Great Lakes Open Preview: Taking On The Toboggan Hills

Recently, Discraft players have dominated in the company’s backyard

The third event of the covid era Elite Series starts up this weekend at the famed Toboggan course in Milford, Michigan. The Discraft Great Lakes Open is a one of a kind challenge on tour, offering the most consistent and stark elevation changes we see throughout the season. Of course, no conversation about the DGLO would be complete without reminding you, dear reader, that Paul McBeth shot his historic 18-under at the Toboggan in 2018. This begs the question, why doesn’t everyone do exactly what McBeth did? I mean, it’s right there. You can watch how he did it.

DGLO  joined the Disc Golf Pro Tour in 2018, and with the exception of McBeth and Nikko Locastro, no Open division player has bagged a top 10 finish in both editions of the event. McBeth is heading into this weekend looking for the three-peat, and Locastro is looking to keep the good vibes going after his win at The Preserve two weeks ago.  Locastro finished third in 2018, and earned a three-way tie for eighth in 2019. Kevin Jones took McBeth to the wire last season and is coming into the event with a lot of momentum.

In the Open Women’s division, we have not had a repeat champion, or even a repeat podium. In 2018, Sarah Hokom took the W, with Paige Shue née Bjerkaas and Jessica Weese in second and third. In 2019, Paige Pierce finished in first, well ahead of Catrina Allen and Lisa Fajkus.  Pierce and Allen have a significant leg up on the competition at this event with their abilities to push the disc down range on the long and uphill fairways all over this course. It is worth noting that neither Pierce nor Allen was in attendance in 2018, but Allen won this event four times when it was an A-tier. Missy Gannon will also be playing this weekend. She is hoping to extend her podium-streak to four events in a row as she has emerged as a new force in the FPO field.

What We’re Watching

  • This is Discraft’s backyard, and Paul McBeth has stamped his legacy over these hills like a stack of Lunas. Do the reigning world and DGLO champs, and Discraft top players repeat as victors, or does a rival manufacturer get to rain on the festivities?
  • While Toboggan sometimes has the rep of an “amateur” course, and regularly gives up double-digit rounds under par to the Open leaders, it plays pretty close to par on average for the field. The Open Women usually averages about six strokes over par. Will the par change in FPO move the field closer to even, and will a potentially clear and hot summer weekend drop the MPO scores even lower?
  • This is going to be Ricky Wysocki’s first time playing DGLO since it joined the Disc Golf Pro Tour. He won the event by nine strokes over Garrett Gurthie when it was on the National Tour in 2013. Eagle McMahon and Simon Lizotte are also playing DGLO for the first time.

Previous Winners

  PDGA Tier MPO Winner FPO Winner
2019 DGPT Paul McBeth Paige Pierce
2018 DGPT Paul McBeth Sarah Hokom
2017 A Ziggy Bierekoven Krystal Fromm
2016 A Reid Frescura Catrina Allen
2015 A Ben Callaway Catrina Allen
2014 A Tyler Horne Catrina Allen
2013 NT Ricky Wysocki Sarah Hokom
2012 A Jon Perry Catrina Allen
2011 B Tyler Horne n/a
2010 B Mike Raley Des Reading
2009 A Mike Raley Elaine King
2008 A Al ‘Sugar’ Schack Angela Tschiggfrie
2007 NT Cale Leiviska Des Reading
2006 NT Josh Anthon Des Reading
2005 NT Scott Martin Juliana Korver
2004 NT Cam Todd Des Reading
2003 NT Barry Schultz Juliana Korver
2002 A Shawn Sinclair Leslie Herndon
2001 A Scott Martin Elaine King
2000 n/a n/a n/a
1999 A Ken Climo Juliana Korver
1998 A Ken Climo Elaine King
1997 A Ken Climo Elaine King
1996 A Ken Climo Anni Kreml
1995 A Ken Climo Becky Powell
1994 B Jeff Malton Elaine King
1993 B Steve Kohman Molly Morrow
1992 A Dan Ginnelly Sharon Jenkins
1991 C Steve Wisecup Elaine King
1990 C Dan Ginnelly Sharon Jenkins
1989 C Slate Paul Elaine King
1988 C Joe Eagan Elaine King
1987 C Steve Wisecup Elaine King
1986 C Bob Huston/Kevin Stewart Gail McColl
1985 C Bob Harris n/a
1984 C Joe Eagan n/a

The Course

Toboggan: MPO – 9348 feet, par 62; FPO – 8,392 feet, par 64

One of the biggest draws for DGLO is how, as Simon Lizotte put it in his vlog, the course looks like a bomber course where big arms can just let it rip without much worry about OB, “natural” or otherwise. Given the elevation and strategic use of the woods and standalone trees on the property, however, a 600-foot bomb could be less useful than a well placed 400 foot “chip” to a more advantageous angle for attacking the green. There are eagles and plenty of birdies to be had, but without a strategy for moving the disc up the fairway, there are plenty of big numbers to be had.

The Open field will be playing a slightly shorter course than in 2019, and the Open Women have gained some distance, more than 400 feet. MPO par remains the same while FPO jumped four strokes. The MPO division will be playing the same tee pad as FPO on hole 1, shortening the opener by about 125 feet. The major changes for the women is playing holes 3 and 17 from the long tees and as par 5s.

Great Lakes Open Toboggan Caddy Book

How to Watch

The Disc Golf Network will have live coverage for all three rounds, and the final round will be simulcast on the DGPT YouTube channel. JomezPro will have MPO lead card post produced coverage, and Gatekeeper Media will cover chase card. GKPro will have FPO lead card post produced coverage. Alyssa Van Lanen will be on site behind her camera as usual, and UDisc Live will have live scoring.

As always, keep your eye on Ultiworld Disc Golf for all the latest and greatest in news and analysis.

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Posted by Disc Golf Pro Tour on Monday, July 20, 2020

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