Disc Golf Tournament Profiles: 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild

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Jacob ArvidsonContributor
Aug 14 • 5 min read

The 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild disc golf tournament was from Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13, in Burlington, Kentucky,. The tournament was a Disc Golf Pro Tour Elite Event.

All three rounds were played at the legendary Idlewild Disc Golf Course. 

Click or tap a section below to find out more about the 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild disc golf tournament:

A disc golf fairway full of trees
One of Idlewild's many tight fairways. Photo: Disc Golf Pro Tour

How to Watch the 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild Disc Golf Tournament: Live

You can watch archived live coverage of the 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild disc golf tournament on the Disc Golf Network (DGN).

The first round was streamed on the DGPT's YouTube channel at no cost (and is still available there), but you'll need a paid DGN subscription to watch the live coverage of the other two rounds.

How to Watch the 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild Disc Golf Tournament for Free

You can watch the 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild disc golf tournament for free via JomezPro (FPO and MPO lead cards), Gatekeeper Media (MPO chase cards), and Ace Run Pro (FPO chase cards). All offer condensed, post-produced rounds on their YouTube channels. 

Scores & Stats for the 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild Disc Golf Tournament

You can see shot-by-shot scores and in-depth stats for every round of the 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild disc golf tournament on UDisc Live for MPO and FPO.

2023 LWS Open at Idlewild Disc Golf Tournament Win Probabilities

Prior to the start of the 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild disc golf tournament, these are the players UDisc Live's pro disc golf Win Probability model gave at least a 2% chance to win in MPO and FPO:

Win Probability Before Event Player: MPO Win Probability Before Event Player: FPO
15% Ricky Wysocki 24% Missy Gannon
15% Calvin Heimburg 24% Ohn Scoggins
13% Gannon Buhr 15% Catrina Allen
10% Chris Dickerson 7% Valerie Mandujano
8% Matt Orum 7% Holyn Handley
6% Kyle Klein 6% Sarah Hokom
4% Joel Freeman 5% Ella Hansen
4% Simon Lizotte 3% Macie Velediaz
4% Isaac Robinson 3% Kat Mertsch
3% Anthony Barela
2% Nikko Locastro

On mobile, swipe left/right to see all columns.

These percentages were created prior to the start of the event and changed dramatically as it played out. To see how, check out Win Probability on UDisc Live.

Note that Win Probability doesn't always match up with Disc Golf World Ranking because Win Probability takes into account how players have historically performed on holes of specific distances and difficulties and compares that information just to holes they'll face at a single event. That means the probabilities above related to how players' historical performances suggested they'd do just at the 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild whereas World Ranking is a broader assessment of past performance.

Who Won the 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild Disc Golf Tournament?

Gannon Buhr (MPO, 32-under par) and Valerie Mandujano (FPO, 9-under par) won the 2023 LWS Open at Idlewild.

Previous Winners of the Idlewild Disc Golf Tournament*

  • 2023: Gannon Buhr (MPO), Valerie Mandujano (FPO)
  • 2022: Isaac Robinson (MPO), Catrina Allen (FPO)
  • 2021: Kyle Klein (MPO), Paige Pierce (FPO)
  • 2020: Eagle McMahon (MPO), Ellen Widboom (FPO)
  • 2019: Kevin Jones (MPO), Paige Pierce (FPO)
  • 2018: Paul McBeth (MPO), Paige Pierce (FPO)
  • 2017: James Conrad (MPO), Paige Pierce (FPO)

*Idlewild Open (2017-2021) and LWS Open at Idlewild (2022, 2023).

Idlewild Disc Golf Tournament History

The Idlewild Open was created specifically for the DGPT in 2017. In 2023, the event went by the name LWS Open at Idlewild for the second year. The name comes from title sponsor LWS Tax & Accounting based in Springfield, Ohio.

Whereas other tournaments were established as National Tour events or A-tiers and earned a spot on the then-up-and-coming DGPT based on merit and past exposure, the reputation of the Idlewild course was what put it in the DGPT's sights.

A well-mown fairway with sunflowers as rough
The fairway of a monster par 5 at Idlewild with sunflowers sown throughout the rough. Photo: Scott Erke

"Steve Dodge approached me at the Director's Cup in 2015," tournament director Adam Jones said. "He asked about the course and if we could run it. So Jason Kerl and I got to work and prepped so we were ready for 2017."

Jones is a co-owner of the disc golf store The Nati in one of the best cities for disc golf in the U.S – Cincinnati, Ohio – and is an experienced event organizer. Cincinnati is not very far from the Kentucky border, and many Cincinnati residents consider Idlewild to be something of a home course. 

If you're interested in how Idlewild was created and built up its reputation, you can find all of its history in our post "World's Best Disc Golf Courses: Idlewild."

Along with the strength of the course and an experienced organizer nearby to run things, Idlewild's location makes it a great way to tie the Midwest swing of the DGPT to the East Coast. Strong community support also helps make the event a big success.

"We have the best parks department to work with at Boone County Parks," Jones said. "Parks Director, David Whitehouse, has been a disc golfer since the 80s and this area has been hosting big events for a long time. Our community hosted the 1998 Worlds when Ken Climo was going strong on his streak. They go above and beyond by covering most of our expenses."

A unique feature of the course itself is its proximity to the airport. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport sits just across Route 237. This has more connection to the course than just loud planes flying overhead. In fact, the airport itself owns England Idlewild Park where the disc golf course is located.

"It doesn't really affect much other than it might get noisy overhead," Jones said. "The main thing is that I have to remind all the media crews to contact the airport ahead of time to set their dates and times for drone footage. There have been one or two times where someone forgot to do it and went to start on hole 1 with their drone and a few minutes later the airport remotely shut the drone down."

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