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Taking a Look at the 2022 Frisbee Season: Union Disc (Trevor Wilkerson)

8 Mar

As we head into March, many of us are excited for the season to be in full swing again. Some players will find their joy in a morning round at Tierra, and for others, it is the tournament grind on the weekends. No matter who you are, we are all itching to get back on the course and showcase our new and improved putting game from the Winter.

Many companies around the state are doing amazing work to support Nebraska disc golf in their own way, and one company that has found its  place in hosting tournaments is Union Disc. It was founded two years ago and is owned by Trevor Wilkerson and Zach Nickolite. Trevor has been running tournaments over the last 3 years and partnered with Zach in 2020. Together, over the last two years, they have worked to make Union Disc a staple in the Nebraska community for many players, but specifically for those seeking a competitive outlet. Union Disc exists to provide an enjoyable tournament experience for all while simultaneously raising the level of professional disc golf in Nebraska.

Throughout the 2022 season, Union Disc will be running 5 events, 4 B tiers and 1 C tier, throughout the state. They hope that by focusing on competitive course layouts and running events at the B tier status, they will be able to attract a competitive demographic and contribute to raising ratings in Nebraska. 2021 proved to be a successful year for the company and they will continue to work on finding a balance between competition and community engagement that will please all divisions. Aside from tournaments being vital to the growth of competitive disc golf, they also provide an opportunity to support local courses and help make a push for course improvements.

On March 19th, Union Disc will be heading to Columbus, NE to run the 2022 Pawnee Park Classic. This B tier will be hosted at Pawnee Park and will include a combination of temporary and permanent basket locations. With over $1,000 added between Professional and Amateur divisions, this event would surely be a great way to kick off your 2022 season. At this time, Union Disc is hoping to have all baskets set up by the evening of March 18 to allow for competitors to practice before the event.

Registration is currently open for:

2021 Highlights Review

23 Dec

  • Zen Llama opens in Lincoln near 48th & Calvert St
  • Nebraska Disc Golf Company opens in Omaha at 72nd & Harrison St
  • Cash Minx became the seventh PDGA State Coordinator for Nebraska since 1999
  • The Star City Shoot-out had 185 participants
  • Take the Lake in Hastings paid $842 for first place
  • Beal Slough course opens in Lincoln and has 18 holes with two tees each
  • Fifty-four PDGA sanctioned tournaments in Nebraska with 3,441 in attendance
  • Glow golf becomes popular at Tierra Park in Lincoln
  • Indoor winter putting league activity in Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney
  • Chadron State Park selected as the best course in Nebraska on UDisc

Nebraska Disc Golf Podcast

29 Dec

Nebdisc welcomes the new Nebraska Disc Golf Podcast and invites you to subscribe and listen. The podcast quality is excellent and is hosted by a Nebraska disc golf veteran, James Fleege.

We are not going away. Nebdisc remains in touch with tournament directors across the state and you can count on us to continue promoting events using the nebdisc calendar. If you haven’t already, go ahead and subscribe to the calendar. More information is on the tournaments page.

Imagining A New Normal

18 May

May 22, 2020

Changes announced today from the Professional Disc Golf Association for Nebraska. Here is an update from Scott Hoffman, the Nebraska State representative for the PDGA. “PDGA sanctioned events are back on in Nebraska starting June 18th. If they will have more than 25 players in attendance – 1 round events must be flex start or tee times – 2 round events will have to have tee times for each round.”

There are further restrictions in some areas. For example Lincoln has a restriction of gatherings to be 10 or less until June 30.

 


May 18, 2020

With South Dakota and Minnesota now allowing PDGA sanctioned disc golf tournaments, how does Nebraska stand and what might the new normal could like?

Things change often, it’s a fluid landscape with the pandemic. In doing some research to back a claim made by a few that “no organized sporting events are allowed” the closest thing I could find is “Individual sports such as golf and tennis (including doubles tennis) are not prohibited under any Directed Health Measures, however, participants must still practice social distancing.” The quote is from a KOLN new story on May 11 titled Gov. Ricketts provides updates on youth sports guidelines. So what’s holding us back? Gatherings of 25 or more.

