Title:
GOLF DISC SCORECARD
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A disc golf scorecard is provided that not only allows the recording of scores for each hole of one or more rounds of disc golf for one or more players but also is shaped in the form of a disc for storing or carrying within the cavity of a disc or its carrying bag.



Inventors:
Arredondo, David (Austin, TX, US)
Application Number:
10/907822
Publication Date:
10/19/2006
Filing Date:
04/16/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63F9/02
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Primary Examiner:
NGUYEN, KIEN T
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PATENT-TRADEMARK-COPYRIGHT. US (Austin, TX, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A circular shaped scorecard insertable within the backside of a disc, the scorecard including one or more scoring portions providing an inscribable table, the table including a series of columns corresponding to a series of holes in a disc golf course and one or more rows providing space for scoring the results of one or more players.

2. The scorecard as in claim 1, the scorecard including separate front and back portions enclosing the scoring portion.

3. The scorecard as in claim 2, the scorecard including a connector, the front, back, and scoring portions having corresponding binding edge regions connected by the connector.

4. The scorecard as in claim 3, the connector comprising a ringed wire, the binding edge regions including perforations; the ringed wire insertable through the perforation; the front back and scoring portions having 360 degree rotation about the axis defined by the ringed wire.

5. The scorecard as in claim 4, the scoring portion including a detachable region, the detachable region enabling removal of the scoring portion.

6. A golf disc including a circular shaped scorecard, the scorecard removably inserted within a backside of the disc, the backside of the disc having a rim for retaining the scorecard, the scorecard including one or more scoring portions providing an inscribable table, the table including a series of columns corresponding to a series of holes in a disc golf course and one or more rows providing space for scoring the results of one or more players.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to scorecards for disc golf games, and more particularly to a disc golf scorecard and scorecard storage apparatus and protector.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Disc golf is a game typically played on courses laid out in parks or other recreational areas. Like its counterpart, a course consists of a number of holes, such as nine or eighteen, with each hole having a tee box (or location) from which a disc is originally thrown by each player and a target hole positioned a selected distance from the tee. As with its counterpart, a player counts the number of throws needed until the disc goes into the hole (or receptacle) or strikes a target. A player completes a round of disc golf after the player has completed each hole of the course.

As the players progress through the course, they mark their scores on some form of score sheet or card. Some players retain their scorecards for their records and may compare their results to monitor their progress. Players may also store their scorecards with their golf disc equipment. In most instances, players will walk the course and score as they play.

There is therefore a need for a golf disc scorecard upon which players can record their scores as they are playing and which can be stored or carried with golf disc equipment.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides a disc golf scorecard for recording a round of disc golf and for storing and/or carrying with golf disc equipment. The disc golf scorecard comprises a card or sheet that includes a table with a number of rows for recording a player's score on each of the holes of a course. The disc scorecard is shaped in the form of a disc for storing or carrying within the cavity portion of the disc or a disc carrying case without bending the disc scorecard.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The accompanying drawings incorporated in and forming a part of the specification, illustrates several aspects of the present invention, and together with the description serves to explain the principles of the invention. In the drawing:

FIG. 1 is an overhead view of the disc scorecard of the present invention insertable into the backside of a disc or frisbee.

FIG. 2 is an overhead view of the disc scorecard of the present invention shown in its stored position within the backside of a disc or frisbee.

FIG. 3 is an overhead view of the disc scorecard of the present invention shown in an open position with a detachable scorecard mounted within a cover and back.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring to FIG. 1, disc scorecard 10 of the present invention is shown together with disc or Frisbee 12 insertable into the backside of a disc or frisbee. Disc scorecard 10 comprises cover 14, scoring sheet 16, and back 18 connected by binding ring 20. Cover 14 and back 18 are comprised of a suitable rigid material, such as a light cardboard for protecting the scoring sheet from wear and tear. Cover 14, scoring sheet 16, and back 18 each have a connecting region 22 that is linear and perforated. Perforations 24 permit the binding ring to be used for attachment purposes. The linear connecting region permits rotation of the moving portions of disc scorecard 10. The cover and back 14, 18 protect the scoring sheet 16 from wear and tear during storage and while in use by a player. It may be appreciated that disc scorecard 10 may include more than one scoring sheet 16. It may also be appreciated that scoring sheet 16 may be comprised of a paper material or cardboard material. In the event that the scoring sheet 16 is comprised of a cardboard material, cover 14 and/or back 18 may be optionally eliminated. It may be appreciated that scoring sheet 16, cover 14, and/or back 18 may be comprised of a vellum or other water proof material.

