Pender Island Invitational

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Pender Island Invitational
Pender Island Invitational, The Bark.jpg
Established October 13, 1996; 22 years ago (1996-10-13)
Coordinates 48°46′5.3652″N 123°17′25.5804″W / 48.768157000°N 123.290439000°W / 48.768157000; -123.290439000Coordinates: 48°46′5.3652″N 123°17′25.5804″W / 48.768157000°N 123.290439000°W / 48.768157000; -123.290439000

The Pender Island Invitational (PII) is a long running fall disc golf competition on Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada. where players compete over two to four days in the relentless pursuit of The Bark, and $10 Ace-Pots.

The PII is typically played in October, typically between Thanksgiving (Canada) and Halloween. Recent tournaments have been played at the end of September, which provides better weather and 1 hour of additional evening daylight.


Begun in 1996 with a small group of players, the PII has evolved into an anticipated annual event, where both invitations to play and a spot in a real bed are sought after by an expanding group of players from across North America. From 1996 through 2012, the tournament duration was four days. Beginning in 2013, it was decided that the tournament duration can be reduced to a minimum of 3 days, depending on attendance.


The PII is played at the beautiful and storied Golf Island Disc Park[1] on North Pender Island, British Columbia. The course features 27 holes, with the original nine holes (now the front nine) having tone poles, and the middle and back nines having chain baskets. The course, with its many trees and rugged landscape, winds its way over and around a rocky hill just to the north of Magic Lake.[2] The competitors require grit, courage (and a little luck), not to mention a full arsenal of shots, to compete at a high level on this challenging course.

$ Ace-Pots[edit]

An ace is a hole-in-one in disc golf. The vast majority of holes at the Golf Island Disc Park are par-3's, and many of these are "aceable".

When a competitor aces a hole, all other players within the group must pay him the going rate, $5-$10 historically, for the privilege of witnessing such a spectacular shot.

The Bark[edit]

The Bark

The Bark is a trophy awarded to the PII Champion.

It is made from a piece of gnarled wood from an arbutus (or Pacific Madrone) tree, and has the names of past champions (Keepers of The Bark) engraved upon it. The Bark was salvaged from the Golf Island Disc Park, where arbutus trees are abundant.

The name of the 2007 2-Day Champion is also engraved on The Bark.

In the early years of the PII, the name of the player with the most aces was also engraved on the bark. However, this practice was quickly halted, due to the somewhat random nature of aces.

The Keeper of the Bark typically displays it on their mantelpiece. However, this practice is discouraged, as The Bark may be mistaken for a piece of kindling.


The PII Champion (Keeper of The Bark) is the competitor with the lowest aggregate score.

Year Keeper of The Bark Winning Score(1) Holes Played Length of Tournament


2017 Kelly Sveinson -24 144 4
2016 Greg Rae -38 198 4
2015 Greg Rae -54 198 4
2014 Greg Rae -57 189 3
2013 Jason Cox -44 171 3
2012 Greg Rae -35 216 4
2011 Ron Vanderdrift -40 225 4
2010 Ron Vanderdrift -52 243 4
2009 Ron Vanderdrift Records Missing Records Missing 4
2008 Kelly Sveinson -38 207 4
2007 Ron Vanderdrift Records Missing Records Missing 4

Bruce Hickey(2)

2006 Bruce Hickey Records Missing Records Missing 4
2005 Kelly Sveinson -11 198 4
2004 Greg Rae -40 189 4
2003 Ron Vanderdrift -70(3) 225 4
2002 Records Missing Records Missing Records Missing 4
2001 Records Missing Records Missing Records Missing 4
2000 Records Missing Records Missing Records Missing 4
1999 Records Missing Records Missing Records Missing 4
1998 Kelly Sveinson -37 135 2
1997 Records Missing Records Missing Records Missing 2
1996 Records Missing Records Missing Records Missing 2

(1) Score is in relation to par - with every hole being a par 3.

(2) 2-Day Champion. In 2007, there was both the full 4-Day tournament and a 2-Day tournament. The 4-Day Champion was the Keeper of the Bark, but the 2-Day Champion was also noted on The Bark.

(3) Last year of original course layout - which include all tone-poles. Beginning in 2004, the course layout was changed substantially, including the replacement of tone poles to chain baskets on the middle and back nines.

Tournament Director[edit]

PII Director's Award

With the increased popularity of the PII, a Tournament Director was appointed in 2007 to oversee rulings, protests, and player eligibility. Jamie Britton is the PII's first and only Director. The Tournament Director will also be responsible for the distribution of invitations to future PII events. Jamie Britton is also the first recipient of the Director's Award.

Historian/Score Keeper[edit]

Kelly Sveinson is the PII's first and only Historian and official Score Keeper. At the end of each 9 holes, the official Score Keeper records each of the competitor's scores in the Official Notebook. All aces are also recorded. Scores are tallied during the weekend to determine the champion and Keeper of the Bark.

The Official Notebook serves as the historical record for the PII.

Effect on Tourism[edit]

The PII has grown over the years to become recognized by the community as a significant sporting event that would appeal to locals and visitors.[3][4]

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