Here is this year's tournament schedule. Should be another great year to be discing in Montana!!
January 11 - Salmon River Ice Bowl - Salmon ID - Unsanctioned
January 18 - Helena Ice Bowl - Helena, MT - Unsanctioned
February 8 - Spiritwood Ice Bowl - Victor, MT - Unsanctioned
February 22 - Linda Vista Chili Bowl - Missoula, MT - Unsanctioned
March 15 - Spiritwood Skins - Victor, MT - Unsanctioned
March 23 - Missoula Country Club Meltdown - Missoula, MT - Unsanctioned
*** April 12 - Spring Fling - Billings, MT - C tier ***
*** April 26 - Kooky Nosa Challenge - Libby, MT - C tier ***
*** May 10 - Sward's Ranch Challenge - Norris, MT - C tier ***
*** May 17 - 28th Annual Spiritwood Open - Victor, MT - Unsanctioned ***
*** June 7 - The Benefit - Missoula, MT - C tier ***
*** June 21 - Timberbeast Challenge - Troy, MT - C tier ***
June 28 - Lizard Range DG Tournament - Fernie, BC Canada - C tier
*** July 12 - Continental Classic - Helena, MT - C tier ***
July 26 & 27 - Zoo Town Open - Missoula, MT - B tier
*** August 2 - Big Sky DG tourney - Big Sky, MT - possibly C tier ***
*** August 23 & 24 - Montana State Championships - Bozeman, MT - A tier ***
October 11 - Spiritwood Doubles - Victor, MT - Unsanctioned
*** - Denotes a 2014 MT Points Series event
Still working on a date for State Dubs in Hotsprings. Look for that in mid September.
The Benefit is making it's return to Blue Mtn this year!! Which means there will be no event at Lubrecht - UNLESS there is enough interest. I would really like to have an event there in late September/early Oct if people are interested, so let me know.
Now is the time to be thinking about getting your passport so you can make the Fernie tourney or any of the great events in Alberta. No excuses this year!!
Really wish we could permanently get Swards Ranch off of the same date as MSU's Spring graduation. It has been that way at least the past 2 years and both years a Bozeman guy had to miss the event because of the graduation. The same would happen this year as I'll be graduating on that date and would have to miss out on the tourney Just a thought for the future.
Wow, already getting excited for 2014! It should be an epic race for the Cup this year After reviewing the schedule, Hunter's comment above and speaking with Craig and Nick this morning, I might suggest moving both of their events to the following week. So the 10th and the 24th respectively. This would remedy the back to back weekends for Kook and Swards thus allowing for the two-week cycle to remain intact for the spring leg and allow the Bozeman folks to attend while improving the attendance at Kook, Swards and Spiritwood Can't wait to see everyone on the tour. Disc on.
I always leave the dates for SRC up to Brian.. I assume there is logic to the compressed dates..(ie tournies in nearby states).. But if there is a tweak to the date for Sward's, we will certainly be willing (and able) to embrace that change. I figured there wouldn't be anyone effected by the MSU grad date.. and alas, was not aware it was Hunter's turn this year! +Congrats Hunter!
The 10th is the weekend of Mothers Day & the weekend of the 24th is Memorial Day, both have had events before in MT, but they were very poorly attended, so I'm very hesitant to have a Series event on either weekend. It would be possible to move the SRC to Mothers Day weekend, but then its back to back with Spiritwood (and on Mother's Day weekend and I think more people would have a conflict with that than there are people who have a conflict with MSU graduation.) Could move Spiritwood to May 31, but then it's back to back with The Benny & two west side Series events on back to back weekends is a thing to be avoided if at all possible.
The Kooky Nosa Challenge & Swards have been back to back almost every year of their existence. The KNC has a draw from Western MT, N Idaho, E Wa, & Canada and has been the second highest attended event in the state nearly every year. The SRC has a draw from central, some western & some eastern MT and due to access issues, has been the lowest attended Series event nearly every year. Very few people have played both these events or would play both even if they weren't back to back. The real way to fix the back to back issue would be to move the Spring Fling & KNC up a week, but the first weekend in April is often snowy in Billings & the third weekend in April was definitely snowy in Libby last year, so not a very good solution...
