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2022 PDGA Elite Series

2022 PDGA Elite Series

It was a wild ride on the PDGA Elite Series in 2022. Photo: Justin Anderson / PDGA

(This story originally appeared in the Winter 2023 issue of DiscGolfer Magazine)

We knew that last year, which featured James Conrad’s iconic 247-foot Holy Shot throw-in, was going to be a tough act to follow.

Ricky Wysocki and Kristin Tattar are the 2022 DGPT Champions. Photos: Kevin Huver / DGPT

They entered the week in the top spots and left in the exact same spot.

Kristin Tattar and Ricky Wysocki are the 2022 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship presented by Barbasol champions.

After their respective dominant — and consistent — seasons, both Tattar and Wysocki entered the bracket-style finale of the 2022 DGPT season as the top seeds after taking down the regular-season points standings.

They both survived Saturday's semifinal rounds and their journey to the final putts of the year couldn't have been any different.

Nevin Park has delivered a fast and furious show at the 2022 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship presented by Barbasol.

The action has been intense, the scores ever-changing and the pressure to advance to the next round and one step closer to a record-setting payout has come down to the wire.

Now, it's the weekend.

Two of the top seeds from Friday's quarterfinal round — Valerie Mandujano and the defending champion Missy Gannon — both advanced to Saturday's semifinal round with strong performances: 3-under for Gannon and a course record 5-under for Mandujano.

Bradley Williams dropped the hot round on Thursday in the woods at Nevin Park. Photo: Hayden Henry / PDGA Media

The bar has been set at Nevin Park.

Bradley Williams opened the Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship presented by Barbasol with a 7-under par round to lead the four players who will move on to the quarterfinals.

Williams found a rhythm quickly with seven birdies in the first eight holes around a double bogey, which encapsulates the DGPT version of Nevin Park: big numbers can loom large in the tight woods.

Missy Gannon took down the 2021 DGPT Championship and is the No. 6 seed in 2022. Photo: Kevin Huver / DGPT

There was no slowing down in 2022.

As the Disc Golf Pro Tour became the Official Pro Tour of the PDGA, the Elite Series rose to even greater heights (and will be even bigger) in 2022. Week-in and week-out, the action was intense and the finishes were often dramatic.

It all wraps up this week in Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2022 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship Presented by Barbasol.

Just twelve players have won a coveted United States Disc Golf Championship title in the 23 years that the PDGA Major has been running at Winthrop University.

That's it.

Beginning Thursday and running through Sunday — one of the many changes this year — the dramatic 2022 season begins to wind down as we wait to see if there will be a repeat winner or a new PDGA Major champion crowned in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

The Winthrop Arena has a long history of testing the best of the best — those who earned their spot throughout the season — while delivering dramatic and passionate finishes as well as heartbreak.