“When people would ask where the PDGA was located, I always told them it’s in half of a room in a house on an island in Canada,” said current PDGA Executive Director Brian Graham #5861 with a chuckle. It might sound like a joke, but Graham wasn’t kidding when he responded that way.
For decades, the PDGA “headquarters” was simply the home of whoever was running the organization. Graham would have been referring to then PDGA Executive Director Brian Hoeniger’s home in Toronto, where the PDGA was “headquartered” for many years.
Designers, Park Planners, Landscape Architects, and disc golf players from around the country attended the second HouckDesign Art and Business of Course Design (ABCD) workshop at the International Disc Golf Center (IDGC) on Feb 26th and 27th. The IDGC, located in Wildwood Park in Appling, GA, was the perfect location for the workshop, as a HouckDesign course is already on site, the W.R. Jackson Memorial Course, alongside two other championship courses.
“The National Tour started with a playoff and ended with a playoff”, said Paul McBeth #27523 as we walked up to the tee pad of Hole 2 with the gallery just behind us. At that moment, the reality of the 2015 National Tour coming to an end finally hit me. Has it really been six months since The Memorial Championships where Mcbeth faced another North Carolinian in a playoff?
If you haven’t already noticed, the Round 1 scores at the 2015 Hall of Fame Classic presented by MVP Disc Sports this afternoon, specifically in the Open division, were nothing short of absurd, on paper anyway. When the fans following along at home see that 13 different competitors in the Open division finished with scores of 13 under par or better, we can only assume (as disc golf fanatics ourselves) that they are likely asking themselves a simple, but understandable question.
Has this ever happened to you? You’ve just finished a round, feeling pretty good about yourself and your score, only to find that some kid who doesn’t even look old enough to throw a disc played in your division…and beat you? If this were 20 years ago, the number of people who said yes to that question would be pretty slim. Anymore, not so much. Like most other activities in life, starting out young is often a huge advantage.
The International Disc Golf Center, located in beautiful Wildwood Park in Appling, GA., plays host to several different events throughout the season. In addition to traditional singles disc golf tournaments, team events, educational events, women-only events, and ace races, the IDGC is well known for hosting a variety of charitable functions. One of the biggest and most rewarding tournaments for the IDGC every year is the Pam B Childs Memorial (presented by Paul “Batman” Childs), which raises funds to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charity.
“Thank you” is a phrase that most tournament directors don’t hear too often. Being a TD of a PDGA sanctioned event is a thankless task that is more often than not a volunteer position. Our sport thrives on volunteers who donate their time, effort, and sanity for months at a time. Well, the PDGA recognizes how difficult this job can be, and last weekend, it was our chance to say “thanks” to all those hard-working individuals who consistently make an effort to promote the sport and host an event in their area.
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.
The 2013 National Team Challenge tees off tomorrow (Saturday August, 31) at the International Disc Golf Center in Appling, Ga. The event is open for any team around the nation to join, and it gives everyone a competitive format to define the 2013 National Team Champion. Above all, it grants bragging rights to the victor until next year.
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.”
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.