1. The events are held on several courses
The 2018 Professional Disc Golf Association Amateur Worlds are being held July 21-28 on 10 courses in Mecklenburg County, including Bailey Road Park, Bradford Park and Robbins Park in the Lake Norman region. It features 628 players from around the world, across 10 divisions. The rounds being played locally will end by July 27, with the semifinals being held June 28 at Charlotte courses Hornet’s Nest Park, Sugaw Creek Park and Reedy Creek Park and finals at Renaissance Park, also in Charlotte. Bailey Road was used for the 2012 PDGA World Championships.
2. There are 7 players from the lake region
Michael Knepp, Anthony Nicolini, Noah Kolls, Brian Timm and Scott Sittler from Huntersville are slated to compete, while Cornelius’ Joe Holstine and Denver resident Bob Ake also have their names in the field. Amateur participants in the Amateur Worlds must be current 2018 PDGA Amateur members and Certified Officials through the end of the event. Players also must maintain their amateur status by declining pro cash or accepting only merchandise in lieu of cash at PDGA Tour events until after the Amateur Worlds, or they will no longer be eligible.
3. Volunteers are needed
People can still be a part of the Amateur Worlds without playing. The PDGA needs volunteers throughout the entire event. Prior experience playing disc golf is not required. Volunteers will receive a hat and a shirt as well as other exclusive free items. Volunteers also receive food if they work more than four hours in a day. They are placed in a raffle for a custom world’s Zuca cart ($350 value) – one of only five made. Those interested should complete the questionnaire at www.2018amworlds.com, to be given an assignment.
4. Disc golf is inexpensive to play
At all of the courses mentioned, disc golf is free to play. The only costs required are the discs, which can be found at various places, including Dick’s Sporting Goods or Omega Sports, from $9-20. It is played like ball golf, with tee pads – often cement – leading to the hole, which are elevated baskets. Depending on the course, there may be alternate tees and/or holes, which range from par 3 to par 5.
5. Anyone can become a PDGA member
The PDGA is the professional association for all disc golfers. The organization uses the memberships fees to organize and manage 3,500-plus competitive events worldwide; manage player points, statistics and rating system for 41,000-plus active members; produce four publications of DiscGolfer Magazine annually; support the annual PDGA Professional World Championships; support the annual PDGA Amateur and Junior World Championships; and much more. All PDGA memberships expire each year on Dec. 31.