McBeth, Allen named 2014 Player of the Year; Pfaff, Kersey named top rookie

After compiling all the data from disc golf tournaments in 2014, Paul McBeth and Catrina Allen have been named 2014 PDGA Players of the Year.

Disc golfers earn points by playing in PDGA Majors, National Tour events, A-Tier, and B-Tier tournaments. The PDGA also awards points for the top ten finishers for annual rating, total earnings, wins, earnings average, and winning average. Winning tournaments with high payouts can prove very beneficial in the race for Player of the Year.

It should come as no surprise that three-time World Champion Paul McBeth took home the Player of the Year award in 2014. McBeth walked away with the top spot in half of the eight National Tour events last year while picking up wins at the European Masters, World Championships, and more than a few handful of A-Tiers. McBeth also won the award in 2013.

The PDGA notes in their release that in the PDGA World Rankings, McBeth’s rating is 1.1. The 1.1 rating means in tournaments that account for the World Rankings he finished just a tenth of a point outside of first on average. The next closest? Nate Doss at 4.3. Many consider McBeth the best disc golfer in the world today and those numbers certainly help that argument.

Catrina Allen makes it three years in a row

Catrina Allen makes it back-to-back-to-back Player of the Year honors to go along with her Rookie of the Year award in 2011.

Allen’s resume was highlighted last year with her first World Championship, but one tournament doesn’t show the full story. Allen entered 40 tournaments and won a mind boggling 31. The PDGA states that is a record for both female and male disc golfers.

Allen also picked up an NT win at the Steady Ed Masters Cup and European Masters during her successful campaign.

Austin Pfaff, Rebekah Kersey named Rookies of the Year

Austin Pfaff

Austin Pfaff celebrates the 2013 Junior World Championship. (Photo: PDGA Media)

Remember the name Austin Pfaff. Pfaff could easily become a household disc golf name as time goes on. After picking up a Junior World Championship in 2013, Pfaff turned pro and picked up eight wins in the Open division in 2014. He also dipped his toe into the National Tour and finished 13 at the Brent Hambrick Memorial Open.

On the women’s side of things, Rebekah Kersey is quietly making a name for herself as well as she snagged seven wins in 20 tournaments in 2014. She finished third or better in 15 of those 20 as well.

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