Ledgestone Announces $100,000 Professional Payout

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 FPO ChampionL Catrina Allen

For the sixth time in PDGA history, a disc golf event will have a $100,000 professional payout. Nate Heinold, tournament director of the Ledgestone Insurance Open presented by Discraft, is thrilled to announce that this year’s professional payout will be more than $100,000 with a full field of players. The 2015 event featured a then record $117,453 professional payout while last year’s event featured a $95,400 professional payout. Heinold is determined to make sure this year’s event hits $100,000. “Last year we didn’t quite make it to $100,000, but I expect this year to push above that figure. With the changes we are making and the growth of disc golf in general we expect to fill up on the professional side.” There are room for slightly less than 300 professional players, which is smaller than in year’s past. “Going to one course for the MPO players cuts down the amount of players slightly for that division, so that reduces the total amount of players on the professional side,” said Heinold. The tournament expects demand to be higher for all professional divisions because of the positive changes the tournament has made, as well as the fact that slightly less professional spots are available. See the full payout.

The MPO payout certainly looks the most staggering. The MPO division comprises the most players so it will certainly garner the most attention. The other divisions are no slouch when it comes to the payout, including the FPO division which is projected to pay $2300 to the winner. The FPO division is also unique in that it will see 21 of 32 women paid. “We want to do whatever we can to support the growth of disc golf on the Women’s side, and we feel that paying more women will help that growth,” said Heinold. The Ledgestone Insurance Open is unique in how much added cash goes into the event. No tournament can boast the added cash that Ledgestone wields. No tournament has ever added $50,000 of added cash to an event, and this will be Ledgestone’s third straight year of doing so. Heinold is also quick to point out that his added cash is true added cash. “Some tournaments say they have X dollars of added cash, when it’s really a smaller amount because they subtract course fees, management fees, expenses, etc from player entry fees. That’s certainly within PDGA guidelines, but it’s not how we do it. We don’t subtract anything from player entry fees except for the PDGA fees,” said Heinold.

Entry fees are $5 lower for MPO and FPO players compared to last year, while age protected professional divisions are $55 lower. The lower entry fee for the age protected professional players should spur more players to sign up, according to Heinold. Registration opens 3/1 for MPO players rated 970 and above and FPO players rated 900 and above. Registration will take place exclusively at Disc Golf scene

MPO - 180 Players

PlacePayout
1 $6,500
2 $4,500
3 $3,500
4 $3,000
5 $2,500
6 $2,200
7 $2,000
8 $1,900
9 $1,800
10 $1,700
11 $1,600
12 $1,500
13 $1,450
14 $1,400
15 $1,300
16 $1,250
17 $1,200
18 $1,150
19 $1,100
20 $1,050
21 $1,030
22 $1,010
23 $1,000
24 $990
25 $975
26 $960
27 $945
28 $925
29 $900
30 $880
31 $860
32 $840
33 $820
34 $800
35 $775
36 $750
37 $725
38 $700
39 $680
40 $660
41 $650
42 $630
43 $610
44 $595
45 $580
46 $565
47 $545
48 $530
49 $515
50 $500
51 $485
52 $470
53 $455
54 $440
55 $430
56 $420
57 $410
58 $400
59 $390
60 $380
61 $370
62 $360
63 $350
64 $340
65 $330
66 $325
67 $320
68 $315
69 $305
70 $300
71 $295
72 $285
73 $280
74 $275
75 $270
76 $265
77 $265
78 $260
79 $260
80 $260
81 $250
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FPO - 32 Players

PlacePayout
1 $2,300
2 $1,600
3 $1,200
4 $900
5 $750
6 $600
7 $500
8 $450
9 $420
10 $395
11 $365
12 $345
13 $325
14 $305
15 $295
16 $285
17 $270
18 $260
19 $245
20 $225
21 $205
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