News and Notes

This was sent out in an email to all participants, but for those that didn’t receive the email, we post it here.

Hello Registered Players (and waitlisters) of the DDGC,

Just wanted to send a note to everyone with a couple reminders and news items as we are about 72 hours away from crowning our champions.

1. If you have missed our prior announcements on social media, we have added two holes to the course (holes that will eventually be a part of Dragan Field’s second 18-hole course). We will be playing two 20-hole rounds as a result. This has allowed us to expand the field from 72 to 80 players.

2. The wait list has really started to move in the last week as some players have dropped out. We have attempted to contact everyone who has gotten in from the wait list but not all have responded. Check the registration list at PDGA.com to see if you still have a WL## distinction or not. If you don’t, you’re in. Please contact us if you haven’t already done so, or check your spam folders for the original email we sent out with registration info.

3. We’ve had a wet spring, including in the last week or so. As a result, there are some areas of the course that are particularly soggy. The course is navigable and everything, but there are certainly places one can end up where feet might get wet. If you have waterproof footwear, we recommend it. If not that, then plenty of changes of socks. 🙂

4. Along those same lines, because of the added moisture, some of our overflow parking isn’t very usable. We’ll squeeze everyone in somehow, but we are asking folks to carpool if at all possible just to make things a bit easier.

5. Check-in will be available from 12:00 until 8:00 on Friday (registered players are welcome to play all day Friday for free), as well as 7:00 until 11:30 on Saturday morning. All players must check in on Saturday by 11:30 (including those who check in on Friday). If we have wait-listers present and ready to play and you have not checked in by 11:30, you will lose your spot in the tournament. If you’re caught in traffic or otherwise running late and might not be there by 11:30 but don’t want to lose your spot, CALL us. 207-786-4900. We won’t delay things for you, but we won’t take your spot away.

That’s all for now. We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone and putting on a good show. Please be sure to check out the tournament website (dragandiscgolfclassic.info) as well as the Dragan Field facebook and twitter feeds (–>) for updates and news.

Caddy Book 2017

Less than two weeks until the tournament.  Hard to believe it’s so close.

Last year, in an effort to help our out of town friends get to know the course a bit better, we put together a full color Caddy Book for the course, including details on the Dragon’s Tail Nine course to be played by the top 9 MPO players.  We’ve done it again this year, but we expect it will be to the benefit of our local players as well.

In addition to adding a new pin position this spring (and using a couple added to the course last year but not used at last year’s DDGC), we are adding two brand new holes to the course as well. These new holes, labeled Hole A and Hole B, will eventually become a part of a new, separate 18 hole course.  But in the meantime, we’re adding them on to the existing course for more fun and more room for players.

The Caddy Book can be viewed below or downloaded directly here (right click and save).  It should be noted that we will not be printing this to have available to players on tournament weekend.  Instead, a condensed version will be included in the Player Program.  So you’ll get the info handed to you, but it won’t be so large and colorful in the program (and the program will not include the DT9 hole maps).  Enjoy!

Note: Pars listed are the recreational pars used daily by our regular players.

Trophies

The DDGC has always prided itself on having unique and special trophies for its winners, some coming out better than others. Sooner than we expected and sooner than we’ve ever had before, the trophies for DDGC17 are already done and in our hands. And we can’t resist showing them off.

Cut from wrought iron with a powder-coat finish, they are the design of Kyle Enman and the handiwork of Kyle and his co-worker Matt Belliveau (Matt did the cutting, Kyle did the powder-coat). These easily rank in our top 3 trophies ever and a strong case could be made that these are the best we’ve ever offered. The winner in each division will go home with one of these in the “gold-vein” powdercoat, while second place in select divisions will get the “penny-vein” versions.

Without further ado, here they are. A Sacagawea dollar coin is included in the pictures for scale.

Who wants one?  Start practicing now and be at your best on June 3, and you might just win one.

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…