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McBeth Captures European Crown http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/642-mcbeth-captures-european-crown.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/642-mcbeth-captures-european-crown.html 07.21.14

Congratulations to Paul McBeth and KJ Nybo on their dominant performances at this weekend’s European Masters. In the end it was Paul McBeth who was able to pull ahead and capture the win by four. It was a spectacular finish as a handful of players were in contention on Sunday. But in what has become McBeth’s signature style, Paul saved his best round for last carding a tournament-best 52.

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At the end of round 2, KJ and Paul were tied for 1st. KJ carded a 56, while Paul repeated his 55 from round 1. The action didn't stop there as KJ shot a hot 3rd round of 54, pulling ahead of McBeth by two strokes. Ricky Wysocki made a charge in the third round, carding a 53 which put him 2 strokes behind Paul. With only 4 strokes separating these players, it was anyone's game heading into the finals. In true McBeast fashion, Paul shot a 1075 rated (unofficial) round of 52, propelling him to a 4 stroke victory. KJ finished a strong final round, managing to keep 3 strokes ahead of Wysocki. McBeth didn't have much time to celebrate. He's zipping back from Sweden to attend tomorrow night's Am Worlds flymart in Minneapolis.

On the women’s side, Valarie Jenkins finished in a tie for third place with current World Champion, Paige Pierce. Catrina Allen and Sweden’s Ragna Bygde took down the top two spots in comfortable fashion.

Across the Pond

Back in the states a host of Innova players were taking care of business. Nate Sexton recently moved from Oregon to North Carolina and has wasted no time making his presence known. Nate took down a host of regional talent, including teammate and Carolina legend, Brian Schweberger, at the Raleigh Disc Golf Championship. Down the road in Macon, GA, Josh Childs grabbed another win at the Jones Zen for Chains. Innova Ambassador, Steve Boylan, was also victorious. Steve grabbed a nice win in Masters at the 32nd Illinois State Championships in Joliet.

This was also a weekend where our entire Junior Team, along with Nick Duran and Nate Corder were making their way to the 2014 Amateur World Championships. We would like to wish each of them the very best of luck!

Men’s Advanced - Anthony Barela
Boys U19 - Matt Kashima, Nick Duran, and Nate Corder
Boys U16 - Joel Maury-Holmes and Randon Latta
Girls U16 - Madison Rogers
Boys U13 - Jacob Courtis
Girls U13 - Lacey Brugler

If you happen to be in Minneapolis this week, please come see us, meet Paul McBeth and grab an autograph at the Am Worlds Fly Mart on Tuesday night. The event will take place at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center at 6:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

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2014 European Masters http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/641-2014-european-masters-begins-thursday.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/641-2014-european-masters-begins-thursday.html 07.16.14

The stage is set now set for Europe’s biggest disc golf event of the season, the 2014 European Masters. This PDGA Major event will be held at the Jarva Discgolf Park in Stockholm, Sweden. Competition begins this Thursday, July 17 and will feature the game’s brightest disc golf stars.

It should be a competitive contest as top American professionals such as Paul McBeth and Ricky Wysocki square off against international heavyweights, including the 2013 European Champion, Simon Lizotte. This will also give fans a great idea of what to expect next month, as the world’s best will meet at the PDGA Professional World Championships in Portland.

There are a variety of ways to follow the European Masters throughout the week. Complete details on event coverage are available at the European Masters web site. In particular you will want to follow the official PDGA Leader Board and use the hashtag #MastersDiscGolf for Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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$10,000 Toss at the MLU Championship! http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/640-10000-toss-at-the-mlu-championship.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/640-10000-toss-at-the-mlu-championship.html 07.10.14

Philadelphia, PA - At the MLU Championship Game, Major League Ultimate, Innova, and the PDGA will present the $10,000 Toss; a chance for ten fans to ace for $10,000, on Saturday July 19th. Ten contestants will be chosen at random from a pool of qualified individuals. The finalists will have one chance to throw an Innova golf disc at a DISCatcher® Pro 28, 150 feet away during halftime at PPL Park.

“The PDGA is very excited to partner with Major League Ultimate for this special occasion,” said Brian Graham, President of the PDGA. “We believe the exposure the championship game is giving to disc sports is fantastic and we’re happy to join the league for this part of the event.”

In order to participate in the challenge, contestants must purchase three qualifying attempts for $5.00 at the MLU Fan Zone tailgate section beginning at 2:00 p.m. Participants will receive one (1) raffle ticket for each attempt that lands in the qualification range. That ticket enters them in a drawing to be one of the 10 contestants to attempt the $10,000 Toss at halftime. Fans can enter as many times as they like but are only eligible for one halftime throw.

If no contestant makes the throw, the closest to the pin will get to take home the DISCatcher® Pro 28. If the $10,000 Toss is completed, the target will go to the person with the next closest throw as the consolation prize.

“Innova has been a huge supporter of the league from the get-go, and they has worked with the PGDA for years. Making this happen only seemed natural,” said MLU Executive Vice President Nic Darling. “We hope this brings out the disc golf crowd, and good luck to everyone who enters.”

The $10,000 Toss is one of many events at the MLU Championship at PPL Park, a weekend full of entertainment, family fun and ultimate frisbee’s biggest game of the season.

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Paul McBeth Repeats as KC Wide Open Champion http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/638-paul-mcbeth-repeats-as-kansas-city-wide-open-champion.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/638-paul-mcbeth-repeats-as-kansas-city-wide-open-champion.html 06.23.14

Congratulations to Paul McBeth on another outstanding performance at the Kansas City Wide Open. Paul grabbed the lead in Round 2 and did not look back. A bogey free, 1080-rated round of 49 in Round 3 made it smooth sailing down the stretch as McBeth went on to capture his second consecutive KCWO title by 7 strokes over Ricky Wysocki.

Photo Rob Hoesly

The PDGA World Rankings held true to form in Women’s Open as Valarie Jenkins, Paige Pierce, and Catrina Allen were once again locking down the top card on the National Tour. Val would settle for second this time around, finishing 4 shots back of Paige and 3 shots ahead of Catrina. Duane CD Steiner defended his home turf, capturing the title in Men’s Grandmasters.

Photo Rob Hoesly

Kyle Crabtree rallied from behind at the Battle of Seattle after teammate Nathan Sexton jumped out to an early lead. Kyle’s 73 was easily the hottest final round score and propelled him to a 4 shot win. Jessica Weese and Patrick Brown claimed the top spots in Women’s Open and Men’s Masters at the 20th Frying Pan Open. And in Texas, it was the young phenom from Round Rock, Nate Corder, who picked up his first Open Division win at the Boxcar Bash. Way to go, Nate!

