October 2-5 is coming just around the corner and this sports writer is ready to see the first drives at Winthrop University's Gold Disc Golf Course. That's right, Winthrop is the site of the United States Disc Golf Championship once again. The course is one of the best in the world, offering variety, challenge, and chances to get creative.
If you would like to take on the Gold Course, head over to Winthrop's Pro shop and sign up for a tee time for Spectator's Day, an opportunity to play the course with the exact layout and restrictions as the pros. (Must make a minimum $10 donation to the EDGE program or Educational Disc Golf Experience)
The 2013 Championship is packed with the world's best Disc Golf professionals and rising stars in the ranks of the amateurs.
There is one key change to the rules for this year's tournament that should be of value for spectators.
"This year’s rule should continue to promote incredible play with minimal backups, and bring OB rules closer to the typical tournament experience. Crossing the yellow rope will be known as a “Hazard”, an important new term for 2013. When players throw into a Hazard they will incur a one-throw penalty and then have the option to re-throw from the original lie or to play the disc from where it comes to rest."
As seen first on www.USDGC.com
Ticket to this year's USDGC are $10 per day, or a single purchase for a VIP Pass which gets grants you entrance for all four days of the tournament for only $25.
If you want to pre-purchase your VIP passes, head over to http://www.discgolfunited.com/Store/product.cfm?prod_id=1073206333 to pay. You will be able to pick up your VIP passes at the front gates when you arrive at the tournament.
This year’s Open Flight qualifiers are listed below.
The Memorial Championship (NT) Scottsdale, AZ February 27 – March 2
Texas State Championship (NT) Austin, TX March 15-17
Steady Ed Memorial Masters Cup (NT) Santa Cruz, CA April 26 – 28
Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic (NT) Appling, GA May 3 – 5
Copenhagen Open (M) Copenhagen, Denmark May 9 – 12
Discraft Great Lakes Open (NT) Ann Arbor, MI May 31 – June 2
Kansas City Wide Open (NT) Kansas City, MO June 14 – 16
Beaver State Fling (NT) Estacada, OR June 28 – 30
European Open (M) Nokia, Finland July 18 – 21
PDGA Professional World Championships (M) Crown Point, IN August 3 – 10
The Vibram Open (NT) Leicester, MA August 22 – 25
Southern National Pro Championship Columbus, MS August 31 – September 1
USDGC Monday Qualifying Rock Hill, SC September 30
The Performance Flight group of players are selected via regional and special event qualification, as well as meeting basic scoring and play requirements. To see the full explanation of how the Performance flight groups are selected, read at the link, http://www.usdgc.com/05/24/calling-all-perf-flight-players
According to the 2013 USDGC Press and Media Release statement, the following players are poised to contend as the newest champ.
Ken Climo, Clearwater, FL 12-time World Champion, 5-time US Champion
Barry Schultz, Rock Hill, SC 2-time World Champion, 3-time US Champion
Will Schusterick, Nashville, TN 2-time and defending US Champion
Paul McBeth, Huntington Beach, CA 2012 World Champion
This year the USDGC is being paired with a Blues Festival here in York Country, SC.
9th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival
The 9th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival is Thursday, October 3 - 5, 2013 in York County, SC. On Thursday, October 3, the Blues & Jazz Festival kicks off in York, SC at a brand new location - the historic McCelvey Center. On Friday, October 4, the Festival heads to Old Town Rock Hill where it festival takes on a restaurant crawl atmosphere. Festival-goers always enjoy live music at many of Old Town's restaurants & venues throughout the night. The final day focuses on bringing the music and culture of blues and jazz music to the kids on Saturday, October 5 when we present Blues & Jazz for Kids at the Community Performance Center!
See http://www.yorkcountyarts.org/#!9th-annual-blues-jazz-festival/cxjg for more detailed information.
I hope to see hundreds of you out at this year’s USDGC and at some of these great Blues Music events happening around town.