are always smooth, always dry and always perfect for teeing. PortaPADS can be easily installed, moved or even removed in a just few hours. Innova PortaPADs conveniently allow multiple tee positions for every hole on the course for the cost of a single tee pad.

Easy to Relocate! Just Flip and Go!

To relocate the PortaPAD, grab a friend and simply flip the pad over *† and it's ready to move to a new position! Built in easy-roll wheels†† and convenient handles make moving PortaPAD tees a breeze†††.

NO Permanent Tees!

Many park departments do not allow permanent concrete tees. The Innova PortaPAD tee with Blizzard technology provides the solution. Bring your tee to the course with you‡‡!

Innova PortaPAD™ - Always smooth, always level and always perfect for teeing.

Custom textures, colors and graphics are available. Course discounts available on the purchase of 9 or more PortaPADs. Please call for more information and for a personalized shipping quote.

  • * PortaPAD™ flipping should not be attempted by those over the age of 65.
  • † Do not attempt to move PortaPAD™ while pregnant, unless you've already had twins.
  • ‡ Do not attempt to move PortaPAD™ on grades of more than 9%.
  • †† Always keep PortaPAD™ tires between 85 and 100PSI.
  • ‡‡ Check your vehicle payload capacity for hauling capabilities. At 1700 pounds, PortaPAD™ will void manufacturer drivetrain warranties on most ¾ ton pickups.
  • ††† Innova requires liability contracts for all PortaPAD™ purchase and rentals. Innova is not liable for damage or injury for proper or improper use of PortaPAD.
  • ‡‡‡ Do not taunt PortaPAD™.

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The Southpaw Line - By Innova

April 1st 2011
New Disc: The QuiveR with QuadRim Technology
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