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Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events


  1. Any player accepting cash in a Pro division at a PDGA-sanctioned event (except leagues) must be a current Pro-class PDGA member. If they are not a current Pro-class PDGA member, and wish to accept cash, the membership fee for either their new Pro membership, upgraded membership (if a current Amateur), or renewed Pro membership is taken out of their winnings by the Tournament Director and forwarded to the PDGA. Suspended for 2018
  2. An Amateur playing in a Pro division may NOT accept merchandise in lieu of cash in Major, National Tour, and A-Tier events; they may only accept a trophy (if one is available). All cash payouts at or below that place would move down one place causing an additional place to be paid.
  3. Any prizes (money or merchandise) declined by a player must pass down to the next finishing position. (Example: If a player placing third declines his prize, the player in fourth place will receive the third place prize, the player in fifth will receive the fourth place prize, etc.) Tournaments are allowed to retain prizes that have been declined by all players within a division only after the declined prizes have been passed through all finishing positions.
  4. The usage of skins (and other similar formats) is permitted at PDGA events but those scores are not allowed to determine a player’s overall standing in the event and prizes are not credited towards a player’s winnings.
  5. Any prizes that a player has earned will be distributed at the completion of the event once the results have been tabulated and verified.
    1. Tournament Directors may award prizes earlier at their discretion.
    2. Players who leave before the official distribution of prizes do not relinquish their winnings but they are responsible for contacting the TD as soon as possible to arrange for claiming those winnings and are also responsible for any associated shipping costs.
    3. If a TD uses electronic payments (such as PayPal) for Pro cash prizes, those prizes must be distributed within two business days of the completion of the event. TDs must provide cash or checks to those who do not have the ability to receive payment electronically.
    4. If a TD uses merchandise vouchers for Amateur payout, they must be redeemable at the event or afterwards via online fulfillment.
    5. Any prizes (cash or merchandise) that remain unclaimed (through no fault of the TD) six months after the completion of the event are then relinquished by the player. TDs must make a reasonable effort to provide the payout to the player by contacting them, offering to ship, etc.

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