UPDATED – Nov. 1 Open Meeting Set; TDGA Election FAQ



SAVE THE DATE: An open general membership meeting of the Tucson Disc Golf Association will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sky Island High School, 6000 E. 14th St., near the new Sears Park course.

The day of the meeting, Nov. 1, is the last day to submit nominations or proposed amendments to the TDGA Constitution. Club members will be able to address the board with comments on any subject. Board members will present a current budget report, update progress on various club projects and business, discuss plans headed into the end of the year and 2015, listen to members’ comments and respond to questions.

A Frequently Asked Questions list about the election process has been posted below in response to questions. If you have any other questions, contact a club officer. The club Constitution sets forth basic guidelines for elections but exact procedures are left up to the board, which learned a lot in the election last year but is still striving to improve these and other policies and procedures.


 TDGA 2014 Election Process FAQ

A number of questions have been asked about the TDGA nomination and election process. The formal rules are contained in the club Constitution, which now has its own link on the club website at (in menu at right of each page).  Here’s a direct link: tinyurl.com/qx9nq6x

If anyone needs a printed copy of the Constitution, ask club Secretary Dave Wichner or any officer (or any member with a printer). Here are some FAQs, which we may update as needed:


Nominating period: Oct. 15-Nov. 1, 2014

Elections period: Nov. 2-15, 2014

New officers take office, amendments take effect: Jan. 1, 2015

Q: What offices are up for election and who now serves in those posts? What else will be on the ballot?

A: President (2-year term), now Chad Cassett; Secretary (2-yr.), now Dave Wichner; Amateur representative (1-year, elected by am members only) now Mike Early.

Q: How do I nominate someone? Can I nominate myself?

A: Nominating forms were sent out via email to members and paper forms are being mailed, offered or delivered to members for whom we don’t have an email. The vice president is in charge of the election but any club officer can provide you with a form. Please make sure the person you are nominating is willing to serve (the board will have to do that in any case before finalizing the ballot but it helps). Yes, you can nominate yourself.

Q: When are nominations due and how do I submit them?

A: Under our bylaws, nominations are due Nov. 1, voting runs from Nov. 2-15.The vice president is in charge of collecting nominations but they can be turned in to any club officer.

Q: Do I need to get a nominee’s signature in the space on the form?

A: No. Last year, in the club’s first formal election since the club’s reconstitution and incorporation, the board asked for signatures to assure nominees were willing to serve; though the forms are similar to last year, you may have the nominee sign but it is not required so long as you verify the person is willing to serve (the board also is required to verify).

Q: What are the duties of the club officers up for election? What kind of commitment does a board position require?

A:  The officer’s duties are listed in the club Constitution on the club website. Board members are expected to attend meetings lasting about two hours once a month and generally spend several hours a week on club business, not including running leagues and tournaments.

Q: What other items will be on the ballot?

A: Several proposed amendments to the club Constitution are expected to be on the ballot, including a club privacy policy (we don’t share member information). For each proposed amendment, the board will recommend that members vote to adopt, recommend the amendment with changes, or reject the proposed amendment.

Q: When is the voting period and how do I vote?

A: The final ballots should be ready Nov. 2 and voting ends Nov. 15. One ballot will be distributed to each member. Because of the difficulty of verification for our sealed-ballot process, votes will not be accepted electronically (though we may work toward that in future elections) . However, we may provide ballots electronically for a member to print and submit on paper.

Ballots will be available at club leagues and from any club officer, and sealed ballots will be collected at club leagues during the voting period and aggregated by the vice president. We may also hold special balloting events or hours during the period which will be announced.

Q: How will the voting process assure a secret ballot?

A: Members will be asked to fold their ballots so their contents cannot be read and seal them in an envelope (club-provided or any standard large letter envelope so long is it is sealed)  with the member’s name on the outside. PLEASE DO NOT WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE BALLOT ITSELF. During processing, members’ names will be checked off in a secure registry as they submit their ballots ONLY to record that they have voted. Ballots will be removed intact and aggregated  and the envelopes discarded.

Q: Why such a formal voting process? Can’t you make it easier to vote?

A: As an Arizona non-profit corporation, the TDGA must keep records of its election for legal reasons. The TDGA is a young, fast-growing group staffed by volunteers. The board is working to refine all of its processes, including elections, and making the election process easy and efficient while assuring fairness,  transparency and privacy is on ongoing goal.

— David Wichner, TDGA secretary


Quail Canyon BYOP Challenge on for Nov. 15-16

QuailCanyonThe Quail Canyon BYOP (Bring Your Own Partner) Challenge is on for Nov. 15-16 at the beautiful Quail Canyon Golf Course, 5910 N. Oracle Rd. This new tourney is a straight doubles format, you pick your playing and sign up together. The cost is $64 for each team, which includes greens fees.