Other weekend winners include:
Des Reading - Zobel Open, Green Lake, WI
Austin Turner - Charlotte Amateur Championships, Charlotte, NC
Mike Moser - Akron Open, Akron, PA
Stephen Miller - WVDGA Club Championships, Fairmont, WV
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1st Run TeeBird3 Giveaway! http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/637-first-run-teebird3-giveaway.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/637-first-run-teebird3-giveaway.html 06.19.14

Win a 1st Run TeeBird3 & 2 More GStar Discs

We're having a giveaway to celebrate the release of the TeeBird3! The TeeBird3 is faster with less glide, and has the same trusted turn and fade flight ratings as the original TeeBird. Many people have described a lot of discs as a "faster TeeBird", but this is the real deal.


More TeeBird3 Info

The TeeBird3 represents the evolution of the TeeBird. The flat flight plate promotes speed while reducing glide, effectively producing consistent, accurate flights. This is a point and shoot, target specific fairway driver. The GStar TeeBird3 is headed around the world to official Innova dealers. For exact delivery dates, contact your favorite retailer.

How Can I enter?!

Five (5) Lucky fans will each win a 1st Run GStar TeeBird3 and an additional two (2) GStar models of choice. For your chance to win, use the widget below with your favorite social network (or all three) to enter. Entry into the contest ends on 6/27/2014 at 12:00am Pacific Time. This post will be updated with the winners on the morning of 6/27/2014. Good Luck Everyone!
Congratulations to our winners!
  • Drake Bowles - Followed us on Twitter
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FloydFest Ticket Giveaway! http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/636-floydfest-ticket-giveaway.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/636-floydfest-ticket-giveaway.html 06.11.14

2 Pairs of Tickets Up For Grabs!

Two lucky fans will each get two 5-day tickets to one of the premier festivals on the east coast. Come join us for 5 days of incredible music, disc golf and many other outdoor adventures. This years line-up includes Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Ziggy Marley, Ms. Lauren Hill, Thievery Corporation, Ray Lamontagne & over 50 other bands.


FloydFest Tourney

FloydFest will be featuring their 3rd annual Disc Golf Tournament! The FloydFest Tourney will begin on Saturday, July 26th at 10AM. Flex Start Singles will continue until 2PM. It's free entry and there will be prizes for all the top finishers!


How Can I enter?!

Two lucky fans will each win a pair (2) of 5 Day Passes to FloydFest (retail $480). For your chance to win, use the widget below with your favorite social network (or all three) to enter. Entry into the contest ends on 6/20/2014 at 12:00am Pacific Time. This post will be updated with the winners on the morning of 6/20/2014. Good Luck Everyone!
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Valarie Jenkins Wins 4th Japan Open Title http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/635-valarie-jenkins-wins-4th-japan-open-title.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/635-valarie-jenkins-wins-4th-japan-open-title.html 06.11.14

Valarie Jenkins was already one of the most decorated competitors in disc golf. This past weekend Val extended her legacy even further by capturing the women’s crown at the 2014 Japan Open. The win is Val’s 4th at the Japan Open (2006, 2008, 2010, and 2014) and her 14th PDGA Major Championship title.

Jenkins grabbed an early, four shot lead in Round 1 with an impressive 59. Des Reading and Paige Pierce were not far off the pace with solid rounds of 63. Val pushed her lead to eight in Rounds 2 and 3, however Pierce came charging back in Round 4 to erase Val’s lead completely. It was officially “game on” heading into the event’s final two rounds.


Photo courtesy of Japan Open Disc Golf

Val vs Paige has become one of the more anticipated matchups in recent years. Val finished second to Pierce at the World Championships in 2011 and 2013. The two are typically battling it out on the PDGA Tour and are consistently ranked among the best in the world. This time around it was Jenkins who emerged victorious. Val moved ahead by one shot in Round 5, then added two more shots to her lead in the final round to win by three.


Photo courtesy of Japan Open Disc Golf

In similar fashion, Paul McBeth and Ricky Wysocki have been trading blows all season. Coming into the Japan Open, Ricky has the head-to-head advantage over Paul 3-2. Both players needed 4 rounds to work their way to the top of the leaderboard as savvy veterans like Nikko Locastro, Jussi Meresmaa, Ken Climo, and Dave Feldberg were all scoring well despite the soggy conditions.


Photo courtesy of Japan Open Disc Golf

Since the Japan Open was cancelled in 2012 due to the tragic 2011 Tsunami, Locastro was essentially defending his title from 2010 where he beat Feldberg in a sudden death playoff. Dave Feldberg won the previous Japan Open, in 2008, the year Ricky began his career as a 15-year old amateur from Ohio. Needless to say, Ricky has come along way since then racking up more than 60 professional wins and more than 100k in tournament winnings.

Wysocki extended his two shot lead to four in round 5, affording him a bit of breathing room for the final. Ricky would finish the event at -11, four shots clear of McBeth and Locastro who tied for second place. Dave Feldberg and Nate Doss rounded out the top 5 at -1 and +1 respectively.

Despite the rainy weather, this year’s Japan Open was, as always, a remarkable success. It’s pageantry and overall player experience is second to none. Be sure to check out the photo galleries as well as MPO Final Round Coverage from SpinTV.

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2014 Japan Open: It Begins Thursday http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/634-2014-japan-open-it-begins-thursday.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/634-2014-japan-open-it-begins-thursday.html 06.03.14

We would like to wish everyone well as they prepare for this week’s PDGA Major Championship: the 2014 Japan Open. Held in beautiful Nasu Highlands, Tochigi, Japan, the Japan Open remains one of the most prized and coveted experiences on the PDGA Tour by players and spectators alike.

Not only will players enjoy a world-class course set in the mountains of Nasu Shiobara, they will experience the wonders of Japan and the Japanese culture. Tournament Director Kozo Shimbo and Innova President Dave Dunipace are bringing new surprises to this year’s event by transforming the Robert Trent Jones designed ball golf course, into two 18-hole disc golf courses.

In a recent article by PDGA member, Das Loomis, the Japan Open was described like this:

“This is THE disc golf experience. It is the tournament every disc golfer dreams about being a part of. It is the complete immersion of your mental, emotional, and physical being into one complete disc golf fantasy”

Das’ complete article is available online at The Japan Open: Are You Going? We would encourage you take a moment and enjoy the piece, as it delves deeper into the Japan Open’s rich history which dates back to 1985. For additional tournament information please visit:

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2014 Japan Open Official Web Site - www.japanopen.info
PDGA Tournament Leader Board - http://www.pdga.com/tour/event/15768

We would also like to congratulate the following Innova sponsored athletes on their recent victories:

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Threepeat: McBeth Wins His Third Masters Cup http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/633-threepeat-mcbeth-wins-his-third-masters-cup.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/633-threepeat-mcbeth-wins-his-third-masters-cup.html 05.19.14

An incredible weekend of tournament action concluded last night in Santa Cruz, where Paul McBeth emerged victorious from what was so far, the season’s most dramatic National Tour finish. Teammate Patrick Brown also earned the Masters division crown, outlasting defending Masters Cup Champion, Jonathan Baldwin, as well as teammates Micah Dorius and Chris Brophy.

