The players filled the courses at the Hippodrome complex Saturday with excitement and anticipation for individual competition. Team play is not only about how they can function as a unit, but also the individual pieces of the puzzle. Now, instead of all playing together, the teams were split up and spread out over the two courses. Singles play leaves the door wide open for the leaders to slip, and the chasers to become the chased.
Day two of the 2013 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships played host to some very exciting disc golf action. As the players arrived to the Hippodrome complex, they were treated to sunny skies and much better weather than the previous day. The scores were proof of that, as the competitors began to light it up.
Day one of the 2013 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships kicked off with a boom...literally. The skies opened up overnight and continued to drench the Hippodrome complex throughout the day. Fortunately for the players, they only were required to play one round today, and the action was preceded by the typical fanfare that only a National Collegiate Championship could offer.
Did you know that at an annual growth rate of 12% the sport of disc golf nearly doubles in size every 6 years? This growth brings new players, fans and competitors to the sport; all of which create opportunities for our organization to grow, improve and better serve its members.
This year the PDGA Executive Director and Board of Directors are stepping back to evaluate the PDGA as a whole and revisit our Vision and Mission Statements to create a multi-year strategic plan.
The Beach Sports Network announced today a partnership with the Professional Disc Golf Association that will increase their television presence to 20 shows, as well as expand their future distribution to a dedicated online portal that will stream live events during the year and provide their dedicated community of fans video-on-demand access to past shows.
Nikko Locastro and Will Schusterick have joined forces to promote the Pocket Disc to the Disc Golf world. Weighing in at 2.2 ounces and measuring eight inches across the Pocket Disc is capable of flying up to fifty yards. Pocket Discs are more portable than a rigid flying disc as they can be stuffed in your pocket or backpack where they wait ready for impromptu disc games of all sorts both indoors or out. “They are great for killing time around the teepad when play on the course in front of you is slow,” says Schusterick. Locastro adds, “When its nasty outside, I like throwing the Pocket Disc at targets in the house...It’s like indoor disc golf almost.”
Round one of the European Championships teed off this morning under cloudy conditions at the Essex University course in Colchester, United Kingdom. One hundred and ninety seven competitors from fifteen European nations are taking part in this bi-annual event, for individual honors but also for the first time in a new team format called the European Nations Championships. This format will have the top 20 players in each of the six divisions earning points for their countries, with the country earning the most points taking the Nations Cup home with them.
The Professional Disc Golf Association is pleased to announce the winning applicants for the June 2012 round of innovation grants.
Steve Mentrek: Disc Golf Clinics for Special Olympics Athletes - This project is geared towards introducing local Special Olympic athletes to the sport of disc golf. Through the use of local volunteers, we can create an inclusive opportunity for individuals with disabilities to see more of what their community has to offer.
May 12, 2012 is a day to mark in the history books of Women's Disc Golf. To follow in the footsteps of last year's Global Tournament, the PDGA and PDGA Women's Committee will be hosting the inaugural Women's Global Event. We invite women from all over the world to take part in this groundbreaking event!
So, What exactly is a Women's Global Event, you ask?
Here are the details: On May 12, 2012 women from all around the world will play two rounds of disc golf during their local global event. The scores for the two rounds will be submitted and rated by the PDGA. The round ratings will be added to determine the player's "Global Score."
The 2012 World Championships will put the spotlight on established, world-class courses like Hornet’s Nest and Renaissance, and give players the chance to experience newer courses such as Nevin, R.L. Smith and Bradford, which are bristling with challenges.
All 14 courses used are in our home county and within 30 minutes of The Blake, the host hotel located in uptown Charlotte. Most Pro divisions will play three courses twice in preliminary rounds, with most Amateur players playing five different courses.
This Saturday October 29th the International Disc Golf Center plays host to the 1st annual "Disc Golf For Kids' Sake Halloween Bash", which benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia. Brent Walton of Salt Lake City, Utah has run this event for four years and is branching the "series" out to new venues. Brent has combined his love for the sport of disc golf, with his favorite charity Big Brothers Big Sisters, and created a fun family friendly event for the community.
Through most of its 36 year history, the name of our association has been the subject of discussion and debate. In founding the organization, Ed Headrick chose the ambitious name “Professional Disc Golf Association” as a challenge to what the game might actually become. Ed thought that adding money to the game would build interest from the public and make play more exciting. He famously said, “When they’re putting for the cash I want to see their hands sweat.” In fact, all of the early members were actually “pros” who were playing for cash prizes, but the tiny amount of money that was available made the term “disc golf pro” an inside joke for many years.
Congratulations to Jaska Halttunen of Karkkila, Finland for submitting the winning designs in the 2011 PDGA Ace and Birdie Club logo contest. We received artwork from more than 25 people in this year's contest. For submitting the winning designs, Jaska will receive a 2011 PDGA Membership along with an Ace Club package and Birdie Club package. He will also receive a complimentary copy of the 2010 Pro Worlds DVD, which is available from the fulfillment house. The office would like to thank everyone who submitted designs in this annual contest and look forward to seeing what's in store for next year.
As July moves through the calendar quickly, the Woodchuck Cider Drive for the Championship is gaining in intrigue. Our top players have been jockeying for position on the PDGA National Tour through the first seven events, but the next stop on “the Drive” is the World Championships, where players in the hunt will not have the option to swap out a better showing.
Nate Doss and Valarie Jenkins Take Leads into Final Day at Brent Hambrick Memorial in Columbus, Ohio, as players find two extremely different experiences on the two courses at the Hoover Dam disc golf complex.
Renowned sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella has written one of the seminal treatise on the sport that forces us to resign ourselves to the fact that Golf is Not a Game of Perfect.
And while the women’s lead group would surely admit that their first round efforts were far from perfect, all but Valarie Jenkins must have been begging to the disc golf gods, “Can you at least throw me a bone here?” during their second rounds at the Brent Hambrick Memorial National Tour event in Columbus, Ohio.