Here’s the FLYER (.pdf format) For the latest information, go to the tournament Facebook page.

Extremely Hazardous tourney Oct. 11 @ Santa Cruz (CORRECTED DATE); Save Nov.15-16 for doubles at Quail Canyon GC

ExHazCorrectedIt’s BAAAACK! Just before Halloween comes a very scary TDGA tradition, the Extremely Hazardous tournament at Santa Cruz River Park, on Saturday, Oct. 11. <NOTE CORRECTED DATE Our intrepid glowmaster and TD Dave Shircore has resurrected the Extremely Hazardous is readying a course that is sure to scare you to the core, with the wires, paths and just about everything O.B. There’s no prereg, this is a fun monthly, only costs $10 and the club is supporting with am prizes.



QuailCanyonAlso, SAVE THE DATES NOV. 15-16 for a tentative bring-your-own partner charity doubles event at Quail Canyon Golf Course, an 18-hole, par-3 ball golf course just off N. Oracle Road between Orange Grove and River. Details have yet to be finalized, but TDs are looking at $60ish a team ($24 going toward greens fees).  Other details: It would be a two day fundraising event. Course would be open for play Saturday and Sunday. Standard flex start system. Last card coming in 3pm-ish Sunday w/ awards and such to follow. LOOK FOR UPDATES ON THE CLUB WEBSITE AND FB PAGE.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The TDGA wants you – to run for office

unclesamIt’s annual election time for the Tucson Disc Golf Association and this November, we will be electing a president and secretary to two-year terms and the amateur rep for a one-year term. This week, nomination forms will be e-mailed to club members who gave us their email addresses, and we will reach out to others with paper nomination forms. Please check with your nominee to make sure they are willing to serve.
Under the club constitution, the nomination process will be held for two weeks, from Oct. 15 through November 1. Ballots will be distributed to members as soon as possible after Nov. 2 and ballots will be accepted by Nov. 15 to be counted. Note: Only members with amateur status are allowed to vote for the amateur representative.
The duties of club officers are spelled out in the club constitution. Beyond that, you should know we are a growing club with many administrative needs, so here are some other considerations:
- Taking office means a commitment of time including board meetings about once a month (taking 1.5 to 2.25 hours, depending on the length of the agenda).
- Club officers are expected to help plan and run leagues, tournaments and other club events.
- The TDGA is a non-profit Arizona corporation, so the names and addresses of club officers are recorded with the Arizona Corporation Commission and publicly available. (That’s a good thing, though, because corporate officers are generally shielded from the legal liabilities of the corporation.)
We will give equal space to candidates for statements on the club website.

2nd Voyager Classic tees off Sat.; register for Marana’s Ace Race

VoyagerLogoThe second annual Voyager Classic tees off Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Voyager RV Resort in southeast Tucson. This is a one-round 18-hole tourney on a grass executive ball-golf course VoyagerClassic2014with water and trees. TD Quentin Riddle says some 60 people have signed up, and he is thinking about a 9-hole playoff for the top spots in each division. For the latest, go to the Voyager Classic Facebook event page.


The annual Discraft Ace Race comes to the Tucson area Sat. Oct. 4 at Marana Rock DGC. Pack payment deadline is Sept. 15, and the TD is Kyle Unger. If you’ve never played an Ace Race before, it’s a way Discraft rolls out new discs- for $25 you get a player pack with 2 new discs – this time two new Z-type prototype drivers – and a bunch of other goodies, then you throw a short ace course with a big DC first- prize pack on the line.

Link to tourney flyer: ace race1Page



Santa Cruz Wed B League moving to 7:45 am on 8/20

photoEffective Wednesday, Aug. 20, the Wednesday B-pad handicapped league at Santa Cruz River Park DGC will permanently move a half-hour ahead, to meet at 7:45 a.m. and tee off at 8 a.m. This will avoid some heat in the summer and give some people a little more leeway to play before work or school. We’ll consider an even earlier start next summer but we’ll keep this for now as a permanent time (this league has never changed times seasonally).

I am also considering adding an ace pool though I am a little reluctant to have to keep track of another league dollar-per-round pool, so stay tuned. Thanks for your suggestions and patience as we fine-tune this and other club leagues.

On a personal note, I started this league nearly 9 years ago as my small effort for the club and for folks like me who (at the time) could rarely get off work in time to play in the weekday evenings. It’s been a small league most of the years and now as the TDGC family grows we’re getting bigger cards, contributing more to the club and offering club-sponsored CTPs nearly every week. I’d just like to thank all the stalwarts who have supported this league over the years - even when just a few people showed up for weeks on end – and to all the newcomers who have made the league bigger than ever.