The most intense action however, was definitely in the Open as Paul McBeth, Tim Skellenger, Ricky Wysocki, Steve Rico, JohnE McCray, and Simon Lizotte all found themselves in contention on Sunday afternoon. McBeth entered the final round with a 3-shot lead over Skellenger, who had a pack of heavy-hitters right on his heels. The course at DeLaveaga is known for its incredible beauty, but also for the potential danger on nearly every hole. Virtually no lead is safe at “DeLa”.

Photo sent in by Patrick Brown

McBeth began his 24-hole final round slowly and carefully. His fellow competitors were not so patient, attacking the course with a sense of urgency. By mid-round it was clear that McBeth was not going to pull away. Paul was able to keep calm and string together 3 birdies on holes 19-21, followed by three pars to cap off a solid round of 68. Wysocki and Rico both posted rounds of 66 to finish 2nd and 3rd, as did Philo Brathwaite who jumped up to claim 6th.

For McBeth this was a hat-trick at DeLa. He won the Masters Cup in both 2012 and 2013 but this one was extra special. Paul described Sunday’s round as the “most epic” he had ever been a part of. Considering Paul is the highest rated player in history, owns the highest rated round in history, and back-to-back World Championship titles, that is an impressive statement.

Valarie Jenkins and Jessica Weese finished 2nd and 3rd in Women’s Open. It was smiles all around for both ladies. Val is fresh off her win of the Women’s Global Event last weekend, an event that drew more than 1100 women world-wide. Jess has been on a mission to prove herself atop the women’s game, so she was elated to capture the best NT finish of her young career.

One of the other great headlines from this weekend was Matt Dollar’s win at Hotlanta 2014. Matt won by two over teammate James Cole and picked up his first A-tier victory. Courtney McCoy won the Hotlanta title in Women’s Open, while husband Kevin McCoy clawed his way to a second place finish in Masters.

In Colorado it was Joe Rovere picking up his second straight A-tier win. Joe won the 303 Open in Denver in impressive fashion. He entered the final round with a 5-shot lead which he was able to pad down the stretch for a 7-shot win and a $1000 payday.

Other weekend winners include:

Kyle Crabtree - Rose City Open, Portland, OR
Barry Schultz - Tarheel Tournament, Chapel Hill, NC
Stephen Miller - King of the Hill, Newark, DE
Stephen Miller - Patapsco Punisher, Marriottsville, MD
Steve Brinster - Skylands Invasion, Warwick, NY
Jay Reading - Legion of Doom, Marion, IA

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info@innovadiscs.com (INNOVA DISC GOLF) Home Page Mon, 19 May 2014 15:13:52 +0000
Simon Lizotte Wins Big at GBO http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/631-simon-lizotte-wins-big-at-gbo.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/631-simon-lizotte-wins-big-at-gbo.html 05.05.14

Congratulations to Simon Lizotte on an impressive win at the 2014 Glass Blown Open. Simon hails from Bremen, Germany but this year is touring the United States extensively with Discmania teammate, Avery Jenkins. So far Simon has finished no lower than 7th, quickly proving to be one of the most tenacious international players to compete full time in the US.

Make no mistake about it, Simon is no rookie on the global disc golf scene. Nicknamed “The Wunderkind”, Simon has been playing disc golf since he was 2 years old. The biggest win of his career came in 2012 at the Disc Golf European Championships. He followed that up with a very consistent 2013 season in which he earned the title of EuroTour Champion.

Photo courtesy of Discmania

Simon’s first win in America came last weekend at the Eagle Eye Open, a B-tier event in Georgia. Prior to that he notched top ten finishes on the PDGA National Tour; 7th place at the Memorial Championship and the 2nd place at the Texas State Championships. With results like that, big-time tournament wins are just a matter of time.

Photo courtesy of Discmania

While not a part of the PDGA National Tour, the Glass Blown Open boasts an equally impressive Open field. Simon had his hands full with US heavyweights such as Paul McBeth, Jeremy Koling, Ricky Wysocki, and Will Schusterick. Simon moved into the lead in round two posting the hot score of 49. He then pulled away in the third and final round with a solid 52. McBeth trailed Simon closely with a closing 53, but had to settle for a 2nd place tie with Jeremy Koling, a full 5 shots back of Lizotte.

Team Innova claimed a six pack of wins on the weekend as well, including Valarie Jenkins’ and Nathan Sexton’s sweep at the North Umpqua Invitational in Glide, OR. Nate’s opening round 43 set a new course record and carried a PDGA rating of 1077. He closed out the win, on his birthday no less, with a 1064-rated round of 47.

Gregg Hosfeld and Sandy Gast added a sweep of their own at the Orlando Open in Florida. Just up I-95 Brian Schweberger and Stephen Miller finished 1-2 in Men’s Open at the 2014 Tour De Richmond in Richmond, VA. And last but not least, Devin Frederick took down his fourth consecutive, Men’s Open title at the People’s Championship in Lehigh Valley, PA.

After only two years, an invite to the Georgia Team Invitational is becoming very sought-after commodity. Matt Dollar and Keith Johnson have teamed up with North Georgia Canopy Tours to offer a unique event on a beautiful and challenging course. Team “Charlottans” were honored to take home the win, one of the Spirit Awards, and both male and female MVPs. Austin Turner won Male MVP, winning all his matches and carding an ace. Also on the team were Alan Beaver and Innovites Henry Childres, Josh Day, and Matt Peckham.

We have two exciting weekends of tournament action ahead. This weekend we will watch as more than 1000 women will participate in Women’s Global Event tournaments around the world. The 2014 WGE stands to be one of the most significant occasions in the history of women’s disc golf.

Then on May 16th the National Tour returns to one of the country’s most beloved venues, DeLaveaga DGC in Santa Cruz, CA. Will Simon Lizotte maintain his momentum and grab his first NT? Will Paul McBeth win his third consecutive Masters Cup title? One thing is for sure… the 2014 tournament season is as competitive as we’ve ever seen so you better stay tuned.

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Mister Masters http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/630-mister-masters.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/630-mister-masters.html 4.29.14

Barry Schultz may not have captured the US title last year, but he came charging back to take the title for the fourth time in five years. His stellar play in the typical windy conditions of Tulsa left him with a seven stroke margin of victory.

