Amateur disc golfers get a chance to test their skills against the famed Beast in the European Amateur Open 2019! Experiencing the stage of the European PDGA Major event in a tournament setting mere days before the European Open is without a doubt the best way to start your trip to the European Open.

The European Amateur Open 2019 is also a last chance qualifier event for the European Open. The player with the lowest score will earn a spot in the Major event!

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European Amateur Open 2019 Pelaajainfot suomeksi (Player info in Finnish)

European Amateur Open 2019 in Disc Golf Metrix

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European Amateur Open 2019 Pelaajainfo (erillinen sivu)
European Amateur Open 2019 Info
Event Schedule
General Info
Onsite Registration
Tee times, Groups & Scoring
Practicing & Warming up
Tournament Center
Course - The Beast
Tie breakers
Prizes
Registration Info
Entry Fees
Divisions and Spot Allocations
Registration Phases and Schedule
Waiting List
Wild Cards
Withdrawals and Refunds
Common Questions & Answers

European Amateur Open 2019 Info

  • Event date: 13-14 July 2019.
  • Location: The Beast, Nokia DiscGolfPark, Hinttalankatu 6, 37100 Nokia, Finland.
  • PDGA C-tier event.
  • 192 players.
  • Four divisions: FA1, FA3, MA1 & MA3. (Pros playing am rules apply.)
  • All players play two 18-hole rounds - one round per day with staggered starts. (Tee times at 10-minute intervals.)
  • This is an amateur event as the name suggest. The top 3 in each division will be awarded with trophies and merchandise prizes... And then there's the European Open spot.

Event Schedule

12.7. Friday EAO Training day
12:00 - Sunset Course open for practice. Reserved for EAO participants.
12:00 - 18:00 Tournament center open
13.7. Saturday EAO Round 1
8:00 - 20:00 EAO Round 1, tee times
8:00 First tee time
~16:30 Last tee time
7:30 - 20:00 Tournament center open
11:00 - 19:00 InnovaStore Pro Shop open
14.7. Sunday EAO Round 2
8:00 - 20:00 EAO Round 2, tee times
7:30 - 20:00 First tee time
~16:30 Last tee time
~20:00 Prize Ceremony
8:00 - 20:00 Tournament center open
11:00 - 19:00 InnovaStore Pro Shop open

Note that this is a preliminary schedule and subject to changes.

Tentative tee times for the 1st round will be published about a week before the event. Sunday's tee times will be published on Saturday 13th July.

General Info

  • There’s no player meeting. All info is available online.
  • The official communication channel of European Amateur Open 2019 is the Disc Golf Metrix page of the event and the player emails sent from Metrix. Players should check their junkmail folder for Metrix emails and check the Metrix news every now and then – just in case.
  • PDGA’s Official Rules of Disc Golf are followed in European Amateur Open.
  • Use of all kinds of tobacco products is prohibited during tournament rounds. Smoking is prohibited starting from when a player enters the 1st tee area 10 minutes prior to his tee time until he returns his/her scorecard.
    • Designated smoking area is located close to the tournament center, below a flight of stairs located just next to the main entrance.
  • In case of unclear situation during the round, play provisional throw and contact Tournament Director immediately after the round.
  • First aid is located at the info in the tournament center.
    • In case of emergency, contact 112.
  • Address for the Tournament Center and course is Hinttalankatu 6, 37100 Nokia.
  • Contact info for tournament directors:
    • Jukka Teräs, jukka.teras@spin18.com , +358 40 538 7464
    • Juho Vähätalo, juho.vahatalo@spin18.com, +358 44 584 6584

Onsite Registration

  • All players must register onsite.
  • Registration is open on Friday at 12.00 – 18.00.
    • Please note that registration is also possible on Saturday but no later than 30 minutes before your tee time. (So you’re not required to do it on Friday.)
  • Players package will be given at the time of registration so reserve enough time for taking the package to your car unless you intend to carry the pack during your round.
  • Once you’ve registered there’s no need to register for the rounds any more. Just show up at the 1st tee 10 minutes before your tee time.

Tee times, groups & scoring

  • Tee times and groups are published on Metrix. Round 1 preliminary tee times will be available by Monday July 8th and round 2 tee times will be available after the 1st round.
  • All groups start their round from the 1st tee. Tee times every 10 minutes starting from 8.00. All players must arrive to the 1st tee 10 minutes before their tee time.
  • Starter will give the group their scorecards before the round. Return the scorecards to the info, located in the lobby of the tournament center.
    • Metrix is used for scoring. One player per group can enter scores during the round to the Metrix and this would be greatly appreciated but it's not required. The paper scorecards are the official scores.
  • Starting order by divisions on both days is:
    • MA3 (73 players, 19 groups = Preliminary tee times 8.00 – 11.00)
    • MA1 (100 players, 25 groups = Preliminary tee times 11.10 – 15.10)
    • FA1 (16 players, 4 groups = Preliminary tee times 15.20 – 15.50)
    • FA3 (9 players, 3 groups = Preliminary tee times 16.00 – 16.20)
  • 1st round groups are generated randomly by Metrix. 2nd round groups will be formed in score order. Players with the lowest scores start last.

