Starting December 11th Discraft and Ledgestone Insurance are happy to announce the “Twelve Days of Ledgestone.” We will be making one new announcement each day from December 11th through December 22nd. During the Holiday season Ledgestone TD Nate Heinold had the idea to play off of the famous 12 Days of Christmas song and this idea came to fruition. Twelve exciting announcements will be made in regards to details for the 2021 event.
What kind of things can you expect to hear about with this announcement? “We plan on announcing several partner deals, course updates, player pack details, the course schedule, the 2021 Ledgestone disc release schedule and many other exciting announcements,” said Heinold. The team will be going all out for the 2021 Ledgestone event with record turnout expected. Along with these updates, the tournament is happy to release the 2021 logo for the event, which will be featured on fundraiser discs and will be utilized accordingly for branding the event. The tournament will also have special apparel for sale in 2021 with this logo.
The 2021 Ledgestone will once again boast one of the largest Professional payouts of the year. For the last 6 years the Ledgestone has consistently been the highest or second highest payout event of the year:
- The 2015 event had the largest pro payout in disc golf history (at the time)
- The 2016 event was the #1 MPO/FPO payout of the year and the #2 overall payout event of the year.
- The 2017 event was the #1 overall payout event of the year.
- The 2018 event was the #2 overall payout event of the year.
- The 2019 event was the #2 overall payout event of the year (Pro Worlds, which was also run by the Ledgestone team, was the #1 payout event of the year).
- The 2020 event was the #2 overall payout event of the year.
The Ledgestone event in 2021 is expected to generate a professional payout of over $120,000, spurred by the fundraising prowess of the Ledgestone team. “2021 will continue Ledgestone’s place in the sport as one of the best payout events of the year. We will continue to invest significant resources into making sure our touring pros can stay on the road and compete,” said Heinold. The minimum added cash for a DGPT event will be $15,000 in 2020, but Heinold expects to add a Ledgestone record for added cash for the 2021 event. 2015 was Ledgestone’s top year for added cash with $65,000. Look for the projected payout of the event to be released very soon.
The event will once again utilize a tiered registration process for MPO and FPO players and that schedule will be as follows:
- 2/23/2021 – MPO 1010+ & FPO 900+
- 3/9/2021 – MPO 990+ & FPO 870+
- 3/23/2021 – MPO 970+ & FPO 835+
- 4/6/2021 – MPO 950+ & FPO Open Registration
- 4/27/2021 – MPO 935+
- 6/1/2021 – MPO 900+
The tournament was not able to get approval to restrict MPO ratings to only allow players rated above 950 to play in the event. Instead, the tournament will use a ratings based tiered registration process that allows more gaps in between registration tiers to ensure that the best players in the world have the ability to compete in the event.
Early Amateur and Age Based Professional registration will open 1/1/2021 at 6PM CST for anyone who sponsors a hole or for anyone who purchases a special LE 4 pack of discs for $95. Amateur registration will be available starting 2/16/2021 for all amateur divisions. Age based professionals will be able to register starting 2/23/2021. All registration times will open at 6PM CST. The DGPT portion of the event will have their registration here: dgscene.com/ledgestone21
The Amateur and age based professional divisions will have their registration here: dgscene.com/ledgestoneam
The tournament will be charging for parking at the showcase MPO and FPO division courses. All registered players will get free parking at Eureka and Sunset, while a parking or VIP pass will be required to spectate at Northwood. The pricing model will follow closely with what was charged for the 2020 Ledgestone event:
- $10 daily parking fee
- $35 weekly parking pass (includes a disc and a shirt)
- $95 VIP pass (includes an amazing spectator pack)
The VIP pass details will be announced soon, but there will be an amazing item in the VIP packs that will be an exciting (and valuable) addition to the pack. Stay tuned for more details on what that will be!
The 2021 Discraft Ledgestone Insurance Open presented by GRIPeq will take place August 5th through 8th in Central Illinois. The tournament is grateful for the support of the many park districts and local government entities who help make this event happen. Don’t miss out on this year’s event!