Ongoing developments at Wildwood Park in Appling, Georgia, dwelling of the International Disc Golf Center (IDGC), have once more compelled new plans for the 2024 Champions Cup – a PDGA Main.
The W.R. Jackson Disc Golf Course on the IDGC had been the host course for the Champions Cup since its inception as a PDGA Main in 2022. Nonetheless, earlier in 2023 it was announced that, because of an invasive pine beetle infestation, the Military Corps of Engineers could be embarking on an enormous operation to clear a lot of the Wildwood Park property of pine timber.
Initially, reducing of the affected timber was to start by early October and be accomplished by early November 2023. Preliminary plans for the IDGC included reassessing all accessible, unimpacted land – together with the present Regular Ed monitor – in an effort to create two new championship programs. The 2024 Champions Cup was postponed till October 31 – November 3, 2024, to permit time to redevelop the property.
As of November 16, the tree-clearing on the IDGC parts of Wildwood Park has not commenced. Because of these delays, and the opportunity of additional delays, the PDGA has made the choice to once more reschedule the 2024 PDGA Champions Cup.
Because of this, the 2024 PDGA Champions Cup will likely be contested June 27-30, 2024, at Northwood Park in Morton, Illinois.
These dates had been chosen to correspond with the midwestern U.S. portion of the Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) schedule, slotting between The Protect Championship occasion in Clearwater, Minnesota, and the Des Moines Problem in Indianola, Iowa. The present 2024 PDGA Major and A-tier schedules had been additionally elements.
Sturdy, long-running civic and organizational assist within the Central Illinois space contributed to this growth. The already-in-place 2024 Champions Cup occasion group, together with Event Director Nate Heinold, will stay on the helm, overseeing the numerous bodily, logistical and monetary sources required of a PDGA Main.
“In simply two years, the PDGA Champions Cup has turn into a really particular occasion on the PDGA Main schedule. This largely is due to the W.R. Jackson course, and due to its location on the beloved IDGC property which supplied a spectacular backdrop for one in every of our sport’s majors. The lack of the W.R. Jackson course hurts, and the choice to maneuver the occasion from the IDGC to Northwood in 2024 was a troublesome one, but in addition the correct one,” stated Doug Bjerkaas, PDGA Director of Operations.
The Ledgestone Open – to be held later in the summertime of 2024 – is not going to be impacted by way of diminished monetary assist or different sources. Nonetheless, the course scheduling of the occasion will likely be altered to keep away from using a course for each a PDGA Main and an Elite Collection occasion in the identical calendar yr. Thus, Northwood is not going to be used on the 2024 Ledgestone Open. For subsequent yr’s Ledgestone occasion, FPO will play at Sundown Hills and MPO will play at Lake Eureka.
The IDGC stays the official dwelling of the PDGA Champions Cup, and the occasion is predicted to return to Wildwood Park in 2025.