The staff at Dynamic Discs were excited to learn in September that their Glass Blown Open disc golf tournament was selected to be a national tour stop on the PDGA 2015 national tour.
They were even more excited to learn Monday that the event has already sold out and smashed previous attendance records.
Last year the event had 512 competitors and this year 907 people registered with another 200 people on the waiting list.
“We are still in disbelief that the goal was reached so quickly. The tournament is still over four months away,” said Dixon Jowers who is Dynamic Disc’s operations specialist. “We are incredibly grateful for the support of the fans of Dynamic Discs that they would trust us enough to spend the time and money to come to Emporia to experience this incredible disc golf community.”
This will be the second-largest tournament in the history of disc golf. It isn’t the number one tournament because it cannot accommodate more players. Dynamic Disc is hopeful the tournament can expand next year because they hope to have two additional courses and an extra hotel. This year, every hole in Emporia will have a full card of players at all times.
Dynamic Disc representatives believe several factors have led this to be a marquee tournament event for the PDGA.
“We believe that the disc golf world has finally heard of two things; Dynamic Discs’ ability to run a great event and the incredible setting of Emporia, Kansas,” said Jowers. “We call it an experience and not just a tournament. We offer so many things besides the sanctioned rounds of golf that most of those that attend feel like they have won even if they play terrible because of the fantastic time that they had here.”
This year attendees will be able to play in two different one day tournaments on the days before the GBO even begins, free bowling sponsored by Flint Hills Lanes, free movie night sponsored by the Granada Theatre, poker night sponsored by State Farm Insurance and hosted at the Emporia Country Club, plus the block party hosted by Emporia Main Street, which has grown every year. Plus, every disc golfer gets to play at least one round of ball golf courses in town at the Emporia Country Club or Emporia Municipal.
Eric McCabe and Gabe Werly started the Glass Blown Open 12 years ago. The first event was held in 2003 as a PDGA B-Tier and had 88 competitors.