Spiritwood is typically in June -and that is when Nick would prefer to have it - and the Hotsprings event is usually in May. Due to ZTO moving to July because of Pro Worlds and States being early, The Benny had to move. I would've loved to have that in May & have Spiritwood still be in June, but the FS won't permit an event in May so that option was out.
Graduation for U of M is typically the third weekend in May - the weekend of Hotsprings usually. I know that every year there have been a few people who haven't been able to make Hotsprings due to this. So switch Hotsprings & SRC then, right? Except that Hotsprings is barely dry enough by the third weekend to mow and would for sure not be dry enough by the first weekend so that wouldn't work. So due to a cramped early season schedule this year, there won't even be a spring Hotsprings event or a Hotsprings Series event.
With States being early this year, it made August very cramped which is also why The Benny had to be moved. With Bohart hosting its first, of hopefully many, A tiers, we didn't think it would be prudent to have it the second weekend in Sept, or later. (The first weekend in Sept is a cross country event at Bohort so that was out.)
All of the above doesn't take into account nearby tourneys not in MT like the LCO - an A tier in Spokane on Memorial Day weekend that is highly attended by people from Western MT. (I don't feel MT's schedule should be planned around other states' schedule, with the exception of A tiers that have been traditionally highly attended by MT'ers...)
Sorry for the long winded explanation, but there was A LOT of time planning, replanning, then planning again for this year's schedule. As I stated above, the SRC could move a weekend later if thise involved don't mind those issues. Other than that, it may not be perfect, but with the amount of events in the state now a days (which is a good thing, I think!), its the best that I could come up with & accommodates as many priorities as possible. As more towns get more courses & want to hold more events, the schedule will continue to get more crowded in years to come. Hope this gives a little insight to the scheduling process.
Oh May, that was the most awesome explanation I think anyone could ask for! I guess I should have never questioned our fearless leader as our ship is fueled up and flying in the proper direction. Cheers!
Questions are good! Just wanted to explain the full story.
I'm excited to welcome Big Sky to the Series!! Another event in central MT should allow more east siders to have a chance to get their name on the Cup. It's been long over due for that event to be a part of the Series!
I think this shows just how much thought and effort you put into making MT disc golf so special. I know I speak for everyone when I say how much that is appreciated! I realize that it is impossible to make everyone happy when scheduling this thing out. Obviously, there are far more things going on around that time and far more things that go into these decisions than I had thought about. I certainly wasn't trying to stir anything up over a date that probably mostly affects myself. I was just expressing that I would be bummed not to be able to fully help out with and participate in an event so close that I really enjoy. Bozeman also has a much smaller core of golfers than Missoula that help out with events, and I feel it hurts the event when one of our local guys can't make it, as has been the case the past couple years. From a financial standpoint, it definitely is tough for Bozeman golfers (and Missoula golfers as well I'm sure) to make the trip to Libby and then have an event the very next weekend. I know that is the reason I have had to skip Libby the past 2 years. Making a turnaround of Swards one week and Spiritwood the next seems like it would be easier to work out. The extra week for Swards to dry out some more probably wouldn't hurt either. However, if the date remains the same then so be it. I will miss it, but the series will plug away and it will not be the end of the world. I would be extremely grateful if it was moved to the 10th but certainly won't fuss if it's not. Brain, thanks again for everything you do! Can't wait for this season!!!
Thanks for including us this year! We will definitely sanction being part of the points series, and we should have our rubber teepads ready too. Bozeman folks, we are gonna need major help with this come spring time, if any if you are available. Beers on me. Set you all this summer!! Cheers!
Hey guys looking at bringing a car load up to an event this year. What ones would you recommended to attend would love to go to billings but not sure about the weather that early in the year any thoughts how is the Norris course where do people stay