All current, dues-paid members in good standing of the Professional Disc Golf Association are eligible to qualify for the 2021 United States Disc Golf Championship (USDGC). The USDGC is a PDGA Major, therefore all competitors must have a current PDGA membership and must have passed the PDGA Official certification exam in order to compete. Those gaining USDGC eligibility should register for the event as quickly as possible.
Exempt from Qualifying and Special Invitations
All previous United States Disc Golf Champions receive an automatic invitation to the 2021 USDGC:
Ken Climo (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007) Paul McBeth (2015, 2018)
Barry Schultz (2001, 2003, 2006) Jeremy Koling (2016)
Will Schusterick (2010, 2012, 2014) Steve Brinster (2013)
Chris Dickerson (2020) Nikko Locastro (2009)
James Conrad (2019) Nate Doss (2008)
Nathan Sexton (2017) David Feldberg (2005)
The top 10 from the 2020 USDGC receive an automatic invitation to the 2021 USDGC:
Chris Dickerson (1) Paul Ulibarri (7)
Calvin Heimburg (2) Eagle McMahon (8)
Ricky Wysocki (3) Chris Clemons (9)
Garrett Gurthie (4) JohnE McCray (T-10)
Paul McBeth (T-5) Adam Hammes (T-10)
Kyle Klein (T-5) Nathan Queen (T-10)
Eligible competitors from 2020 who were not permitted to travel due to pandemic restrictions receive an automatic invitation to the 2021 USDGC:
Marion Kull (Alutaguse Open) Martin Hendel (Foxwood Open)
Silver Latt (Alutaguse Open) Clayton Morgan (Foxwood Open)
Luukas Rokkanen (Alutaguse Open) Chris Ozolins (Foxwood Open)
Juhani Vainio (Alutaguse Open) Josh Prine (Foxwood Open)
Villota Mathias (Alutaguse Open) Kim Scott-Wood (Foxwood Open)
Albert Tamm (2019 USDGC Top 10)
The following tournament champions will receive an automatic invitation to the 2021 USDGC:
2021 United States Amateur Champion (MA1)
2021 United States Masters Champion (MP40)
2021 Men’s Advanced World Champion (MA1)
2021 College Disc Golf National Champion (Men’s Singles)
2021 Deaf National Champion (MPO)
Note: Exempt athletes must register on or before August 31, 2021. Competitors who miss their deadline automatically forfeit their spot and may only re-qualify via USDGC Monday Qualifying rounds.
Official USDGC Qualifying Events
A limited number of spots will be available at each of the events listed below. Competitors who participate in USDGC qualifying events that are already 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.
2021 Qualifying Events Location Dates
Las Vegas Challenge Henderson, NV February 25-28, 2021
Throw Down the Mountain Brooksville, FL March 19-21, 2021
Lone Star Classic Austin, TX April 2-4, 2021
Jonesboro Open Jonesboro, AR April 16-18, 2021
Dynamic Discs Open Emporia, KS April 28 - May 1, 2021
The Challenge at Goat Hill Oceanside, CA May 7-9, 2021
Santa Cruz Masters Cup Santa Cruz, CA May 28-30, 2021
Portland Open Portland, OR June 4-6, 2021
Pro World Championships Ogden, UT June 22-26, 2021
PCS Sula Open Langevdg, Norway July 7-11, 2021
The Preserve Championship Clearwater, MN July 30-August 1, 2021
Ledgestone Insurance Open Eureka, IL August 5-8, 2021
Delaware Disc Golf Challenge Newark, DE August 27-29, 2021
Green Mountain Championship Smugglers’ Notch, VT September 9-12, 2021
Foxwood Open Ontario, Canada September 17-19, 2021
Music City Open Nashville, TN September 24-26, 2021
USDGC Monday Qualifying
Individual qualifying rounds will take place at Winthrop on Monday, October 4, 2021. Pre-registration is required. Walk-ups and re-starts will not be an option due to added safety measures to keep visitors to Winthrop as safe as possible. Registration opens at Disc Golf United on Wednesday, September 1st.
The entry fee is $75.00 and PDGA membership is not required to participate. Those who qualify for the USDGC on Monday must be current PDGA members and must pass the PDGA Officials Exam prior to Wednesday’s opening round. Both of these steps can be taken in advance of Monday Qualifying at www.pdga.com.
Each of the five (5) lowest rounds will earn the right to compete in the 2021 USDGC. Only 5 spots are available. A sudden-death playoff will resolve ties if necessary.
Entry Fees, Registration, & Athlete Check-In
Entry Fee Amount: $300
Note: There will be no refunds after Friday, October 1, 2021
Athlete Check-in: Details TBD