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2019 National Tour Elite Series – “The Drive for the Championship”

The 2019 National Tour Elite Series will feature the top players in the Open and Open Women’s divisions as they compete in the 2019 Drive for the Championship. The point series will consist of the first five National Tour Elite Series events plus the series finale, the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic at the International Disc Golf Center in Appling, GA, USA. Players will accumulate points throughout the season as they compete for cash bonuses and the title of 2019 PDGA National Tour Series Champion.

2019 PDGA National Tour Events

Date Event Location Registration
Feb 21-24 Las Vegas Challenge presented by Innova Champion Discs Henderson, Nevada Oct 5, 2018
Apr 24-27 Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open Emporia, Kansas Nov 6, 2018
May 17-19 Santa Cruz Masters Cup Santa Cruz, California TBD
June 7-9 Beaver State Fling Estacada, Oregon TBD
Aug 23-25 Delaware Disc Golf Challenge Newark, Delaware TBD
Oct 11-13 The Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic Appling, Georgia May 27, 2019

View the final 2018 PDGA National Tour Standings »

2019 Tiered Registration

Beginning in 2016, the National Tour has implemented a tiered registration requirement for all NTs. This decision was made due to the overwhelming popularity of these events in recent history,causing a “race to click” scenario during registration for our biggest events. We want to ensure that our premier competitions play host to the best talent in the world, not just those that were quick to register. Therefore, the registration process will provide a week for each of the following ratings breaks, followed by open registration (remainder and age-protected divisions):

Registration Tier MPO FPO
1st 1000+ 900+
2nd 985+ 875+
3rd 970+ 825+
4th Open to All Open to All

2019 Series Points

Series points from a player’s top four National Tour finishes from the first five events plus the points from the Ed Headrick Hall of Fame Classic will determine the 2019 PDGA National Tour Elite Series Champion.

Place Points Place Points Place Points Place Points
1 100 11 72 21 52 31 33
2 95 12 70 22 50 32 32
3 91 13 68 23 48 33 31
4 88 14 66 24 46 34 30
5 85 15 64 25 44 35 29
6 82 16 62 26 42 36 28
7 80 17 60 27 40 37 27
8 78 18 58 28 38 38 26
9 76 19 56 29 36 39 25
10 74 20 54 30 34 40 24

Points are split across tied places.  With the exception of the Men’s and Women’s Series Champions, the bonuses for all ties will be divided evenly.

In the case of a tie for the Series Champion the following tie-breakers will be utilized:

  1. Sum of points at all National Tour events.
  2. Head-to-head record in all National Tour events.
  3. Head-to-head record at the Hall of Fame Classic.
  4. Sudden death playoff

2019 Payouts

Note: 2019 payouts are still TBD. See the 2018 Payouts below for reference.

2018 Payouts

Open - $25,000 Open Women - $10,000
Place Prize Place Prize
1 $6,000 1 $2,500
2 $4,000 2 $1,700
3 $3,000 3 $1,300
4 $2,000 4 $1,000
5 $1,500 5 $850
6 $1,300 6 $700
7 $1,200 7 $600
8 $1,100 8 $500
9 $1,000 9 $450
10 $900 10 $400
11 $800    
12 $700    
13 $600    
14 $500    
15 $400