In a significant shift in the world of professional disc golf, the Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) has announced its transition to a new technology platform for live scores and competition statistics, ending its long-standing partnership with UDisc Live. This move heralds a fresh chapter in the sport’s evolution, as they gear up for the upcoming 2024 season.
The DGPT, celebrating its nearly a decade-long journey, has opted for a collaboration with the Professional Disc Golf Association’s PDGA Live and the recently acquired StatMando, a renowned disc golf statistics platform. The new service, DGPT Scores and Stats, will be hosted on DGPT.com. This partnership aims to enhance the live broadcast experience on the Disc Golf Network with new features, stats, and analytics.
Jeff Spring, CEO and Tour Director of the DGPT, expressed gratitude towards UDisc, acknowledging its pivotal role in the tour’s growth since 2016. The collaboration with UDisc provided fans with a comprehensive view of the tour through real-time scoring and statistics. UDisc’s contribution to the sport has been substantial, and its departure marks the end of an era.
The new platform’s basic version will debut at the regular-season opener, the Chess.com Invitational presented by Discraft. However, the DGPT All-Star Weekend will continue using the PDGA’s standard live scoring pages, ensuring uninterrupted coverage.
Baker Helton, VP of Business Administration for the DGPT, highlighted the strategic benefits of the new platform. The self-hosting of scores and stats is seen as a crucial step towards enhanced fan engagement and reaching new audiences. The platform’s flexibility also opens doors to licensing opportunities with third-party platforms for various purposes, including sports news and gaming.
On the other side, UDisc, despite parting ways with DGPT, looks forward to focusing on its core product, the UDisc app. Co-founders Matt Krueger and Josh Lichti remain optimistic about UDisc’s future, planning to introduce more innovations for disc golf players globally. UDisc Live will continue to serve as a historical reference and will evolve to feature scores and stats from various tournaments.
This transition in technology partners for the DGPT not only signifies a change in operational dynamics but also underlines the growth and evolving nature of professional disc golf. As the sport continues to gain popularity, these developments are expected to play a crucial role in shaping its future, offering fans and players alike a more enriched and engaging experience.