Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

The Women’s Open of Maryland Edition Number 4 is a PDGA sanctioned, women’s only disc golf tournament.

This tournament is held annually at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Men are not permitted to compete in the Women’s Open of Maryland.

However, men are encouraged to attend and participate in other ways! Such as caddying for a player, volunteering as staff, or sponsoring this event. Spectators are also welcome!

Absolutely! Women and girls of ALL skill levels are encouraged to come out and play. If you have never played a tournament before, this is the perfect opportunity to!

We offer different divisions for all skill levels of play, from beginners to seasoned pros.  Different divisions play a different course layout, designed appropriately for their skill level.

If this is your first time playing a tournament, we suggest signing up for the novice or recreational division. But if you aren’t sure, we can help! Send us an email.

Yes, of course — and we encourage you to come participate! We have had disc golfers travel from as far as Massachusetts and Florida in years past to come play.

Tournament Questions

Seneca Creek State Park opens at 8:00 AM daily and closes at dusk.

NOTE: During the months of March – October, Seneca Creek State park charges a small fee for entrance and use of the park on weekends (including the weekend of WOMEN4). Park entry is free during the week, Monday – Friday.
Cash or Credit Card accepted at the front gate.

Weekend Park Rates:
In-State (MD) Residents:  $3/person.
Out-of-State Residents:   $5/person.

Yes. During the months of March – October, Seneca Creek State park charges a small fee to enter the park on the weekends (including the weekend of WOMEN4).
There is no fee to enter the park or play during the week, Monday – Friday.
Cash or credit card accepted at the front gate.

Weekend Park Rates:
In-State (MD) Residents:  $3/person.
Out-of-State Residents:   $5/person.

Our goal is to provide the best possible tournament experience we can for ALL women disc golfers who participate, regardless of the division they want to play in. To us, this means running an event that is accessible, affordable, and welcoming to all.

PDGA A-Tiers have strict requirements for events — and it’s not just added cash requirements for pros. By keeping this a B-Tier event for AMs, this means:

– NO PDGA membership is required in order to play. Whether brand new to disc golf or a frequent tournament flyer, a PDGA membership is NOT required in order to play. This saves newer players or non-current PDGA members $50.00 in yearly fees.

– Lower tournament entry fees for players. PDGA Tour Standards require higher entry fees for A-tiers. Running a B-tier makes this event more affordable for AMs, while still providing the same tournament experience, amenities, and camaraderie.

– One round of 18 holes per day; 36 holes total. A-Tiers require a minimum of 54 total holes played. That’s a lot of golf for anyone to play, especially crunched into a two-day, weekend event. We want to ensure all participants feel they are playing both an appropriate number of holes per day and appropriate layouts for their division, age, and skill level. 

In addition, with most AM divisions playing 18 holes per day and Pros/Advanced playing 27 holes per day — AMs will have the opportunity to watch how the Pro & Advanced players tackle the course — if they want to!

Yes. There are two porta-potties at Tournament Central. Each 9-hole loop of the course leads back to Tournament Central, the porta-potties, and the parking lot. 

There are also bathrooms with running water and electricity in the park (accessible by car).

The exact layout to be played is still TBD, however layouts will be posted no later than two weeks before the event. All divisions will play one round each day on Saturday and Sunday.

– ALL Pro Divisions: 1 round of 27 holes per day.
– Advanced Players (FA1 only, excluding age restricted): 1 round of 27 holes per day.
– Age-Restricted Advanced Divisions: 1 round of 18 holes per day. 
– All Other Amateur & Junior Divisions:  1 round of 18 holes per day. 

The top 50% of the field for each division will be paid out.
– Pros will receive their winnings via PayPal within 24 hours of event completion.
– Amateurs will receive payouts in the form of discs or merchandise.

All 1st place division winners will receive a trophy. (Note: Divisions comprised of 1 player are not eligible for a trophy. If you are currently registered in a division by yourself and would like to change divisions to compete for a trophy, please contact us and let us know which division you would like to be moved to!)

You may request a refund through Disc Golf Scene or by emailing us directly.

Please see the PDGA’s Tournament Procedures regarding Withdrawals and Refunds.

Sponsorship and Volunteer Questions

In many different ways — and we could really use your help!

We need to fundraise for items such as PDGA added cash requirements, sanctioning fees, trophies, an extra portapotty, lunch, and media coverage. We have sponsorship packages available at many different price points — and are also open to creative ideas. 

– Do you know of any local businesses who may want to sponsor our event or donate items or gift cards?
– Are you a graphic designer who wants to submit a sweet design and get your artwork on tournament stamped discs, shirts, teesigns, caddybooks, social media, etc.?
– Are you a Seneca local willing and available to host any traveling players? 
– Would you like to sponsor a player’s entry fee?

If you are interested in supporting this event, or know of a local business who may be, please let us know!
Contact us via email at womensopenofmd@gmail.com.

Absolutely! Items must be new and appropriate.

Let us know how you would like us to distribute them! As part of players packs, CTP prizes, a spirit award, volunteer gifts, junior prizes, etc.

Thank you for your support, this tournament would not be possible without your help!

Every penny donated to The Women’s Open of Maryland goes back to the players.  No amount is insignificant. We are eternally grateful to all of our past sponsors and previous donors!

Donations of any amount can be sent via PayPal (preferred), or mailed as a check.

PayPal address (friends and family please): womensopenofmd@gmail.com

Every dollar raised for this event goes directly to the players; in the form of tangible goods, overall purse, onsite amenities, and printed materials to ensure a well-organized, smooth & enjoyable tournament experience. The Women’s Open of Maryland is a not-for-profit, unincorporated association comprised of two individuals, volunteer tournament Directors Andrew Fish and Allie Stone.

Your sponsorship donations will help fund event expenses, such as the following:
  • PDGA event sanctioning fees
  • PDGA added cash requirements ($2000.00 for A-Tier in 2020)
  • Merchandise payouts for AMs
  • Bathroom rentals onsite for event
  • Film coverage of the feature and lead card, Open Division
  • Trophies for all 1st place division winners
  • Lunch for players and caddies
  • Prizes for CTPs, ring of fire, spirit award
  • Water stations on course for players & volunteers
  • Signage & office supplies
    • Tee signs (81 in total. 3 separate layouts for different divisions, 3 signs per hole, 27 holes)
    • Caddy books
    • Course signage (parking lot, tournament central, bathrooms, beer garden)
    • Scorecards and player placcards for scoreboard
    • Printer ink, staples, & tee sign stakes
Thank you for your support in growing the sport of disc golf for women and girls!

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