Ledgestone Insurance Open: History
In 2011 Nate Heinold had the crazy idea to run a tournament and have it be called the Ledgestone Insurance Open to promote his growing insurance business. After playing tournaments that summer he realized that he could run a tournament with a small budget and get sponsors on board to give players a great event. The thought came in June and in August of 2011 the tournament came to fruition. Because he had never run a tournament before he decided to make it a non-sanctioned event. The tournament was full ten days before the event and drew 105 people. The event's first year was played at Northwood Park on a 21 hole layout. Al Hermosillo shattered the course record in the first round and the course was subsequently redesigned in 2012. With the success of this tournament Nate decided to go "all in" for 2012 and run a series of events, part of the Ledgestone Insurance Series.
He ran a few more events in the fall of 2011 to begin raising money for the 2012 Series. Throughout 2012 he ran many events throughout the series, culminating with the 2012 Ledgestone Insurance Open. That year's event not only was a large A Tier but was the Series Finale, as players in all divisions won prizes for playing well throughout the year. The year was very exhausting, as Nate also traveled to Charlotte for the World Championship in addition to helping run more than 12 events.
Nate spent the next 6 months doing his real job instead of disc golf and rejuvenated himself in time to prepare for the 2013 A Tier. The 2013 event was a huge success and once again had spectacular weather. 2014 further increased the payout and number of players, and then 2015 was a monster year. The 2015 edition will forever go down as a turning point in the history of the sport, as the event had the largest pro purse in the history of the sport and was a National Tour stop. Big things are coming for 2018 and beyond. Its a great time to be involved in Peoria disc golf.
- Winner: Devan Owens
- Pro Purse $14,820
- Tournament Dates: September 6th - 7th
- Total Players: 142
- Winner: Nikko Locastro
- Pro Purse $15,123
- Tournament Dates: Septermber 14 - 15
- Total Players: 191
- Winner: Al Hermosillo
- Pro Purse $2,445
- Tournament Dates: August 20th
- Total Players: 105