Barry Schultz grabbed the early lead at the Tim Selinske US Masters Championships over teammate Brian Schweberger. Barry fired a 1065-rated opening round of 48 that would propel him to his 4th (2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014) US Masters title. Barry adds just one more highlight to his brilliant competitive career. Other top finishers include Patrick Brown (3rd), Ken Climo (4th), and defending US Masters Champion, Brian Schweberger (5th). Kevin McCoy finished a solid 8th, most impressive after working hard to help prep courses for this PDGA Major event.

Photo courtesy of PDGA Media

Along with Barry's US Masters win, Team Innova had a host of impressive performances around the world this past weekend.
Paul McBeth emerged victorious at the The Rumble held across three cities; Bettendorf, Davenport, & Moline, IA/IL. He too grabbed the lead in round one and put it on cruise, notching a comfortable 7-throw win. McBeth continues to fine tune his game as he eyes the season’s next PDGA National Tour event, The Masters Cup in Santa Cruz, CA.

Photo courtesy of PDGA Media

Across the pond it was Pasi Koivu and KJ Nybo dominating the field at the Copenhagen Open in Denmark. KJ held the lead early, however it was Pasi who turned up the heat down the stretch and took home the win. In addition, both players secured invitations to the 2014 United States Disc Golf Championship this October.

Joe Rovere picked up a nice win at the Pendaries Spring Classic in New Mexico, outlasting Ricky Wysocki who has been white-hot as of late. Joe found himself up one with three holes to play. A birdie on Hole 16 earned him another stroke advantage. He then needed only to play it safe on 17 & 18, which he did successfully to win by two. Teammate Jared Roan also placed well finishing in 5th.

Later this summer, Portland will host the 2014 PDGA Professional World Championships. Veteran promoters in the area have their hands full with event preparations, however not too full to run a "Lite" version of the esteemed Beaver State Fling in nearby Estacada. Nate Sexton and Valarie Jenkins won Men’s and Women’s Open respectively; wins that will no doubt provide confidence when they return to the same courses in August.

Other top performances this weekend include:
Mike Moser - Seneca Creek Soiree, Gaithersburg, MD (1st Place Mens Open)
Christian Dietrich - Kooky Noosa Challenge, Libby, MT (1st Place Mens Open)
Bobby Musick - Lakeside Battle at La Mirada, La Mirada, CA (1st Place Mens Open)

Another incredible weekend of tournament action awaits as more than 500 golfers converge on Emporia, KS for the annual Glass Blown Open. Host city for the 2013 Amateur World Championships, Emporia truly embraces the disc golf community and provides a world-class disc golf experience.

For a complete list of upcoming PDGA events visit http://www.pdga.com/tour/events

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Women's Global Event- Boosting Female Participation http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/629-womens-global-event-boosting-female-participation.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/629-womens-global-event-boosting-female-participation.html 4.15.14

How to gain more female disc golfers remains to be a tough question, but the PDGA Women’s Global Event along with other all-women events and leagues are helping to bridge the gulf between the number of male and female disc golfers.

In what has become one of the PDGA’s most visible tools to promote female disc golf participation, women and girls will join together on May 10th at the 2014 WGE through dozens of participating tournaments across the U.S. and several countries. Participants of all ages and skill levels will earn a ‘global score’ from the first two rounds of their local tournament so they can see how they compare to females across the globe.

It’s a rare chance to see so many females from so many divisions gather all at once in a sport that sees so few women during regular co-ed tournaments.
"I think it’s really cool – for especially new girls – to go to a tournament that gives them a place to start and see where they fit in the world as far as their game," said Erin Oakley, of Lansing, Mich., who is organizing a WGE tournament in Michigan.

The inaugural WGE in 2012 saw 636 registered players and broke history as the largest PDGA event for a single demographic. PDGA Women’s Committee Chair Valarie Jenkins, whose website Discgolf4women.com has been instrumental in WGE communication, said the 2012 WGE boosted female participation in disc golf and inspired female event directors to push forward.
"I considered it a success when I was getting emails from players that had never played in a tournament – and some that never played disc golf – looking for more info and wanting to sign up," said Jenkins in an email.

Taking a page from the first Global Event in 2011 (co-ed), the WGE (run every other year) was organized by the PDGA’s Women’s Committee, which aims to attract and retain females to organized disc golf events.

Innova is offering WGE TDs the option to purchase StarLite Tern, StarLite Valkyrie, and either the StarLite Wraith or Roadrunner so that all competitors may get a disc.

WGE Tournament Director Karolyn O’Cull’s goal is to run a smooth event and increase turnout. Her team is off to a good start. Current registration has already well surpassed last year’s registrants.
When asked if the WGE would reach 1,000 players this year, O’Cull replied in an email, "Of course, but I think it is a more reasonable goal for 2016."

The more WGE participants, the better. Disc golf can use the exposure to boost female participation. Of the 8,304 active PDGA members in 2003, 625 or 7.5 % were females. Flash forward 10 years and of the active 20,587 members in 2013, the female percentage is virtually the same at 7.4%. Total up every member to sign up since 1976 (more than 62,000), females still account for only 7%.
"We’re growing rapidly, but the number of men compared to the number of women is not changing at all," said PDGA Memberships Manager Sara Nicholson, who also acts as the PDGA staff representative to the Women’s Committee.

So what’s keeping more females from playing disc golf? "This is a great question and I am not sure there is one right answer," wrote O’Cull, who is on the PDGA Board of Directors and acts as the board’s liaison to the Women’s Committee.
Many feel the same way, but there are recurring clues as to why females aren’t playing including:

  • A sport with so few females isn’t initially attractive.
  • It can be intimidating to play alongside men, especially for beginner females.
  • Women are generally the caregivers of children, so it’s challenging for mothers to find the time.
Though Nicholson agrees there’s no magic answer, she does find female growth in areas like Michigan that develop women’s leagues and clinics that foster female camaraderie and support.

Erin Oakley, also a Women’s Committee member, has had an average total of about 40 females the last few years in her female disc golf league in Lansing and she believes more should take the plunge.
"I hear so many times that girls don’t want to play in a women’s league because they’re not good enough. That’s not the case," said Oakley, later adding that once women join they find that they’re actually better than they thought.


Genevieve Belanger, a member of the Charlotte Disc Golf Club Womens League, says she enjoys playing with women because they’re encouraging and they play at her speed. Plus, it’s not hyper-competitive says Belanger.
"It’s all about getting together and having a good time and improving your game," said Belanger.

