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.

It’s Cinco de Goat-o time!


Cinco de Mayo falls on a weekend this year, this Sunday, May 5th.  And if you want to play some disc golf on Cinco de Mayo, the best place to do it will be at Goat Hill in Oceanside (trust us, and course in a public park will be nearly unplayable because of picnickers).  The Challenge @ Goat Hill returns for it’s third year, and this year the date was moved earlier to the weekend of May 4-5.  This will be the first time that Goat Hill has hosted a 2-day disc golf event and it will be a big one.  80-100 players are expected, and sign-ups are still available on DiscGolfU.com.

One bit of bad news: no carts.  Goat Hill currently does not have enough carts to assure all players of having a cart and PDGA rules state that if all players can’t have a cart, no one can have a cart.  But there’s more than enough good things to outweigh that.  One round per day allows time for side events.  After Saturday’s round there will be a separate cash doubles round, with bring-your-own partner rules.  There will be three divisions, based on PDGA player rating (under 1800 combined, 1800-1899 combined, 1900 and over combined).  After awards are handed out on Sunday will be the return of the Voodoo Disc Golf Final 4 Challenge – 4 Pros, 4 raffle winners, 4 holes, 4 $100 skins.  And the raffle winners also get a prize from Voodoo Disc Golf.

There’s a great list of sponsors, which means players will be treated to great player packs and prizes:  Innova Disc Golf, DiscGolfValues.com, Vodoo Disc Golf, Legacy Disc Golf, DGA, West Coast Disc Golf, San Diego Aces and Diabolo Beverages.

A few spots were left as of Monday afternoon (4/29), you can sign up at DiscGolfU.com.  There is a lot of information being posted and discussed on the event page on Facebook – check it out: The Challenge @ Goat Hill – Cinco de Goat-o

Coming Up in April and May


There is a lot of disc golf activity coming up in SoCal during April and May:

  • Sylmar Open – Gary Sandoval is running another edition of the great Sylmar Open, April 13th.  Players will play 3 rounds in one day – not for the weak of heart (or foot).
  • San Diego Spring Fling – This is really two events, with the long-running Am version of the event being held at Morley Field on Sat., 4/20 (snicker) and the Pro event being held the next day (Sun, 4/21) on a stretched-out version of the Kit Carson Park course in Escondido.  Both events are park of DGA’s Steady Ed Series.  The Pro event on Sunday has a trophy-only option that drops the entry fee considerably, if there are Ams out there who would like to try out their game alongside pro players.  Ams also receive a tournament-stamp disc -a new release from DGA called the “Breaker”.  Hopefully that doesn’t describe what it does when it hits trees…
  • The Challenge @ Goat Hill – This event is still tentatively scheduled for May4/5.  More details will be available ASAP.
  • Cannonball Run –  This fun event, where players play ridiculous amounts of golf and drive like fiends from course to course will be happening late in May – watch for details here and on DiscGolfU.com.

Coming Up, Going Down…


Years ago, the International Frisbee Association (IFA) put out a wonderful magazine called Frisbee World (later changed to Frisbee disc World, because of trademark issues).  The brainchild of Dan “Stork” Roddick, it was the best way to keep up with news about what was going on in the world of Frisbee (come get me, Mattel!).  One of my favorite parts of the mag was the sections called “Coming Up” and “Going Down”, where you could see a list of upcoming big events and then the results from those events.  This was loooooong before the instant news fix of the Interwebs, so it was often months before we back on the east coast knew who had won the U.S. Open at La Mirada, or the WFC held at the Rose Bowl.

