The Disc Golf Pro Tour released a press release today stating that it would be under new ownership:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Headline: Disc Golf Pro Tour purchased by Todd Rainwater, Jeff Spring Named Tour Director
Jeffersonville, VT, August 27, 2019 / Effective immediately, the Disc Golf Pro Tour has been purchased by a new ownership group. Majority owner, Todd Rainwater, has hired Jeff Spring to lead the DGPT as CEO and Tour Director.
Mr. Rainwater is the owner and developer of Nantucket Disc Golf, formerly a minority owner of the DGPT, and a strong supporter of the development of professional disc golf. Spring is an experienced tournament director and course designer, having developed one of the preeminent disc golf destinations in the world at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont. Smugglers’ has hosted two PDGA majors in the last year as well as serving as the home of the annual Green Mountain Championship DGPT event. Spring will remain in his role at Smugglers’ through October 1, 2019 overseeing the 2019 Green Mountain Championship and will continue oversight of the disc golf operations at Smugglers’ through a transitional period.
In regards to the purchase, Mr. Rainwater comments that “we’d like to thank the former ownership group, Disc Golf USA, especially outgoing Tour Director Steve Dodge, for their development of the DGPT to this point. We look forward to growing the vision that Steve has established.” Mr. Spring comments, “I’m thankful to Smugglers’ Notch Resort for the opportunity to establish and grow several new endeavors during my time at the Resort. I look forward to continued collaboration with what is a wonderful organization in the years to come.”
The Disc Golf Pro Tour will be providing an update on plans moving forward shortly. We are excited to be working collaboratively with the PDGA on 2020 planning and look forward to sharing more soon.
Mr. Spring will be available for interviews throughout the week, beginning with an appearance on Smashboxx’s Tuesday evening podcast, starting at 9pm Central. For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact Jeff Spring at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule interviews.
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The Disc Golf Pro Tour began operating in 2014 and has has elevated the standards and exposure to professional disc golf. Because of the DGPT, professional disc golf is substantially more lucrative than it had been in the past and there are many more touring professional disc golfers today than there were five years ago.
Why did Steve Dodge Leave the Pro Tour?
This announcement of the change of ownership is somewhat surprising being that Steve Dodge started the Pro Tour and stepped down from his employment at Vibram to focus exclusively on the DGPT. The change of ownership likely has something to do with the failure for the Disc Golf Pro Tour’s 2019 media plan to take off as they had hoped.