2015 NDG Open

2015 Nantucket Disc Golf Open
Sat, August 15 (Pros) & Sun, August 16 (Ams)

PDGA B-Tier
NEFA-Sanctioned Points Event
2 rounds of 18 holes each day
$5,000 Added Cash to the Men's Pro Divisions (MPO/MPM/MPG)
$1,000 Added Cash to the Women's Pro Division (FPO)

$1,000 3-Hole Top 4 Pro Cowbell Razz Round to follow Pro Tournament
Tournament Directors: Todd Rainwater & Mike Harter
Official Tournament Thread: http://forums.nefa.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12464

Nantucket Disc Golf Course
21 Lovers Lane
Nantucket, MA 02554

Registration begins Tues, May 26, 2015 at 8pm ET
Click HERE to register for the PRO Tournament (Sat)
Click HERE to register for the AM Tournament (Sun)

Players must pre-register online (no day-of registration)
Total field size: 144 players (62 Pros + 10 "TD Picks" Pros + 72 Ams)

Player Divisions & Entry Fees
(New for 2015, free BBQ lunch included in registration!)
Open (MPO): $80
Open Women (FPO): $55
Masters (MPM): $55
Grandmasters (MPG): $55
Advanced (MA1): $30
Advanced Women (FA1): $30
Advanced Masters (MM1): $30
Advanced Grandmasters (MG1): $30
Intermediate (MA2): $30
Intermediate Women (FA2): $30
Recreational (MA3): $30
Juniors: $15 (PDGA fee is waived for Junior division)

A $10 fee will be added for non-PDGA members and this money goes directly to the PDGA
Ace pot ($2) signup available during online registration

Schedule
Thursday, August 13
5:15pm Nate and Valarie Doss Disc Golf Clinic (Nobadeer Farm Turf Playing Field at 7 Nobadeer Farm Rd - free to the public and open to anyone from beginners to pros!)

Friday, August 14
5:15pm $2000 8-Hole Touring Pro Mixed Doubles Skins Match
(Note: The Skins Match will be taking place on holes #1,2,3,4,5,16,17 & 18...for those wishing to get in some practice during this time, you are welcome to play around the skins match and/or play on the other holes of the course.)

Saturday, August 15 (PRO TOURNAMENT)
7:45-8:30am Player check-in (at teepad #16)
8:35-8:50am Mandatory Players Meeting
9:00am Round 1
~12:30pm Barbecue Lunch (hamburgers & hot dogs grilled on site, potato salad, watermelon, brownies, soda & water)
~1:30pm Round 2
~5:30pm 3-Hole Cowbell Razz Round Playoff between Top 4 Pros (holes 16, 17 & 18)
~6pm Awards

MPO, FPO & MPM will play from the long tees in the morning and in the afternoon
MPG will play from the long tees in the morning & the short tees in the afternoon

Note: If you win cash or a prize and need to leave before the awards, you may see a TD to collect it at the end of the 2nd round

Sunday, August 16 (AMATEUR TOURNAMENT)
7:45-8:30am Player check-in (at teepad #16)
8:35-8:50am Mandatory Players Meeting
9:00am Round 1
~12:30pm Barbecue Lunch (hamburgers & hot dogs grilled on site, potato salad, watermelon, brownies, soda & water)
~1:30pm Round 2
~5:30pm Awards

MA1 will play from the long tees in the morning and in the afternoon
MM1, MG1, & MA2 play from the long tees in the morning & the short tees in the afternoon
FA1, FA2, MA3 & Juniors will play from the short tees in both rounds

Player Packs
All Ams will get a player pack at check-in:
- 2015 NDG Open Disc (choice of Beast, Boss or Wraith) designed by Skeet Scienski
- 2015 NDG Open T-Shirt designed by Skeet Scienski

Payouts
Pros: 100% cash payout within each division + $6,000 added cash to overall Pro purse
Ams: Merchandise &/or gift certificates
Payouts will be based on current PDGA recommendations
  
3-Hole Cowbell Razz Round Playoff
Following the Pro tournament on Saturday, we will, as always, be holding the infamous and exciting winner-take-all 3-Hole Cowbell Razz Round Playoff.

The Top 4 Pros in the tournament will participate in the Razz Round and will select their caddies from the Pros who finish 5th-8th in the tournament. The player/caddie teams will be designated as the Red Team, the Blue Team, the Green Team and the Yellow Team and each caddy will be given a colored vest that will correspond with his/her team's designated color.

The Razz Round participants will play holes 16, 17 and 18 (and as many sudden death holes as possible to break any potential ties). The winner of the Razz Round will collect $1000 and the caddie for the winner will receive $100.

Before the Razz Round begins, spectators will choose which colored team they want to support and will be given a red, blue, green or yellow wristband and cowbell that will correspond with the team they are supporting. Spectators of the winning team can turn in their wristband after the round is over to collect a free disc as a prize!

Spectators will have an opportunity, DURING PLAY, to yell, ring their cowbell and distract, to their heart's content, those players who they are not rooting for. The only rule here is that spectators may not place themselves in line of sight of a shot and may not physically distract players in any way. Other than that, anything and everything goes.

