ROCK HILL, S.C. - In October, Winthrop’s disc golf course will be home to two prominent events for the sport: the Presidents Cup on Oct. 5 and the 2010 U.S. Disc Golf Championship, Oct. 6-9.
The 2010 Presidents Cup marks the first time the event has been played in the U.S. America has won all three of the past cups. This year’s American team includes returning members David Feldberg, Ken Climo, Nate Doss and Valarie Jenkins as well as new faces Nikko Locastro, Josh Anthon and Des Reading. The Americans will face off against Denmark’s Karl-Johan Nybo, Germany’s Simon Lizotte and Sweden’s Oscar Stenfeld and Emil Dahlgren, among others. Admission to the Presidents Cup is free.
The USDGC begins a four-day schedule of competition on Oct. 6. This will be the 12th consecutive year this prestigious event has been held at Winthrop. Last year’s U.S. champion Locastro returns to defend his title against 2009 Disc Golf World Champion Avery Jenkins and former U.S./world champions Climo, Doss and Barry Schultz. These decorated disc golfers will compete against players from Japan, Norway, Finland, Sweden and the U.S.
This year’s USDGC also marks a change for the event. In recognition of the growth of disc golf around the globe, USDGC will move to a biennial schedule effective immediately. The championship will alternate years with Europe’s major event, the European Open. The U.S. championship – a capstone event for the Professional Disc Golf Association – will be held on even-numbered years and the European Open on odd-numbered years. This will enable better global promotion of professional disc golf, as well as afford an opportunity to serve another important segment of the disc golf population.
Two-time former world disc golf champion and Rock Hill resident Harold Duvall developed Winthrop’s disc golf course in 1991. The Winthrop Gold Course has been the site of the championship since its inception in 1999.
For the 2010 USDGC, VIP tickets – which allow admission on all days of competition – are $25, and single-day tickets are $10. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. All tickets may be picked up at the Gold Course.
To find out more about the Presidents Cup, visit the event's website. To get information about USDGC or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.usdgc.com.