So I’ve decided to draw upon that great idea from the past and initiate a “sorta-regular-ish” feature for the SoCal website: Ups & Downs.  I’ll try to do it near the beginning of each month, and list some interesting things that happened in the past month and other interesting things that are coming up.  As always, if you have something you’d like to crow about or drum up interest in, please send me a message at rizbee@teamrizbee.com.  I’d really like to have other voices represented on this website, not just mine. -Allen Risley

With that explained, here are the Ups & Downs – things coming up soon and things that went down recently:

Going Down:

  • Huntington Beach: HB made it back on the PDGA and SoCal schedules, holding their City Championship January 12/13.  There were some grumbles about the lack of online registration and delays on getting results, but dammit, Jerry Davis ran an event at HB!!!  Lots of good comments about how things were run and the quality of play.  Hometown hero and current World Champion Paul McBeth started off 2013 as a winner, with a 4-stroke win over Kyle Eckman.  Paul’s 1080-rated final 9 accounted for three of those strokes – Stewart Mendenhall and Max Nichols rounded out the final 9 group.  Other Pro division winners: Brittany Blair (FPO), Mark Collicott (MPM) Robbie Wilson (MPG) and Tom Clickner (MPS). Am division winners: Taylor Mate (MA1), Anthony Bassett (MM1), Richard Ewald (MA2), Jeremy Fairchild (MA3), Rebecca Anderson (FW3), Jacob Courtis (MJ3).
  • Ice Bowl Season is Here!:  SoCal’s “Golden Sombrero Series of Ice Bowls” is back for it’s 5th season, with eight events on the schedule.  Four have already occurred:
    • Redlands – Golden Sombrero originator Bill Maury-Holmes drew 48 players to Ford Park in Redlands to kick off the series.  A.J. Risley took the win, after a playoff with Nick Wright and Nick Novoa.  All three had shot 18-down, with the help of a few mulligans.  Dave Phillips won the “Metal or Nada” round, with 2 metal hits on the final 9 holes.  $715 and 3 cans of food were collected for Redlands Family Services.
    • San Marcos - 50 players showed up in San Marcos the next day to tackle Montiel Park.  Mark Verrochi stole the show, wining the event with 23-under 58.  A.J. Risley and Bill Maury-Holmes were just two shots back at 60 (yes, there were mulligans).  Mark also took home a basket for his ace of hole #4, beating Kyle Becker and Austen Stringfield in a CTP playoff.  $700 and 100 lbs of canned food were collected for the North County Food Bank.
    • Chavez Ridge – The Ice Bowl in Paradise was finally played in dry weather! 80 players enjoyed the view from the freeway hole, but Steve Rico had the most fun, shooting 12-down to best Chris Brophy (-8), A.J. Risley (-7) and Texan Chris Pepperling (-7).  Other division winners: Todd Banks (MPM), Tom Clickner (MPS), Bill Richards (MPL), AdaZm Nash (MA1), Chris Calleton (MM1), Dave Hadder (MG1), Dan Ford (MA2), Stewart Coleman (MA3), Connor Wright (MJ3) and Jake Wilson (MJ4).
    • Yucaipa – We know an Ice Bowl happened here…we just haven’t heard the results yet.
  • Stuff other than tournaments happened too, recently.  New discs from Innova (Roc3, Tern, McPro Aviar) and Legacy (Patriot, Rival), a new backpack bag from No Excuses, and cool videos from Arroyo.  Talk of a new course in west L.A. at the Kenneth Hahn Recreational Area and an expansion of Mountain Pride Park in Murrieta from 9 to 18.  Oh, and there’s a new disc golf company called Prodigy and they stole a bunch of sponsored layers from other teams.

Coming Up:

  • More Ice Bowls!: Sycuan (El Cajon) on 2/2, Murrieta on 2/16, Wrightwood (yes, real ice) on 2/23 and Mission Bay (San Diego) on 2/24.
  • The 35th Annual (gulp!) Wintertime Open is back again.  TD Mark Horn welcomes us back to where it all started: Oak Grove.  Am weekend 2/9-10, Pro weekend 2/16-17.
  • Another “One Night Stand” at Verdugo Hills on 3/9.  Gary Sandoval’s attempt to turn us all into insomniacs.
  • The return of La Mirada to the PDGA and SoCal schedule!  West Coast Disc Golf makes it happen for two days in March (3/23-24) and it’s a Vibram Open qualifier to boot!
  • Goat Hill moves to an earlier date.  Can you say Cinco de Goato?

