2014 Ice Bowl Season is Here!


The 2014 Ice Bowl season has beguntournament logo and the Golden Sombrero Series is back for another year. If you don’t already know, Ice Bowls are charity fund-raising tournaments held each January and February to benefit local food banks.  For over 25 years the Ice Bowl movement has been bringing disc golfers out in the cold to help the hungry – this year there are over 200 events scheduled across the country.  Find more info here: icebowlhq.org.

While we don’t get a lot of ice and snow in Southern California, we still like to play disc golf and help the hungry, so we participate in the Ice Bowl fun.  Cliff Towne has been running the Ice Bowl in Paradise at various locations for over 10 years and six years ago, Bill Maury-Holmes created the Golden Sombrero Series – a collection of Ice Bowls in SoCal.  Since there were four events that first year he came up with the name “Golden Sombrero”, which is a term used to describe going 0-4 with four strikeouts in a baseball game.  He and Allen Risley have coordinated the GS series ever since, and this year is the biggest it’s been.  And this will be the third year with actual ice at a GS Ice Bowl, since the series returns to Wrightwood on Feb 22.

The first event of the season was held last Saturday (1/4) in Redlands, where 55 players showed up at Ford Park to ring in the new disc golf year.  After 18 holes of golf, Danny Zwolenski and Kerry Miller were tied at 19-under par, with the help of a few mulligans.  Danny’s CTP tie-breaker shot was a bit closer, so he walked away with the trophy.  That puts Danny in the lead for the Golden Sombrero Series title, which awards the winner a gold-painted sombrero and a portable basket.  Points are awarded at each event for the number of players you beat, with your top four point totals counting towards the title.

Mulligans you ask?  Yes, many of our Ice Bowls sell mulligans for $1 each to raise funds for their charity.  And all of them have some type of prize raffle to raise money as well.  Don’t expect a big prize payout since the point of these events is to feed the hungry.  But you can expect a cool (no pun intended) custom-stamped disc and a chance to play a fun round with friends.  If you’ve never played a tournament before, an Ice Bowl is a great, low-stress way to get started.

Here’s the remaining Golden Sombrero schedule for 2014 (click on event name for registration info):

  • Sat, Jan 11 – Ice Bowl at Prado Regional Park, Chino (2 rounds, mulligans, 1st-time event)
  • Sat, Jan 18 – Ice Bowl in Paradise, Chavez Ridge, LA (PDGA-sanctioned, no mulligans, 2 rounds)
  • Sat, Feb 1 – Sycuan Ice Bowl, El Cajon (2 day rounds, glow round at night, mulligans)
  • Sat, Feb 1 – Yucaipa Ice Bowl, Yucaipa Regional Park (1 round, disc and 3 mulligans included)
  • Sun, Feb 2 – San Marcos Super Ice Bowl, Cal State San Marcos DGC (1 round, Super Class, no mulligans)
  • Sat, Feb 15 – Murrieta Ice Bowl, Mountain Pride Park (1 round, lunch included, mulligans)
  • Sat, Feb 22 – Wrightwood Ice Bowl, Sky High North (1 round, snow, mulligans)
  • Sun, Feb 23 (tentative) – Mission Bay Ice Bowl, Mission Bat Golf Course, San Diego (1 round, night golf)

If you have questions about an individual event, go to its registration page to find contact info for the tournament director – they’ll be happy to help you out.  And remember the Ice Bowl motto: “No Wimps, No Whiners!”

SoCal Year-End Event Coming Up!


Join So Cal DGA for an 18 hole event at Prado Regional Park in Chino followed by the annual awards banquet and full membership meeting.  Early registration is requested so the proper amount of meals can be ordered.  Sign up ASAP at DiscGolfU.com: http://www.discgolfunited.com/disc-golf-tournaments/tournament-dashboard.cfm/tourn_id/1048

Check in 8:30am – Player Meeting 10:00 – Tee to follow – Banquet Begins appx 1:30pm.  Banquet takes place at the meeting hall and banquet facility in Prado Park.  Alcohol is legal in Prado Park, however no alcohol will be available (BYOB).  If you or a friend won a series championship this year (or came close), show up so the assembled SoCal players can give you a round of applause…and you can pick up your prize!

