Tournament History

Borrowing ideas from the traditional game of golf, Harold Duvall, Jonathan Poole, and Dave Dunipace began planning an event that would quickly shape the future of disc golf’s competitive scene. From those plans grew the United States Disc Golf Championship. Through its unique structure, highly acclaimed course, and distinct qualifying procedure, the “USDGC” established itself as one of disc golf’s most prestigious events.

In an effort to bring best disc golfers together, the USDGC combines all players who qualify into a single division. Virtually every other disc golf tournament in the world offers divisions based on age, gender and skill level. Disc golfers love the relaxed tournament structure, as they can enjoy good food, music, and even watch other competitors play their rounds.

For the first six years, the tournament ran consecutive days, Thursday through Sunday, with competitors playing one round a day. In 2005, the schedule was adjusted so that the final round would be held on Saturday. The primary reason was to offer spectators an opportunity to play Winthrop in exact tournament conditions.

Winthrop University’s Disc Golf Course has been the site of the USDGC since its inception in 1999. Although the course has seen minor changes each year, it always presents a combination of narrow fairways, lots of out-of-bounds area, elevated baskets, and plenty of water. Known to be physically, emotionally and mentally challenging, Winthrop allows for creativity in shot-making and a unique focus on shot placement, rather than on pure distance alone.

USDGC hopefuls may qualify for the event based on their performance at the previous year’s event or by participating in one of the many regional qualifying tournaments around the world. The unique structure and execution of the USDGC have set precedence for other disc golf tournaments to follow.

Through the financial assistance and support of Innova Champion Discs and numerous other sponsors, the USDGC has experienced sustained growth in the number of players and spectators that attend the tournament each year. The USDGC quickly became a favorite tournament for many of disc golf’s top professionals.

United States Disc Golf Champions

2019 – James Conrad, Virginia / Total Score: 249; Won by 1 – Leader Board
2018 – Paul McBeth, California / Total Score: 234; Won by 3 – Leader Board
2017 – Nathan Sexton, Oregon / Total Score: 232; Won by 5 – Leader Board
2016 – Jeremy Koling, North Carolina / Total Score: *180; Won by 4 – Leader Board
*Final round canceled due to Hurricane Matthew.
2015 – Paul McBeth, California / Total Score: 242; Won by 5 – Leader Board
2014 – Will Schusterick, Tennessee / Total Score: 249; Won in playoff – Leader Board
2013 – Steve Brinster, New York / Total Score: 237; Won by 1 – Leader Board
2012 – Will Schusterick, Tennessee / Total Score: 224; Won by 2 – Leader Board
2010 – Will Schusterick, Tennessee / Total Score: 244; Won by 2 – Leader Board
2009 – Nikko Locastro, Missouri / Total Score: 238; Won by 2 – Leader Board
2008 – Nate Doss, California / Total Score: 236; Won by 4 – Leader Board
2007 – Ken Climo, Florida / Total Score: 233; Won by 11- Leader Board
2006 – Barry Schultz, Wisconsin / Total Score: 236; Won by 11 – Leader Board
2005 – Dave Feldberg, Oregon / Total Score: 244; Won by 2 – Leader Board
2004 – Ken Climo, Florida / Total Score: 255; Won by 5 – Leader Board
2003 – Barry Schultz, Wisconsin / Total Score: 243; Won in playoff – Leader Board
2002 – Ken Climo, Florida / Total Score: 237; Won by 7 – Leader Board
2001 – Barry Schultz, Wisconsin / Total Score: 245; Won by 1 – Leader Board
2000 – Ken Climo, Florida / Total Score: 226; Won by 5 – Leader Board
1999 – Ken Climo, Florida / Total Score: 204; Won by 15 – Leader Board

Title Count by Athlete
Ken Climo – 5
Barry Schultz & Will Schusterick – 3
Paul McBeth – 2
Dave Feldberg, Nate Doss, Nikko Locastro, Steve Brinster, Jeremy Koling, & Nate Sexton – 1

Title Count by State
Florida – 5
Wisconsin, California, & Tennessee – 3
Oregon – 2
Missouri, New York, North Carolina, & Virginia – 1

USDGC Performance Flight Champions

2015 – Nick Hanson, Idaho / Won by 2 – Leader Board
2014 – Paige Pierce, Texas / Won by 9 – Leader Board
2013 – Taylor Maslowski, Massachusetts / Won by 6 – Leader Board
2012 – Jared Neal, Alabama / Won by 7 – Leader Board
2011 – John Key, Florida / Won by 15 – Leader Board

Golden Rake Award Winners for Outstanding Volunteer Service

2019 – Diana and Doug Singleton
2018 – Marty Borucki

2017 – Tom Usselman
2016 – Nate Lane
2015 – Ken Rollins
2014 – Dale Sollars
2013 – Sam Nicholson and Stan McDaniel
2012 – Terry Roddy
2011 – Bear Roberts
2010 – Mike Norris
2009 – James Nichols
2008 – Lisa McDaniel and Bill Jacobson
2007 – Billy Crump
2006 – Pat and Rock Searle
2005 – Sammy Poole
2004 – Brian Mace
2003 – Brian Mace
2002 – Sam Covington

Dean’s Cup Invitational Champion and Runner-up

2018 – Mississippi State University (Champion), Liberty University
2017 – Ferris State University (Champion), Arkansas State University
2016 – Canceled due to Hurricane Matthew
2015 – Augusta University (Champion), Colorado State University
2014 – Colorado State University (Champion), Augusta University
2013 – Clemson University (Champion), Winthrop University

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