Tournament play at the 2021 Disc Golf Pro Tour Match Play Championship kicked off Friday morning at Steel Club in Hellertown.
16 of the top-ranked men’s disc golfers began playing their way through the course shortly after 10 a.m. under cloudy skies and a damp, low-70s forecast.
The tournament is being conducted under a match play format, meaning the 16 golfers will compete in one-on-one matchups, with the winners advancing through the bracket.
Friday’s action will include first round matches for all 16 men. The eight winners will advance to the second round on Saturday, where they will be joined by the eight women competitors as they play their first round matches.
The action will conclude on Sunday with the men’s and women’s final four and championship rounds at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
Friday’s morning rounds were headlined by top-ranked Eagle McMahon, who easily won his matchup with Colten Montgomery in just nine holes. Adam Hammes took out Ezra Aderhold in twelve holes.
Chris Dickerson and Garrett Gurthie also won their first round matchups.
Friday’s afternoon rounds were highlighted by wins from Calvin Heimberg and 2021 Pro Disc Golf World Champion James Conrad.
The tournament is being played on a special, 12-hole championship layout that was designed in part by Steve Braud, Steel Club’s disc golf professional. The layout takes golfers and spectators through and alongside various holes belonging to Steel Club’s golf course.
The professional disc golfers could be seen teeing off for hole one just a few hundred feet away from Steel Club members teeing off to start their morning rounds on the golf course.
Calvin Heimburg SMASHED this upshot. He's got the early lead in his Round 1 match against @ClemonadeDD. ⚔️— Disc Golf Pro Tour (@DiscGolfProTour) September 17, 2021
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