Disc golf is a hugely popular sport in Emporia, thanks in large part to Jeremy Rusco and Eric McCabe of Dynamic Discs. The dreams and ambitions of these two men and the staff at Dynamic Discs has made the Dynamic Discs Open the largest disc golf tournament in the world with players from across the U.S. and around the world descending on Emporia every April.
In 2003, two friends, Eric McCabe and Gabe Werly, hosted a PDGA B-Tier tournament they named Glass Blow Open, fondly known as GBO. The event got its name from the hand-blown glass trophies presented to winners. The glass trophies were originally designed by Emporian Hal Berger, a renowned glass artist. 88 competitors teed-off that year.
Dynamic Discs, a business started by Rusco in his dorm room at Emporia State University has grown into one of the nation's top disc golf retailers. The company took over hosting the GBO and the tournament has since grown to almost 1700 competitors, and earned Emporia the nickname "Disc Golf Disneyland." The tournament name was eventually changed to Dynamic Discs Open.
The Dynamic Disc Open is an experience unlike any other. More than just a tournament, the entire community of Emporia celebrates and welcomes disc golfers with a full week of activities. Local brewery Radius Brewing Company creates a special themed beer each year, and hosts a beer festival to mark the opening of the competition. To top it all off in true Emporia style, Emporia Main Street puts on an epic Block Party downtown that includes a putting competition, food vendors, beer garden and Ring of Fire.
Visit Dynamicdiscsopen.com for tournament information.
Spectators are welcome during the competition. If you'd like the VIP treatment, find out what the Dynamic Discs Spectator Badge offers.
Beer Fest Information:
Visit radiusbrewing.com for info about the tournament kick-off beer festival. The festival features over 20 local craft breweries from across Kansas.
What people are saying about the Dynamic Discs Open
Whether you're a casual disc golfer or competitive player, no other event celebrates the sport of disc golf like this one. Here are a few comments from players:
"Big thanks to all the people in Emporia for being such gracious hosts for us! Your hospitality was truly amazing. I hope we all represented our sport well and look forward to seeing you again next year!"
Aaron Cox, West Texas
"Had a blast and it was my first time playing at GBO and now I'm going to go every year. Thanks Dynamic Discs for running a fun and smooth tourney and for all the volunteers that helped out. Also, the town of Emporia was very welcoming and can't wait until next year."
San Diego, California
"Had a wonderful time once again. 4th year here and many more to come. This is our passion. Vacation and great father/son time. Thank you so much to Dynamic Discs and crew and to all the volunteers and wonderful city of Emporia. The memories will last a lifetime.
"I miss Do-B's! And Emporia! And Peter Pan Park! And everyone! I even miss all the OB... maybe not the last part. Can't wait "til next year."
Cheeks Larivee, Nantucket, Massachusetts