Practicing & Warm up

  • The Beast is ready for practice on Friday at 12.00.
  • Practicing on the course is forbidden during the tournament.
  • Warm up area is the soccer field located close to holes 10, 16 & 18. Easiest way to get there is by the walkway next to hole 18.
    • Please be careful when you warm up and take special caution to mind the players on hole 10!

Tournament Center

  • You can find Info, Pro Shop, Kiosk, Lost ’n found -box and TD’s office from the tournament center
  • Tournament Center is located inside the Nokia ice rink, right next to the first tee of The Beast.
  • Parking lot is in front of the Tournament Center. If the parking lot is full, please use another parking lot close to the course. (Nokia high school, address: Kylmänojankatu 3, Nokia. Close to hole 14 & 15.)
  • Tournament Center is open from 30 minutes before the first teeoff of the day, until the last scorecard is returned. (Approx. 7.30-20.00)
  • Lost property and discs has an own box at the tournament center.

InnovaStore Pro Shop & Kiosk

  • InnovaStore Pro Shop is open at 11.00 – 19.00 (Sat - Sun).
  • Kiosk is open at the Tournament Centers opening hours, 7.30 – 20.00.

Course – The Beast

  • Please note that many of the holes are temporary and located in a public park. Be careful and mind the other park users. You can always ask them to get out of the way but please be polite
  • The course map is available here.
  • There is temporary toilets on the course. Between holes 3 & 9 and between holes 11 & 15.
  • You can fill your waterbottles at the tee of hole #10.
  • We recommend to use one group member as a spotter, especially on the holes 12 & 13.
    • Another way to speed up play is to spot the throws of the group following you.
  • There’s a rake available at the hole 11 pond that you can use to retrieve your disc from the water. Please leave the rake available for the next ”fisherman”.
  • We have not organizer any retrieval for discs that end up in the pond between holes 15 & 16.
  • Differences between the EO and EAO courses:
    • Hole 1: No gate.
    • Hole 3: Shorter in EAO, 263 m -> 239 m.
    • Hole 8: Shorter in EAO, 88 m -> 57 m.
    • Hole 10: Shorter in EAO, 230 m -> 203 m.
    • Hole 11: Shorter in EAO, 120 m -> 101 m.

CTP at hole #8

  • CTP-competition is divided in to two sections. MA1 & MA3 will compete for the same prizes and FA1 & FA3 competes for the same prizes.
  • CTP will be awarded on both rounds of the event.
  • You can find the CTP instructions from the hole 8 tee and from the bag on top of the basket.

Tie breakers

  • 1st place tie and other ties for trophies will be resolved by playing sudden death playoffs.
  • Playoffs will be played on holes 1 & 2.

Prizes

The ultimate prize is a European Open 2019 spot. The player with the lowest total score in European Amateur Open 2019 receives a spot in the European Open. If the player with the lowest score has a European Open spot, the spot will be carried over to the player with the lowest score who doesn't have a European Open spot yet, regardless of division.

The top three players in each division will receive trophies and merchandise prizes, which are primarily InnovaStore gift certificates.

If the EO spot receiver finishes in top 3, he/she may choose to use the merchandise prize to pay the EO entry fee, or at least part of the entry fee if the prize isn’t sufficient to cover the whole entry fee.

Prize and taxation

  • The InnovaStore gift certificates will be issued within a week of the completion of the event, provided that the prize recipient has sent all mandatory info and documents to the event organization.
  • All prizes are reported to the Finnish tax administration regardless of their value. This is required by the Finnish tax administration. Merchandise prizes are considered as income of their equivalent value.
  • Separate instructions for taxation purposes will be sent to the prize recipients after the completion of the event.

MA1 prizes

200€ gift certificate or free entry to the European Open (If the winner doesn't have a spot in the EO already)
100€ gift certificate
50€ gift certificate

FA1 prizes

200€ gift certificate
100€ gift certificate
50€ gift certificate

MA3 prizes

100€ gift certificate
75€ gift certificate
50€ gift certificate

FA3 prizes

100€ gift certificate
75€ gift certificate
50€ gift certificate

European Amateur Open 2019 Registration Info

A PDGA membership is all you need, but it doesn't have to be active. An SFL membership isn't required at the time of registration either. All players must have a current PDGA membership during the event and Finnish players must also be SFL members.

Registration takes place in Disc Golf Metrix and each player must have a Metrix account to register. Creating a Metrix account and using Metrix is free. Create an account here. (Players should make sure that their PDGA number is correct. Metrix checks the rating from the PDGA automatically when a player registers for an event.)

European Amateur Open 2019 in Disc Golf Metrix

Entry fee

Entry fee is 50€ (inc. 24% VAT) in all divisions. Each player will receive a player pack, which is at least 30€ in value.

