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Inaugural Raiders of the Lost Ace Disc Golf Tournament

A disc golf tournament hosted by Madison County Recreation Department at The Sammy!

Congratulations to our winners of the 2021 Raiders of the Lost Ace Tournament!

Join Madison County Recreation Department for the Inaugural Raiders of the Last Ace Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday January 30th! Duke it out among fellow competitors in one of four divisions for your chance to take home the cup and earn bragging rights for the year. Whether you've been playing disc golf for decades or this will be your first exposure to the sport, come celebrate The Sammy becoming a full 18 holes.

The tournament will be a singles competition with a shotgun start at 10:00am. The competitor field will be limited to the first 54 individuals who register which will allow groupings of three to start on each hole 72 individuals who register which will allow groupings of four to start on each hole and keep pace of play flowing smoothly. Competitors will be asked to provide a self-assigned division at the time of registration. All competitors are automatically entered into a Closest-to-the-Pole competition.

First place finishers in each division and the winner of the Closest-to-the-Pole competition will receive a trophy. This is a non-cash tournament that places an emphasis on the spirit of competition and a love of the sport.

Registration fees are $20.00 and include a tournament t-shirt commemorating the first-ever disc golf tournament at The Sammy and an automatic entry into the Closest-to-the-Pole competition. Cash and checks are accepted prior to tournament day, but individuals must register and pay at the MCRD office to use either. Individuals may register from the comfort of their own home using the link below and pay using a credit card. Credit card fees apply. Registration on tournament day is by credit card only and will require the participant to register on their own mobile device.


After the original 54 registration slots sold out on 1/15/21, the field was expanded to 72. Registration reached the 72-person maximum on 1/19/21. The free waitlist option remains open. Thank you all for registering for the Inaugural Raiders of the Lost Ace.

Concerns regarding the self-assigned division of another competitor should be emailed to Justin Van Wicklen at Emails should contain detailed justification as to why you're raising concern. The weight of proof lies with the competitor's division of choice. Divisions will not change without a phone call to the competitor.

Please click on the document above to view a list of competitor names, divisions, and hometowns.

Tournament Schedule:
8:30am - Check-in/Day of Registration
9:15am - Welcome and Starting Hole Assignments
9:45am - Players to Starting Holes
10:00am - Shotgun Start, 18 Holes
12:30pm - Awards

Four divisions will be used for this tournament; Advanced, Intermediate, Recreational, and Novice. Please use the definitions of each division below, taken from PDGA's website, to assist selecting the appropriate division. 

Advanced: Tournament experienced players who have played disc golf for several years, and developed consistency. Throw 300-450 feet, make 5-7/10 putts from 25-30 feet, have different shots in their arsenal.
Intermediate: Developing players who have played 2-3 years with improved consistency and accuracy. Throw 250-350 feet, make 5-7/10 putts from 20 feet.
Recreational: For players who have played 1-2 years and are gaining consistency and experience. Throw 200-300 feet, make 4-6/10 putts from 20 feet, learning different shots.
Novice: For beginning and casual players who are learning basic Frisbee® and disc golf skills. Throw 175-250 feet, make 3-5/10 putts from 20 feet, can throw backhand with some accuracy.

Please remember that everyone is competing for a trophy and should select the most accurate division based on your ability. A list of those registered and their selected divisions will be published prior to tournament day. On tournament day, names will be drawn from a hat to determine groupings and starting holes. Generally, competitors will be paired with others in the same division, but in order to keep groupings the same size, competitors in different divisions may be paired together.

Closest-to-the-Pole (CTP) Details:
Participation in the tournament automatically enters you into the CTP competition. On the day of the tournament, the designated CTP hole will be announced to competitors (sorry, you're going to have to practice the entire course leading up to the tournament instead of just one). A Madison County Rec Department staff or volunteer will be present at the hole to mark competitors' discs with survey flags and take measurements. Measurements will be taken along the ground from the leading edge of the disc to the pole. An ace on the CTP hole wins the CTP competition. Multiple aces or a tie on the CTP will trigger a post-round shootout on the same hole.

Other Pertinent Information:
- Please social distance during the event and respect the wishes of those on your card during play. Face masks are encouraged, but not required. 
- Madison County Recreation Department code of conduct and park rules apply. Please note that MCRD parks are tobacco (look-a-likes and vape included) and alcohol free. Pets are also prohibited.
- Course layout for the tournament will be the same as the current 18-hole course layout.
- The long tee pad on hole #5 will be used for Advanced, Intermediate, and Recreational divisions, while the short tee pad will be used for the Novice division.
- Competitors have the option of throwing from the tee pad or from an area of equal size immediately adjacent to the tee pad. Competitors may make this decision at each hole.

- Practice rounds may occur up until Friday January 29th. The course will be closed on the 29th to allow staff to get it "tournament ready".
- Refunds are at the sole discretion of MCRD. A delayed start or rescheduled date may occur due to inclement weather. The tournament will occur if it is raining, except for thunder, lightning, or worse.

Click on the button to the left to register! 

To guarantee a shirt, please register by 5pm Thursday January 21st.