Next up: the BC Open

The BC Open is the next major event on the BC tournament calendar. Hosted by the Langley Disc Golf Club (LDGC), it’s a PDGA B-Tier event, and registration is currently scheduled to close at

June 24, 2015 at 12:00am PST

July 1st, 2015 at 12:00am PST (got extended this morning, but don’t wait!)

So don’t hesitate, get registered!

Again, it should come as no surprise, The Disc Cellar has signed on as an event sponsor (although current plan is that the LDGC is handling the prizing themselves).

Registration is through Disc Golf Scene: http://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/BC_Open_Presented_by_Dynamic_Discs_2015

I’d like to thank my sponsors…

It is wonderful to see all the posts on Facebook and the tag board and elsewhere of people talking about how much of a great time they had at the Canadian National Disc Golf Championships 2015. Most people are even remembering to thank the TD’s and the many volunteers (as many as they know by name). That’s awesome, your right to be thankful, and you’re right to be grateful.

There is however one very important group that seems to not be getting the same level of credit or love. So let’s change that!

I’d like to give a HUGE shout out to Daredevil Discs who came through in a big way for the player’s packages with some appropriately custom stamped discs for Nationals. I was involved to various degrees behind the scenes with the event, and Daredevil’s contribution was very significant. Let’s do some math: they provided 400 discs to the event so that each player could receive 2 in their player’s package (everyone got a Polar Bear, and either a Timberwolf or a Mammoth). Other custom event discs were going for $15 at the event, so those 400 discs are worth a cool $6,000 (which fails to account for the fact that they actually retail for 16.99 before taxes). Yeah, so we’re talking a sponsorship value of $7,000. Sure it didn’t cost them $7,000 to provide those discs, but it wasn’t free either, and they certainly didn’t have to do it. So how’s about giving Daredevil some love, try their discs and let people know what you think. Share pictures of you and your nationals discs. Reach out to Daredevil and thank them for being part of such a memorable event.

Polar Bear, Timberwolf and Mammoth with the Canadian Disc Golf Championships 2015 stamp

Daredevil is not alone in stepping up in a big way with sponsorship, the City of Vancouver also provided some grant funding to help with running the event, and again the sums involved were not insignificant.

So definitely keep talking about Nationals, and keep thanking the TD’s and the volunteers, but let’s also reach out to each and everyone of the sponsors who in some way helped the event be bigger, better or cheaper for the players than it otherwise would have been.

Those lucky few of you who have some sort of personal sponsorship arrangement have probably already thanked your sponsors, which is awesome, but let’s take it a step further and ask the community to thank those sponsors for sponsoring Disc Golfers. Professionalism in Disc Golf to a large degree is an attitude, but more so than any number of collared shirts it’s the sponsors that help push Disc Golf to that higher level. We may talk about #GrowTheSport and other initiatives, but these sponsors are actually doing it, and they’re doing it with real support or funds.

Let’s reach out to the Nationals organizers and make sure that all sponsors big and small are getting recognized for their contributions, and then let’s all of us as participants or passionate supporters of Disc Golf reach out to them and thank them for their contribution. Disc Golf is very much a community, and if we as a community show sponsors some love, we’ll be helping to build and strengthen those very relationships which will take things to the next level.

So thank you to all the various sponsors out there (I know this list is not exhaustive, but it’s the best I’ve got):

And don’t forget to support Disc Golf on the local level by joining your local Club(s).

 

On Location: Nationals

This probably comes as no surprise, but The Disc Cellar is one of major sponsors of Nationals that’s happening this week. As part of our support we’re going to be on location as much as possible. (If there’s anyone who’s interested in being a satellite Disc Cellar location at one of the other locations let us know and we’ll hook you up).

Thursday

  • 1:00-5:30pm: trying to make it happen (unsure at this point)
  • 5:30-7:00pm: confirmed at QE

Friday

  • 9am-6pm: Langley (uncomfirmed)

Saturday

  • 9am-6pm: Langley (confirmed)

Sunday

  • 6am-ish-4pm: QE (confirmed)

 

It may not be possible, but if someone orders something through our beta online store, we’ll try to arrange next day delivery to the course.

Inventory Update

We are approaching an era of much more accurate inventory tracking, this is made possible through a variety of technical integrations. We’re still not loading all of our inventory into the system yet, but we’re getting close to the 2/3rds mark.

If you’d like to check it out, you can do so at our on-line store, currently in beta. If it’s listed we have it, if it’s not listed, it might not have been entered yet (so could still be in stock).

The new store is not to the level that we’d like it to be, but recognizing that Nationals is this week, we felt it was important to help the players out by letting them know what is immediately available locally (and much of it will be available on location during the week, times and locations to be determined at this point).

Fundraising for Am World’s

There are a number of BC Player’s who are attending Am World’s this year, and at least some of them are looking to do some fundraising in order to offset the significant expense of attending such tournaments.

If you are one of those player’s please do reach out, there may be some creative solutions which we can make work.

In the meantime, I’m aware of the following campaigns:

If you are running a fundraising campaign and would like some help getting the word out, let us know.

 

On Location: Whistler Go Fest

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be doing prize vouchers at the DiscGO Disc Golf Tournament this weekend in Whistler, part of Whistler’s GO Fest (Great Outdoor Festival). You can still register online (Eventbrite), or you can reach out to Iain and register day of.

It’s a 2 day, 54 hole tournament. If you haven’t been to the Powerline course in a while, it’s a lot different (fewer trees). Should be interesting.

Hope to see you Saturday. If anyone has special requests get them in ASAP, we might head up Friday night.

Driving Clinic tomorrow at Jericho

Because I no longer have time to space out posts, or social media advertising. Before the Vibram Birdie Bash tomorrow at around 10am, there will be a FREE Driving Clinic by Hector Diakow at Jericho.

This clinic is open to anyone, event participant or not. The clinic is sponsored by The Disc Cellar (surprise surprise). The clinic will be 30-45 minutes or perhaps a little longer.

Great opportunity to come and get some tips from one of BC’s best golfers.

Vibram Birdie Bash

Tomorrow is the Vibram Birdie Bash at Jericho. The original plan was to do one of those massive Jericho courses, but with the smaller number of participants it seemed impractical to set up such a sweeping course. As such we’ll be using primarily the regular course area. Here’s the sequence of events:

  • 9:30am I arrive on site (hopefully sooner, but we’ll see)
    • Player packs are available for distribution
    • Additional Player packs available for purchase (C$42)
    • If we run out of player packages, additional people can get in the event for the reduced price of C$35, they get 2 Vibram Discs but no shirt or mini and such (but still $5 less than retail). They are eligible for all prizes. Or you can go the premium route and go C$50 and get two Vibram Glow discs.
  • 10:00am
    • Driving Clinic is provided free of charge to participants and the general public (Hector Diakow is leading it)
    • I will probably be setting up the course during this time, unless I did manage to get there early.
  • 10:45am Player’s meeting
  • 11:00am First Round starts
  • 01:30pm Second Round starts
  • 04:00pm We’re all done.