Needless to say, you need to stick around for this exciting playoff if you can, if for no other reason than to try to win yourself the free disc!

2015 USDGC Performance Flight Qualifier for Massachusetts

The 2015 Nantucket Disc Golf Open is one of six qualifying events in Massachusetts for the 2015 United States Disc Golf Championship Performance Flight division. Held October 7-10 this year, the USDGC is played at the famous and beautiful Winthrop Gold Course in Rock Hill, SC and is the PDGA's ultimate event at the end of every year.

Massachusetts USDGC Qualifying Events
May 3 - Eastern MA Championships
May 23-24 - Tourney 54
June 6-7 - Borderland Spring Fling
July 11-12 - Crane Hill Open
July 25 - Cape Cod Open
August 15-16 - Nantucket Disc Golf Open

Who is eligible?
Those wishing to opt-in to attempt to qualify to be the Massachusetts represntative in the 2015 USDGC Performance Flight division must:
- pay a $10 opt-in fee at any of the six Massachusetts events, including the 2015 Nantucket Disc Golf Open
- be a resident of MA
- be PDGA current
- be a PDGA Official
- have a PDGA Player Rating of 875 or higher
- have a minimum of 12 PDGA rated rounds between August 1, 2014 and the last ratings report prior to the 2015 USDGC

How it works:
- Players wishing to qualify can enter in as many of the six events as they want, but there is a separate ($10) fee for each qualifying attempt.
- A player who is eligible and signs up to play in a tournament in two different divisions on two different days may opt-in to qualify on both days, but must pay $10 for each of his two attempts to qualify.
- Entrants into these qualifiying events will compete using Performance Scoring™ provided by Disc Golf United™.
- The highest performance rated tournament finish among the events will be chosen to represent MA in the Performance Flight division at the 2015 USDGC.
- In the event of a tie, the player with the highest PDGA rating will win.
- Should the winner of the qualifiers choose not to accept the spot, the spot will go to the next best entrant.
- All entry fee proceeds will be given to the player who qualifies to help assist with travel to the event.

For more information on the USDGC, check out http://www.usdgc.com.

2016 USADGC Qualifier
The 2015 Nantucket Disc Golf Open is a 2016 United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship Qualifying Event.

Who is eligible?
- All Advanced (MA1) players in the 2015 NDG Open will be automatically entered into qualifying for the 2016 United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship, held in Milford, Michigan in the early summer of 2016 (specific date tbd).

How it works:
- Players finishing in the top 15% (rounded up) of the MA1 division will receive invitations to play in the 2016 USADGC, a PDGA Major event.
- If there is a tie for the final spot, all tied players will receive an invite to the USADGC.
- If a player has already qualified for the USADGC, he is used as a "spoiler" and his final position counts as one of the qualifiers in your event.

For more information on the USADGC, check out http://www.usadgc.com.

Ferries to/from Nantucket
All major ferries to Nantucket from the mainland leave from Hyannis, MA. The two ferry companies that provide this service are:
Hy-Line Cruises Ferries - 220 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 (800-492-8082)
Steamship Authority Ferries - 69 South Street, Hyannis, MA, 02601 (508-477-8600)
Though seats are usually available for purchase at the dock, reservations are recommended.

 

For those coming over to Nantucket the morning of the tournament, please be aware that the ONLY ferry that will get you to the island in time for the tournament on either day is the 6:20 AM Hy-Line High-Speed Ferry. Free transportation to the course via private vehicles will be provided to those arriving on Nantucket on this ferry at 7:20 AM on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.

For those wishing to bring their vehicle with them to Nantucket, please be aware that this is extremely costly and difficult to do, especially during the summer. To start, the Steamship Authority traditional ferry is the only ferry that can accommodate passengers with vehicles. The cost to bring a vehicle to the island on this ferry is $400 round-trip during the summer and, most often by early spring each year vehicle, availability for the summer weekends on this ferry is sold out. All this said, we encourage those coming over to the tournament to leave their vehicles at the ferry lots in Hyannis and take either public transportation to the course/hostel/campsite or the tournament-provided free transportation to the course on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Transportation from the ferry terminals to the NDGC
Hy-Line Cruises to/from the NDGC at 21 Lovers Lane, Nantucket, MA 02554 (2.2 miles)
Taxi: $10+$2 per passenger/12 minutes
UberX: ~$12/12 minutes
Walk: 40 minutes
WAVE Bus: $2/20 minutes - take either the Ferry/Airport Route (10 Washington St stop->Lovers Lane stop) or the Sconset via Old South Road Route (10 Washington St stop->Lovers Lane stop). To get to hole #1 from the Lovers Lane stop, walk 1/4 mile southwest on a small footpath, just inside the State Forest, that parallels Lovers Lane. Download the Transloc Rider app (iOS & Android) to locate the real-time location of the WAVE buses so you can accurately plan your arrival at the bus stops.

