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Coming Together: DGPT Launches United Series
Coming Together: DGPT Launches United Series - Disc Golf Pro Tour
July 25, 2023: The Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) is pleased to announce an opportunity for the disc golf community to come together and chart a new path forward with the creation of the DGPT United Series. The United Series is a new event designation that will be assigned to select FPO competitions beginning with the 2023 Ledgestone Open. Transgender women are eligible to compete in the FPO division in United Series events if any one of the three sets of criteria in C.1, C.2, or C.3. of the PDGA Policy on Eligibility for Gender-Based Divisions are met. Implementing this standard means that eligibility to compete in a United Series Event will be rooted in recognizing and celebrating gender identity.
The United Series designation has now been applied to the five recently impacted events, as announced by the DGPT on July 14(Discraft’s Ledgestone Open, Discraft’s Great Lakes Open, American Flying Discs Open, Discmania Open, and the MVP Open). The FPO divisions in these events are now restored and will take place at their original locations. In addition, the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) has announced that the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships will also be open to any transgender women who meet C.1, C.2, or C.3 of the PDGA Policy on Eligibility for Gender-Based Divisions. All restored events will receive the same resources and coverage as a typical Disc Golf Pro Tour event. Future events that do not carry the United Series designation will continue to require that transgender women competitors meet the C.3 criterion of the PDGA’s eligibility policy (Mid America Open, LWS Open, and DGPT Championship).
“We’re happy to deliver a solution that’s supported by the DGPT Tour Card Players on both ends of this issue. Gender eligibility is a topic that transcends the sport of disc golf and is destined to be adjudicated in larger sports and bigger courts,” said Jeff Spring, DGPT CEO & Tour Director. “Last week’s announcement has affirmed my belief that the sport of disc golf must find a middle road. Over the past three seasons, the DGPT has shown that we embrace and celebrate inclusion while acknowledging and working to address the serious issues regarding competitive fairness. The United Series allows us to preserve and offer both. We’ve been in constant discussions with the players on this; listening, learning, and forging this durable long-term solution for professional disc golf that all can support.”
The DGPT has been working with many FPO players to find and adopt a solution that will ensure long-term sustainability.
Kristin Tattar, the current leader of the DGPT Point Series and reigning PDGA World Champion, had this to say on the United Series, “The Disc Golf Pro Tour has provided me a platform to showcase my skills and test them against the best players in the world. I believe they have had a big part of me becoming the player I am today, and I’m forever grateful for having the opportunity to be a part of it. That being said, I support them in finding solutions in these tough times and trying to find common ground in a very sensitive area, to make sure we still have a place to excel as disc golf professionals.”
“The recent changes in the FPO events initially left me disheartened and full of questions, and I know I wasn’t alone in that feeling,” said Paige Pierce, five-time PDGA World Champion. “However, after connecting with Jeff and taking part in a series of extensive discussions with other players, we arrived at a united decision. It’s not a perfect outcome for anyone, but this new vision allows us all to get back to disc golf and focus on the beauty of our shared sport. I would be playing in the United Series if it wasn’t for my recent injury, and I feel respected, heard, and uplifted by the Pro Tour’s commitment to listen to player feedback and find a workable long-term solution for all players.”
“I’m very happy with the DGPT’s decision to reinstate these FPO events under the United Series designation,” said Ella Hansen, a DGPT Tour Card Player. “I think it’s the best solution for all FPO players based on my knowledge of this highly complicated situation. I’m grateful for the hard work of the DGPT to ensure the continuity of the FPO division for this year and into the future, and I look forward to playing in the United Series!”
The United Series will function as a co-existing event designation alongside the regular DGPT Silver, Elite, Elite+, and Playoff designations. For the remainder of the 2023 season, events that carry the United Series designation will award both standard DGPT points and co-equal United Series points. For example, the Ledgestone Open (Elite+) FPO division winner will receive 150 standard DGPT points and 150 United Series points. The DGPT will also award co-equal United Series points at the 2023 PDGA Pro World Championships. At all DGPT events, the eligibility policy in place (based on event designation) will inform which players are able to compete, and points standings will not supersede those policies.
The 2023 United Series will culminate at the MVP Open, and the top three competitors in United Series points will receive bonus payouts. The DGPT is committed to maintaining a long-term solution, including the possible extension of the United Series into 2024 and beyond, and will release more information on 2024 plans at a later date.
The DGPT is in support of the decisions made by all members of the disc golf community to live their life in the most authentic way possible and celebrates the courage necessary to make these decisions. Additionally, the Tour remains committed to creating a safe and harassment-free environment both onsite and online for all competitors in accordance with the DGPT community guidelines.
The first-ever event with United Series designation will be Discraft’s Ledgestone Open in Peoria, IL, August 3-6. Live coverage will be available on the Disc Golf Network with post-production coverage on DGPT Media Partner YouTube channels.