Photo of Dave West #752 on Hole 2 at White Birch in 1982.
The Midwest plays host to many of the top stops on the PDGA tour. With recent events like the Glass Blown Open and the Kansas City Wide Open attracting many of the world’s best players, it’s no surprise to find such a rich history of disc golf fellowship and tradition in the area. There’s no better example of this than the story of a course in the small town of Hazelwood, Missouri called White Birch, which, in its 36th year this summer, is celebrating its 100th league.
The small towns of Eastern Nebraska are experiencing the enthusiasm of a growing disc golf scene. Nebraska's Fall Flyover descended weekly on 8 different courses and the response has been overwhelming. Coverage has made local papers and new sponsors have responded. Most impressively, the tour has been marketed in a way to attract the casual disc golfer. Dozens of players that have never been to an organized event have experienced a taste of competitive disc golf while current PDGA members are enjoying the chance to play for a rating.
Leagues are up and running, we currently have 30 leagues out there with more and more popping up every day.
Many places have already had their first league night and many are starting soon. I want to thank the folks that have stepped up and started leagues in your towns. Leagues are the path to getting more people involved with the PDGA and my goal of 50,000 active members is a goal I hope to achieve.