Click here to view a map of the trip from the Hy-Line ferry terminal to the NDGC.

Steamship Authority to/from the NDGC at 21 Lovers Lane, Nantucket, MA 02554 (2.3 miles)
Taxi: $10+$2 per passenger/12 minutes
UberX: ~$12/12 minutes
Walk: 40 minutes
WAVE Bus: $2/20 minutes take either the Ferry/Airport Route (Steamship Ferry Terminal stop->Lovers Lane stop) or the Sconset via Old South Road Route (10 Washington St stop->Lovers Lane stop). To get to hole #1 from the Lovers Lane stop, walk 1/4 mile southwest on a small footpath, just inside the State Forest, that parallels Lovers Lane. Download the Transloc Rider app (iOS & Android) to locate the real-time location of the WAVE buses so you can accurately plan your arrival at the bus stops.

Click here to view a map of the trip from the Steamship ferry terminal to the NDGC.

Flights to Nantucket      
There are scheduled non-stop flights to Nantucket on Cape Air, Island Airlines, Nantucket Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, United & US Airways from Boston, Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, New Bedford, New York, Newark, Providence, and Washington D.C..

Nantucket Airport to/from the NDGC at 21 Lovers Lane, Nantucket, MA 02554 (1.1 miles)
Taxi: $10+$2 per passenger/5 minutes
UberX: ~$8/5 minutes
Walk: 20 minutes
WAVE Bus: $2/5 minutes - take either the Ferry/Airport Route (Airport stop->Lovers Lane stop) or the Sconset via Old South Road Route (Macy's Lane stop->Lovers Lane stop). To get to hole #1 from the Lovers Lane stop, walk 1/4 mile southwest on a small path, just inside the State Forest, that parallels Lovers Lane. Download the Transloc Rider app (iOS & Android) to locate the real-time location of the WAVE buses so you can accurately plan your arrival at the bus stops.

Click here to view a map of the trip from Nantucket Memorial Airport to the NDGC.

Hostel/Camping/Hotels
1) Nantucket Hostel ($30/bed/night)
- 31 Western Avenue, Nantucket, MA, 02554 (508-228-0433)
- Reserve & pay for a bed when registering or Paypal $30/bed/night to todd@nantucketdiscgolf.org and specify which night(s) you want the bed for
- All 42 beds at the hostel have been reserved for tournament players
- Beds are first-come, first served; unfilled beds will be released for purchase by players' guests 2 weeks before the tournament
- On the beach & voted one of the world's Top 10 hostels!
- FREE TRANSPORTATION from the hostel to the course will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday mornings

Town/ferries to/from the Nantucket Hostel at 31 Western Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554 (3.4 miles)
Taxi: $10+$2 per passenger/12 minutes
UberX: ~$14/12 minutes
Walk: 60 minutes
WAVE Bus: $2/15 minutes - take the Surfside Beach Route (10 Washington St Stop->Surfside Beach stop). From the Surfside Beach Stop, walk .3 miles west on Western Ave to get to the hostel. To get to the NDGC, get off at the Fairgrounds Restaurant stop and walk .7 miles southeast on Ticcoma Way. Download the Transloc Rider app (iOS & Android) to locate the real-time location of the WAVE buses so you can accurately plan your arrival at the bus stops.

Click here to view a map of the trip from the ferry terminals to the Nantucket Hostel and the NDGC.

2) Camping ($10/person/night)
- Campsite is at same location as last year
- Reserve & pay for camping when registering or Paypal $10/night to todd@nantucketdiscgolf.org and specify which night(s) you want camping for
- Camping spots are limited and are first come, first served; unfilled camping spots will be released for purchase by players' guests 2 weeks before the tournament
- Camping details, including a map to the campsite with WAVE bus route information, will be emailed out to all campers 2 weeks prior to the tournament
- Only a 5-10 minute walk from hole #1

Please note that, per the State, camping is prohibited at the course and throughout the Nantucket State Forest. Also, due to the close proximity of many of our course neighbors, we must ask that there be NO GLOW DISC PLAY at the course during the evenings. We will have a basket at the campgrounds though which you may use during the evenings to your heart’s content!

Hotels
The special rate at the Nantucket Inn is unfortunately not available again this year. For those wishing to booking a hotel on your own, rooms in August on Nantucket are incredibly expensive (they start at around $350/night) however Nantucket Visitor Services (508-228-0925) might be able to help you locate a lower-cost option at a Bed & Breakfast. You can also check on prices and availability for many Nantucket Bed & Breakfasts at http://nantucketlodging.org. Finally, booking a home on VRBO for a group might also be a relatively economical option.

Withdrawals and Refunds
Per PDGA Competition Manual:
No refunds will be issued 0-7 days prior to the event, but the player shall be sent a players package if one was provided to event competitors.
Withdrawals made 7-13 days prior to the start of the event shall receive a 50% refund.
Withdrawals made 14 days or more prior to the start of the event shall be refunded 100%.

Refunds for hostel reservations and/or camping are available until two weeks before the tournament and may only be made via Paypal.

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