Welcome to our inaugural tournament preview, and our first of many for 2023! In this disc golf tournament preview, we’ll be examining the key MPO players, the course and what to look for at the 2023 Waco Annual Charity Open!
Location – Lake Waco Golf Club
Date – Friday, March 10th through Sunday, March 12th
Weather Conditions – Friday: Am Thunderstorms – 69 degrees. Saturday: Partly cloudy 83 degrees. Sunday: Partly Cloudy 71 degrees
Course Changes – Nothing Major
Paul McBeth – Last years winner and the outright favorite to win at Waco. He claimed 5th in 2021 and 2nd in 2020. Fun fact: Mcbeth shot one of his “perfect -18 rounds” at Waco in 2019, linked here.
Ricky Wysocki – Battling wrist injury, Ricky has missed the last two big events (All-stars and LVC.) He’s still currently on the registered player’s list as of Monday, March 6th so it looks as if he’ll be playing. Ricky ended up at 12th in 2022 and 11th in 2021.
Calvin Heimburg – LVC winner and absolute fan favorite, Calvin has been on a roll since last year. He ranked 16th last year in Waco but a solid 4th in 2021. If his Destroyers and Velas are firing, he should be battling for the top spot this year!
Nikko Locastro – 2021 winner and absolute least fan favorite, Nikko is always a threat. Ranking 3rd at the Crush at the Concho in Texas last weekend and 17th in LVC, his new sponsor, Lone Star Discs, seems to be working for his game.
Gannon Buhr – Memorial championship winner, rookie of the year and the first player in recent memory to be publicly sued by his own sponsor. In conversations with other professional players, Gannon mentioned adding on double digits worth of pounds of muscle and 50 to 100 feet of distance on his drives. At 17, this kid may very well win every tournament he can mentally stay tough in.
Luke Humphries – runner up in 2022 and host of the biggest disc golf game show on youtube. Luke Humphries had an insane start to 2022, finishing 4th at LVC and then 2nd at Waco. Sadly, 2023 has not been so kind, seeing Luke play well but not consistent with a 27th place finish at Waco.
Chris Dickerson/Cole Redalen – Both players shot 1077 last year (highest rated rounds for the tournament) These two shot the hottest rounds at Waco last year, both with fairly good finishes. Redalen has won two events this year (one C and one charity) but finished a poor 46th at LVC. Dickerson skipped the LVC this year but plays a mean wooded game, with wins at the Champions Cup and the Open at Belton and a 2nd place finish at the Green Mountain Championship.
Who are your picks?