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A disc golf demonstation was conducted on Friendship Day in Lennoxville Quebec on June 12 2010. Many enjoyed their first introduction to the sport.

PDGA Quebec will also take part in ' Festi-Golf ' in Knowton Quebec on July 25th. We will set up 2 holes on their golf course for all to play during an 18 hole golf round.

The Sherbrooke Open on October 2nd will be a PDGA C-tier event

April 5th 2010,


http://sites.google.com/site/pdgaquebecsite/

 

 



This past July 2009, I was elected Provincial coordinator for the PDGA in the province of Quebec by the

Quebec membership of the PDGA. For those who don't know, the PDGA is the “ professional disc golf association”.

This letter is intended to go to all areas where disc golf is practiced in the province. Also it is not uncommon for other disc sports such as Ultimate to show interest in disc golf , so this letter also targets their groups.


I have just built a web site for PDGA Quebec and the hope is that I will get updates about regional disc golf activities that I can post on the site.

Secondly, it is my hope that you may provide a link for this new site on your web page for those that are curious about the sport in Quebec but haven't known where to turn for information. The site is also a resourse sight that can be used to so where the tournaments are happening or find a copy of the rules of play.

I can be contacted regarding any disc golf inquiry and I will be glad to share my over 36 years of disc golf experience to help answer your questions.


So please let me know what is happening with regards to disc golf in your area, and if you are able, could you please post this link on your site.


Thank-you


Peter Lizotte # 9189 http://sites.google.com/site/pdgaquebecsite/


 

Attention PDGA Canada Provincial Coordinators and TDs

With the Winter Olympics on the horizon, it may be some time still before we tee off on the 2010 disc golf season across the great white north. But just in case any of you are thinking about getting your events listed on the 2010 PDGA Tour calendar soon, attached please find a Canadian-ized copy of the 2010 PDGA sanctioning agreement.

So far we have listed the DGI ’10 in Oakville in July on the schedule; we also received a 2010 sanctioning fee from Rob Wormald in Ottawa in 2009. So whenever you are ready please send in your agreements and fees in Canadian $ to me. Thanks very much!

There is a ton of 2010 PDGA Tour and TD resources and information here: http://www.pdga.com/tdinfo/resources . The Tour Standards document is particularly important. As a whole, these resources are very useful for new and young clubs and TDs interested in running their first PDGA event.

 If you have any questions about running a PDGA event in Canada in 2010 please don’t hesitate to ask either myself or your provincial coordinator.

In the next few weeks we will be taking some decisions in terms of PDGA Canada sponsorship support to 2010 series and events in Canada. All the Ontario events and TDs will be meeting in Toronto on January 23 and we look forward to discussing PDGA Canada support and collaboration with them at that time. I also look forward to hearing from the other provinces, including Alberta, BC and Quebec, about tangible ways in which the PDGA can support and enhance their events this year. It would great to also hear from Manitoba and Saskatchewan about how we can get the PDGA more involved on the Prairies.

Brian Hoeniger   PDGA Canada Manager   Toronto Island, ON          Sanctioning agreement

   News   February   2010
2010 PDGA Canada Sponsorship Application

PDGA Canada uses the sanctioning and player fees collected at Tour events in Canada to

support and foster disc golf activities in country. The principal aims of this program are two-fold:

1. To help introduce and grow the sport in more Canadian provinces and communities.

2. To increase PDGA events, memberships, and activities in Canada, as well as interest in and support for the PDGA brand among Canadian players, TDs, and disc golf clubs. To these ends, PDGA Canada will have a total of approximately CAD $7000 in funds available to sponsor a range of activities in 2010, including:

A. PDGA sanctioned Provincial Series (50% of funding or up to $3500 total).

B. New course installations and course hardware/amenities upgrades ($500 per 18 hole course, $250 per 9 hole course, to a maximum of $2500 total in 2010).