This is a flighted event.  Your final score will determine how you will place in one of three flights.  Minimal prizes will be awarded throughout each flight.  Other prizes will be awarded during the raffle held during the full membership meeting and So Cal Series Awards banquet.   Players may join an optional side action bet on the day of the event.  Everyone who joins or renews with So Cal DGA at the event (or online registration) may pick up the 2014 So Cal Bag Tag and Membership disc.  So Cal will also offer $5.00 discount on all PDGA memberships and renewals taken at the event  (or online registration).

But wait! There’s more!  SoCal will be holding a Hott Shott putting contest during the day’s festivities!  $1 to enter (up to 3 times, all proceeds go to EDGE) – compete for a State or National Championship.  More info at: http://www.pdga.com/be-a-hott-shott

If you are interested in serving on the 2014 Board of Directors, please contact Suzette at 909-481-6266.

Prado Regional Park – 16700 Euclid Avenue, Chino, CA  91708  (909) 597-4260.  Park gates open at 7:30am.

PRADO CHARGES $10.00 PER CARLOAD FOR ENTRY ON WEEKENDS.  Entry into park is NOT included in event/banquet fees.

Final SoCal Series Points!


The final points for the 2013 SoCal Series have been calculated and posted: http://socaldiscgolfclub.wordpress.com/points-series/2013-standings-and-results/

Congratulations are in order for Steve Rico, winner in the Men’s Open Pro division, Ohn Scoggins, winner in the Ladies’ Open Pro division and Matt Hutchings, winner in the Men’s Advanced Amateur  division.  You can see these and other division champions accept their awards at the SoCal Series Year End Event, being held Saturday, Dec. 14th at Prado Regional Park in Chino.  For more details and registration, go to: http://www.discgolfunited.com/disc-golf-tournaments/tournament-dashboard.cfm/tourn_id/1048

Many thanks to SoCal member Patrick Paramore, who took on the tough task of calculating the points this year!

2013 SoCal Pro Championships Layout Map


2013 Socal Championships Brengle Terrace course mapThis is the layout for the 2013 SoCal Pro Championships being held at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista on Nov. 16/17.  OBs have not yet been determined.

Layout for SoCal Am Championships


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Here is the layout for this weekend’s SoCal Am Championships at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.  One change from this map – hole 17 will play to its right-hand position.  Holes 1, 2 and 11 are Par 4’s, the rest are Par 3’s.

SoCal Championships Coming Up – Nov. 9/10 (Ams), Nov. 16/17 (Pros)


2013 SoCal Championship FlyerSoCal Championships are coming up soon!  The Am tournament will be held Nov. 9/10 at Kit Carson Park in Escondido, while the Pro tournament will be held the next weekend at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista.  Both tournaments are available for signup online at DiscGolfU.com:  AmsPros.  Tournament Director (and SoCal President) Randy Wylot has two great events planned!

SoCal Ams will play three rounds at Kit Carson Park in Escondido. Championship layout will be posted on SoCal website.
Field is limited to 80 players. On line sign ups for SoCal Members only until Oct. 23, open to all other players after Oct 23. SoCal Deli will be providing lunch between rounds on Saturday.  All Ams will receive Innova stamped tournament disc, mini, shirt and towel.  Trophies for top three in each division.  Raffle during awards.

SoCal Pro Championships will be played at Brengle Terrace Park, three rounds in Championship layout.  Course layout details to follow, SoCal website.  First 50 players to register will receive tournament disc. All registered will receive a shirt.  SoCal Deli providing lunch between rounds on Sat.  Top winners in each division receive trophy.  On line sign up for all current SoCal Members until Oct.26, all other players can register after Oct. 26.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors: Innova Discs, San Diego Aces, SDSF, Apewear, SoCal Deli, Power Bar.

SoCal Series Heats Back Up!


Summer is coming to an end, and it’s back-to-school time for many.  It’s also Back-to-the-SoCal-Series time, as the schedule picks back up after a semi-hiatus for Am and Pro Worlds.  Oh yeah, speaking of Pro Worlds…SoCal native Paul “McBeast” McBeth chalked up his second straight PDGA Worlds title with a 5-shot win over Dave “Feldbeard” Feldberg.  Steve Rico made a run at the top card, finishing 7th overall and HB’s Kyle Eckmann got some great mid-week DiscGolfPlanet.tv exposure on the lead card before fading to 14th place.  Congrats to all of our SoCal disc golfers that made the trip to Pro Worlds at Lemon Lake, Indiana and Am Worlds at Emporia, Kansas!