That’s all I got for now.  Make something happen and write about it!  Remember, Thoughts Become Things!

Ice Bowl Season 2013 is Here!


For the past several years, a group of SoCal TDs have banded together to kick off the new disc golf year with events aimed at providing a combination of fun, philanthropy and good-natured competition. The Golden Sombrero Winter Series is a collection of SoCal Ice Bowls that helps players ease into the new competitive season while raising funds for local charities that feed the hungry. Ice Bowls were established about 25 years ago in the nation’s heartland, where ice, snow and cold weather are commonplace. The idea behind the events was to have disc golfers get together and play in crappy weather, when they normally wouldn’t. The slogan of “No Wimps, No Whiners” was coined early on, as was the idea that these events should be used as fundraisers to help support local charities that feed the hungry.

The Golden Sombrero Series is now in its 6th season. What started in 2008 with three events (Redlands, San Marcos, Palm Desert) has continued to grow, with seven events, 293 players and over $8,000 raised for charity in 2012. 2013 has the potential for being even bigger with another new venue added to the schedule (Murrieta). An important part of the Golden Sombrero Series has continued to be the race for the overall points series championship. At each of the Golden Sombrero events, players are awarded points for each player that they beat. Similar to the SoCal Series, each player’s top 3 point totals are then combined for their Golden Sombrero points total. The player with the highest point total at the end of the series wins he annual trophy – a gold-painted and decorated sombrero, suitable for wearing or display. Past winners have also received a portable basket from Innova. Four-time series champion A.J. Risley will be back to defend his title in 2013.

Each of these Ice Bowls is an independent event, with some being PDGA-sanctioned and some not. Some events sell mulligans to raise funds for charity, so the winning player is not always the best thrower, but may be the one who has the best mulligan strategy (or budget). Because of their charity function, Ice Bowls generally don’t have big prize payouts for top finishers, but the raffles are usually quite generous. But without question these are fun events and one important way for disc golfers to give back to their local communities. The cities whose parks host Ice Bowls are very happy to have their disc golf courses be used for charity events.

The Golden Sombrero Schedule for 2013 is as follows (links provided to online registration or fliers):

Saturday, Jan. 5 – 6th Annual Redlands Ice Bowl, Ford Park, Redlands
Sunday, Jan. 6 – 6th Annual San Marcos Ice Bowl, Montiel Park, San Marcos
Saturday, Jan. 19 – Ice Bowl in Paradise, Chavez Ridge, Los Angeles
Sunday, Jan. 20 – Yucaipa Ice Bowl, Yucaipa Regional Park, Yucaipa
Saturday, Feb. 2 – Sycuan Ice Bowl, Olive Glen DGC @ Sycuan Resort, El Cajon
Saturday, Feb. 16 – Murrieta Ice Bowl, Mountain Pride Park, Murrieta
Saturday, Feb. 23 – Wrightwood Ice Bowl, Sky High Resort, Wrightwood
Sunday, Feb. 24 – San Diego Ice Bowl, Mission Bay Golf Course, San Diego

Huntington Beach Returns!


Huntington Beach returns to the SoCal and PDGA schedules with a pair of 1-day tournaments January 12th and 13th.  Ams will play two rounds on Saturday, Pros will play two rounds with a Final 9 (Open Men only) on Sunday.  Check-in is at 7:30am each day, tee-off at 8:30am.  There is no online registration for this event, but you can download the entry form here.

2012 – Year-end Wrap-up


Well, 2012 is winding down, and it was a big year for disc golf in SoCal.  Eighteen events on the SoCal Series schedule (and it seemed half of them were run by Gary “Ironman” Sandoval!), a new ball golf/disc golf course in the SoCal Series (Verdugo Hills), a SoCal Series tournament with three venues in one day (Cannonball Run), the return of Eldo to the schedule, seven Ice Bowls, new courses all over (Murrieta, Vista, Burbank, Lompoc, Redlands and other private courses, I’m sure), rapid growth by Legacy and continued Innova-tion from Innova, great play from upstarts and old farts alike and a PDGA World Champion with SoCal roots.  Whew.  The SoCal Disc Golf Club also saw some changes, with a new crop of board members, new website, Facebook and Twitter presences.

