Wednesday, March 13, 2019

An Impressive Year For The Winter Marksman League


By all intents and purposes, winter is over and so is the 2018-2019 Winter Marksman League. While it’s not always easy to be able to practice putt during the offseason, competing in this event gave tons of players around the globe the chance to keep their skills fresh over the last few months. Some decided to join a local league simply for the fun of it while others wanted to truly sharpen their putting ability and make an attempt at winning some awesome prizes.

In years past, we’ve seen that many participants were able to improve their putting over the course of six weeks, but now that we’ve partnered with UDisc the numbers we’re able to pull are even more incredible. Let’s take a peek at some of the highlights from this past season.

Excitement Abounds

There’s a funny correlation when looking at some of the participants across the world, as leagues that racked up a lot of points tended to be the ones who dealt with massive amounts of inclement weather. After all, if you’re in Southern California and you can still putt outside, the chances of you engaging in a Winter Marksman League may be slightly less. Over the last three months, here were the top 10 states/regions that had the most people attend:

  1. Michigan
  2. Ohio
  3. Connecticut
  4. North Carolina
  5. Washington
  6. North Dakota
  7. Wyoming
  8. Minnesota
  9. Missouri
  10. Alabama
Just slightly lower on the list was Iceland and, of course, Alaska.

Who’s Got The Putts?

When viewing individual player statistics and putts as a whole, it’s pretty shocking to see just how many times a disc catching chains was actually logged. Of the 892,035 putting attempts within the Winter Marksman League, 45% of them, or 403,753 were made. Is that higher or lower than you would’ve guessed?

Some of the individuals who came out this season were likely just starting, and we applaud them for taking their passion for disc golf to the next level. Balancing out the field were some incredibly accurate players, and we can’t not mention the top three individuals who led the field on the Marksman baskets:

  • Troy, part of the Discgust league, had an 80% accuracy rate over six weeks
  • Oskar Persson, a member of the Discsport Winter Marksman League and part of the Latitude 64 team, pulled off a 73% accuracy rate
  • Caleb, another Discgust player, also found success 73% of the time
  • Rounding out the three-way tie at 73% was Ian from the Central CT Putting League

We’re All Winners

While the intention of the Winter Marksman League is for players to enjoy disc golf during the winter months, there’s still an element of competition as well. When examining the Global Standings, there was one person who racked up the most points - Latitude 64’s James Proctor. Here’s what he had to say about the event:

“I personally had a great time. I enjoyed how every week was the same but played differently. It was always a competition with myself to beat my previous scores. I also thought it was unique how you could compare your personal and league scores with others all over the world. This was my first season playing the putting league but it definitely won’t be my last!”

The disc golf season will no doubt fly by once again this year, so as the weather begins to get cooler in a handful of months, keep your eyes open for information on the 2019-2020 Winter Marksman League!
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