Cheers, Dave Wichner, Wed. League Dir.


Marana glow doubles this Friday at the Rock

MaranaGlowThis Friday Aug. 8, Trevor the Lever will be running a night glow doubles event at the Marana Rock Course (playing on the perimeter course as much of the main course remains flooded). Thanks Trev, longtime dual member of TDGC and Marana DGC, for setting this up, come out and represent!

Heres’ the deal: Random draw glow doubles, 5$ entry fee comes with two mini glow sticks, additional glow sticks can be purchased for 25 cents each. We will be playing the perimeter course, sign up begins at 7, teeing off at 7:30.

For more info, go to the Glow Doubles Facebook event page.

PLH charity tourney raises $1,500: ‘We just need more disc golf’

The PLH challenge was a big success, raising about $1,500 to help defray final expenses for Tina’s brother. Here’s a message from Tina and Matt:

On August 3rd, 2014 at Santa Cruz River Park the 1st annual (possibly more to come?) P.L.H. Challenge took place. It was an astounding success, we had 38 players come out for a brutal A-B-C three disc challenge round where they managed to raise $1277 with an announcement that we can expect another $200 for a total of about $1500. Even though Utah took home the 1st place trophy for advanced with an 11 under par, Krill walked away the big prize winner after buying the most mulligans (38) and winning a few CTP shots (including the one donated by James) and also placing 2nd in advanced. Other winners were Ryan (3rd adv.), Morgan (4th adv.), and Ben (5th adv.); also winning prizes in Intermediate were Eric (1st), Dillon (2nd), Ed (3rd), Drew (4th), and Jason (5th).

First off we want to thank everyone that was there for us either playing in the tourney, it was our first try at being TD and you really helped the event run smoothly and helped it to be as much as fun as it was, you all are amazing and it is truly an honor to be a member of this community. Secondly thank you to everyone that helped us secure prizes for the players, there is no doubt that if you hadn’t stepped up it would not have been nearly as successful. The TDGA board with a unanimous decision to donate 11 brand new discs, JP with a wide variety of custom dyed discs and the external hard drive, Early came through with the awesome trophy a disc and some Disccraft swag, James’ CTP prize filled with too much stuff to list, Moses and his brother Ryan came through with getting food cooked for everybody (almost everybody, there was a mad rush on the food and some people didn’t get to eat, my apologies) as well as donating discs and shirts a reaper mini and a gift card, Thomas added a few discs, Rick added a few discs, AJ and Jeremy managed to do a few custom dyed discs for us before they left to represent at the Tree Bash and also donated one for when they get back, also Ben Vosper who showed up with a box of Legacy discs and swag, and Joel with a disccraft bag and disc. Wow! sorry if I forgot anyone there, but it was an overwhelming amount of people and stuff involved in these prizes. We also want to thank Stan and Nancy Dunst for the $200 donation, and everyone else that offered monetary support even though they were unable to compete in the event.

We cannot say thank you enough times. You have all come together to make a significant impact during a time of much need. Some people need religion, some need therapists, some need medication, we just need more disc golf.


Matt and Tina

P.L.H. Trilogy Challenge this Sunday / Voyager Classic set for Sept. 13

PLHLogoCome out and support a TDGC member in need: The Peace, Love and Happiness Trilogy Challenge will tee off at at Santa Cruz River Park  at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, (registration at 3 p.m.) with all proceeds going to the family of member Tina Roher to help defray final expenses for her brother, Chris, who passed away recently. The tourney format is unique: Pick any three discs in your bag and play a one-round, 18 hole format on rotating A,B, and C tees at Santa Cruz. Entry is $10 with unlimited $1 mulligans available. For more info, go to the tourney Facebook Page. You may also donate through the family’s fundraising page at GoFundMe.

PLHdiscsThere will be two divisions, Intermediate and Advanced, a $1-a-throw CTP and other games. Ramada 1 has been reserved with a beer permit and burgers, hot dogs, Moses’ Old Testament style Chili, soda, water, and more available for a minimal donation.
The TDGA board feels strongly about supporting members in need and has approved a donation of some fine prize discs (left) for the P.L.H. tourney. Several members also have generously contributed. We encourage all club members to open their hearts and wallets as they can to help.




The 2nd Annual Voyager Classic is set for Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Voyager RV Resort golf course on South Kolb Road. This is a fun layout on a hilly, grassy golf course. Contact Quentin with questions and look for updates here and on the club Facebook page.