Entry fees must be paid to Innova Europe's online store by purchasing the  "European Amateur Open 2019 Entry Fee" product. Check the payment deadlines from the registration phases & schedules below.

Players should not pay the entry fee unless they have a spot in the event. Every player must check their registration status once they have registered. Players should not pay the entry fee if they're on the waiting list. More info about the waiting list below.

Divisions and spot allocations

The maximum field for each event is 192 players.

Available divisions, including spots allocations and rating limitations in the first phase of registration:

Division Ph.1 ratings Spots Wild cards Av. spots
MA1 900+ 80 6 74
MA3 <900 80 6 74
FA1 775+ 16 2 14
FA3 <775 16 2 14
Total spots 192 16 176

Pros playing Am applies. There are no maximum rating limitations for PDGA amateur status players in MA1 and FA1 divisions.

Rating limitations for PDGA pro status players by division are:

  • MA1, <970
  • MA3, <900
  • FA1, <875
  • FA3, <775

Registration Phases and Schedule

Registration for the European Amateur Open includes three (3) phases. Registration isn’t complete until the registrant has paid the entry fee for the event. Registration within phases is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Phase 1
Registration open for all players who meet the rating & division requirements in the division and spot allocation table above.

Only exception are players who already have a spot in the European Open who are not allowed to register for the EAO in the 1st phase of registration. This does not include EO waiting list players, they are free to register for the amateur event.

All phase 1 registrants must pay the entry fee by the end of phase 1. All unpaid registrants of phase 1 are removed from the competition at the end of phase 1. All registrants are recommended to take care of the payment right away after they are certain that they have a spot in the event. The payment deadlines are quite short.

Schedule:

  • Registration starts: February 7, 2019, 16.00 UTC*.
  • Registration closes & payment deadline: February 11, 2019, 15.50 UTC.

*16.00 UTC at different time zones:

  • 8.00 PST
  • 11.00 ES&
  • 17.00 CET
  • 18.00 EET (Finnish time)

Phase 2
MA1 and FA1 minimum rating requirements removed. Division specific spot quotas removed.

Players who receive a cancellation spot in phase 1 or 2 must pay the entry fee by the end of phase 2. All unpaid phase 1 cancellation spot registrants and unpaid phase 2 registrants are removed from the competition at the end of phase 2.

Schedule:

  • Registration starts: February 11, 2019, 16.00 UTC.
  • Registration closes& payment deadline: February 14, 2019, 15.50 UTC.

Phase 3

Phase 3 runs until mid-July. Cancellation spot receivers, new registrants, and wild card receivers must pay the entry fee within one week of registration. The deadline for payments will be adjusted if there are less than eight (8) days until the start of the event.

Schedule:

  • Registration starts: February 14, 2019, 16.00 UTC.
  • Registration closes & payment deadline: Check above.

Waiting list

When the event is full a waiting list is automatically created by Disc Golf Metrix. Spots will be automatically issued to players on the waiting list based on their queue number, which is issued at the time of registration.

Players should note that queue numbers don’t take division quotas into account in phase 1. This means that if all divisions are full and a spot becomes available in the MA1 division, the spot is issued to an MA1 division participant even if a player in the MA3 division has the smallest queue number.

After phase 1, in phases 2 & 3, the spots are issued in queue number order.

Queue numbers are visible in the waiting list column of the registered players list in Disc Golf Metrix. If there is a number next to a player's name, they’re on the waiting list. Players on the waiting list should not pay the entry fee.

Wild cards

Wild cards will be issued by the organizer. Wild card application instructions will be published once the registration starts. The wild cards can also be used to grant spots to waiting list players in registration order.

Applying for a wild card
All wild card applicants should also register for the event in Disc Golf Metrix. Even if the event is full and they're placed on the waiting list.

The first set of wild cards will be issued by the end of February. Some might be reserved to be used later in the spring and summer.

Wild card recipients will be contacted personally and announced on the event website & European Open social medias.

Wild card application is available here.

Withdrawals and Refunds

We follow the standard PDGA refund policy, as stated by the PDGA Competition Manual 1.03. There is no waitlist fee for the European Amateur Open 2019.

A handling fee of 8€ will be deducted from all refunds.

All withdrawals must be made by contacting the tournament director directly by email or phone:

Jukka Teräs
jukka.teras@spin18.com
+358 40 5387464

Common Questions & Answers

Q1: What if my rating changes and I must change divisions? (E.g. male player registered for MA3 but rating rises from 890 to 910.)

A1: Notify the TD about the change in your rating. You will be transferred from one division to another. (From MA3 to MA1 in the example.) This happens all the time, so it's not a problem. You will not lose your spot in the event.

A thing to note is that according to the PDGA rules it is player's responsibility to make sure that he/she plays in the correct division.

If your rating decreases you can still play in MA1/FA1 division, even if you could play in MA3/FA3.

The rule of thumb is to always register for the division applicable to your rating at the time of registration.