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Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events

1.10 Distribution of Prizes

Last updated: Sunday, December 31, 2023 - 23:10

  1. Any player accepting cash in a Professional division at a PDGA-sanctioned event (except Leagues, see 1.14.C.2) must have a PDGA number for tracking purposes prior to the start of the event (players receiving a PDGA number after event registration must alert the TD prior to the event). Non-PDGA-numbered players are only eligible for trophies, and any cash payouts at or below that place would move down one place causing an additional place to be paid.
  2. An Amateur-class member playing in a Professional division (see 2.04.C) may not accept merchandise in lieu of cash at events sanctioned at A-Tier and above; however, they may accept a trophy for their finishing place if available.  All cash payouts at or below that place would move down one place causing an additional place to be paid. Amateurs playing in a Professional division may accept merchandise in lieu of cash at other Tier levels at the Tournament Director’s sole discretion. Otherwise, all cash payouts at or below that place would move down one place, causing an additional place to be paid. This does not apply to Leagues (see 1.14.C.3).
  3. The required Added Cash for a Tier level must be allocated across all Professional divisions based on the percentage of entry fees brought into the overall Professional portion of the event by each division. Added cash above the minimum may be allocated at the TD’s discretion.
  4. Events with more than two rounds must post payout (including all added cash) prior to the start of the last round.
  5. Any prizes (money or merchandise) declined by a player must pass down to the next finishing position(example: If a player placing third declines their 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 Professional 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 (money, trophies, or merchandise) that remain unclaimed (through no fault of the TD) 30 days 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. A player has claimed a gift certificate, gift card, gift code, or similar prize upon receiving it, and this time limit does not apply to the redemption of such certificates, cards, codes, or similar prizes.

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