Though female golfers are the minority in regular PDGA events, given the right circumstances they become much more visible. By playing in their local WGE tournament, many of which are all-female, it’s easier for women to participate and feel they’re a part of something bigger.
"You can use the Women’s Global (Event) to grow the sport in so many ways," said Nicholson, who is leading a WGE tourney at the International Disc Golf Center in Appling, Ga.

Web Resources:

Discgolf4women.com and its Facebook page - provides articles, tips, and a resource for women leagues.
PDGA.com/women and its Facebook page also has a wealth of information, updates, and links regarding female disc golf.

Glancing at the current WGE registered players there are all skill levels including many recreational and novice players. Plus, once you pay your local tourney entry fee, this year there’s no further cost to participate in the WGE.

Belanger, of Concord, NC, hadn’t been playing long before she played in the 2012 WGE in nearby Charlotte, which she said was a great experience. At the tournament, she was able to play with similarly skilled women, learn tips, and give advice to younger females. She’s playing again this year and helped encourage a woman new to disc golf to join her.

The WGE, which includes junior divisions, could also be that first step for school-aged girls since many are unaware of disc golf.

Can you imagine the PDGA without 3-time World Champ Valarie Jenkins? When asked if she would’ve found disc golf if her parents hadn’t been so involved in the sport Jenkins replied:
"I don’t know. In the town that I lived in, it (disc golf) wasn’t a huge influence. My parents were the ones driving the sport. I don’t think I would if my parents weren’t so involved and so much of a driving force," said Jenkins.

You can see why O’Cull believes disc golf has to find girls much sooner through early education. Through a grant, the PDGA supports the EDGE program, which incorporates disc golf into the school curriculum. Disc golf can also find girls through Girl Scouts, homeschooling groups, and clinics, says O’Cull.

Females 25 through 39 years old make up 52% of the PDGA’s female membership, but there’s plenty of room for growth. Women only events like Oakley’s Disc Girls Gone Wild (in its 8th year) with its friendly atmosphere, sweet player’s pack, and female camaraderie have become a yearly female destination and help new women get hooked on the sport.

Sometimes women’s leagues fizzle-out because of low turnout, but Oakley urges league directors to be patient. She said it took two years for her league (with an average age of 30-ish) to show life and it took four years for her main event, Disc Girls Gone Wild to get going.

Stephanie Vincent, who co-directs Women Throwing Frisbees – a Central Texas women’s league, says she’s struggled to maintain strong weekly attendance since a lot of her members are mothers and find it difficult to play regularly.

Although league attendance is important, Vincent’s main goal is just to get females to meet and play whenever they can, and posting informal tee times on the Women Throwing Frisbee’s Facebook page is great for that.
"I’m basically just acting as a link for women to get up and talk to each other," said Vincent, another Women’s Committee member.

Vincent encourages mothers to bring their children along to disc golf outings if they’re able. "We’re trying to make it kid friendly," said Vincent, who hopes disc golf promoters look closer into child care at events as a way to attract more females.

To find even more adult female disc golfers, promoters will likely have to go beyond the course. Oakley plans on passing out free disc golf promo bags to female strangers this year, while Vincent’s league Facebook page and websites like Discgolf4women.com as well as PDGA.com/women and their Facebook pages continue to reel-in new females from the web.

The effects of this year’s WGE will most likely add to the ranks of female disc golfers and may encourage others to play more seriously. It did for Belanger, who said she sought out more tournaments after her 2012 experience.

The emergence of all-female event series like the Poppy Series in Northern California and Oakley’s new Michigan series this year could be the competitive atmosphere more women need to take disc golf a step further.
Jenkins thinks these women’s series, which she says statistically get more women competitors than co-ed events, could be the look of the future.

Right now, though, the focus is on this year’s WGE. Who knows how many females will find the love for disc golf after playing the event? A more gender balanced disc golf won’t happen overnight, but the WGE is making steps toward that.
"It’s a great introduction to try a new sport," said Jenkins.

THROW PINK

The Throw Pink initiative, which Sara Nicholson founded, will raise money for breast cancer charities through participating disc golf tournaments from March through October. Part of the Throw Pink appeal, she said, is garnering attention from non-disc golfing women, which she said is already happening.
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GStar Prototype Daedalus http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/626-gstar-prototype-daedalus.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/626-gstar-prototype-daedalus.html 04.08.14

New High Speed Understable Driver

Just announced! The Daedalus, a new distance driver for humans who want to soar with gods. The Daedalus has wings to fly far down the fairway. Click "Read More" to enter. WINNERS PICKED!

More about the Daedalus

The INNOVA Daedalus is a new maximum downwind distance driver crafted for less powerful players. The disc will double as a long distance roller for more advanced players. The INNOVA Daedalus will be available in GStar plastic and is initially rated 13|6|-4|2. The Daedalus likes to be thrown low. Make sure it doesn't soar too close to the sun. The Daedalus is shipping to dealers next week. Don't miss out on your chance to win one here first!

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Ten lucky fans will each win a limited edition Prototype Daedalus. For your chance to win, use the widget below with your favorite social network (or all three) to enter. Entry into the contest ends on 4/15/2014 at 12:01am Pacific Time. This post will be updated with the winners on the morning of 4/15/2014. Good Luck Everyone!
Congratulations to our winners! Each of these lucky fans will receive a GStar Prototype Daedalus
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Innova LOC8™ GPS System http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/625-innova-loc8-gps-disc-golf-locator.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/625-innova-loc8-gps-disc-golf-locator.html 04.01.14

DISC GPS LOCATOR SYSTEM

Phones have it. Cars have it. Some cameras and watches even have it. We put four and fore together and came up with LOC8™. We're proud to announce the first GPS trackable disc system, INNOVA LOC8™. LOC8™ features GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC all packaged together in a micro-chip, molded directly into the disc rim.

INNOVA LOC8™

How does it work? Simply tap your NFC enabled smartphone on the disc and you're ready to start tracking with the LOC8™ app! Not only does this revolutionary new system allow for disc tracking, it also collects and stores valuable data within the LOC8™ app. Want to know exactly how far your disc traveled? It's top speed? How about the exact flight path? All this is now possible with LOC8™.

More about LOC8™

We know you're probably thinking, "That sounds great but how long is it going to last"? The internal components are molded directly into the rim to give lasting performance. The internal battery powers up with the LOC8™ charging pad in less than an hour. On a full charge, LOC8™ lasts for 6 hours with average (Par 54) use.

Where the BEEP is my disc?!

Sometimes, knowing the location isn't enough. Discs can blend right in with their surroundings and are near impossible to spot with the naked eye. That's why we've also included a beeping feature for those discs with ninja hiding skills. If you've tracked your disc to a general location but still can't find it, tap the menu key and enable the beeping feature to find your disc with ease.