C. Individual basket and other disc golf promotional material purchases for persons and institutions (ie schools) who are committed to introducing and teaching the sport to communities, students, summer camps, etc., where there are no disc golf course facilities at present ($250 per application, total available $1000). Items that do not qualify for sponsorship include: event sanctioning & insurance fees, PDGA membership dues, assets such as computers, baskets, discs etc that the applicant intends on making his/her property or intends on selling for his/her benefit. The sponsorship application must be submitted by a Canadian PDGA current member or affiliate club. Funds will be released upon approval of the application by the PDGA International Director. For applications under B and C above covering hardware and promotional material purchases (baskets, tee signs/pads, info boards, discs, DVDs, rulebooks, scoreports etc.), evidence of actual purchase (ie a paid invoice) must also be submitted before funds will be released in the form of reimbursement. The application process is straightforward. All you have to do is send an email to

bhoeniger@pdga.com

that includes the following information:

- Name, PDGA# and contact info of the person submitting the application

- Amount of sponsorship requested

- How the sponsorship will promote the sport of disc golf

- How the sponsorship will benefit/promote the PDGA brand

- How the sponsorship will be used to increase participation/awareness

We look forward to receiving your application. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please contact me in Toronto at the coordinates shown above. Regards and thanks for supporting disc golf and the PDGA,

Brian Hoeniger #4022

International Director / Canada Manager

Professional Disc Golf Association - Canada

5 Dacotah Ave, Toronto ON, CANADA M5J 2E4

Tel: (416) 203-0912 Email: bhoeniger@pdga.com

Headquarters: 3828 Dogwood Lane

Appling GA USA 30802-3012

(706) 261-6342 office@pdga.com

www.pdga.com

Professional Disc Golf Association

As the end of the 2009 season draws to a close, disc golf players in Quebec have good reason to be optimistic about the future.
The biggest news this year is the opening of a 12 hole basket course in Montreal. Having a permanant course in the ground was one of the now 2 year old ADGM's, (Montreal Disc Golf Association) primary goals and it was reached with aid from the PDGA and Innova's 'matching basket program'. 
The course will have an enormous impact on the growth of the sport in the city and the whole province.
 
We (the Quebec player base) also held the first Quebec provincial championships and crowned
Paul Belyea # 7224 provincial Open Champion,
Marie-Lou Perron Open Womens Champion and
Ben Primeau, Advanced Champion
We expect this to be one of our flagship tournaments for years to come.
In Montreal the ADGM had record attendence for their 4 tournaments and organised league play through out the year.
In Sherbrooke the second annual 'Lost in Lennox' was a success and 2 course proposals are in the works. We should see some permanant development as early as late spring 2010. Quebec PDGA players attended sanctioned events, mainly in Ottawa and Vermont.
 
There is no doubt that the sport gained visibility, expanded the player base and improved on communications. As the cold season comes and the discs come to rest, we will be continuing to expand our networking core and prepare for similar and broader advances in 2010.  -  Peter Lizotte
 
 
 
 
            Year End Quebec Report 2009
On Behalf of the PDGA members of Quebec, we thank Innova Champion Discs for their generous contribution of matching baskets for Montreal.
 
On behalf of Quebec PDGA members, we would like to thank PDGA Canada for their capital contribution to the Montreal course realization. 

 
As the end of the 2009 season draws to a close, disc golf players in Quebec have good reason to be optimistic about the future.
The biggest news this year is the opening of a 12 hole basket course in Montreal. Having a permanant course in the ground was one of the now 2 year old ADGM's, (Montreal Disc Golf Association) primary goals and it was reached with aid from the PDGA and Innova's 'matching basket program'. 
The course will have an enormous impact on the growth of the sport in the city and the whole province.
 
We (the Quebec player base) also held the first Quebec provincial championships and crowned
Paul Belyea # 7224 provincial Open Champion,
Marie-Lou Perron Open Womens Champion and
Ben Primeau, Advanced Champion
We expect this to be one of our flagship tournaments for years to come.
In Montreal the ADGM had record attendence for their 4 tournaments and organised league play through out the year.
In Sherbrooke the second annual 'Lost in Lennox' was a success and 2 course proposals are in the works. We should see some permanant development as early as late spring 2010.
Quebec PDGA players attended sanctioned events, mainly in Ottawa and Vermont.
 
There is no doubt that the sport gained visibility, expanded the player base and improved on communications. As the cold season comes and the discs come to rest, we will be continuing to expand our networking core and prepare for similar and broader advances in 2010.  -  Peter Lizotte
 
2009 end of season report on PDGA Canada
 
Subject: 2009 PDGA Canada Report
18 novembre 2009
 
Folks, here is an update and end of season report from PDGA Canada.
 
