This is a program designed for youths aged 10-18 years old. It will involve a weekly 2-hour session that includes practice at various stations (putting, up-shots, and drives) followed by different formats of disc golf (single stroke play, doubles, best-disc, etc).
All the participants will receive 4 discs and a Hyzernaughts t-shirt.
In addition to this, the entry fees will include access to 2 tournaments. At these tournaments, the participants will be able to put their practice into play. It’s also something for them to look forward to, train for and strive to do well at. The tournaments will be 1 day tournaments on a Saturday or a Sunday. Details to follow.
Colin McDonald (PDGA #25889)
I have been playing disc golf for close to 20 years. I have won a few local tournaments and have a passion for competitive disc golf. In my professional life, I’m the co-founder of a software start-up company and I know what it takes to build something from just an idea. With the help of others, I plan to run this program and I’m excited to see where it goes.
Dylan McDonald (PDGA #119759)
Dylan, 13 years old, has been throwing my discs and frisbees since he was 2 years old. In the last year, he has developed a real love and desire to get better at disc golf. Dylan will be helping to setup all the training stations, provide additional instructions to the younger kids and to be an example of what these kids can aspire to. For now, he’s the model of kids playing disc golf. But hopefully soon, we’ll have a handful of youth who are model disc golfers.
Chris and Steph Landry
Why does this program exist?
Over the last few years, I’ve been coaching and helping my son get into the game of disc golf. Some of his friends have shown an interest, but there has never been a platform or an opportunity for any of them to grow, outside of tournaments.
I have coached my son and daughter in all their sports, soccer, hockey and futsal. So, I figured, why not create a program where I can teach and coach disc golf. Why should there not be a disc golf option for the youth to sign up for?
I think there is a huge gap in opportunities for the youth aged 10-17. If you don’t like soccer or baseball in the summer, there are not many programs available. I have a feeling that if we create a program/club/league for this age group, that there will be parents willing to register their kids, if only for the fact that it’s new, affordable and will get there kids active.
When and Where?
The weekly events will run for 16 weeks (May 15 to Aug 28) and be on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm. The weekly practices will be held at the Cairine Wilson High School practice field.
Tournament #1: June 8, 2019 – https://www.pdga.com/tour/event/40478
Tournament #2: September TBD
The cost for each participant will be $150 and it includes:
- Weekly Practices
- 4 discs
- 2 Tournament entries