Binding ring 20 allows cover 14, scoring sheet 16, and back 18 to rotate by 360 degrees around its axis, thereby allowing a player or scorer to rotate the cover 14 out of the way and to use its rigid material to be used together with back 18 to provide a platform upon which to write a score on scoring sheet 16. It may further be appreciated that binding ring 20 may be replaced by an adhesive binder, such that cover 14, back 18, and one or more scoring sheets 16 are produced in the form of a circular pad with a flat binding region to allow for rotation of cover 14 and scoring sheet 16.

Disc or Frisbee 12 may be of a variety of sizes and disc scorecard 10 is sized according to the associated disc or Frisbee 12. In addition to being sized for storage within disc or Frisbee 12, disc scorecard 10 is sized to rest on the top portion of disc or Frisbee 12 while a scorer inscribes a score or scores on scoring sheet 16. Typically, disc or Frisbee 12 is comprised of a thin skinned and circular shaped rigid rubber or plastic. The disc or Frisbee 12 includes a top portion that is slightly curved radially and streamlined. The backside of disc or Frisbee 12 includes a lip that extends around the perimeter such that a cavity shape is formed. Disc scoreboard 10 fits within the cavity and is retained by the lip.

Referring to FIG. 2, disc scorecard 10 of the present invention is shown in its stored position within the backside of disc or Frisbee 12. Disc scorecard 10 is retained in its stored position by the rim of disc or Frisbee 12. It may further be appreciated that players may also carry or use a disc storage bag and that the shape and size of disc scorecard 10 is designed to fit within such storage bags without having to be bent or to otherwise be subjected to additional wear and tear.

Referring to FIG. 3, disc scorecard 10 of the present invention is shown in an open position with a detachable scoring sheet 16 mounted between cover 14 and back 18. Scoring sheet 16 includes linear perforated region 26 that is parallel with the binding ring 20. Scoring sheet 16 may be removed from disc scorecard 10 by gently tearing the paper along perforated region 26. This allows for a smooth edge for the removed scoring sheet 16. It may be appreciated that scoring sheet 16 may be torn along the perforations 24, and that the perforated region 26 could be eliminated or situated along the line of perforations 24. It may further be appreciated that consecutive scoring sheets 16 can be easily retained and flipped through according to the needs and desires of a player. Such that a player might have many different rounds maintained in the disc scorecard 10.

As may be further seen in FIG. 3, scoring sheet 16 includes a scoring area that comprises table 28. Table 28 has columns that are numbered to correspond to the holes of the course as is labeled in the uppermost row 30. In subsequent rows, table 28 has a row 32 that lists the par rating of each hole, a row 34 that lists the handicap rating of each hole, and subsequent blank rows for filling in the name of the player and scores for each hole. On each scoring sheet 16, there is also a column for sub-totalling each of nine holes and for the overall total. It may be appreciated that a course may have less than eighteen holes and that there may not be par and handicap ratings for holes of a given course.

The foregoing description includes the preferred embodiment of the present invention. The embodiments described are presented for purposes of illustration and description. It is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise form disclosed. Obvious modifications or variations are possible in light of the above teachings. The embodiments described are chosen to provide the best illustration of the principles of the present invention and its practical application to thereby enable one of ordinary skill in the art to utilize the invention in various embodiments and with various modifications as are suited to the particular use contemplated. All such modifications and variations are within the scope of the invention as determined by the appended claims when interpreted in accordance with the breadth to which they are fairly, legally, and equitably titled.