Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding the crisis, tournament staff has made the decision to postpone the tournament. It will no longer be held on June 6.
The re-scheduled date is tentatively set for Saturday October 31 AND Sunday November 1. We are going with two days to allow for the flexibility to run the event while still complying with any government and PDGA mandates and restrictions. This allows us a minimum of three options for how the tournament will run.
- Everyone plays one round each day in a tee time schedule.
- Split the field into two pools and have one pool of 72 play on Saturday in a standard shotgun-start format, and the other pool of 72 play on Sunday. This would enable us to put ~36 players (9 cards of 4) on each course for each round for more physical spacing. What division plays in what pool will be determined based on the best fit of the numbers. The original pool assignments may not stay in such a case.
- A one day event just as originally scheduled, with 144 players split between the two courses and playing two rounds with shotgun starts. If this is the choice, it would mean the tournament would take place on Sunday November 1 only.
Any decision as to which option will be chosen is going to have to wait until we’re closer to the event and have clarity on what the situation is.
Here is what we know for sure about the re-scheduled event:
- No Dragon’s Tail Nine. Daylight hours are fewer in the fall than in early June. November 1 is also the first day of Daylight Saving Time. There simply isn’t enough time to squeeze in the DT9 regardless of the format of the rest of the weekend.
- No free spots in the 2020 Yetter/Great Eastern Cup. Now that our date is after the scheduled date of those events, a free entry will not be possible. Free entry into the 2021 editions of those events is possible, if not likely.
- Westside Discs remains the title sponsor. They were fully understanding of the decision to postpone and will support us in our new date just as strongly as they had originally planned.
- The tournament will be PDGA sanctioned. The decision to postpone was driven, in part, by the unlikelihood that the tournament could have remained sanctioned on the original date. Postponing will make sanctioning possible.
For those that cannot make the new dates, full refunds will be issued. Just use Disc Golf Scene’s withdraw request form to initiate the process (a link can be found in your confirmation email, or on the registered player list page if you are logged into DGS). If you still want to play the tournament, you don’t need to do anything more for now. If you’re in, you’re still in. If you’re on the waitlist, you remain there (chances are many waitlisters will get in).
Stay tuned to our site and our social media for further updates. And stay healthy and safe.
Due to the way registration shook out this year, we’re making an adjustment to the Dragon’s Tail Nine final round this year. Instead of the top 9 MPO players qualifying for this nine hole round, it will be the top 6 MPO players and the top 3 FPO.
PDGA guidelines dictate that cut lines have to be at or above the cash line, and technically a final 9 is a cut. With only 12 in MPO at the moment, that means having 9 of them make the DT9 forces us to pay out 75% of the field. Rather than do that, we’ll cut them to 50% of their field and take advantage of our record-breaking FPO field by adding them into the fun for the first time. Our previous high for participation in FPO was four players so we couldn’t really form a full DT9 card without paying more than the top 50% of the field. Now we can do that and we will do that.
There’s more potential news regarding the FPO division, but we’ll save that until details are worked out.
Just got off the phone with Tim at Hawk’s Next Disc Golf in Ayer Massachusetts. Tim started his disc golf days playing at Dragan Field and now that he’s in the disc golf business for himself, he’s giving back to his old stomping grounds with a generous sponsorship of DDGC19: all amateur players will receive a Hawk’s Nest stamped disc in their player packages. This in addition to the usual DDGC stamped disc and a DDGC tee shirt courtesy of Latitude 64. Thank you to Tim and Hawk’s Nest Disc Golf for the support.
Also, back for year number two as a sponsor is Zanfel. Zanfel, the safe and effective topical solution for poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac, will be providing some of their excellent product for CTP prizes as well as informational pamphlets for player packages.
We are excited to announce that Latitude 64 is on board as the title sponsor for DDGC19. As a part of the sponsorship, every entrant (pro and am) will receive a tournament shirt in their player’s pack. This marks the completion of the Trilogy Trifecta when it comes to title sponsoring the DDGC. In 2016, it was Westside Discs. In 2018, it was Dynamic Discs. Now Latitude 64.
As if there weren’t enough reasons to be involved in the Dragan Disc Golf Classic, Latitude 64’s support is making it even more important to get signed up ASAP. Set a reminder, bookmark the link now. Registration opens on February 1 at 8am, and as always, it is expected to fill very quickly.
We are happy and proud to have Dynamic Discs on board as the title sponsor for DDGC18. Dynamic has supported our event in one capacity or another for the last four years, but they’re stepping it up for 2018. As a part of the sponsorship, every entrant (pro and am) will receive a tournament shirt in their player’s pack.
As if there wasn’t enough reason to get signed up as soon as registration opens, Dynamic Discs is making it even more imperative. Set a reminder, bookmark the link now. Registration opens on February 1 at 8am, and it will fill quickly.