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2013 Roc Rundown
Each year the USDGC releases a limited number of fundraising Champion Rocs, which generate the lion’s share of revenue necessary to run the event. This year collectors were licking their chops at a run of 2000 “original Rancho mold” Champion Rocs.
According to Event Director Jonathan Poole, the Rancho mold has been the go-to disc since the fundraising program began. “This is the mold we have used for USDGC fundraising since 2001. It’s the original,” said Poole.
With each release there are generally multiple hot stamp designs. Here is a run-down of what was offered for 2013:
- The first 1000 Rocs were stamped with a new USDGC logo. The design is referred to on the official collector guide as “Free Spirit”. The logo sports a pair of wings and just behind the logo are snapshots of the United States and South Carolina flags.
- A silver dollar sized version of that stamp, known as the “Free Spirit Mini”, went on the next 300 discs.
- Those were followed by 400 Rocs stamped with the “War Dance” design, which displays the legendary bird in a swirl of wings and feathers.
- Next came 200 with the “Rancho Original” stamp. The word “Rancho” is intricately lettered and stacked upon multitudes of Rancho’s that seem to repeat infinitely.
- The final 100 discs were adorned with a two-color stamp, where both the Free Spirit Mini and a wings logo were featured.
The wings logo was used on other discs sold in the tournament pro shop. Due to the popularity of those discs during Championship Week, the details were added to the USDGC Roc Collector Guide for the first time.
All proceeds from USDGC Rocs help support the event and its variety of charitable contributions.