, 2022-09-04 18:21:13,
The top disc golfers from across the globe competed last week in the 2022 Professional Disc Golf World Championships. With such high level competition playing out in front of such a large and lively crowd, the event was as captivating as anticipated. Team Innova had athletes in both divisions in the hunt until the very end. We had four MPO players and five FPO players finish in the top 10. Henna Blomroos took 2nd place in FPO! With the conclusion of Worlds, the 2022 Pro Tour post-season has begun. Players only have two more Elite Series events and one Major, USDGC, to add themselves to the list of 2022 Pro Tour event winners and to qualify for the Tour Championships in mid-October. Team Innova’s athletes are determined to keep our amazing season going at these last tournaments of the year.
The 2022 Professional Disc Golf World Championships had a record-setting purse of $200,000, a number that would have been inconceivable in our sport just a few short years ago. Over 2,000 spectators bought passes for the final day to watch the crowning of our new World Champions in person. This substantial payout and crowd size prove how much the sport of disc golf is progressing.
This year’s Worlds took place in Emporia, Kansas on the classic Emporia Country Club course and the newly designed Supreme 18 course at Jones Park. These long, OB-heavy courses feature frequent risk-reward decisions, iconic island greens, changing elevation, varied shot shapes, and the potential for wind. With great conditions all week, scores were low. Players who kept the disc in the fairway and avoided OB strokes excelled.
MPO in the Top 10
On the MPO side for Team Innova, Calvin Heimburg, Anthony Barela, Joel Freeman, and Nate Sexton handled the Emporia courses best, all placing in the top 10 for the tournament. Calvin Heimburg stayed in contention for the win all week, making the final-day lead card. Calvin placed 6th for the event overall and led the field in Parked percentage. Calvin has won two Elite Series events already this season and has been in the mix of every Major. He will be a favorite going into the final tournaments of the year.
Anthony Barela had a breakout performance at this year’s Worlds. He led the field in Strokes Gained Tee to Green and Circle One Hits in regulation. The young player has always been known for his unrivaled distance, but not necessarily his consistency. Now, placing in a tie for 7th at the World Championship,…
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