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Disc Golf: PDGA Women’s Global Event Coming in May!
Despite the fact that disc golf is one of the most rapidly growing sports in the world, its players are still overwhelmingly men. Only 7% of the registered PDGA members are female, one of the lowest female to male ratios of any co-ed sport in existence today, but the PDGA Women's committee is working hard to change that. They are dedicating all its efforts this year to getting back to their original mission of "attracting, encouraging, and retaining more female participation in organized disc golf events."
Just one of the ways both the PDGA and the PDGA Women's committee is working to get more females participating in this great sport is by hosting the inaugural Women's Global Event. According to Disc Golf 4 Women, it's coordinated to make it as accessible as possible to encourage more women to get out and play.
The event will take place on May 12, 2012 when women from around the world will play two rounds of Disc Golf during their local Global Event. Specifically, the site states, "The two round scores will be submitted and rated by the PDGA. The two round ratings will be added to determine the player's "Global Score". For the rounds to qualify the event must include two rounds on the same course/layout and also have five players rated 800+ (male or female) to keep the ratings consistent across the competition. The Global Scores will be updated and ranked throughout the day to find our overall Women's Global Event Champions."
Both professional and amateur divisions will be offered and you don't need to be a member of the PDGA to participate.
Even if you're the only female player in your area, you can still take part in this awesome event. By registering as an event organizer, you can create your own, registered to play and invite your friends. Visit DiscGolf4Women for details.
For inspiration the site includes videos from some of the top female disc golfers in the world, including Sharon Jenkins, the mother of three-time Women's World Champion, Valarie Jenkins, and 2009 World Champion, Avery Jenkins, as well as t he 2011 World Champion, Paige Pierce, and 2010 World Champion, Sarah Stanhope. The site also offers instructional techniques for women and more.
In addition to being a lot of fun, disc golf offers outstanding health benefits for women, and b y design, the sport is not only friendly to women but easy and inexpensive to start. M any courses include elevation changes, enabling players to get the benefit of hill climbing as well as walking. You'll also receive the benefits of aerobic exercise and even improve concentration skills while working out both your upper and lower body.
What are you waiting for? Get out and play!
The first time K.C. Dermody played disc golf was in the spectacular Black Hills of South Dakota. She has since become addicted to promoting the sport, and enjoys playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She welcomes comments and suggestions, with the goal of promoting the sport of disc golf throughout the world. Find her on www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter and www.kcdermodywriter.com.
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