The 2012 PDGA Disc Golf World Championships, held this year in Charlotte, North Carolina, are just around the corner. The official competition begins on Tuesday, July 17, with a variety of other events, including a Mixed and Divisional Doubles tournament and a Field/Skills Competition, starting on Saturday, July 14. The Charlotte Disc Golf Club is this year’s host organization, and for the first time anywhere, 14 courses will be used to determine world champions in 25 divisions.
Disc golfers from across the planet will be coming here to compete, with over 1,100 competitors from 13 countries taking part in this prestigious event. This year’s tournament will serve to support the American Red Cross, with the organization also helping to provide volunteers to the event that is expected to break records. Tournament director Sam Nicholson remarked, “We chose the American Red Cross because this tournament is drawing people from around the world. The Red Cross is a global organization, and we support its mission to help people in time of need no matter if they are here in the United States or overseas.”
Nicholson added, “The number of players coming to Charlotte will make this the largest disc golf tournament in the history of the sport.”
Some of the world-classes courses that will be used in the competition include the Hornet’s Nest and Renaissance, and disc golfers will also get the chance to compete on some of the newer courses with a number of challenges including the Nevin, R.L. Smith and Bradford, which are bristling with challenges.
Throughout the tournament week, activities will also be held in the evening, with the Worlds Flymart & Expo at The Blake on Tuesday, July 17, followed by the PDGA Banquet and Awards, and the Disc Golf Hall of Fame inductions on Wednesday evening. Thursday brings the Pizza and Vibram CTP challenge disc give away, while the player’s party will be held on Friday evening, July 20.
Volunteers are still needed to help out for this massive event, and don’t need any prior disc golf experience to help. They will have their choice of job, date and location, with several perks available to those who volunteer for two or more shifts. Contact Bryan Paschal at 704-906-2929 for more information or to sign up.
If you’ll be in the beautiful Charlotte region this month, come check out the Disc Golf World Championships and watch some of the top players on the planet showcase their exceptional skills.
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