Road to the Championship – The 2023 USDGC Qualifiers

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USDGC Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The United States Disc Golf Championship is reaching a milestone in 2023 – 25 consecutive years of life-changing victories and heartbreaking losses played on the most hallowed grounds in the sport of disc golf, the Winthrop Arena. Next year, the event aims to celebrate its anniversary with the most professional, best-attended, and most fun tournament in Rock Hill history. But the Road to the Championship starts long before the tournament kicks off in October. 

Below is the list of qualifying events for the 2023 USDGC. To match the ever-proliferating global talent in disc golf, next year, USDGC has more international qualifiers than any year prior. In 2022, we saw Gannon Buhr, the youngest winner in USDGC history, battle to the final hole with European Open Champion, Niklas Anttila, of Finland. In 2023, with the addition of new European qualifying events, could this be the year that someone from outside the United States takes down the US title? 

Gannon Buhr Wins the 2022 USDGC


Official USDGC Qualifying Events

A total of 4 spots will be available at each of the US events listed below. For the international events, 2 spots will be available. Competitors who participate in qualifying events that are already USDGC-eligible will be excluded from the qualifying process. In case of a tie for the final qualifying spot, the tournament director should hold a sudden-death playoff to determine the winner. If a playoff is not possible, the final spot should be awarded to the player with the lowest final-round score. 


Divisions other than Open (MPO) may be eligible to qualify if they compete during identical days and on the same course layout(s) as the MPO division. Decisions on whether or not non-MPO divisions are allowed to qualify are up to the tournament director of each event. A player may only qualify once at the official USDGC qualifying events listed below. Earned spots are not transferable. 


US Events Tour Location Dates

The Challenge at Goat Hill Park PDGA/A Oceanside, CA February 10-12, 2023

Las Vegas Challenge DGPT Henderson, NV February 23-26, 2023

Texas State Championships DGPT/S Houston, TX March 24-26, 2023

Throw Down the Mountain PDGA/A Brooksville, FL March 31-April 2, 2023

Blue Ridge Championship at North Cove DGPT/S Marion, NC April 14-16, 2023

PDGA Champions Cup PDGA/M Appling, GA April 20-23, 2023

Jonesboro Open DGPT Jonesboro, AR April 28-30, 2023

The 303 Open PDGA/A Federal Heights, CO May 5-7, 2022

OTB Open DGPT Stockton, CA May 12-14, 2023

Portland Open DGPT Portland, OR June 1-4, 2023

Dynamic Discs Open DGPT Emporia, KS June 16-18, 2023

Des Moines Challenge DGPT Des Moines, IA June 23-25, 2023

The Preserve Championship DGPT Clearwater, MN June 30- July 2, 2023

Discraft’s Ledgestone Insurance Open DGPT Peoria, IL August 3-6, 2023

Idlewild Open DGPT Burlington, KY August 11-13, 2023

PDGA Pro World Championships PDGA/M Smugglers Notch, VT August 30 – Sept 3, 2023

MVP Open DGPT Leicester, MA September 14-17, 2023


International Events (2 spots) Tour Location Dates

Copenhagen Open EPT Copenhagen, Denmark May 5-7, 2023

Foxwood Open PDGA/A Baden, Ontario May 20-22, 2023

Pro Forester EuroTour Varazdin, Croatia June 9-11, 2023

Konopiste Open EuroTour Konopiste, Czech Republic June 16-18, 2023

Krokhol Open EuroTour Krokhol, Norway June 23-25, 2023

Swedish Open EuroTour Boras, Sweden June 30 – July 2, 2023

Skelleftea Open EuroTour Skelleftea, Sweden July 7-9, 2023

PCS Open EuroTour More/Romdsal, Norway July 13-15, 2023

European Open PDGA/M Nokia, Finland July 20-23, 2023

BC Open PDGA/A Langley, British Columbia July 21-23, 2023

Alutaguse Open EuroTour Johvi, Estonia August 10-13, 2023

European Disc Golf Championships EDGF Tallinn, Estonia August 12-20, 2023

Sieravuori Challenge EuroTour Eura, Finland August 25-27, 2023

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USDGC Monday Qualifying at Winthrop

Individual qualifying rounds will take place at Winthrop on Monday, October 2, 2023. Each of the 4 lowest rounds will earn the right to compete in the 2023 USDGC. Only 4 spots are available. A sudden-death playoff will resolve ties if necessary. 


Exempt from Qualifying and Special Invitations

  • All previous United States Disc Golf Champions receive an automatic invitation to the 2023 USDGC
  • The top 10 from the 2022 USDGC receive an automatic invitation to the 2023 USDGC
  • Select Masters and Amateur tournament champions will receive an automatic invitation to the 2023 USDGC