Welcome to the Live Free and Drive Tour. The Live Free and Drive Tour (LFDT) is a season-long series of fun, competitive disc golf tournaments that caters to players of all skill level throughout the state. This year the LFDT will be made up of 13 tournaments and culminate in a championship event. Players will accumulate points based on their finish at each event they attend in the hopes of qualifying for the final event and securing a share of the season payout. As the state of disc golf in NH continues to grow, we will continue to find innovative ways to make each season better than the last.
The LFDT is a presentation of the NH Disc Golf Club. The NH Disc Golf Club is an organization founded in 2015 by enthusiastic disc golfers from New Hampshire with the mission of promoting the growth of the sport throughout the state. This document outlines the principles governing the club and tour.
President: Jim Bailey
Membership is open to any and all individuals in agreement with the purposes of this association.
Annual dues shall be determined by a majority of members present at the annual meeting.
Anyone who pays the annual membership fee will enjoy full membership privileges including:
- Voting rights in club elections and referenda.
- The ability to qualify for tour championship (see other criteria below).
- Memberships expire Dec 31 each year and must be renewed annually.
Club Officers and Elections
- The officers of the club are:
- Officers will be elected by a majority of members present at the annual meeting.
- Player divisions will follow the convention set by the PDGA. At a minimum tourneys should offer MPO, FPO, MPM, MPG, MA1, MA2, FA1, and FA2. It is up to the players to place themselves in the division most appropriate for their skill level.
- Players will be permitted to play in their chosen division even if there are no other competitors.
Accumulating LFDT Points
- Players will earn points at each event they attend for the division they participate in. A player’s points will be totaled together after each event with his/her points prior to the event. Standings will be posted the week after each event.
- Players are awarded 1 point for participating plus 1 point for each player they “beat” in their division plus bonus points if they finish in top-3: +10 points for 1st, +5 points for 2nd, +3 points for 3rd. Note that player does not get points for “beating” players they tied with.
- Example 1- player finishes 2nd in a field of 10. That player gets 1 + 8 + 5 = 14 points.
- Example 2- player finishes 2nd in a field of 10, TIED with two other players. That player gets 1 + 6 + 5 = 12 points.
- 3 bonus points will go to any player for an ace during an Event.
- Ties and playoffs: If a tie occurs for 1st place in a division, a sudden-death playoff will decide 1st place points and payouts. All other ties would split payout and points.
Payout to LFDT Points Leaders
- 1/4 of the accumulated LFDT payout for each division will be distributed to the top 3 qualified players in that division at the end of the regular season (prior to championships).
- The LFDT will culminate in a championship tournament (finals) for eligible players. Entry into the championship event is free for qualifying players as payout is carried over from events during the season (3/4 of the LFDT pot).
- In order to qualify for the championship a player must be a current club member and attend 4 or more events.
- Tourney competitors, volunteers, and TDs are all credited with event “attendance” although only competitors accumulate LFDT points.
- If you qualify for more than one division, you must play in the higher division
- Register and/or check-in on time (as outlined in event registration page).
- Attend the player's meeting.
- Follow PDGA rules of play. It is recommended that you read and understand these rules (linked below) prior to the event.
- Conduct yourself in a respectful manner that is consistent with player safety or risk disqualification and dismissal from the event.
- Indicate your full name on the scorecard (no nicknames.) Mark score for each hole (noting penalties). Count, total, and initial your scorecard on completion of round. You will be penalized (corrected score plus 2 strokes) for turning in an inaccurate scorecard.
Tournament Director (TD) Responsibilities
Tournament Directors are the essential link between players and Events. Their responsibilities include:
Prior to the Event:
- Create a tournament registration page to accept online registrations at least 3 weeks in advance of the event. Disc Golf United or Disc Golf Scene are popular options. See EVENT REGISTRATION guidelines.
- Notify LFDT organizers for promotion on website / Facebook page.
- Line up volunteers for scorekeeping and course management (spotters) as necessary.
- Acquire and review a copy of PDGA rules. Have this with you at the event.
During the Event:
- Before play begins conduct players meeting to review rules of play, indicate OB’s / mando’s, and highlight player safety concerns.
- Settle player questions about rules issues that come up during the round (provisionals) per PDGA rules.
- Check all players scorecards at the completion of each round (volunteers help!)
- Calculate scores, standings, and payouts in a timely fashion on completion of play. Give out awards and payouts ASAP, preferably within 1hr of last card turned in. See PAYOUT guidelines.
After the Event:
- Full scoring results (DIV, Player, Rd1, Rd2, Total, Payout)
- Accounting of Entry fees, expenses, greens fees, payouts, and LFDT$ by division
- List of event volunteers (including TD) for event count toward finals eligibility.
- Mail check or PayPal LFDT$ to tour treasurer within 48hrs (no cash please).
Required Event Information
- Prior to opening registration, the following critical information should be posted to the registration page:
- Course Location
- Format (2 rounds singles play)
- Tees by Division
- Card organization (1st round mixed or by division? 2nd round by division and 1st round score).
- Registration limit (typically 72 players for 18 hole course, no more than 90 without special accommodations!)
- Entry fees by division
- AM payout structure (cash, trophy, players pack, or AM Vendor)
- Lunch availability
- Ace pot / CTP details
- Refund Policy
- TD contact
- The PAYOUT POT is the total prize money (or merchandise credit) to be distributed to top finishers in the division. The payout pot for each division is independent of any other. It is determined as:
- PAYOUT POT = ENTRY - (GREENS + LFDT$ + TPP + EXPENSES)
- ENTRY fees can be set at TD’s discretion. Suggested values would be $40 PRO, $30 Advanced AM, $20 Intermediate AM.
- GREENS fees are set by the course. For free public courses it is recommended that $5/player greens fee be collected and given to local club for course maintenance/improvement.
- LFDT$ is the amount of money carried over from each players entry to the LFDT end-of-season payout. The per-player amount is $5 for Pro divisions, $3 Advanced AM, and $1 Intermediate AM.
- TPP is the amount of money spent on trophies and players packs.
- EXPENSES covers any other incidental operating expenses such as food, coffee, scorecards, flags/markers, etc. May also include CTP prizes.
- Event expenses should be kept low so that the vast majority of entry fees will be returned to the players. Events are not to be fundraisers for the course/TD (beyond typical greens fees) unless announced as such.
- PAYOUT POT should be distributed to top 40% (or more) of players in each division following PDGA payout tables (note that PRO and AM tables are different).
Reference and Resources
JMB Notes 3/16/2015:
- What is LFDT points payout table?
- Does points payout include finals?