WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE MINNESOTA SUMMER TOUR (MST)?
The Minnesota Summer Tour (MST) started in the late 1970s and is the longest running disc golf tournament series in the country.
HOW CAN A MFA MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT ME WHEN COMPETING IN MST EVENTS?
By being a MFA member on or before the day you compete in a MST or MDS event allows you to accumulate MST/MDS points. The top qualified finishers in both Pro and Am divisions receive CASH payouts at the end-of-the-year awards that are held at the MFA Fall membership Meeting in November of each year. A minimum of $1 from the per player MST/MDS sanctioning fees shall be used towards year end payouts; this does not include the cost of trophies.
HOW IS THE POINT SYSTEM CALCULATED?
This is a point system invented by Joe Feidt, and later updated by Chuck Kennedy, for the Minnesota Frisbee Association.
Players earn points by competing in MST events. Once a player has competed in at least three MST tournaments, he or she is eligible for year- end prizes. A player’s top four scores (in terms
of points) are what count for the final year-end total.
Points are calculated as follows:
* 1st Place: 100 + (0.1 points per player in the division)
* Everyone else: 100 – ((place – 1) X 24 / total players)
Example: Assume a division with 38 players.
First place would receive 100 + (0.1 X 38) = 103.8 points.
Fourth place would receive 100 – ((4 – 1) X 24 / 38) = 98.1 points.
Last place would receive 100 – ((38 – 1) X 24 / 38) = 76.6 points.
HOW MANY EVENTS DO I HAVE TO PLAY TO QUALIFY TO BE IN THE RUNNING FOR MST PAYOUTS?
One, to compete for the division championship but three (one in three of the four zones) to compete for year end payouts. However, the more events you play the better your chances are of finishing higher in the overall standings.
SO I QUALIFIED FOR PAYOUTS. AM I GUARANTEED TO GET PAID?
Not necessarily, but you’ve only bettered your odds. Historically the MFA used to pay out every person that qualified in every division. What ended up happening was the club would write 50-75 checks each year with nearly half of those being worth under $10.00. We adjusted this for certain divisions. Here’s how it breaks down.
Open/Masters/Grandmasters – Top 40% of qualified individuals.
Advanced Men, Women & Masters – Top 50% of qualified individuals.
Intermediate Men, Women / Rec / Juniors – Top 10 of qualified individuals or top 50%, whichever includes a larger pool of players.
What does this mean for you? In all divisions the top qualified players will be receiving larger checks then they have in the past since they will be splitting it with, what will likely be, a smaller pool of players. We feel this system rewards our top competitors with an even larger pay day while still rewarding a large amount of players in our more entry level divisions.
HOW MANY OF THE EVENTS ARE THE MST JUDGED ON?
The Top 3 scores in 3 of the 4 zones, plus the Top 4 remaining scores, per player, per division are totaled.
HOW CAN I BECOME A TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF A MST OR MDS EVENT?
Let the MFA know that you are interested in doing so, get MFA approval, and sign an MST Sanctioning Agreement. Once the given years MST schedule is posted events are generally not added. If you’d like to be an MST for the following year the best time to contact the board is in late November or early December.
CAN THERE BE MORE THAN ONE MST EVENT ON A GIVEN DAY?
The MFA hasn’t done so up to this point and does not plan to going forward.
HOW CAN I TRACK MY RESULTS?
Via this site. Go to Points/Rankings to view the current standings.