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Next Generation Tour

As we alluded to a few weeks ago, DDGC17 will be sharing the weekend with a Next Generation Tour qualifying event.  With the launch of their official website, the Next Generation Tour released the schedule of all of its 2017 events including the qualifying event at Dragan Field on Sunday, June 4.

So who can play this tournament?  The answer is anyone who has never accepted cash in a professional division at any PDGA, NEFA, or Southern Nationals tournament.  The tournament will be played as a single division event with the top 12 finishers earning invitation to the Regional Championship on July 8-9 in Warwick, New York.

Just because the tournament is a single division does not mean that it is just for the best of the best.  In addition to competing for the regional invitations, there will be an optional side bet available for players to compete in their traditional PDGA division against like players from across the country.  These side bet divisions will include Advanced, Advanced Women, Advanced Masters, Advanced Grandmasters, Intermediate, Intermediate Women, Recreational, and Recreational Women.

The registration fee to play is $48 (does not include Dragan Field greens fee payable at tournament check-in).  The side bet fee is an additional $15.  For that entry fee, every player will receive a player’s pack valued at at least $65.  Registration will open on March 7 for all NGT events and it will be done through DiscGolfScene.com.  A direct link will be posted when it is available.

The field for this event is limited to 54 total players.  If interest in the DDGC is any indication, it’s very likely this qualifying tournament will fill and fill quickly.  When registration opens, it is recommended players sign up as soon as possible to ensure a place.

Registration, day 8

As of about an hour ago, all open spots in the tournament have been filled.  Matt Burnette snagged the last available MPO spot.  That means the only way to get into the DDGC at this point is to sign up for the waitlist through the “Register” link in the top menu.

Another reminder of how the waitlist works for the DDGC.  The twenty reserved places for MPO and FPO will continue to be held exclusively for those divisions through the posted deadline of May 20 even after the tournament fills.

  • If there is a withdrawal by a player within the 20 reserved places, the first available player on the wait list who is signed up for MPO or FPO will be added to the tournament.
  • If there is a withdrawal by a player outside of the 20 reserved places, the first player on the wait list, regardless of division, will be added to the tournament.

The above will be the policy through the May 20th deadline.  After May 20, the wait list will go exclusively to elevating the first person on the list regardless of division.

Registration, day 2

Registration opened a little over 24 hours ago, and 68 players are signed up.  All that remains open right now are two spots reserved for either MPO or FPO.  With some familiar names missing from the registration list, those two spots shouldn’t be open much longer.

Once they go, there are only three ways remaining to get into the tournament.  The easiest way is to sign up for the waitlist.  Last year, 18 of the people who played the tournament got in through the wait list (and another 11 had a chance but were unable to attend). The sooner you sign up for the wait list, the better your chances.

The other ways in are to play the Maine Disc Golf Tour Winter Series event at Dragan Field on February 26 where a spot will be up for grabs, or play Monday Night Doubles and be the highest point earner at the end of the series.

As if we weren’t already excited and motivated to make this DDGC a great one, that anticipation is so high that the tournament essentially filled in five hours just makes us that much more motivated to raise the bar.  121 days and counting…

Registration is Open!

Registration for DDGC17 opened at around 6:45 this morning, and the flow of registrations has been steady in the last two hours.  Twenty-three registrants in addition to the five with reserved places makes 28 players signed up so far.  If this pace holds up, we may be full by lunch time.

There was a time when we opened registration on February 1 and waited until April or even May to see an actual registration.  Quite a testament to both the growth of this event and the growth of disc golf in general that this much anticipation and excitement is generated four months before the tournament.

Keep an eye on the registered player list, it will be updated regularly as registrations come in.

What a day!

The 2016 DDGC is in the books. The weather was beautiful.  The course was sufficiently challenging.  The players were on their game.  Everything went about as well as could be hoped for.

We had four defending champions do so successfully: Bob Enman in Adv Grandmasters, Jacklyn Bogan in Adv Women, Erica Johnson in Pro Women, and our first three-peat champ, Tyler Grady in Pro Open.  Full results, with unofficial ratings, are posted at PDGA.com.

Also of note, Dave Delisle and Nick Blouin won the Double Dragons round in the morning with a 46 and Kieran Nichols shot the hot round of the Dragon’s Tail Nine with a 25.  There was also an ace on hole 10 by Jamie White, good for $100.

Some numbers…we collected a total of $1905 in gross entry fees from 71 players (+$130 in non-member fees for the PDGA).  Between cash prizes, players packs, CTPs, ace pots, and trophies, we paid out a little over $5000 in total value by the end of the day.  And doesn’t even take into account the player fees to be paid to PDGA and NEFA for sanctioning.  When it’s dribs and drabs over the course of a few months as the event approaches, it doesn’t really seem like much, but seeing it all added together is overwhelming.

And it’s all due not just to the generous sponsors we acquired as the event approached (listed on our sponsor page), but a slew of last minute sponsors who surprised us with prize donations on Saturday morning.  These folks include NEFA for sending a Two Roads Brewing prize pack, Mat Ladroga for donating a cool dyed disc, Bobby Harris for donating a disc, and Kris Gosselin and the Maine Disc Golf Tour for donating some logoed shirts and sweatshirts.  Those prizes were added to the CTP prize packs we already had, putting the value of the day’s CTPs alone over $550.

DDGC16 may be over, but the wheels are already turning and work is starting on DDGC17. We want to build on what worked well, tweak what needs tweaking, and see if we can’t make the next one bigger and better than the last.

Thanks to everyone who attended the event…players, caddies, spotters, photographers, and spectators.  Watch this space for news about DDGC17 as it is available, starting with this:  DDGC17 will happen on June 3, 2017.