The PDGC took time to recognize achievements past and present at the first annual awards ceremony which took place after Ice Bowl 2011 at The Montreal House recently.

The PDGC Champions Award, a chunky wooden number featuring a stylized basket and chain seeking disc, honours the regular season and playoff champs of the Spring and Summer league, which has run on Tuesday nights since 2009. Mike Bowen, the inaugural regular season champ and Dave Gillett, one of the PDGC founders and playoff winner, have the proud distinction of being the first winners of this momento. Otto Bedard took both honours in 2010 by winning both the regular season and playoff crowns. Both Mike and Otto were presented with plaques of their own to proudly display on their walls, or use as oversize drink coasters.

Kim Scott-Wood has been extremely helpful in giving the club a boost from the get-go, through consignment of discs for sale, staging a clinic in 2010 and his general support for our fledgling club. Kim was the Professional Disc Golf Association’s (PDGA) Rookie of the Year in 2006 so it was only fitting that he present the new annual Kim Scott-Wood Rookie of the Year Award, presented to the club member in his/her first year at the sport who excels beyond expectations. “Scuba” Steve Vance was the hands down winner in 2010. Steve went from  throwing beach frisbees with his buddies to a top ten contender in a remarkably short period of time. He attended his first tournament in 2010 and will certainly be a force to reckon with for years to come.

The club also recognizes feats that might otherwise be preferred to be forgotten. The Jamie McDonald Award was conceived in 2009 when it’s namesake had a tendancy to donate discs to the Otonabee River on a fairly regular basis. Not to be outdone, Karl Forbes took the trophy in 2010 by throwing hundreds of dollars of plastic into the drink, often before they ever touched the earth. The trophy will change names each year to allow the recent winner some increased infamy and will accordingly be known as The Karl Forbes Award until next year. Stay dry, my friends.

With the 2011 season just around the corner there will be plenty to compete for if you are so inclined. The PDGC is aware that competition is not for everyone and above and beyond disc golf should be a fun pastime to enjoy with friends. We will be looking at ways to allow everyone in the disc golf community a chance to enjoy the game in their own way. Now get out there and throw.