December 7, 2016 by Steve Hill in Livewire with 0 comments
The Disc Golf World Tour will include an Open Women’s division at three of its four events for the 2017 season, tour director Jussi Meresmaa confirmed to Ultiworld Disc Golf this morning. It’s a shift from this past season, when the tour abided by a “One Division, One Champion” mantra.
The Aussie Open, Konopiste Open, and European Open will all feature FPO fields, while the United States Disc Golf Championship will adhere to a single division. Meresmaa said that two of those three events being PDGA Majors played a role in the decision.
“Yes, we want to give female players an opportunity to play DGWT courses,” Meresmaa said in an email. “We will still concentrate in our media efforts to outline MPO field and with [the] help of PDGA there will be media coverage from FPO field too.”
The lack of a women’s division at World Tour events was often a point of scrutiny during the 2016 season, with some players actively boycotting the events.