What might disc golf tournaments look like in the near future? With a tournament of 72 players the standard of a shot-gun start would be a problem. Too many people gathered at once for a player meeting and to pass out player cards. Another option is timed starts.

Consider the Glass Blown Open, the largest disc golf event in the world with over 1,600 competitors. My experience with pre-assigned tee times has been to start with an 8:00am-ish start. Almost nobody but our card around the check-in table, up to 3 people putting at a practice basket, and plenty of open space for mid and drive practice. At ten minutes prior the tee time the card of 4 gathers at headquarters. We meet with the tournament director and he reviews the out of bounds or other problem areas. There are five people total at tee one, easy to implement social distancing.

How might assigned tee times look for a tournament in Nebraska? Imagine pre-registering for a C tier and being assigned a tee time at least two days in advance. Show up at the course around 45 minutes prior to your assigned tee time, get in some putting, midrange and driver warmup shots. Arrive at headquarters five minutes before your assigned tee time, listen to a course out-of-bounds review by the TD and then go play the round.

Turn in your card, check the final scores posted. Pro payouts could be done using PayPal or Vemo, or mailing a check. And for amateur payouts retailers could honor a credit voucher similar to what Disc Gauntlet is doing with DZ Discs.

Here is a hypothetical tee time schedule for a disc golf tournament of 72 players doing two rounds on a course that is normally completed in three hours or fewer. The last card would be done by 7:00pm, which is about when the sun sets in early October.

 

card 1st round total players
1 8:00 AM 4
2 8:12 AM 8
3 8:24 AM 12
4 8:36 AM 16
5 8:48 AM 20
6 9:00 AM 24
7 9:12 AM 28
8 9:24 AM 32
9 9:36 AM 36
10 9:48 AM 40
11 10:00 AM 44
12 10:12 AM 48
13 10:24 AM 52
14 10:36 AM 56
15 10:48 AM 60
16 11:00 AM 64
17 11:12 AM 68
18 11:24 AM 72
2nd round
1 12:30 PM
2 12:42 PM
3 12:54 PM
4 1:06 PM
5 1:18 PM
6 1:30 PM
7 1:42 PM
8 1:54 PM
9 2:06 PM
10 2:18 PM
11 2:30 PM
12 2:42 PM
13 2:54 PM
14 3:06 PM
15 3:18 PM
16 3:30 PM
17 3:42 PM
18 3:54 PM

Sooner or later we will be back to enjoying disc golf competition. Until then tournament directors could plan and share their strategies for a smooth startup when the time comes.

 

Additional Resources

Keep Playing

10 May

Nebraskan’s are able to continue playing disc golf around the state despite restrictions. Although during this time of social distancing the regularly scheduled leagues and tournaments are postponed.

Disc golfers have adjusted and are playing within the guidelines. As usual, groups of five players or less is recommended. And while maintaining a distance of at least six feet we avoid touching each other with high fives and fist bumps, avoid handling discs that belong to others, and avoid putting-out when within fifteen feet of the basket.

Popular means for disc golfing during the pandemic:

  • glow golf – 8:30pm is a popular start time and the course is not as busy.
  • bracket tournaments using a match play format. Two players meet at a course and time convenient for both.
  • challenges – One idea of a challenge round is to throw only forehand drives. Or try a round throwing only a putter.
  • lessons – Contact your course pro for tips on throwing techniques and disc selection.
  • course grounds work – Remove fallen debris from the course, or put on gloves and pick up trash. May want to use hand sanitizer before entering your vehicle and be sure to not touch your face.

The Professional Disc Golf Association has statement on COVID19. There you can read about the current sanctioning status and mitigation techniques.

Exercise is beneficial to a person’s physical well being. It benefits mental health too which is also important to manage during these times. So get out there and keep playing!