By P.J. Harmer — Rattling Chains Staff
For those of you who live in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area, chances might be good you’ve dealt with Bob Graham or Mike Solt.
Graham is a PDGA professional and a member of Team Vibram. He’s run top-notch events for years and they are often among some of the most fun a player will have. Graham works hard to make his events extremely enjoyable for players of all skill levels.
Solt, otherwise known as Mr. DiscGolf, is one who promotes the sport and runs events throughout the year in the Northeast. He has a large following because he’s known to run quality and efficient events.
To say I respect these two not only in the disc golf world, but as people, would be a massive understatement.
So, if you put the two of them together at an event, it’s sure to be a solid and well-run tournament.
Graham, a member of the New Jersey Disc Devils, will again run his annual March O’ St. Pat’s Madness event, a PDGA C-tier tournament to be held March 17 at Rutgers Disc Golf Course in New Brunswick, N.J.
The tournament is being presented by the Disc Devils, as well as Mr. DiscGolf and RattlingChains.com.
This is the first tournament Rattling Chains is taking part in sponsoring and officially supporting.
I’ve played in several events run by Graham and a couple by Solt, and I can attest that each event is among the best I’ve ever played in. They run sound and efficient. Many times, everything is done before the sun sets, making it even better.
This will be the third year I’ve traveled to New Brunswick to play in this tournament. It’s one I look forward to each year and I’m honored that we’re able to be a part of it.
Installed in 1978, Rutgers has old-school charm. The baskets are aged, the layout is pretty flat and weaves in an out of the Douglas Campus of Rutgers. There are some interesting holes in regard to length or layout through trees and such that make it an extremely enjoyable place to play disc golf.
With some added backing, this tournament is also offering a stellar player’s pack, which includes a custom disc as well as a tournament t-shirt. Not too bad for the entry fee, which is $30 for pro-level players and $20 for all others. Add $10 if you aren’t a current PDGA member.
There will also be some fun side games, such as the Leprechaun hunt, a ring of fire and closest to pin prizes.
Player registration and check-in ends at 9 a.m., with the player’s meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The first round is slated to begin at 10 a.m. There will be an hour break in between rounds, with the second round scheduled for about 1:30 p.m. Awards will follow the final round.
Graham always stresses fun at his tournament, so it’s hard to walk away with one with a bad experience. If you’re looking to get out, throw some plastic and enjoy yourself in a laid-back and enjoyable C-tier event, this is the one to hit up.
Players can preregister online. Online registration ends at midnight March 16.
P.J. Harmer is the founder and executive editor for Rattling Chains. E-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.