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2019 PDGA National Tour

2019 PDGA National Tour

Calvin Heimburg celebrates his playoff winning putt at the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

APPLING, Ga.--For the third time in its last four runnings, the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic boiled down to a sudden-death playoff. And this time, it brought the PDGA National Tour season full circle.

Calvin Heimburg (front), James Conrad, JohnE McCray, and Adam Hammes set the pace on the final round lead card at the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

It’s the final episode of Chain Reaction of the PDGA National Tour season, and we’re coming full circle with the victor. Steve Hill tells the story of the sudden death playoff and tight Open Women’s battle that helped close out the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic.

Adam Hammes recovered from a late-round bogey to close round two of the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic with three straight birdies. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

APPLING, Ga.--Adam Hammes could have cracked. 

The gallery looks on during round two of the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic Saturday in Appling, Georgia. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Adam Hammes held steady, and a four-shot swing caused a switch in the Open Women's standings. Steve Hill looks back at round two of the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic in this episode of Chain Reaction, with soundbites from Hammes, Heimburg, Hokom, and more.

Calvin Heimburg shares his thoughts on scrambling on Chain Reaction. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

A young pro is at the top of the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame leaderboard, and the top women's player saved her best performance of the year for this weekend. We're catching up on opening day from the PDGA National Tour finale in another episode of Chain Reaction, with stats and reactions from Calvin Heimburg, Paige Pierce, Adam Hammes, and more.

20-year-old Adam Hammes is out in front after round one of the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

APPLING, Ga. -- The logical conclusion to draw from Adam Hammes’ 10-under par 58 at the International Disc Golf Center’s W.R. Jackson course Friday to open the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic is that he was channeling 2017. After all, it was on this same track that Hammes carded a career breakout performance--the night after battling the stomach flu, at that--to jump onto the final round lead card of the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championship. Back then, he shot the same 58.

A bust of disc golf founding father "Steady" Ed Headrick greets guests at the International Disc Golf Center, home of the Hall of Fame Classic. Photo: Matt Gregoire

APPLING, Ga.--The long road of the 2019 season has come to an end.

The tour rolled out in Las Vegas, then blew through Kansas on the way to a Pacific time zone swing. A quick stop to crown some PDGA World Champions in Illinois gave way to the iron curtain of Delaware and some heated East Coast Majors.

The International Disc Golf Center's W.R. Jackson Memorial Course takes the stage to close out the PDGA National Tour season this weekend at the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic in Appling, Georgia. Photo: Dalton Slantis

It's been a long season, but we've got one more in us.

Any held divisional spots for the PDGA National Tour finale, the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic, that are not filled by Monday, September 30, will be opened for either division. Competitors wishing to play in the Open Women's division must be registered by that date.

Register for the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic »

Two-time PDGA World Champion Ricky Wysocki now leads the PDGA National Tour Elite Series Points Standings, but it's a slim margin. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Ricky Wysocki may not have been able to take home the win at last weekend’s Delaware Disc Golf Challenge, but he did emerge from Iron Hill with at least one moral victory.

Catrina Allen won her third PDGA National Tour event of the season at the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Catrina Allen had pulled out to a six-shot advantage through 11 holes Sunday at Iron Hill Disc Golf as she looked to finish off a wire-to-wire, rebound win one week after dropping to third place at Pro Worlds. But as anyone in the Open division can attest to, the final stretch of the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge is punishing and never ensures that a lead is safe.

Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Iron Hill provided the stage for some tremendous final round drama at the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. Steve Hill checks in with the last Chain Reaction dispatch from the First State, featuring post-round reactions from the top finishers.

21-year-old Finnish pro Väinö Mäkelä made the most of moving day at the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

The one upshot of holding a PDGA National Tour event the weekend after Pro Worlds? Many of the international competitors who come in search of disc golf’s most prestigious title extend their stays.

The gallery crowds into the woods during round two of the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

The international competitors who’ve extended their stays after Pro Worlds are making a mark at the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge, as four countries are represented in the top 10. Steve Hill breaks down all the action from moving day on another PDGA National Tour episode of Chain Reaction. Tune in for soundbites from Väinö Mäkelä, Albert Tamm, Alisha Schafer, and more!

Hole 17 at Iron Hill. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Iron Hill Disc Golf Course may have a lower par this year, but it’s playing tougher. Steve Hill is back with another episode of Chain Reaction to break down day one of the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge, with news and soundbites from Kristin Tattar, Ricky Wysocki, and James Conrad.

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