|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
Title Count by Athlete
Title Count by State
USDGC Performance Flight Champions
2015 – Nick Hanson, Idaho / Won by 2 – Leader Board
Golden Rake Award Winners for Outstanding Volunteer Service
2019 – Diana and Doug Singleton
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