The competition throughout the SoCal Series was hot.  Steve Rico held the lead in Men’s Open all year, but always had Philo and Max Nichols nipping at his heels.  Indigo Brude took the Ladies’ Open title, and almost won Men’s Rec too! A.J. Risley won Men’s Advanced and finished 5th in Men’s Open – he played enough events to collect the most points by any player this year (438).  But the closest race of the year was in Men’s Pro Grandmasters, where Steve Killian and Todd Banks both finished with 112 points.  Steve won the title based on the tie-breaker: playing more events.  The Champions of the SoCal Series were honored at the year-end banquet last Saturday at Prado Regional Park.  Suzette Simons, Vicky Wisecup and Randy Wylot put on a fantastic event with good competition, great food and an extensive prize raffle.  We would also like to acknowledge all of the SoCal Series Champions here:

Men’s Pro Open Steve Rico
Men’s Pro Masters Jerry Goff
Men’s Pro Grandmasters Steve Killian
Men’s Pro Senior Grandmasters Tom Clickner
Men’s Pro Legends Bill Richards
Ladies’ Pro Open Indigo Brude
Ladies’ Pro Masters Emina Weaver
Ladies’ Pro Grandmasters Susie Horn
Men’s Advanced Amateur A.J. Risley
Men’s Advanced Master Anthony Bassett
Men’s Advanced Grandmaster Mark Hauser
Men’s Advanced Senior Grandmaster Jeffrey Brown
Men’s Intermediate Amateur Justin Proffitt
Men’s Recreational Amateur Troy Coffin
Men’s Novice Amateur Mike Ventress
Junior Boys (under 20) Caleb Phillips
Junior Boys (under 17) Connor Hanrahan
Ladies’ Advanced Amateur Helen Wilson
Ladies’ Advanced Master Helen Wilson
Ladies’ Intermediate Amateur Karie Fisher

 

We’re looking forward to a great  SoCal Disc Golf 2013.  An expanded schedule, including the return of events at Huntington Beach and La Mirada is in the works.  We have been blessed with a great group of TDs and volunteers, and of course a great group of players.  Help us make SoCal better by renewing your membership, and bringing along a few friends as members and volunteers.  The future is bright for disc golf in SoCal!

Ho, Ho, Ho at Sylmar on Saturday!


Need just one more PDGA-sanctioned SoCal event before 2013?  Then sign up for the X-mas Open, to be held at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar on Saturday, December 22nd.  Registration must be done online at DiscGolfU.com. Non-stop TD Gary Sandoval continues to out-TD the rest of us, continuously providing sanctioned events for rabid players.  My only question is: will he be wearing a Santa suit?

SoCal Year-End Banquet Info


The year-end SoCal Banquet/Membership Meeting/Challenge Round is coming up on Saturday, December 15th at Prado Regional Park in Chino.  The schedule for the day is: Check-in for Challenge Round 8:30am – Player Meeting 10:00am – Tee-off To Follow – Banquet Begins 1:30.  Registration includes entry into the event and the awards banquet – $20 for current SoCal members, $25 for non-members.

This will be a full 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 membership meeting and awards banquet.  A fully catered meal will be  provided at the awards banquet featuring mexican food.   Alcohol is legal in Prado Park (we won’t have it available, so bring your own).

Everyone who joins or renews with SoCal DGA at the event can pick up their new 2013 SoCal Tag and Membership Disc.  There will also be a 5$ discount on PDGA membership renewals at the event.  If you are interested in serving on the SoCal Board of Directors, contact Randy Wylot @ 619-709-7927 or wylot@sbcglobal.net.

Location: Prado Regional Park – 16700 Euclid Ave., Chino, Ca. 91708 (909) 597-4260

Park gates open at 7:30am. There is a $10 per carload for entry on weekends. Park entry is NOT included in the entry fee.

Year-End_Banquet

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