The weather forecast called for cold rain and snow flurries. As it turned out, it was sunny and a balmy 57 degrees. With a little luck from Mother Nature and an Innovation Grant from the Professional Disc Golf Association, our National Girls & Women in Sports Day dream came true.
Our inaugural Women's Global Event in 2012 was a huge success and made history as the largest PDGA event for a single demographic within the sport of disc golf. 41 registered tournaments, reaching across 24 states and 4 countries (including United States, Norway, Finland and Australia) resulted in a turnout of 636 women in 15 different PDGA divisions.
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States, and to honor this, Prodigy Disc and the PDGA partnered up in 2013 in a fundraising effort to help fight this dreaded disease that affects the lives of so many.
In 2013, there were approximately 232,000 new cases of breast cancer and almost 40,000 deaths. The chance of a woman having breast cancer in her life is about one in eight. Breast cancer is treatable when detected early. The best method of detection is through self-exams. Awareness through education and promotions is the key to more women learning how and why to do self-exams.
The 5th Annual Magnolia Open is officially in the books. With record breaking numbers in attendance at this year’s event, one can’t help but think the old saying should be changed to “5th time’s the charm.”
There were 55 ladies from 8 different states in attendance this year, including Alison Blakeman, who won a prize for traveling the farthest, coming all the way from Washington State.
With women-only disc golf tournaments popping up all over the place, Star Newton #38712, and her sister, Faith Cross #53164, are following suit in Utah. Star notes, “for years, I was the only woman in my club. I always felt like the minority, so I decided to round up all the women I saw at the course to build the female members of our club.” September 28, 2013 will be the third annual Disc Chic Challenge held in Riverpark Disc Golf Course, Riverdale, Utah.
The second and now annual Daisy Chains wrapped up on April 21st in Watsonville, CA at the beautiful Pinto Lake. After their impressive inaugural year, Christine Hernlund and the Daisy Chains staff had plenty of hype to live up to. Last year Daisy Chains world-premiere was the same weekend as the Women’s Global Event, so this year they were able to break out of the form and highlight other events within the tournament. With ancillary events like a Ladies League Competition, and a skins match, Daisy Chains is a unique tournament experience for all disc golfing women.
A popular question in the disc golf world right now is “What does it takes to run a women’s only tournament?” Who better to answer that question than Ed Coffey, Tournament Director for the Texas Women’s Championship? The 2010 TWC, with 98 participants, held the record for most female disc golfers at one event (record based on PDGA sanctioned events) until The Chick Flick in North Plains, Oregon broke the record in 2012 with 102 participants. In addition to that record, Coffey also makes the record books with the 2011 United States Women’s Disc Golf Championship he hosted holding the largest attendance to date for a USWDGC with 86 participants.
After crowning the individual medalist on Saturday evening (Colleen Thompson, representing Illinois State University and Brett Wishon of Kennesaw State), the focus today was on the team competition finals.
The Disc Golf Hall of Fame established in 1993 is a tribute to the individual legends of our sport’s past and present. There are currently sixty-six inductees in the Hall of Fame. Of those sixty-six, seven are women.
Vanessa Chambers #2198 (Inaugural year - 1993)
Vanessa’s excellence in disc golf elevated both the visibility of the women’s division and the standard by which it was and is judged. At the time of induction she had been named Woman Disc Golfer of the Year three times, had won the PDGA World Championships twice, and compiled a phenomenal record of top-place finishes.
With the rapid-growing women’s disc golf scene, the PDGA Women’s Committee is proud to cover two women’s tournaments happening the weekend of April 20-21, 2013: Texas Women’s Championship and Daisy Chains Women's Tournament. Being the two largest states in the country they also have the first and second highest numbers of female PDGA members, so it seems only right that they host the first women-only tournaments of 2013. The “TWC” is like a seasoned veteran, whereas Daisy Chains is coming back with more experience after a solid rookie year.
Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world to “mark the economic, political, and social achievements of women”. Although this holiday is not so well-known here in the United States, countries such as Russia celebrate International Women’s Day by giving flowers to the important women in their lives, much like we would celebrate Mother’s day. The International Women’s Day website created the theme The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum to celebrate 2013.
What could be a better way to start an amazing year of women’s disc golf than with a tournament focused around a national women’s holiday? First time tournament director, Myrriah Gomez, has teamed up with Innova Champion, Legacy Discs, and Pocket Disc to present the 1st Annual International Women’s Day Tournament. The tournament will be a one day C-tier event on March 9 at Brent Baca Disc Golf Course in Albuquerque, NM. Registration will be open until the morning of the 9th unless it fills prior to the event.
The IDGC was dressed to the nines for the ladies arrival. Thanks to Alan Kane, Jason Allind, Noel Leseueur, Mom and Old Man Wallis for setting up the tournament registration area, beautifying the courses and adding those extra touches like the PDGA feather banners.
It’s almost time for the 4th Annual Magnolia Open. If you ask any of the 56 women who have previously played in this event you will find that it comes highly recommended. How could it not, with the long list of benefits to the players? Including 100% payout, free camping, free food, huge player’s packs for both amateurs and professional players, fun side games including a Corn Hole tournament, KanJam and new this year, a Hott Shotts competition.
The United States Army hosted Day 3 of the United States Women’s Disc Golf Championships at the Redstone Arsenal DGC in Huntsville, Alabama today. The day dawned sunny, clear and a chilly 52 degrees with a steady breeze. By midday it had reached 70 degrees with 42% humidity – absolute perfect disc golf weather.
The technical Redstone Arsenal course was immaculate and a great challenge for the final regulation round for all competitors and the Final 9 for the FPO leaders. Initial concerns over access to the Army base were expertly handled by the Rocket City Chain Gang as all the players, caddies, staff, and spectators were carefully shepherded onto the course throughout the day.
Day two at the United States Womens Disc Golf Championships launched beautiful and cool in Huntsville, Alabama today. Although the mercury would reach an altitude in the low 80s, it didn’t feel like it on the Brahan Springs DGC with the nice breezes and low humidity of only 50%.
In 2007, some Portland-area lady golfers decided to start meeting casually on the course to learn from each other and play recreationally. These meetings grew to include an annual event designed to introduce the sport of disc golf to beginners, as well as give experienced women golfers a competition designed specifically for them. The Chick Flick Women’s Disc Golf Celebration is a C-tier event where ladies play two sanctioned rounds on Sunday, after clinics and a mixed-division practice round on Saturday. With lunches included and camping available, the celebration is a disc golf immersion experience.
Ninety-three ladies participated in the Second Annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Disc Golf Championships (RMWDGC) on June 30th at the private Colorado Heights University Disc Golf Course in Denver, Colorado. Players from Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas competed for trophies in eight divisions.
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."
On September 24-26 the women of Disc Golf will travel down to Jacksonville, North Carolina to compete in the 12th Annual United States Women’s Disc Golf Championships. For the Women, this is where the National Tour will make its final stop. A National Champion will be crowned in several different amateur and pro divisions. In the Open field, Sarah Stanhope is fresh off her World Championship, and hopes to defend her USWDGC title that she won last year in Quad Cities, Iowa. But, the competition will be fierce with former National and World Champions such as Elaine King, Des Reading, and Valarie Jenkins, and a field of other World Class disc golfers seeking a PDGA Major title, Sarah will have her work cut out for her.
The PDGA and the women's committee have set a goal to introduce more women to disc golf by creating more events for all skill sets. With your help, the PDGA is dedicating resources in 2014 to the mission of attracting, encouraging and retaining more participation by women in organized disc golf events.