Reviews

We've sent out some prototypes to a testing group to gather feedback. Initial feedback received is phenomenal.

"The Innova LOC8™ system is a really great concept for everyone except me."
- Paul McBeth 2x World Champ, 1050 Rated

"When I first heard about the LOC8™ system, I thought it was a joke." said Jay "Yeti" Reading, World Putting Champion and Team Innova Member. "It's crazy easy! And it allows me to play without having to focus on where my disc goes. I can now concentrate completely on my competitor's shots to make sure they don't advance their lies. It's a brutal, competitive jungle out there!

"I play in some pretty thick woods and I'm known to spray shots...I mean multiple times per hole. It's been so bad that so called "friends" would skip holes to avoid me. The LOC8™ keeps the Whitster on the course and in the group! Sign me up!"
- Whit Cooper, Connecticut

Release Info

Innova LOC8™ is in the final production phase and will begin shipping to authorized Innova retailers next week! Debut models include the Tern, Destroyer, Boss and Katana. Initially we'll be concentrating on high speed drivers for the LOC8™ release. More models coming out soon!

APRIL FOOLS!

As many of you have guessed, LOC8™ was our April Fools prank this year. Although this joke may not be far from reality. We hope everyone had a good laugh with us.

Pranks of the Past

April 1st 2013
Throton - PDGA Approved

April 1st 2012
The Southpaw Line - By Innova

April 1st 2011
New Disc: The QuiveR with QuadRim Technology
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GStar Line Expands http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/624-gstar-line-expands-giveaway.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/624-gstar-line-expands-giveaway.html 03.20.14

17 Models Now Available

GStar is a new blend of Star that adds flexibility and even more grip. The GStar line now includes 17 models featuring the Destroyer, TeeBird, Boss, Wraith, Roc3 and more! We're having a giveaway to celebrate the expansion. Click read more for the full lineup, more GStar details, and your chance to win! WINNERS PICKED!

More about GStar

The current GStar line up includes the Aviar, Aviar Driver, Beast, Boss, Dart, Destroyer, Paul McBeth Krait, Leopard, Mamba, Roc3, Roadrunner, Shark, Skeeter, TeeBird, Tern, Valkyrie and Wraith. These models are already on their way around the World. Contact your local dealer for exact delivery dates. Look for more GStar models coming soon!

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Five lucky fans will each win their choice of five GStar models. Five more runners up will each recieve 10,000 points at the Innova Factory Store. For your chance to win, use the widget below with your favorite social network (or all three) to enter. Entry into the contest ends on 3/28/2014 at 12:01am Pacific Time. This post will be updated with the winners on the morning of 3/28/2014. Good Luck Everyone!
Congratulations to our winners! Each of these lucky fans will receive 5 GStar models
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1050: A New Standard of Excellence http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/623-paul-mcbeth-sets-a-new-standard-of-excellence-1050-rating.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/623-paul-mcbeth-sets-a-new-standard-of-excellence-1050-rating.html 3.18.14

In 2012, skateboarders everywhere were in awe when Tom Schaar threw down the first 1080 in competition. A full three revolutions in the air. Much like Tony Hawk’s 900 at the 1999 X Games, it was a defining moment for the sport. Disc golf hasn’t yet crested 1080, but an untouched number just fell. A player rating of 1050, and Paul McBeth alone lays claim to this feat that has seemed to be within reach for the past 10 years or so. We caught up with Paul to talk about this head-spinning accomplishment.

Congratulations on hitting the 1050 mark. Where do you rank this achievement among others in your career?
Paul: I’d say it’s at the top of the list. Getting to 1050 is something that no one else has ever done before so it’s definitely a great feeling.
So you place this above the highest rated round record, and your wins at Majors?
Paul: I do, yes. Anybody can deliver a great performance once. The ratings achievement represents something I have been able to do over a long period of time.
PDGA Player Ratings have drawn their fair share of criticism over the years. What are your thoughts on the accuracy of the system?
Paul: I believe the system is pretty accurate. I do think it tends to favor the touring player who is playing a greater number of tournament rounds. It could be that complaints are coming from those with less of a ratings history, which can make a difference.
For many years a player rating of 1000 was a benchmark for Open players. Do you think top players should have a higher number in mind as the new standard of excellence?
Paul: I believe a 1000 rating is still the number to shoot for. There are just far more players reaching that level these days. More players than ever before can win on any given weekend.

What is the single biggest difference between the games of players rated 1020+ and the overwhelming majority of golfers who are part of the three digit club?
Paul: Shot selection and consistency. You have to develop good judgment on which shot to attempt, and you must be able to execute the shots consistently. Those are the two biggest things in my mind. Solid putting is also something that really separates top players from everyone else.
How much time do you spend each week practicing just your putting?
Paul: It used to be a lot. Now I don’t get as much time. I would say these days I average about 12 hours a week all total. That includes practice at home or wherever I’m staying, plus quick sessions before or after rounds.
Has your putting practice routine changed much over the years?
Paul: Yes. It has changed a lot, actually. I used to try and make everything, practicing a ton of different shots from all over the place. Now I work much more on inside the circle stuff. Putts inside 30 feet are crucial and just cannot be missed in larger tournaments. Or at least you cannot miss very many.
You have seen former teammates switch to other disc manufacturers in recent years. How big of a deal do you think it has been for them to adjust to entirely different product lines?
Paul: It may have bothered players a little bit. Drivers are very similar, and you replace them more often, so that is an easier switch. Mid-range discs and putters are tougher because it’s a feel thing. When you’ve got to make the shot it’s hard not to go with what you trust.
Before Nikko left Innova he talked openly about the challenge of adjusting mentally to a different putter. For newer players that might be difficult to understand since so many putters appear to be virtually identical. What did you putt with before your signature series McPro Aviar, and was it challenging to make the switch?
Paul: It is always mental with the putter. I learned to putt with a stiff DX Aviar Putter. I also used a KC Pro Aviar for about a year or so. I liked the KC because it was more stable and had a little less glide. When I switched to the McPro it was like going back to what I started with, or what I knew. It was a comforting change.
What advice would you offer a new player overwhelmed by the large selection of discs available today?
Paul: I would suggest finding a neutral flyer, like a Mako. Start with something that is easy to control while you develop your power and throwing style. That will give you a good center point for stability. Then you can add different discs, and different stability levels, that compliment your style of throw.
People tend to mimic the putting styles of the best player in their area. Did you ever do this?
Paul: Yes, a little bit. I would watch top players back home and try to pick up little things they did I thought may benefit me. It’s all trial and error. You still have to be true though to what feels comfortable and balanced for you athletically.

