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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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As I understand it, players will qualify to enter the 2011 USDGC at qualifying events being one of the top 5 players shooting the best average rating above their rating at a qualifier. But I'm not sure the actual wording has been completed yet.
Will this be in the Advanced Men's division or all Am divisions?
All divisions from what I understand, perhaps including Juniors down to 10 and under. Might be a little slow playing in the group behind 9 and 10-year olds on Winthrop Gold though.
Playing at Winthrop behind juniors is no big deal to me! I think this is a great idea and the use of your rating system for qualifying and handicaps in this way is a great way to bring golfers together for some fun competition.

Thanks Chuck.
yeah, thanks for the info Chuck. This sounds like it'll be a great tourney.
Do have this straight? They are going to call this rating comedy event the USDGC? Please tell me Innova is not that dumb, please. Talk about cheapening the accomplishments of the first 11 USDGC champions if they do that!
At this time, it sounds like they're keeping the USDGC name unless they come up with something else.

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