At the 2019 USDGC in Rock Hill South Carolina, Sabattus Disc Golf sent down some of our awesome team members to witness one of the best events in disc golf and be the official Maine state sponsors and see our banner on Hole #1. The State Sponsor Brunch was a gathering intended for all the hole sponsors to meet up and have a nice breakfast on the last day of the tournament.
Along with our team members from Maine, Cameron Harbachuk and Danielle Payne from Gulf Coast Event Productions attended representing the great state of Florida. I guess East Coast corner states can’t say no to a free champagne brunch. After enjoying a wonderful brunch provided Jonathon Poole and the USDGC staff, Sabattus Disc Golf realized that we’d made some friends with the Floridians.
This weekend is the 2020 Gulf Coast Charity Open presented by The Brown Boxer Pub/Smoke & Barrel hosted by the same friends we met down in South Carolina. This tournament is about player experience and charitable donations, things we feel strongly supportive of. So we became Bronze Sponsors in their tournament this weekend! There are 267 players who will be competing in this Pro B Tier/ Am A Tier event and this year they’ll be donating to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay.
The GCCO is actually a lot closer than you think. If you take the world record distance throw by David Wiggins (1109 feet) we’re only 7,047 throws away! But seeing as how this is Maine and we’re generous with pars, Sabattus has decided that it’s actually a par 7,050. So if your’re lucky enough to win one of the gift cards we donated to their raffle, just stop into our Pro Shop.
Up in Maine we’re looking forward to a weekend where we may get above freezing for a few hours on Sunday. But our friends in Florida will be struggling through a 77-80 degree weekend filled with sunshine. We wish them the absolute best this weekend and hope all players shoot above their ratings.
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We’re reaching an interesting time in disc golf. Where we’ve got a massive crop of talent at the top. Plenty of other touring pros cash frequently enough without scratching the top 25 in talent and can tour with their winnings and sponsorships.
So let’s take a step back from calling anything other than a win a failure. Improvements from year to year on a course could be a win for some of these players. Finishing top 10 should be considered good for young players. The days of players dominating and winning every single weekend are basically over. Competition is tight at the top, and it’s only getting better.