When you are warming up right before a round what are you looking to feel?
Paul: For putting I want to reach a point where I am not thinking any more. I want to be able to just let it go and hit the pole. There is just that comfortable spot where I’m not thinking at all about what I am doing mechanically.
You Tweeted just before the Memorial that you "love the first day nerves". How important is it to make the first putt, or the first few putts, of a tournament round?
Paul: I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Missing a putt at the beginning of a round, or the beginning of a tournament doesn’t mean you are going to lose. When I miss it usually motivates me. Once that passion kicks in I just automatically know that it’s time to get it going.
Who is the best clutch putter you’ve ever seen?
Paul: Steve Rico. I grew up watching and playing with Steve. He has hit some of the biggest putts I’ve ever seen.
Can you name the greatest shot you’ve ever made?
Paul: I’d say my final round tee shot on Hole 17 at Fountain Hills when I got my first NT win. I had thrown all of my Destroyers in the water except for one. I had to throw my least stable one when it mattered most. It felt so good when I released it. That one shot helped me secure the win.
If you could change one rule in disc golf, what would it be?
Paul: I would like to see the two-meter rule gone completely. In general I just don’t like grey areas. I’d like to see our rules be even more detailed to eliminate grey areas.
You came within one win of sweeping the Majors last year. How do you build on that?
Paul: I am more motivated to win this year, especially the bigger tournaments. They mean more to me now. As for the sweep, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. It is one tournament at a time. You can’t win them all if you don’t win the next one.
Now that you are in the record-breaking business, do you think about what is perhaps the hardest record to beat, Ken Climo’s 12 World Championship titles? Can you win 13?
Paul: It is definitely something I am going for. If I can stay healthy, keep getting better, and my level of passion stays where it is, I see no reason why I can’t get to that number.
Thanks for your time, Paul. Best of luck this season!
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Player Spotlight - Drew Gibson http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/622-player-spotlight-drew-gibson.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/622-player-spotlight-drew-gibson.html 3.12.14

Forty-six players with PDGA ratings at or above 1000 entered the 2014 Memorial Championship Open Division. Seventeen year old Drew Gibson was not one of them. Drew was rated 999. So on paper, he didn’t stand a chance against players rated nearly 50 points higher. But as the old saying goes, that is why they play the game.

Congratulations on your third place finish at the Memorial. How does it feel to have finished ahead of so many incredible golfers?
Drew: Thank you. It felt great to be playing with all those guys at that level. It was a lot of fun.
So how are you feeling as you reflect on the weekend?
Drew: I feel pretty good. I was actually sick and taking Tylenol the entire time in Arizona. Finally I feel like I am beginning to snap out of it.

Photo by Marble Jones
Did being sick impact your game or mindset during the week?
Drew: Fighting the elements was pretty challenging. I mean it was hot, then cold, then windy, rainy, you name it. I think being sick slowed me down a little bit mentally. I really took my time which may have helped my decision-making at certain points.
Not too many people saw you coming. Did YOU see you coming?
Drew: (Laughs) Don Smith saw me coming. Don actually told Terry Miller before the tournament that I was going to win so that was on my mind. Honestly though, I really just wanted to stay focused on playing my best.

How did you get so good at such a young age?
Drew: I learned a lot from watching the great players in our area. I also played baseball for 13 years so I already had an athletic background. The transition from competitive baseball to tournament disc golf was relatively easy for me.
On your Facebook profile it says you are model at Nike and that you speak Mongolian. Are you the most interesting 17-year old in the world?
Drew: (Laughs) That’s just a joke between me and my friends. Facebook asks all these dumb questions so we were just messing around.
If we hack into your iTunes library what are we going to find?
Drew: I listen to a little bit of everything, except maybe country. I listen to a lot of rap, old school stuff…

Photo by Marble Jones
Do you listen to music when you play golf?
Drew: Sometimes I do. It depends on the group. I will listen to music during backups on the course just to stay relaxed and focused.
How did you handle the weather delay during the final round?
Drew: Pretty good I think. I felt like it worked to my advantage. I went to the local pizza place and just chilled out. It gave me a chance to calm down and think things through.
Were you intimidated at all having McBeth in Saturday’s lead group?
Drew: No. I have played with Paul before. We are pretty good friends so I was comfortable. I was just trying to keep pace with him, which didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped.
JohnE McCray is one of the most awesome disc golf dudes in the history of disc golf dudes. What did you think of his game?
Drew: I had never played with JohnE before. He is really good. Definitely a great putter. More importantly though to me is that he is a really nice guy. He was very encouraging. JohnE is one of my new favorite people to hang out with on and off the course.
Were you thinking at all about how loudly the crowd was cheering for him?
Drew: The crowd was rooting for Paul and JohnE more than they were for Jared and me. But it wasn’t like the Heat and the Knicks out there. It’s not like fans were rooting against us so it wasn’t a big deal.

What are some of your go-to discs at the moment?
Drew: I threw a Champion Eagle more than anything else this weekend. I also had a Destroyer, TeeBird, Firebird, Roc, and a Glow KC Pro Aviar. Six models total…
Are you throwing any of the new GStar plastic?
Drew: I haven’t thrown them yet but I had a box waiting on me when I got home. I am looking forward to testing them out.

Photo by Marble Jones
Why do you choose certain plastic types over others?
Drew: When it comes to distance drivers I prefer Star. It’s a feel thing. Otherwise it’s kind of a mixed bag as the different product lines go. I throw KC Pro Rocs and Aviars. I also have a Champion Roc3 in the bag.
What is your number one piece of advice for new players?
Drew: Putt. A lot of people go buy distance drivers so they can rip it. That’s fun and cool, but to get better you have to learn to putt. Practice at least 30 minutes a day. Practice before your rounds. Find your putting stroke. Don’t be more concerned with throwing your first 500 foot shot than making your 25 footers.
I can hear people now going “FIRST 500 foot shot, what the heck?!” That’s something a bomber would say. Is driving distance one of the strengths of your game?
Drew: I can’t throw as far as guys like Wiggins, but I like to think I am just as accurate. I want to know exactly where all of my shots are going 100 percent of the time. Shot selection, and disc selection, is what I focus on.
Was there a hole at either Fountain Hills or Vista where you felt like you did something a little different because it made more sense for your game?
Drew: A good example was probably Hole 9 at Vista. It’s a big downhill shot that plays about 450 or so over some trees. A lot of guys were just bombing their Destroyers, or whatever. I backed down to a TeeBird for better control and birdied it every time.
What are your goals for the rest of the season?
Drew: We all want to win Worlds, the USDGC, NT events, and all the big ones, but I really want to be known as someone that has a great attitude. I want to stay positive on the course and always fight to the end.
Thanks for your time, Drew. Best of luck this season!
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Paul McBeth: 3-Time Memorial Champion http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/619-paul-mcbeth-3-time-memorial-champion.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/619-paul-mcbeth-3-time-memorial-champion.html 03.03.14

This time last year Paul McBeth was celebrating his dramatic final round at the Memorial Championship; an 1132 rated 39 at Fountain Hills. The celebration however, was bittersweet. While Paul had delivered the highest rated round in disc golf history, he did not win the tournament. Energized by the loss, McBeth would go on to win three of the season’s seven remaining tour events. He also tacked on three of four PDGA Majors, including his second consecutive world title.

