Tonawanda, New York - During Monday's live broadcast of the first Monday Night High Stakes Putting matchup, WNYDGC President Jeremy Hoeltke and Vice President Sam Castiglione officially announced the tournament schedule for the club in 2023. This season begins with the return of the WNY Winterfest, which will be held on February 25 at ECP. This marks the return of the event after missing the past few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Then the 2023 season begins fully in April, with the annual Easter Ace Hunt at Joseph Davis on April 8. This year's schedule will see a lot of movement, as the two-year tournaments Aberdeen Glass Open (July 22-23) and Spartan Discs Open (August 5) will move into key summer weekends to better expand the events. Treedirection Disc Golf will also return with three tournaments in 2023, with the Treedirection Open being the first tournament of the year run by Eric Shaver at Emery, Autumn Bond Classic in the fall at Bond Lake, and the return of the only tournament at Blue Heron DGC @ Beaver Island State Park this season, the Grand Islands tournament that was a fan favorite in 2022 utilizing unique OB and Hazard areas. To complete the run of the 2nd year tournaments, the Wild Discs Open will return September 16th.
Outside the run of sophomore tournaments, the schedule has the Western New York Amateur Championships (17 June), Buffalo Flying Disc Open (July 8-9) and Tom Beck Memorial Luau (September 9-10) all returning in 2023. 2023 will also be the third year of the WNY Points Series events, as it kicks off on April 15 at The Greens DGC @ Outwater Memorial Park. The points series will then move to four other local courses each month, before qualifiers move on to the finale on September 30. 2023 will also be a big year for the women's side of disc golf, as the WNY Women's Championship (June 3) will remain in its first weekend of June slot. Last year, 38 women battled it out at the Lighthouse at Como Lake, and with the Women's Global Event taking a year off, we could see a huge increase in players for 2023.