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Disc Golf Pro Tour is Back! Here’s What You Need to Know

Disc Golf Pro Tour is Back! Here’s What You Need to Know

Some much-needed good news came to the Disc Golf community today when Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) made the big announcement that they will return to Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Elite Series sanctioned play this June. The Tour came to a grinding halt on March 13, 2020, in the middle of the Waco Annual Charity Open in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Disc Golf Pro Tour’s announcement came on the same day as the PDGA update that 23 states and 11 countries are now available for PDGA sanctioning. While we’re starting to see sports and other businesses open up again, COVID-19 is still a major concern and both the PDGA and the DGPT have presented detailed plans outlining new policies and best practices to keep players and staff safe during events. 

The Disc Golf Pro Tour will restart in the Midwest in Emporia, KS, with a brand new event — The Dynamic Discs Open on June 26-28. The San Francisco Open and Portland Open have both been canceled in order to stay in alignment with local government guidelines. The Portland Open will be replaced by another new event — the Preserve Championship in Clearwater, MN on July 3-5. The Jonesboro Open has been rescheduled to Oct 1-3. With these changes, the DGPT will continue to have an Elite Series consisting of 11 events, as originally planned. The Tour also plans on keeping 7 of 9 original Silver Series events for a schedule of 18 total events in 2020. 

To protect the safety of players, staff, and volunteers, the DGPT has outlined a detailed three-phased approach to resuming play. When the Tour resumes in June with Phase 1, there will be strict precautions in place. The Phase 1 guidelines include:

  • Spectator-free events
  • No caddies
  • Sanitization of common surfaces and hand sanitizer available during play
  • Enforcement of social distancing measures, requiring all players, staff, and media to stay at least 6 feet away from each other at all times 
  • Group sizes will be limited to three
  • Field sizes will be reduced for speed of play and to allow for better social distancing

The DGPT will also provide optional COVID-19 testing for all players. If any player shows possible symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone who has tested positive, testing and a negative result will be required in order to participate in the event. 

Once state and local governments declare that it’s safe for gatherings of 50 or more people, Phase 2 of the DGPT safety procedures will go into effect. During Phase 2, limited spectators will be allowed and players will be grouped into foursomes. Testing, social distancing, and sanitization procedures established in Phase 1 will continue in Phase 2. 

While it will be quite different than what we’ve seen in past years, we’re unbelievably excited to see the Tour return. As a DGPT partner and with several members of our Savage Squad participating, we’re unbelievably excited about this news and for the future of Disc Golf. We can’t wait to follow the coverage and cheer everyone on while social distancing in our homes.

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7 Questions with Pro Disc Golfer Alec Anderson

7 Questions with Pro Disc Golfer Alec Anderson
The Masters are cool and all, but we're really excited about the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships scheduled for April 11-14 in Augusta, Georgia. In honor of the event, we challenged Savage Squad member and pro disc golfer Alec Anderson to answer seven searing questions.

***Check out our Savage Squad Collection for a rotating selection of jerseys representing our sponsored players!***

Savage: Can you tell us how you initially got into disc golf?
Alec Anderson: I get to be one of those first generations that say I’ve played disc golf my whole life! My dad had started playing a few years before I was born. When I was born, he was big in the sport so I’ve been playing my whole life.
Savage: What's your favorite thing about disc golf? 
A.A.: My favorite thing about the sport is 100 percent the people you meet and the friends you make. I have friends all over the country now and I get to reconnect with people I haven’t seen in a while at tournaments. The before, during and after tournament antics that me and my friends do is the best! The best memories in my life are memories with my friends at tournaments!
Savage: How do you train for an event like this? 
A.A.: Training for an event like this to me is just practice, practice, practice. I’ll be practice putting every night for the two weeks before the event. Then we also arrive three days early just so we have enough time to practice all the courses. One of the most important things to me is playing the courses beforehand and knowing the shots and distances required for the holes.
Savage: Do you have any pre-tournament rituals?
A.A.: My only pre-tournament ritual is on the first hole of the tournament. Take a deep breath, relax and get ready to throw!
Savage: What do you like to wear when you play?
A.A.: I’ve been changing it up lately. I’m usually just a dry fit shirt and light sport shorts for tournaments. But the last couple of years I’ve had more success on the course and have started representing companies! Now I try to look as professional as possible, and I decided the company to help me do that was Savage Apparel! You’ll see me in their clothes all year looking professional and clean at every event.
Savage: What do you like to do after playing?
A.A.: After events, I love to spend time with friends and talk with people I haven’t seen for some time. The antics with the friends and just enjoying the camaraderie is what I love most!
Savage: Any tips for aspiring players?
A.A.: I think my biggest tip for aspiring players is to find discs that work the best for you, learn those molds and stick with them. Don’t switch the discs in your bag more than you need. One disc here or there is always fine, but changing things like your putters or most important drivers every two weeks because you had a bad day is not good mentally and not good for consistency.

I can’t wait to hit up a lot of big tournaments this year! I have a lot of A-tiers on the schedule along with some other bigger tournaments. Look for me out on the course. I have to thank my sponsors Savage Ultimate, MVP Disc Sports and Deuce Squad Disc Golf for the support this season as I begin my professional career!
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Avery Jenkins Joins Team Savage

Avery Jenkins Joins Team Savage
We're so proud to announce that the 2009 Disc Golf World Champion, Avery Jenkins has signed with Savage as his apparel partner. We first met Avery at the US Disc Golf Championship in 2015. We instantly hit it off with Avery and his story of playing Ultimate frisbee at the University of Oregon. We had just entered the Disc Golf world and he was extremely supportive of what Savage was ready to bring to the sport. 

Fast forward two years and we finally sealed the deal making Avery the first sponsored disc golf player for Savage! We have collaborated with Avery to bring his apparel line to life. Be sure to check back regularly for updates to his collection. Avery will be sporting Savage gear while he's out on the course playing, coaching and commenting.

Avery was awarded the PDGA Rookie of the Year in 2000 as his professional career took off. Quickly rising in rankings and winning majors, he won the World Champion title in 2009. Avery is still playing competitively and focuses on the growth of the sport. He's a commentator for the Disc Golf World Tour and even did trick shots with our buddy Brodie Smith

We're looking forward to a great future with Avery. Make sure you check out the Avery Jenkins Pro Shop.
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