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.