We are pleased to announce, along with Gail Lynch, the induction of Tim Marchbank into the ADG hall of fame in 2018. Tim started his life with frisbees at the University of Queensland in 1994. A former champion orienteering competitor, he started playing ultimate and object disc golf before acquiring his first golf discs when John Bray park was installed. Ultimate remained his main focus for the next 10 years though; and he represented Queensland in that sport a number of times.
In 2003 he traveled to Canberra for the Australian Ultimate and Flying Disc Championships and it was at this point that he began the transition to disc golf. Tim was involved in the early development of the ADG as it grew its independence from AFDA. He has served on the ADG board for many years along with his involvement in the administration of Ultimate in Queensland.
As a player his list of achievements is extensive: He won the Australian championships in 2004 and 2009, has won the QLD championships five times and finished 2nd three times. He won the ADG tour in 2007 and even has an international win – the Crater Cup in New Zealand in 2005.
He helped design and install the Fehlberg Park Course in Brisbane in 2007. Tim has also coached at numerous come and try days, Brisbane City Council’s Active & Healthy Parks Program, Moreton Bay Regional (& forerunner Pine Rivers Shire) Council’s school’s programs and others.
Tim’s also an accomplished photographer and one of his disc golf pictures have featured on the cover of Disc Golfer magazine.
‘Rowdy’ as a few people call him, is the definition of a quiet achiever. His humble manner, high intelligence and clear vision for the sport will stand out to anyone who takes the time to get to know him.
As the sport of disc golf grows in Australia and the overall standard of players is improving, the structure of our divisions is gradually aligning with the rest of the world. The following changes to divisions for the 2018 tour, come into effect for the national championships
FPO is now a mandated division and must be offered at all ADG tour events. For ADG tour only, FA1 and FPO points will be combined.
MPM is now a mandated division for Australian A-Tier events only. It’s not mandated for B-Tier and below but may be offered if there is demand. For the ADG tour only, MPM points will be combined with MPO. Masters players take note MPM will be offered at the ADGC in Canberra this year.
Due to a lack of player numbers this year, FA2 will not be offered on the 2019 tour. All women above a rating of 725 will play FA1 (advanced). 725 and below will play FA4 (Novice)
In the event of conflicting A Tier bids (defined as two events falling within 20 calendar days of each other) the ADG Board will initially consult the bidders and attempt to reach a resolution and failing that, deciding by ADG committee vote. Once the schedule of A Tiers has been finalized, bidding will be opened for B and C Tier events. Please note that these events can be put in the schedule up to 30 days prior to the event.
An official announcement about the tour schedule will be made at this years 2018 ADGC in Canberra.
We also congratulate the Mount Gambier Disc Golf Club in South Australia for their success in securing 2019’s Australian Disc Golf Championships for Crater Lake Disc Golf Park.