The Skyhigh Showdown signaled to return to activity for SoCal disc golf, with Suzette Simons putting on another great event for 193 players at the 7000-ft. high Skyhigh disc golf course.  A weekend of dry, but windy weather provided challenges for the players, but many who had played last year remarked about how much nicer it was to not finish amidst lightning and hailstones.  Steve Rico gobbled up a ton of SoCal Series points in his 6-stroke win over the Men’s Open division.  Shadd Wade, Logan Turner and Chris Brophy tied for second place.  Other tournament highlights included 14-year-old Connor Hanrahan’s 4-shot win in Men’s Advanced and Anthony Bassett’s win in Advanced Masters, noteworthy because Anthony played 108 holes as part of the “Ironman” competition.  Full results for the Skyhigh Showdown are available at PDGA.com.

OSV_logo_finalSeptember is a busy month for the SoCal Series, with three events on the schedule.  First up is The Open @ Sun Valley (Sept. 7/8), filling the spot traditionally held by the Sun Valley Open.  Same location, same great 18-hole layout on the hilly ball golf course, just different TD’s.  Two weeks later (Sept. 21) at Verdugo Hills is another tournament held on a ball golf course – the Verdugo Hills Open.  TD Gary Sandoval has put together a 1-day, 2-round event on the popular Verdugo Hills layout, with some of the best elevation-change holes in SoCal.  September rounds out with a tournament that brings the SoCal Series back to one of the older courses in the region, Whittier Narrows.   The Blue Heron Open presented by Arroyo Disc Sports (Sept. 28/29) is the first PDGA-sanctioned event run by Logan Turner and the Arroyo boys, and we’re looking forward to it.  Looking ahead to October, the ever fun Chavez Ridge DGC hosts the Fling XVII, with the return of the ever popular Freeway Hole.  Sign up for these events today!

2013 Points Series Standings and Tournament Results


2013 SoCal Series points have been updated for corrections and are now residing on their own page, along with results for all series events (that have been deemed “official” by the PDGA). You can find this page here, or look at the top of every page under “Points Series”.

2013 SoCal Series Points – Updated!


The first update of points for the 2013 SoCal Series has been released and corrected. Many thanks to Patrick Paramore for stepping to take on this task. Points are calculated for a tournament once it’s results become official on the PDGA website. If you find discrepancies in the points please contact Patrick at pat.paramore@gmail.com to get the quickest response.

2013 SoCal Series Am Points

2013 SoCal Series Pro Points

Have a Senior Moment in Pasadena, Disc Golf Style!


What does the PDGA State Coordinator do?  Well, aside from coordinate the schedules of all PDGA-sanctioned tournaments in Southern California, Suzette Simons always has her ear to the ground, listening for new possibilities to get more people playing disc golf.  One example of this is the upcoming Senior Olympic Games being held in Pasadena at Oak Grove.  Senior Olympics is a big organization, with hundreds of events held each year across the U.S.  Getting disc golf included is a great way to get our sport accepted in the mainstream of organized sports.  Suzette heard about the Senior Olympics movement and signed up disc golf to be included.  Then she did another smart thing:  she convinced Mark and Susie Horn to volunteer to be the event directors for the Pasadena Senior Olympics disc golf event.  2013 will be the third year that disc golf will be included in the Pasadena Senior Olympic games.  Mark recently sent out this email regarding this year’s event, being held on June 15th:

Greetings to all you seniors. I am writing to you to encourage you to consider coming out and playing in the Senior Olympic games disc golf event at oak grove on June 15th. It is a one day event and I would really like to see it grow to something big and it would be a shot in the arm to our sport to have a big turnout for an event that gets some national coverage. Cost is only $42 dollars and you get a t-shirt and lunch included. We will play one round of golf on the regular Oak Grove layout and one round on the championship layout. It is a truly fun event. You can enter via this link – 

or you can send me the money and I will enter for you. If you choose to send me the money then I have to have all the info so I can fill out the entry form properly. They give out medals to the top three in every group. Groups are broken into 5 year increments starting at 50-54, 55-59 etc. Sooo, come on out and have a great day playing golf with your peers for the sheer fun of it. If you have any questions call me. Mark 626-798-8729
While it scares me to think that 50 is included in the Senior Olympics, I think it’s great that disc golf is included.  If you live in the L.A. basin, please consider signing up and filling the field!  And keep your eyes and ears open (turn up hearing aids, if neccessary)!  The California State Senior Games Championships will be held in the San Diego Area in September, 2013, and we hope to have disc golf included there as well.
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