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August 25, 2010

This year marks the 12th anniversary of the United States Disc Golf Championship (USDGC). Since its inception in 1999, the USDGC has grown into one of disc golf’s premier championship events. Innova Disc Golf, in association with the event’s many volunteers, sponsors, USDGC Partners, Winthrop University, and the Professional Disc Golf Association, is extremely proud to have been such an integral part of our game’s history.
Innova considers it a privilege to be in a leadership position. We have seen disc golf, and our business, grow and change tremendously over nearly three decades. The disc golf market is continually expanding and Innova is more committed than ever to improving our service to this incredibly diverse community of players.

In recognition of the growth of disc golf around the globe, we have decided to move the USDGC to a biennial schedule. Effective immediately, the USDGC will alternate years with Europe’s major event – The European Open. The USDGC will be held in even numbered years and the European Open in odd numbered years. This will enable better global promotion of professional disc golf, as well as afford us an opportunity to serve another important segment of the disc golf population.

Amateur and recreational golfers represent the fastest growing portion of the disc golf community. With these players in mind, a new event will visit the famous grounds at Winthrop University in 2011. Details will be forthcoming, but two of the guiding principles will be: Amateurism and Fun Competition in a Professional Setting at Winthrop. Despite these changes our mission remains the same; to live disc golf and to enable others to discover such a wonderful lifetime sport.

We are excited about the future of disc golf, more so than ever before. Opportunity for the game’s advancement abounds. We are confident that this new schedule will allow the USDGC to sustain its tradition of excellence, while building an even better fan base for the game’s elite.

One thing you can count on this fall is that Innova and the USDGC family are steadily preparing for our greatest tournament experience to date. We look forward to October, and to seeing you here.

Warmest regards,

Innova Disc Golf

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I don't like this at all. If something happens and you cant make the tourney you have to wait 4 years. Now it will be even harder to get in, lame.
if you bothered to read brads comment he said that if you have to miss the tourney you will not even have a chance to play the tourney for another 2 years. 2+2=4.
Help me out. I don't see anything about having to skip an event.
How is this good for disc golf? Okay, I can see an effort is being made to add a big event for amateurs, but it's at the cost of professional events. So how is that better?
Utterly horrible idea. Let's take the best event disc golf has to offer and not hold it that often anymore thus leaving ourselves with a weaker tour schedule and even less to market to the media and sponsors.
You guys are missing the big picture.

Essentially, they are saying every other year the USDGC will be held in Europe. How would it not be a good thing to use our best event to promote our sport globally?

The pros will always have plenty of awesome events to play in. You don't develop a sport or any business by sticking with what you have. You have to concentrate on how many players or customers you don't have.

Initially I was disappointed when I read the headline, but it sounds to me like they have bigger plans in store.
I would rather see pro worlds alternate between the usa and europe.
Ok, how about a different question: How have the folks who run the USDGC managed to put up with the huge obligation of running it every year for 12 years?? How many times have they contemplated shipping the event somewhere else or canceling it?

Running a major event is a ...major task. How many groups, for example, run a World Championships and feel the slightest urge to go back and do it again the following year? Having helped run a Worlds or few, I found out the very best part is having that weight off your shoulders.

The USDGC is also a Pro event. Pros are simply not as lovable as Amateurs. Pros expect more, gripe more and are less impressed, no matter what they are given or how they are treated. No wonder an Amateur event is being planned for off years. Let this be a lesson to all the Open players. Maybe in another decade a different cycle will be created: Year 1, Open, Year 2, Amateur, Year 3, Age Divisions. Oooh, Age Divisions...

Thanks and congrats to Innova for running the USDGC for 12 years. Hopefully the new cycle keeps keeps the event going and allows some well deserved recovery time.
From an amateur's stand point, I think it is great that are trying to accommodate to a larger population of disc golfers. There are way more amateurs than pros.
I hear what you are saying it is a ton of work. They are still going to do the tourny every year alternating every other year pro,am, pro,am ect.
2011 no tourney
2012 brother gets married
2013 no tourney
2014 it can be 4 years. That was not the point. If you are having a great year in 2011 you cant be a USDGC champ. This is the best tourney. I was looking forward to try and qualify for next year. Already got the thumbs up from the wife.
Really???? There's a CandyLand Convention?? You going?

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