The event will now be held at Fountain Hills DGC outside of Phoenix.
January 25, 2021 by Charlie Eisenhood in News with comments
The Disc Golf Pro Tour’s All-Star Weekend has been postponed from its originally scheduled late January timeslot to the weekend before the Las Vegas Challenge, the first event of the DGPT regular season.
The event has also been moved from Orlando to Phoenix, and will now be held on the Fountain Hills Disc Golf Course. The All-Star event will not allow on-site spectators or caddies but will be streamed live on the DGPT’s Disc Golf Network.
The current plan is to hold a two-day match play tournament on a safari layout. Players will be seeded based on their 2020 DGPT finish — 1 v. 8, 2 v. 7, etc. — and face off over nine holes starting on the morning of Saturday, February 20th. The semifinals — again, nine holes of match play — will take place on Saturday afternoon. Then the finalists — two MPO, two FPO — will play 18 holes on Sunday to chase the All-Star Weekend title.
The event was moved from Orlando due to COVID-19 concerns, according to DGPT CEO Jeff Spring, particularly because of the extra travel required. “[Fountain Hills’] proximity time-wise and space-wise to Las Vegas makes more sense,” he said. The Fountain Hills course is less than five hours driving from Las Vegas.
He added that holding the event at Fountain Hills keeps the course in the spotlight despite the DGPT removing The Memorial from the 2021 schedule.
“I think people like to see it,” said Spring.
The current thinking from the Pro Tour is to hold the All-Star Weekend event at Fountain Hills again next winter alongside a disc golf convention at a nearby resort. The weekend could expand to another eight All-Stars and potentially add a B-tier event for other players that attend the convention.
The 2021 All-Star Weekend will be broadcasted live on the Disc Golf Network. Here are the 16 players that will compete:
2020 Men’s All-Stars
1. Paul McBeth
2. Calvin Heimburg
3. Ricky Wysocki
4. Eagle McMahon
5. Chris Dickerson
6. Nikko Locastro
7. Kevin Jones*
8. Garrett Gurthie
2020 Women’s All-Stars
1. Paige Pierce
2. Catrina Allen
3. Sarah Hokom
4. Hailey King*
5. Missy Gannon
6. Jessica Weese
7. Kona Panis
8. Heather Young
*2020 DGPT Championship winner