Feb 13, 2012

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2012 State Rep. Spot Details

2012 State Rep. Spot Details

For PDGA State Coordinators pondering how they’ll award their state representative spot for the 2012 USDGC Performance Flight, applying DGU’s Performance Scoring to a local tournament is a good option. It’s free and doesn’t require any more work than a typical PDGA tournament.

This year’s USDGC features two flights of 72 players: the Open Flight, where pros will compete for the US Championship and cash prizes under stroke play; and the Performance Flight, where disc golfers with various skill sets can get their first look at the Winthrop Gold Course using Disc Golf United’s Performance Scoring.

Performance Scoring, featured in the 2011 USDGC, allows players of different skill levels to compete on an equal basis by assigning each player a projected score based on their skill level and the layout of the course. After each round, players are ranked by comparing their ‘performance’ relative to their projected score.

Five spots for the Open Flight will be determined at nine regional qualifying tournaments (similar to years prior to 2011). Performance Flight qualifying, however, will be largely up to each state coordinator.

Though state coordinators may pick a deserving individual for the spot, here are some reasons to consider applying Performance Scoring:
– More players will have the chance to qualify.
– Players will become familiar with the Performance Scoring system used at the Championship.
– It’s completely free to use.
– No additional work required.

Just choose a local event, preferably one that attracts the most players. When the event is done, upload the scores to the PDGA leaderboard, then contact DGU.

“Give us a call and we’ll do the rest,” said Southern, who oversaw last year’s Performance Edition qualifying. “State Coordinators will be informed of the winner the same day.”

Before uploading your final scores to the PDGA, Southern urges coordinators to double check all tournament information. “This ensures our results can be calculated quickly and accurately. Make sure course layouts are entered with the correct divisions associated with them and in the order played,” Southern said.

Wisconsin State Coordinator Terry Miller said he plans on using Performance Scoring in June for the Skyline Classic in Silver Lake because it’s the fairest way to decide his state’s spot and it adds extra intrigue to his event.

“It’s a premier event of mine. It’s a premier course and it just makes sense to attach the USDGC opportunity to that,” said Miller, who directed a Performance Edition qualifier last year as well.

Keep in mind, the following requirements must be met by players in order to be eligible for the USDGC Performance Flight:
- PDGA player ratings must be at least 875 and comprised by a minimum of 12 PDGA rated rounds between November 1st 2011 and Oct. 1st 2012.
- During the qualifying event, eligible players must play the same configuration of layouts as the ‘Pro Open’ division. However, course layouts do not need to be played in the same order or at the same time.

All state rep spots must be determined by August 31st. Exceptions can be made if the event or series concludes after that date. The sooner your event, the better – registration for state and national rep. spots are first come first served.

Contact the Disc Golf United Administrator, Adrian Southern, for more information.


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