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Disc Golf Preview: Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open in Emporia, Kansas
While many female disc golfers will be taking part in the Texas Women's Disc Golf Championship, another one of disc golf's biggest tournaments will be held from April 13-15, 2012, in Emporia, Kan. The Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open already has 429 players registered in this PDGA sanctioned A-tier event, more than twice as many that competed in The Memorial Championship held in Scottsdale, Ariz., in late February and early march.
One of the world's top disc golf professionals, Eric McCabe, along with his friend, Gabe Werly, started this event nine years ago. In 2003, the first event was held as a PDGA sanctioned B-tier event with 88 players in the competition.
According to DynamicDiscs.com, "The original glass trophies were designed by world renowned artist, Hal Berger, which added tremendous value and prestige to the young event. In 2006 Hal passed away at the young age of 54 in his sleep and passed the art of blowing the glass trophies to Brice Turnbull, who studied under Berger."
McCabe has achieved a number of impressive accomplishments along the way as well. He is the 2010 PDGA World Champion, and had his first major tournament win in 2008 at The Player's Cup in Crystal River, Fla. He's currently ranked as the seventh best disc golf professional in the world, and in February he told me that he hopes to one day be a part of the Disc Golf Hall of Fame. He's got a good start to achieving his goal.
In 2010, McCabe was crowned champion in the Glass Blown Open, and he also captured the victory here in 2005 and 2007. Last year's winner was Cale Leiviska of St. Paul, Minn. Will McCabe take the title back in 2012?
In addition to McCabe, a few of the other players who will be in the competition include Nate Doss of Capitola, Calif., who is currently ranked the No. 1 disc golfer in the world. Avery Jenkins, who also resides in Capitola and is considered one of the longest throwers in the game, will compete alongside him. Some of the other big name pros who will be here include Nikko Locastro and Will Schusterick, and the 2011 PDGA Rookie of the Year, Ricky Wysocki.
The 2011 Women's World Champion, Paige Pierce will compete in the women's open division, along with three-time Women's World Champion Valarie Jenkins and the 2011 Female Rookie of the Year, Catrina Allen.
The Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open is a must-attend for anyone interested in the great sport of disc golf.
The first time K.C. Dermody played disc golf was in the spectacular Black Hills of South Dakota. She has since become addicted to promoting the sport, and enjoys playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She welcomes comments and suggestions, with the goal of promoting the sport of disc golf throughout the world. Find her on www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter or Twitter @kcdermody.
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