Disc Golf’s Best to Compete for World Championship Title

The best disc golfers in the world will meet in Emporia, Kansas this August for the 2016 Professional Disc Golf Association World Championships, presented by Dynamic Discs.

Several former champions will be looking to add another world title to the trophy case, but they will have to contend with a field of up-and-coming, world-class players hungry to make a name for themselves.

In anticipation of the 2016 PDGA Pro Disc Golf World Championships, let’s take a look back at some of the past champions vying for another title this year:

Ken Climo – “The Champ” has a list of accolades a mile long. A twelve-time world champion, Climo claimed nine consecutive world titles from 1990 to 1998 and he also has three Masters world titles to his name (the masters division is open to competitors age 40 and up). The seven-time PDGA Player of the Year was inducted into the PDGA Hall of Fame in 1995. Climo has earned almost $400,000 over his career and he has over 200 tournament victories.

Barry Shultz – A Wisconsin native, Shultz is a two-time world champion who also clinched his first Masters title in 2013. For a seven year span starting in 2003, Shultz held the single season earnings record of $40,896. He was inducted into the PDGA Hall of Fame in 2013.

Paul McBeth at the Glass Blown Open Disc Golf TournamentPaul McBeth – The current king of the disc golf world and the defending world champion, McBeth has won four straight Pro World titles and, at age 26, already has 90 career wins under his belt. A two-time European Open Champion, McBeth completed the disc golf Grand Slam in 2015 and claimed his first win on the Disc Golf World Tour with a 6-under 57 at the La Mirada Open this past March.


Paige Pierce at the Glass Blown Open Disc Golf TournamentPaige Pierce – The defending champion of the Open Women’s division, Pierce already has two world titles and 73 career wins to her name, all before her 25th birthday. Her goal is to be the first woman to reach a 1000 player rating, and she’s inching closer to her goal with a current rating of 959. Pierce has won over $100,000 since officially becoming a professional disc golfer in 2009.


Nate Doss – A three-time world champion, Doss finished 2015 as the sixth-ranked player in the world with a rating of 1030. Doss’ world title in 2011 put him in prestigious company, as he joined 12-time champ Ken Climo as the only other player to have won three world championships (Paul McBeth joined the club in 2014 after his third straight title).

Eric McCabe at the Glass Blown Open Disc Golf TournamentEric McCabe – The 2016 PDGA World Championships hold added meaning for the 2010 World Champion. An Emporia native, McCabe will aim to clinch his second-ever world title while on his home turf, as well as add to his already impressive collection of 82 career wins. While playing disc golf will always be a passion for McCabe, he has shifted much of his attention to disc golf course design, partnering with Dynamic Discs to create Dynamic Course Design.


Many more will make their way to Emporia, Kansas to compete for the world title and you can watch all the action starting August 6th, 2016.


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