Decreasing Pro Masters Worlds Attendance After The Split

Infographic details drop in Pro Masters Worlds attendance

In years both Open (men’s and women’s) and Masters divisions participated in a combined PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championship, the Masters divisions almost always drew more players. Since the events split in 2017, Masters divisions attendance has decreased at their stand-alone event as combined Open and Open Women’s attendance has risen.

Masters Attendance

Last week, Ultiworld Disc Golf was alerted to a pattern in attendance at Pro Masters World Championship tournaments. The pattern is pretty clear: once the age protected divisions were split from Open and Open Women’s Worlds, attendance has dropped. It has also been observed at the last year’s first independent Professional Pro World Championships, in Augusta, Georgia, that on-site¬†spectator attendance was somewhat diminished compared to what was seen at previous combined Worlds. And it would seem, based on the registration evidence, that a combined Worlds is a draw for age protected eligible players to not only compete themselves but spectate as the top two professional divisions play.

The 2019 Pro Masters World Championship will be held at Smugglers’ Notch, in Vermont, the site of this year’s Professional World Championship — the PDGA indicated that it was the only bid they received to host the annual Major.

  1. Bennett Wineka
    Bennett Wineka

    Benn started playing disc golf in the '90s but has somehow never gotten any better. He lives in Decatur, Georgia and cares too much about Atlanta United and UNC basketball. Email him at [email protected]

  2. Alex Colucci
    Alex Colucci

    Alex Colucci is the managing editor at Ultiworld Disc Golf. He is a disc golfer currently living in Northeast Ohio who teaches geography sometimes. Contact him at [email protected] with tips, news and questions, and follow him on Twitter.

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