Registration Deadline Extended for the WFDF 2017 World Team Disc Golf Championships | With 12 teams already registered for the second annual World Team Disc Golf Championships, Tournament Director and WFDF Disc Golf Chair Charlie Mead has decided to extend the registration deadline to July 15th in order to provide more time for countries to organize and assemble a team. The tournament will run from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th August, 2017 at Wivenhoe Park, University of Essex, Colchester, Great Britain on the full Championship course. The course will be open for practice from Sunday 20th to Tuesday 22nd August inclusive.
Although disc golf is extremely popular in countries like the USA, Canada, Sweden and Finland, the goal of the WTDGC is to encourage countries that aren’t as developed in disc golf to send teams to help foster growth, exposure and competition, in addition to showcasing the sport through WFDF to the Olympic Movement.
“WFDF Disc Golf Committee encourages any disc golf players from countries that are members of WFDF or associated with PDGA to contact both their National Disc Golf Associations and the WFDF Disc Golf Committee and register their interest in representing their country at this prestigious event,” stated Charlie Mead, WFDF Disc Golf Committee Chair. “As an innovative competition featuring national teams, it is an opportunity to be in the vanguard of Disc Golfers who taking part in this new and valuable addition to the Disc Golf Calendar. If any disc golfers have questions about the event or are uncertain about how to organize a national team to participate, I encourage them to contact us as soon as possible.”
The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) has sanctioned the WFDF 2017 World Team Disc Golf Championships as an XA tier event. Given the growth prospects of disc golf, WFDF believes that it is important to support the efforts of the PDGA to reach new countries and provide opportunities for the sport to continue to grow and develop.
“We developed this national team competition format to showcase disc golf with a truly World Championship perspective,” added WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “As this is only the second time the event has been held, we wanted to be flexible and encourage disc golf athletes in as many countries as possible to participate and play along with athletes from their own country as a team for national pride. We hope we can establish a strong track record of international competitions in disc golf over the coming years so that the sport can meet the minimum criteria for consideration under the Olympic model.”
Each team must send a minimum of 6 players: 3 Open Men, 1 Woman, 1 Masters aged or older player, and 1 Junior. In the case of countries which are unable to meet all of these criteria, because, for example, they are not able to field a Junior, the event is offering a dispensation clause whereby a player below a certain ratings threshold can be substituted in place. Additional information about the event and its unique format can be found on the official event website.
WTDGC and WFDF Disc Golf Committee contacts:
WTDGC TD Nige Williams – firstname.lastname@example.org
WFDF Events Manager – Karina Woldt email@example.com
WFDF DG Committee Chair – Charlie Mead – firstname.lastname@example.org