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2013 USDGC Qualifying
Proving to be a winning combination in 2012, the half Open Flight, half Performance Flight format returns for the 2013 United States Disc Golf Championship at Winthrop University. The dates for this year’s 15th anniversary are October 2-5, 2013 and planning is already well underway.
“What we did format-wise in 2012 is what we plan to do for the foreseeable future,” said Event Director Jonathan Poole, adding that the smaller field was more manageable and “took us back to a more intimate setting like it used to be.”
The dual format also addresses the two fundamental questions of disc golf competition, says USDGC Chairman Harold Duvall. “How did my score compare to others? And, how did I perform? I am not sure which one is more important. The dual format tries to answer both of these important questions for the players,” said Duvall.
The field will be divided into two flights of 72 players with the Open Flight competing using their raw scores, while the Performance Flight will attempt to best their projected scores, determined by Disc Golf United’s Performance Scoring system.
Open Flight qualifying was tough in 2012 and tightens even more this year. Exemptions have been reduced from the top 20 finishers at the previous USDGC, to only the top 10. However, chances still abound. Three more regional qualifying events have been added.
The grand total includes all eight National Tour events, the PDGA Professional World Championships, the Copenhagen Open, the European Open, and the Southern National Pro Championship. The top five from each of those events earn invitations, excluding exempt players or those who have already qualified. Players have 30 days to register following the event at which they qualified. Exempt players must register by August 31st.
After a two-year absence, 9-time USDGC competitor Jay “Yeti” Reading of Texas knows the key to earning one of the few spots among today’s top talent:
“Give yourself as many opportunities as you can,” said Reading, who plans on hitting several regional qualifiers full speed now that the torn cartilage in his right knee has healed – an injury that plagued him last year.
Qualifying for the Performance Flight will again be determined by PDGA State and Country Coordinators. Exemptions to this flight include the top 10 finishers from last year’s Performance Flight and the tournament directors of the 2013 regional qualifying events.
Contact your PDGA coordinator to learn more about your local spot, available until Aug. 31st. Coordinators are encouraged to pick a local event best suited to determining their state’s representative. DGU’s Performance Scoring is also available for tournament use.
The five spots from Monday Qualifying will be reserved for the Open Flight.
The 2013 USDGC commemorates now 15 years of innovation in tournament play, while building an iconic and sustainable event says Poole. Reaching the fifteenth USDGC is significant to Poole and USDGC staff, but that achievement won’t keep them from looking to the future. “We always look forward to the next one whichever year it is. For us it has always been about learning from past experience and getting the next one right,” said Poole.
This year when players from all over make their way to Rock Hill, S.C., they will once again find some of disc golf’s greatest competition that also drives them to discover the best in themselves. Now more than ever, the Championship shows its relevance, USDGC officials say.
Those behind the tournament also say it still ranks as one of disc golf’s purest tests, where only the very best rise to the top. Since the PDGA established a World Ranking system at the end of 2005, only three US Champions were ranked outside of the top two at the time of the USDGC, according to PDGA Ratings Chair Chuck Kennedy.
2013 will be no different as the world’s best disc golfers will battle for their invitation to one of the game’s most significant events.
Look to the 2013 Qualifying Procedures for further detail,here.