As the tour rolled back into Scottsdale this year, Paul was determined to recapture the Memorial crown. Teammates like Jared Roan, Drew Gibson, David Wiggins Jr., Chris Becker, and Philo Brathwaite would all have a little something to say about that before the weekend was through. By the time Saturday’s final round began, Philo, Jared, and Drew had each tasted the lead. Despite a plethora of great storylines, Saturday’s most significant wound up being the weather. “We had it all on Saturday”, said McBeth. “Wind, rain, heat, cold, lightning, and even total calm.” Light rain and slippery conditions greeted the lead group which featured a three-way tie for the lead between Paul McBeth, Drew Gibson, and JohnE McCray. Jared Roan rounded out the foursome just one shot back. Light rain escalated to driving rain almost immediately. Before the group could make the turn the weather had gone from dark and nasty, to hot and sunny. Threatening clouds rolled back over Fountain Hills about midway through the back nine. With them came another deluge that flooded parts of the course and suspended play due to lightning. Fortunately everyone made it through the storms without harm. During all of these bizarre meteorological occurrences, McBeth remained focused on the task at hand. He carded an impressive round of 47 which earned him a 4 stroke victory and his third Memorial title. Drew Gibson finished third outright, while Jared settled into a tie for 4th.


While these guys were out sloshing around dodging bolts of lightning, Ken Climo, Patrick Brown, and George Smith had a battle going of their own in Masters. Climo was able to hold off his fellow teammates and defend his Masters title from 2013. Valarie Jenkins also had a solid weekend, finishing third in Women’s Open. Joe Mela took home second place in Men’s Grandmasters, finishing right behind Memorial tournament director, Dan Ginnelly. Great job, Dan! On the amateur side of the Memorial, Junior Team member Anthony Barela shot the best opening round and never looked back. Anthony was one of only two competitors in the 129-person field to finish under par. He went on to win by three over Alaska’s James Beckner.

McBeth stayed with Barela and his family during the event. “The kid never stopped playing the whole time. Before his rounds, after his rounds… it was fun to watch”, said Paul. McBeth was also excited to see one of Anthony’s junior teammates, Jacob Courtis, come out and caddy for Anthony. “The camaraderie between them was awesome.”

Back to the East

Team members were bonding in South Carolina and Virginia as well. The Earlewood Classic is one of South Carolina’s beloved events that is almost impossible to get into. If you are slow on the registration draw, you’re out. In Men’s Open this year Matt Dollar managed to hold off teammate Josh Childs for the win. In Masters it was Innova’s Creative Director, Matt Peckham who held off Kevin McCoy and Hall of Famer Alan Beaver to secure his third win of 2014 and his 5th masters win in a row. Peckham credits the addition of the Nova putter to his bag.

At the Loriella Challenge in Spotsylvania, VA, Terry Gallops needed extra innings to get past teammate Stephen Miller. Matt Kashima, also part of the Innova Junior Team, finished tied for fourth only three shots from the lead.

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MLU Sponsors Holly Finley http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/621-mlu-sponsors-holly-finley.html http://www.innovadiscs.com/home/621-mlu-sponsors-holly-finley.html 03.03.14

Major League Ultimate announces sponsorship of PDGA player Holly Finley
PHILADELPHIA— Major League Ultimate announced today the sponsorship of pro-disc golfer Holly Finley during the 2014 Professional Disc Golf Association season. With the arrangement, MLU hopes to further strengthen its commitment to disc sports and the disc sport community.

Finley, an Innova Discs Ambassador and international fashion model, will serve as a representative of MLU as she competes on the PDGA Tour series throughout the year. The sponsorship will also include joint multimedia projects and cross-sport promotions by Finley and MLU.

I'm excited for the opportunity to represent Major League Ultimate during the PDGA Tour series. The MLU shares my commitment to bringing awareness to the world of flying discs sports, whether it’s disc golf or Ultimate. It was a perfect mashup. Perhaps I can even convince a few Ultimate players to join me for a friendly tournament or two along the way.

- Holly Finley

Finley earned a fourth-place finish at the Amateur World Championships and tallied 16 first-place finishes during her first competitive year as an amateur in 2012. Finley competed as a professional in 2013, earning the PDGA Rookie of the Year award for her outstanding play on the national and international stage. “Holly is an incredible athlete, and it’s great that we get to sponsor her efforts in the disc golf world,” said Commissioner Jeff Snader. “We’re excited to bring more awareness to the great sport of disc golf and all the great athletes who play.” In 2012, Finley connected with Grass Roots Disc Golf and the Cape Town Ultimate Group in South Africa to hold youth clinics and donate discs and equipment.

“When she was having difficulty getting the word out in South Africa, she set up baskets in a city park and started putting. Eventually, local disc organizations stepped up to help her host two youth clinics. Now she’s a Celebrity Ambassador for Innova. That’s the kind of dedication we admire at the MLU,” said Executive Vice President Nic Darling.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKZ_Uz9NLmg 420 260] Finley can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as on her website DuchessOfDiscGolf.com.

About MLU

Major League Ultimate (MLU), the premier professional Ultimate league, seeks to bring Ultimate to a worldwide audience by making it accessible and exciting for our fans, rewarding for our players, profitable for our investors and productive for our partners. The league is a leading member in the Ultimate community in establishing a space for the sport to grow and flourish at the professional, collegiate and youth levels.

MLU was founded by Jeff Snader and Nic Darling in 2012 and is headquartered in Philadelphia. Major League Ultimate began play in April 2013 and was formed out of a long held belief in the bright future of Ultimate. MLU The league, entering its second season, has quickly established a major national following with live, online broadcasts of its games, an array of multimedia available on its websites, and a strong presence on social media.

The league is comprised of eight teams: Boston Whitecaps, D.C. Current, New York Rumble, Philadelphia Spinners, Portland Stags, San Francisco Dogfish, Seattle Rainmakers and Vancouver Nighthawks. For more information, visit us at www.mlultimate.com, or on Twitter or Facebook.]]>
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