A couple of months back we made the exciting announcement that the sport of disc golf would make its triumphant return to the National Senior Games. We’re back again to not only remind you that the 2015 National Senior Games are coming up soon, but with yet another exciting announcement about the event. Competitors in the disc golf portion of the National Senior Games (NSG) get a Buy-One-Get-One deal when they compete, as they will now have the option to compete in the National Senior Games AND the 2015 PDGA National Senior Amateur Championships!
Let’s define ‘Seniors’ as those great people over 50 years of age. Did you know that in year 2000 there were only 35 Senior PDGA members, and they made up just 3% of our membership? Turn the clock forward from 2000 to 2013 and there are now 3,500 Senior PDGA members and they make up 17% of the PDGA membership! Wow - 35 to 3,500 in 13 years! That is growth, the fastest growing demographic of the PDGA in fact. By the year 2020 there will be two and a half times as many people that are over 50 as there are now. Just look at the size of the Masters division fields compared to five or 10 years ago.
The 2013 National Senior Games opened this past Friday in the city of Rock and Roll where Mother Nature did some serious rocking and rolling of her own. Her opening act was a downpour on Friday night while the Opening Ceremonies commenced at the Cleveland Convention Center. The ceremonies included the lighting of the National Senior Games flame. But later that night, in the wee early hours of Saturday morning, the heavy metal headliner took the stage as a massive storm front made its way through the region and dumped 4+inches of rain on the Sims Park Disc Golf Course while spawning a tornado that damaged buildings at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, a mere 11 miles away.