PDGA Issues Statement Regarding Disc Marking Question During Round 3 Of Pro Worlds

Governing body clarifies ruling in dispute

EMPORIA, Kan. – The PDGA reached out to Ultiworld Disc Golf Friday morning to issue a statement about an episode during Thursday’s third round of the Professional Disc Golf World Championships in Emporia, Kansas, in which Paul McBeth questioned the organization’s handling of a ruling regarding unmarked discs being used on the course. The statement reads, in full:

“Jason Allind was the official PDGA Marshal for the 3rd round at Emporia Country Club on Thursday. Jason was not with the lead card when the unmarked disc question came up as the PDGA Marshal is responsible for the entire field and cannot be with the lead card at all times. During the discussion about the unmarked disc, Dixon Jowers asked another PDGA staff member (who was not a designated PDGA Marshal) to contact the official PDGA Marshal, and he did.

Jason was one hole ahead working to clear a backup. After the lead card had teed off on that hole, Jason was presented with the issue at hand. Jason asked both players (Ricky and Devan) to show him the discs in question and at that time both of them had been uniquely marked. No other evidence was presented to Jason so no warning was issued.

Any other player in the group could have issued a warning for an infraction of rule 801.02.F of the Official Rules of Disc Golf. A certified rules official or marshal is not required to issue a warning.

Rule 801.02.F

All discs used in play, except mini marker discs, must be uniquely marked. A player shall receive a warning for the first instance of throwing an unmarked disc. Each subsequent throw by the player with an unmarked disc shall incur one penalty throw.'”

  1. Steve Hill
    Steve Hill

    Steve Hill is the editor of Ultiworld Disc Golf. He provides reviews from the perspective of a low-powered player at Noodle Arm Disc Golf, and in the past served as the associate editor for Rattling Chains. Contact him at steve.hill@ultiworld.com or on Twitter.

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