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2012 Worlds News, Videos & Updates

2012 Worlds News, Videos & Updates

Friday July 6th, 2012 is the last day for 2012 Worlds Registration. Online registration closes tonight at 8pm ET.

Those players wishing to sign up for Doubles Competition must do so by 8pm ET tonight as there will be NO walk-up registration for Doubles. There is plenty of room in the Pro Mixed Doubles and the Junior Divisional Doubles. There is only space for 2 more teams in Amateur Mixed Doubles – First-Come, First-Served.

Players may also sign up for Field Events until 8pm ET tonight. Again, there will be NO walk-up registration for Doubles or Field Events.

Professional disc golfer Dana Vicich of Ottawa, IL is one of 1125 players participating in the PDGA World Championships in Charlotte, NC this July. While being part of the largest-ever field to play in a World Championships is exciting enough, Dana’s reasons for playing this year are two-fold. He wants to be crowned the next World Champion but, more importantly wants to do his part to help wipe out cancer.

More than 1,100 competitors from 13 countries will attend the 2012 Professional Disc Golf Association Professional and Amateur World Championships July 14-21 in Charlotte.

A portion of proceeds from the tournament will benefit the American Red Cross.

"We chose the American Red Cross because this tournament is drawing people from around the world,” said Sam Nicholson, tournament director. “The Red Cross is a global organization, and we support its mission to help people in time of need no matter if they are here in the United States or overseas."

Once again, DGA is offering a unique and exciting way for you to support the PDGA World Championships in Charlotte. By purchasing one of their limited edition Glow SP Line Undertow’s you are not only supporting the event, but also entering yourself into a drawing to win your very own nine-hole dream course. This year’s Mach III baskets are more special than ever. Keep reading to find out more.

The 2012 Worlds registration and waitlists have been updated. 

Once a withdrawal is received, the first person on the waitlist for that particular division will then be contacted by phone for three days. If after three days there is no response, we will move on to the next person on the wait list. Once we have a registrant wishing to play, both the registration and wait lists will be updated.

The PDGA office is aware that there are many people anxiously waiting to find out if they made it into 2012 Worlds, and if not, where they are on the waitlist. Processing the registrations takes time, so please be patient. The registration lists are being updated as registrants are confirmed. Once all spots are filled, the complete waitlist will be posted as well.

The waitlist for the 2012 PDGA World Championships has been posted.

The waitlist only includes invited players who are both 2012 current PDGA members and Certified Officials, as is required for registration.  Many other invalid registrations have been received from players who were either a) not invited, b) not 2012 current members, or c) not Certified Officials, so those registrations are not yet included on the waitlist.  Once the necessary registration requirements are met for one of those invalid registrations it will then be added to the end of the waitlist.

With less than a week left in the registration period reserved for invitees to the 2012 PDGA World Championships, it appears that for the first time ever, Pro players invited to Worlds may need to worry about getting in if they procrastinate during the invitation registration period. Invited Pros who have not yet registered may lose their chance to participate in Worlds with Amateur registrations at an all-time high. Many Amateur divisions are already filled and it is quite likely that any remaining spots on the Pro side will be snapped up by Amateurs willing to play up just to experience the largest Worlds ever, which will be held in Charlotte on July 14-21, 2012.

Space has been opened up at the 2012 PDGA World Championships for 33% more Advanced Women as well as an increase in the X Pool that includes Advanced Master Women, Advanced Grandmaster Women, and Female Junior 1 and Junior 2 divisions.  As a consequence of these changes there is also more space available for the H Pool that includes both the Female and Male Junior 3 and Junior 4 divisions.

The Minnesota Amateur Disc Golf Chamionships is an all amateur PDGA A-tier event that will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, at Kaposia Park in South St. Paul. In an effort to represent our great disc golf state, Everyday Disc Golf, MyThrow Disc Golf Media, and Ty Dyed Custom Discs have co-organized this event and have created plenty of incentive to participate. We will be sending the highest placing Advanced Minnesota resident to the PDGA Amateur World Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina, including travel and entry fee! This representative will also become the first member of Team Ty Dyed!

In an early warm up for the World Championships in Charlotte this July, Richard Wysocki bested current World Champ Nate Doss by one stroke at the Carolina Clash (March 24-25).

MG1 and MS1 divisions increased at 2012 PDGA Worlds in Charlotte!

It seems that the "Graying of America" is also impacting the PDGA World Championships. Since the Amateur Grandmaster and Senior Grandmaster divisions have exploded with early registrants, the PDGA and Host Team from Charlotte have arranged to increase the available spots for those two divisions. The MG1 division will now be able to handle up to 108 players instead of only 72, and the MS1 division will now be able to handle up to 36 players instead of only 20.

2012 Worlds Registration Opens!

Monday, July 16th

Tournament Check-in

9am to 5pm

  • Blake Hotel Carolina Ballroom 
    555 South McDowell Street, Charlotte, NC 28204 

Players Meeting 

7pm to 8:30pm: Mandatory for all Competitors

The best disc golfers in the world are coming to Charlotte July 14-21 for the 2012 Professional Disc Golf Association Pro/Am World Championships. The tentative course schedule released today shows 14 Mecklenburg County courses will be used by 20 divisions of professional and amateur players. It is anticipated there will be as many as 1,100 participants coming for five days of competition, plus field, skills and doubles events.

“We are excited to have the Pro/Am World Championships here this summer,” said 2012 Worlds Tournament Director Sam Nicholson. “It’s our chance to show people just how much this region has embraced the sport and how much work has been done in making Charlotte a stellar disc golf destination.”

The Charlotte 2012 PDGA Pro/Am World Championships Name the Official Host Hotel & Solicit Course Directors

Worlds Invite Criteria Published

Ready to be a part of the largest World Disc Golf Championships ever? Don't delay.

Start making your plans to be in Charlotte July 14-21 for the first combined Pro/Am Worlds since 2009. Attendance is expected to exceed 1,000 for the first time.

Booking your accommodations at the host hotel, The Blake Hotel, will be a good first step. Its downtown location is in the middle of it all including the 14 courses in play. Make your reservations online or call 704-372-4100.

Charlotte's treasury of courses grows as it prepares for 2012 Worlds.

By Todd Harrell, photos courtesy of Mark Chaney

As if there weren't enough disc golf courses to choose from in Charlotte - more continue to sprout including the city's most recent addition at Eastway Park, the city's 10th, 18-hole course.

Eastway, which became playable earlier this summer, is part of a string of new courses planned in the Queen City as the Charlotte Disc Golf Club prepares to host the combined Amateur and Pro World Championships in 2012.

Eastway designer Stan McDaniel is on a mission to outfit the area with a total of 17, 18-hole courses playable by the Worlds. That's seven more courses to be built between  now and 2012.