“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.
With school back in session, and our youth getting back in the routine of participating in their weekly sporting events and practices, we are all reminded of our goal to one day see disc golf represented in schools as recognized teams to the likes of sports such as lacrosse, swimming, and traditional golf. How many of us can say, “If my high school would have offered disc golf as an option, I would have been wearing that jersey?” It is safe to assume at least some of you reading this article just raised your hand.
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.
Disc Golf and the PDGA International Disc Golf Center was highlighted on the Fox Sports Network on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008 at 11:00am EST.
On Sunday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m. EST, the Walmart FLW Fishing Series was televised on the Fox Sports Network. The event was held at Columbia County's Wildwood Park on October 22-25 and was featured on the FLW Outdoors program. As part of the programming, professional angler Wesley Strader was featured in the Around the Town segment which included a visit to three Columbia County attractions, including the PDGA International Disc Golf Center.