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2019 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships

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Event Info

The PDGA, Dynamic Discs, Emporia Main Street, and the Emporia Convention and Visitors Bureau certainly have the experience and manpower to host the 2019 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships. Dynamic Discs has been running and hosting PDGA events for fourteen years with great success and support from the disc golf community. Recently, Dynamic Discs has hosted the 2018 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships, the 2016 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships, the 2013 PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships and several Glass Blown Open National Tour events. 

The city of Emporia is committed to disc golf and is going to make the 2019 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships an unforgettable and enjoyable experience from the time that you show up to town until the time that you leave.

The courses, lodging, food and disc golf-related activities are all located within five miles of downtown Emporia making the tournament experience one that involves minimal transportation between courses and special events.

Courses

The 2019 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships will feature six disc golf courses:

*Note: pars and distances will vary depending on age group.

Hammond Park: (2172 feet, Par 27) Hammond Park is a short technical nine-hole course installed permanently in 2017 specifically for Junior Worlds.  The holes range from 150 feet to 318 feet.  The signature hole on this course is Hole 9 measuring 250 feet.  Hole 9 requires a straight shot into a gap in a tree line with the basket set about 30 feet into the trees and on a steep ledge.  The nine-hole layout will be used for several of the younger age groups but is a course enjoyed by Emporia residents of all ages!

Flint Hills Technical College: (2300 feet, Par 27) The Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC) course is an open yet challenging nine-hole course that was installed in 2016.  This course uses the grounds surrounding a college campus and has several wide-open tee shots to go along with a few tricky technical lines that must be hit from other tees.  Locals enjoy several ace runs on this fun course, but often find themselves shaking their heads as they can also card 4s and 5s.  The younger divisions at Junior Worlds will play FHTC. 

Peter Pan Park: (long - 6468 feet, Par 57) Peter Pan is a technical course.  Water comes into play on several holes.  The signature hole on this course is Hole 8 or as some folks call it “Monkey Island” measuring 350 feet.  Hole 8 requires an accurately placed tee shot to find safety on the island.  Peter Pan is a local favorite amongst Emporia disc golfers.  This course was established in 2007 with a special thanks to the local Optimist group who funded the baskets.  In 2017, and in preparation for Junior Worlds, several course improvements were made, including new shorter tee box locations and new shorter pin positions making the course challenging for a variety of age levels.

Jones West: (long - 6137 feet, Par 58) Jones West is a beautiful course that has cedar trees and water on multiple holes. A well-placed tee shot can certainly be the difference between a 2 and a 4 on most of the holes at this established park course.  The signature hole is Hole 18 measuring 465 feet.  Players face a tough decision on this hole, having to decide whether to throw over the water or play it safe off of the tee. The pin sits on a hill that often causes shots to roll away.  Jones West was established in 1992.  In 2017, and in preparation for Junior Worlds, several course improvements were made, including new shorter tee box locations and new shorter pin positions making the course challenging for a variety of age levels.

Jones East: (long - 7531 feet, Par 59) Jones East is a long course with several water hazards and tight OB lines. Elevation changes add to the complexity of the holes at Jones East. The signature hole is Hole 9 measuring 726 feet.  Players can attack this long par 4 with either a big anhyzer or an accurate straight shot through a tight gap off of the tee. Well-placed cedars and road OB make the hole difficult. A solid shot off the tee allows for a birdie opportunity, while any mistake can result in a double bogey or worse. Scoring even par at this course for the average player makes for a good day. Jones East was established in 2001.  Numerous short tee pads were added to Jones East in 2017 in preparation for Junior Worlds.

Emporia Country Club: (long - 9712 feet, Par 63) This course has been designed on the beautiful grounds at Emporia Country Club. The facility features a relaxing atmosphere and club house where food and drinks are available for purchase. This course utilizes the long downhill and uphill fairways of the ball golf course to create extremely challenging holes. The water and cart paths are used for OB. The signature hole is Hole 16 measuring 340 feet over the water to a small island green measuring only 60'x40'. Players are often tested by the wind and have to make the tough decision to go for the green or lay-up to a bailout zone short and right of the island.  The course was initially designed for the 2011 Glass Blown Open by Eric McCabe and has become the centerpiece course for many tournaments held in Emporia since then. Several new tee pads have been added to the Emporia Country Club in the spring of 2019, making the course even more versatile.

Important Course Practice Note: The Emporia Country Club will be open for practice rounds on Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th in the afternoons and all day on Monday, July 8th.  Practice rounds at the Country Club will cost each player $10.00/round.  Flint Hills Technical College, Hammond Park, Peter Pan Park, Jones West, and Jones East will be set up in Worlds layout no later than July 1st and are free to play.

Planned Events

  • Sunday, July 7th – 9:00am – Divisional Doubles Championship; two rounds at Peter Pan
  • Monday, July 8th – Field Events, including Skillshot, Putting, Distance, and Mini Golf at Emporia Middle School
  • Tuesday, July 9th – Player Check-In at the Granada Theatre 
  • Tuesday, July 9th – Player Meeting at the Granada Theatre
  • Friday, July 12th – Fly Mart (location weather dependent)
  • Saturday, July 13th– Final Award Ceremony at the Emporia Country Club

Other special events will be added to the schedule soon!  Please visit http://pdgajuniorworlds.com/ for the latest news and schedule updates.

Sponsorship and Fly Mart

There are several sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 PDGA Junior World Disc Golf Championships. 

Please visit http://pdgajuniorworlds.com/interested-in-sponsoring/ and http://pdgajuniorworlds.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-junior-worlds-rate-card.pdf  for details on sponsorship packages and Fly Mart details.  Questions regarding sponsorship or the Fly Mart can also be directed to [email protected].

Registration

Critical Reminder:  Any Junior Worlds Competitor younger than 13 years of age must be accompanied by their parent/guardian during their tournament rounds.

Be sure to check the Invite List https://www.pdga.com/2019juniorworlds/invites  and the Registration Schedule https://www.pdga.com/2019juniorworlds/registration/schedule to determine your first available registration tier and on what date it opens.

The site for registration is: https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/2019_PDGA_Junior_Disc_Golf_World_Championships/register

Registration costs are:

  • Singles - $100 (includes a $10 facilities fee, $5 Ace Pot, and a $10 non-refundable reg fee.)
  • Divisional Doubles - $10 per partner (both partners must register separately)
  • Field Events - $10 per event (note: one-half of the Skillshot fees are donated to E.D.G.E.)

While registering, parents may also purchase a Parent Pack for $35 that includes a shirt, a special disc, and other goodies for the parents or guardians traveling with their kids (be sure to choose the correct size shirt of the parent.)

Please direct all questions concerning invites, registration, or withdrawals and refunds, to the PDGA Tour Manager, Andrew Sweeton at [email protected], NOT to the Tournament Director.

We look forward to seeing you in Emporia for Junior Worlds!

Doug Bjerkaas
2019 PDGA Junior Worlds Tournament Director