Introduction:
 
PDGA Canada has been set up as a small branch office of PDGA headquarters in USA. Its purpose is
to support and promote disc golf and PDGA activities in Canada. The PDGA International Director works as Canada
Manager about 4-5 hours a week. His roles include Treasurer of PDGA Canada funds, working with the TDs in
scheduling events and processing their results, coordination with the elected PDGA Provincial representatives, providing information to members, and responding to requests for information and support.
 
2009 PDGA Current Members
 
There were 199 current members in Canada as of late October 2009 compared to 203 at the end of 2008. Membership is fairly equal between Canada East (107), and Canada West (92).
 
Comments:
 
PDGA membership growth in Canada has been modest at best for the past several years. This is due to many factors including the perception of PDGA as a primarily USA organization , the distances and costs in traveling to leading events in USA, diminished cross-border play since 9-11, especially on the Can-Am Series, as well as the increase in opportunities to play and compete “at home.
While the PDGA is USA based and led, each year it is becoming more of a truly international association, with members in 30 countries worldwide and a global system of Tour events and player ratings. The decision to invest Canadian event fees back into Canada is the PDGA’s attempt to provide more direct return to its Canadian members and the game in Canada. It is hoped that this will encourage past members to consider renewing and more new Canadian players to become interested in joining the association. Details on the many direct and indirect benefits of PDGA membership can be found here: http://www.pdga.com/members/benefits .

Recently the PDGA improved its system of collecting supporting memberships, and reduced the work of TDs in this process. Players who have never been a PDGA member who pay the $10 fee at a PDGA event can now sign up directly for their membership on line here:

http://www.pdga.com/supporting . For 2010 the PDGA office has also recently launched a refer-a-friend program, whereby members who get friends to sign up earn credits on PDGA store merchandise. For more info go to: http://www.pdga.com/chain-reaction-program .
 
2009 PDGA Events:
 
There were 20 sanctioned events in Canada in 2010, up significantly from 12 in 2008. 4 more Ontario Disc Sports Association (ODSA) Series events and 4 more events in Alberta and BC were added to the Tour calendar. Reporting by the TDs has on the whole been excellent. At present 1 ON event report is outstanding, as are the player fees from 2 other events, 1 in ON and 1 in AB.

Comments

: In 2009 the Ultra Glide in Kamloops BC was Canada’s premier event. The BC Provincials in Nanaimo BC drew the most players. In Ontario, despite the efforts of Team St Thomas, Dusan Nedelko and other TDs, while  the overall # of events increased, attendance was generally modest and travel by players between the dg centers was down from previous years. These issues will be reviewed at upcoming ODSA Series meetings. It is hoped that PDGA events in Western Canada and Quebec will continue to increase in 2010, including the 1st Tour event to be held at Montreal’s new course. We look forward to the day when Manitoba and Saskatchewan are also added to the Tour.
In a few weeks 2009 current members can expect to receive the call to renew for 2010 from headquarters, and I will start collecting sanctioning information and fees for the Tour calendar. Please help to promote PDGA memberships and events in your area in 2010. Thanks very much!
 
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USDGC Qualification: In 2009 Canada had 2 official qualifying spots, 1 for the East – the ODSA Series Winner,and 1 for the West:- the top Western Canada player at the Ultra Glide. Canadians also had the opportunity to secure a USDGC spot at qualifier events in the USA. 3 Canadians – Kim Scott-Wood, Jason Jalonen, and James MacInnes earned positions. Unfortunately no Canuck finished in the top 70 and made the cash. It is hoped our players will perform better at the 2010 USDGC. A request was submitted to the USDGC for a 3rd official Canadian qualifying spot in 2010 and this has now been approved, Provincial Coordinators Clint Andersen in BC & Craig Burrows-Johnson in AB are also asked to advise us when the Western Canada USDGC qualifier event for 2010 is known.
 
2009 was highlighted by the performances of Tour veterans Elaine King and Eric Vandenberg. Elaine secured her 1st World Women Master’s Title to go with 5 Women’s World Championships, while husband Eric came in a solid 5th
In Pro Grandmasters. Canada’s #1 player Kim Scott-Wood won 5 events in ON and USA, and Jason Jalonen nipped Bryan Motley for the overall ODSA Series title. Brantford ON’s Rob Martinek and Melissa Lancaster were Canada’s top performers at Amateur Worlds, coming in 5th in Grandmaster’ and 8th in Women’s respectively. Out west Mark Dakiv won both Tour events in Alberta while Dave Ross and Leanne Fulton took home the Provincial titles in BC,
 
 

Financials & Sponsorship

With more events in Canada in 2009, and many players paying the $10 temporary/supporting member fee, PDGA Canada has collected significant financial resources and begun to dispense them. To date, some $7000 have been received and a total of $2000 have been awarded, including $250 to the Ultra Glide Skins, $500 to the Black Rose Course Installation in BC, $500 to Montreal’s 1st course at Ignace Bourget Parc, and $750 to the Can-Am Finals in St Thomas. PDGA Canada also facilitated the awarding of matching baskets by Innova to the Association DG Montreal (ADGM). Within the next few weeks, an official PDGA Canada bank account will be opened with HSBC Canada, A full accounting will be provided at year’s end when the annual report is submitted to headquarters. Future ideas for PDGA Canada financial support include new courses going in the Alberta Badlands and Quebec’s Eastern Townships, a new course info board for VA Barrie Park in St Thomas, a course/club storage shed for Toronto Island, and sponsorship of the 2010 ODSA Series and the 25th Can Am Finals next October. Other good ideas for support include single basket purchases for schools and for individuals to teach the game or introduce it to a community. I would like to continue dispensing the fees collected by PDGA Canada at a good pace. Therefore all of you are encouraged to email me requests for support – a couple of well written paragraphs outlining your proposal and its impact will do. Please also make your fellow local players aware of this opportunity. In these ways we will all be helping to grow disc golf and increase support for the PDGA in Canada. Another idea for PDGA Canada support is the “redevelopment” of an annual Canadian DG Championships event –possibly for Canadian players only - that would rotate between east and west, and between different leading clubs and courses. There would of course have to be sufficient interest among the provinces and TDs for this to be worthwhile pursuing. Due to the distances and costs involved it appears unlikely that this event would today attract groups of cross country travelers. But it would be cool if we were able to develop a Canadian DGCs that over time draws more and more players from the different provinces and blossoms into a fully fledged national championships.

PDGA Canada could be a leading annual sponsor of this event, which could also feature annual meetings/discussions, a provincial team competition within the event based on singles and doubles results, other disc sports like guts and ultimate, etc. Please let me know your thoughts on building an annual Canadian Cahmpionship event.

PDGA Canada Protocol

In regards to 2010 Canadian memberships and events the basic PDGA procedures and prices remain the same as in 2009. Renewing and new members send their information and membership $ to PDGA headquarters in Georgia USA. Look for your email or mail renewal reminder to arrive from HQ soon. Purchases for PDGA merchandise can be made at the same time or any time on-line or toll-free. On the other hand, Canada event TDs send all their information and fees, including pre-event sanctioning agreements and fees, and post-event TD reports and player fees to me in Canadian $. I send HQ the event info for the schedule and prepare the TD reports for HQ including conversion into US$. The fees as we know stay in Canada to promote disc golf and the PDGA here. I will start collecting the info for 2010 PDGA Canada events in a few weeks, or if any of you are ready, you can start sending me your event info and sanctioning fees now.

PDGA Canada Committee

Early in 2009 when I took on this role, a PDGA Canada Yahoo group was set up which a few people joined but which I personally have done little to develop. (Sorry!) Almost all communications have been directly with the individual Provincial Coordinators, TDs, and club leaders by email. This has been working well in terms of the basic system and assisting with issues and opportunities as they arise around the country. This also reflects our reality as Canadians, given the distances between us, almost all coordination is at and with the provincial and local levels. That said there are some key national and PDGA related issues we could discuss as a more formal group or Committee. A Canadian Championships is one. What more can the PDGA do for Canada, and how can the PDGA attract more Canadian members and events, including BC Duck Tour and Alberta Tour events, are two more. Engaging with the Maritimes and Manitoba/Saskatchewan is another. The setting up of a PDGA Canada or Canadian Disc Golf website, which a member in BC has suggested, is another. Would that be a good investment of PDGA Canada funds? Please let me know your thoughts on and your interest in contributing to a PDGA Canada group.

Thanks everyone for all your efforts in support of disc golf and the PDGA. Please send me any issues, ideas, or requests for information you may have. On behalf of the PDGA, I look forward to working with you in 2010.

Regards

Brian Hoeniger

Toronto Island, ON

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